• Mar 17th 2011 at 1:20PM
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ESPN Global Rally Cross – Click above to watch video after the jump

Taking a break from its endless stream of SportsCenter, followed by SportsCenter, followed by NFL Draft analysis, followed by SportsCenter, ESPN will be running the Global Rally Championship this Spring and Summer.

The Global Rally Championship will be a series of sprint-style races like the ones featured at last year's Summer X-Games, only spread out over an entire season, and utilizing tracks other than the L.A. Coliseum.

The courses will combine dirt, gravel and pavement stages to keep everything as unpredictable as possible. The cars will be the same mix of Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer and Ford Fiesta compacts that ran at X-Games, along with the new Hyundai Veloster racer with Rhys Millen at the helm, all of which sport ludicrous power figures and should hit 60 in just over two seconds. Having said all that, we can't help but doubt the claims of street legality made by ESPN's announcer in the ad after the jump. Check it out, then head over to the Global Rallycross website for more info.

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[Source: ESPN via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Its not WRC or IRC, but its better than Block
      s gymkhana crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ESPN and Gale & Co. own the series this is being run by. Who is Gale & Co.? They are Tanner Foust's manager and his company. Kinda presents a conflict of interest don't ya think?

      Throw in the $500K that Ford just paid Foust to run in THREE of these events, with Gale & Co. presumeably getting their cut and you have Ford buying influence in the series for one of their racers.

      Lots of shadiness going on here without even mentioning that ESPN want to create an entertainment/reality series out of this vs. putting on a real motorsport...

      I'll watch (if its ever really broadcast) but with my eyes and mind open as to the realities of what is going on behind the scenes...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think that those that want to watch a fairly contested, equitable motorsport event would care. If I want to watch fake, rigged, influenced "Sports Entertainment" I can watch the WWE.
        • 4 Years Ago
        who cares? it's not like it's a judged event (read: DRIFTING). it's not like the other drivers are going to go all 2008 singapore GP or something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so what you are saying is that you already know what the outcomes to the races will be? cool. do me a favor and let me know what the powerball numbers are for next week.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I highly doubt Tanner's manager & co sponsoring the series will affect the outcome of any of the races. There are guys shipping and flying cars over from Europe for this...they're not doing all that to lose. And before you say they could pay them off to lose, I highly doubt they care about the money either. These guys race because they love doing it.

        And I expect that's the motivation behind their sponsorship of the series...they needed someone to front the money and head it up, and nobody stepped up, so Tanner's guys got involved. Everyone involved in rally/rallycross in the US wants to see the sport grow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is another example of the total lack of thinking that exists in ESPN and Speed. There is an existing, exciting vehicle called WRC. ESPN is going after another contrived "sport" created by their own fools and complete idiots. It has nothing to do with anything other than espn. I, for one, hope it fails miserably, and that they lose gobs of money in their chase of another puerile, contrived "sport."
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the 'Global' Rallycross is US only? How can that be Global? That would be the US Rallycross series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's global because there's international drivers against American drivers. Skodas and other foreign makes not sold in the US will be competing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Events are US only for 2011. For 2012 they are in the process of getting locations in other countries.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I could watch this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree WRC would be better, but this could still be enjoyable in a mindless action sort of way.

      Plus if it does well, it might (i really hope) pave the way for more quality racing on US tv.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those complaining:

      Whatever brings this style of racing to the US is fine with me. I was even happy to see the mess that X-Games makes of it. Hopefully this will pave the way for more WRC coverage in the future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Probably are street legal.

      WRC cars are.

      Lol saw Loeb trying to drive down the highway once with 3 wheels cause he ripped one off on a stage and the cops pulled him over
      • 4 Years Ago
      x game rallys = 20 fords vs 2-3 subarus and 1-2 evos. i could only wonder who would win.
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