By Patrick Rall
Some Mopar Global Rally Cross fans were concerned when Dodge Dart driver Travis Pastrana missed the season finale to have shoulder surgery in order to be ready for the start of the 2013 NASCAR season. There was the unspoken question whether or not Pastrana would return in the Red Bull Racing Dart rally cross car for the 2013 season after signing a big deal with Ford for the NASCAR ranks but based on an image posted by Travis on Facebook today shows that the Mo-powered Red Bull rally cross team is alive and well.
Travis Pastrana posted the picture shown above of his Red Bull Racing Dodge Dart sliding around the wet tarmac of DirtFish Rally School yesterday with the simple claim that it was “Good to get some confidence driving again”. With that, we can only believe that Pastrana will tackle the full GRC schedule in 2013 – although managing the GRC race lineup and his NASCAR schedule could be tough. Last year, a few other racers including Bryce Menzies and Filipe Albuquerque competed in the GRC ranks in Pastrana’s backup car so perhaps Team Red Bull will field two teams this year and when Travis cannot make a race due to other obligations – Menzies could serve as a solid fill-in driver.
Incredibly, the Global RallyCross group has yet to announce the 2013 schedule but we know that there will be a variety of stops both here in the US and around the world – and Travis Pastrana is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. The 2012 GRC season began on May 26th 2012 so we would think that there can’t be much time until the league announces the stops in the US and around the globe for the 2013 season.
I love the Global RallyCross based on its thrilling bumper to bumper and door to door racing so for those of you who are interested in the outcome but who are not interested in watching the races – you will be able to find complete coverage of the Mopar rally season right here on DodgeForum.com.