The schedule has grown from last year's nine events to ten, and all but one of them are standalone since ESPN cancelled all of its international X Games; GRC will join the extreme sports extravaganza when it comes to Austin, Texas on June 7 for the second round. The season begins in Barbados on May 17, joining The Stig and the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team; otherwise it stays in the US, criss-crossing the country and staying pretty close to the coasts except for the last round in Las Vegas.
The entry of Red Bull and other sponsors like Royal Purple and GoPro has boosted the prize fund coffers, too. There will be $500,000 up for grabs throughout the season, with drivers able to win as much as $20,000 for a victory. For the past two years, that's the kind of amount that's been available from supplemental sponsors like Discount Tire or Sylvania for topping points tallies over a number of races, not just one race.
The press release below has info on the new series and the new Benjamins.
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 5, 2014) - Red Bull Global Rallycross enters the 2014 season, its fourth full year of competition, set for an incredible breakout year. With a radically improved calendar, factory-backed competition, and the introduction of title sponsor Red Bull, the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will build on three years of solid foundations to produce incredible, high-flying competition.
Coming off of a strong 2013 season finale on the Las Vegas Strip, Red Bull Global Rallycross will debut a number of new and exciting venues similar in scope to that event. The 10-race calendar, comprised of mostly standalone events, will run from May to early November. In 2014, Red Bull Global Rallycross will visit the following markets:
- May 17-18: Barbados
- June 7: Austin, TX
- June 21-22: Washington, DC
- July 19-20: New York, NY
- July 25-26: Charlotte, NC
- August 2-3: Detroit, MI
- August 22-23: Daytona, FL
- September 19-20: Los Angeles, CA
- September 26-27: Seattle, WA
- November 5: Las Vegas, NV
The season's first race will be held at the Top Gear Festival Barbados, marking the series' first visit to the Caribbean. Red Bull GRC at Top Gear Festival Barbados will be the first partnership between the two entities and will kick off an action-packed summer of rallycross competition.
Racing superstars Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Scott Speed and Travis Pastrana are among the many world-class talents who will compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2014. Factory-backed organizations from Ford, Subaru and Hyundai will compete, while Volkswagen will enter the series with longtime IndyCar front-runners Andretti Autosport, contributing to the strongest driver and team lineup in the world of rallycross.
With so many new and exciting developments, the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season should have something to captivate all motorsports and action sports fans alike. Look for more major announcements from the series as the start of the season approaches.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Announces $500,000 Points Fund for 2014 Season
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 5, 2014) - Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to announce that a $500,000 points fund will be available to drivers competing in the 2014 season. This year's points fund, the most significant in series history, will see drivers competing for up to $20,000 for a race victory.
"We are excited to announce that drivers will compete for half a million dollars over the course of the upcoming Red Bull Global Rallycross season," said Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. "The increased payouts should see drivers battling even harder for race victories and the series championship."
The expanded points fund is one of many exciting developments taking place for the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Further announcements from the series will take place in the coming weeks.
About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact.