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The international swing continues for the Chrysler Group, coming from Barcelona Spain to LeMans France, & now heading to Munich Germany for the 2013 European Summer X-Games!

Last time out the GRC race in Barcelona Spain, was rained out & deemed too dangerous to race.

Because of that, GRC offficials had a decision to make, cancel the race totally or have a makeup race at the next venue? Well Dodge Dart race fans, GRC announced back on June 11th that there will be TWO races held on the same weekend to makeup for the race that was rained out in Spain!



Here is the official Race Schedule:


SECOND RALLYCROSS RACE ADDED TO X GAMES MUNICH

A second medal race has been added to the X Games Munich competition schedule on June 29th. The race will serve as Round 2 of the Global Rallycross (GRC) season, replacing last month’s rain cancelled by Text-Enhance">event in Barcelona.

Round 3 will be contested on the same circuit on June 30th and each event will feature its own practice and qualifying sessions. Both events will count for full points in the GRC standings and X Games will award medals for both rounds.




The weekend schedule will be as follows:

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 (Makeup Race)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Practice & Seeding
  • 3:00 – 3:30 Track prep
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Heats, LCQ, Finals
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013
  • 2:20 – 3:00 Practice
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Track prep
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Seeding
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Track prep
  • 5:00 – 7:00 Heats, LCQ, Finals
Please tune in to ESPN and www.global-rallycross.com for full coverage and broadcast times.




In addition to this event there is a schedule conflict for our driver Travis Pastrana who will NOT be able to drive this weekend since he needs to be in Kentucky for the NASCAR Nationwide race. Travis' teammate Bryce Menzies will drive the # 99 Dodge Dart as scheduled.

However Travis did not leave us Dodge Dart & rally-cross fans hanging!!

Travis enlisted the help of a substitute male Rally Cross driver to take over for this weekend! There are 6 clues I will give you to help you guess who this substitute driver is! I will start with 4 of them. & release the other 2 by Wednesday this week if the correct answer isn't given!

Let me tell you now, this driver is no slouch, HE has won races, has a great Rally Cross record & is well known in Europe!

The 3 clues to get you started are:

1) He is currently 26 years old

2) He was an Acrobat, then a Kart racer untill he was 18 yrs. old

3) He plays amateur ice hockey & soccer

4) He is a champion!
 

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Timur Timerzyanov, he drives in the ERC, the FIA European Rallycross Championship. That took a bit of googling. I couldn't find anything confirming him, but it has to be him. What's my prize? A "laurel, and hearty handshake'?
 

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Timur Timerzyanov, he drives in the ERC, the FIA European Rallycross Championship. That took a bit of googling. I couldn't find anything confirming him, but it has to be him. What's my prize? A "laurel, and hearty handshake'?
How about a silver star & a thanks for playing? You are correct! :1st: (I never should have put that 4th clue in just yet! LOL)


The driver is TImur Timerzyanov, a Red Bull driver for Citeron, The 2012 ERC World Rally Champion who will substitute for Travis Pastrana this weekend at X-Games Munich, Germany!.

This becomes a BIG bonus for three reasons, one we have a driver that is currently in the sport that knows his way around a Rally Car. This becomes an equalizer!

He can train Bryce Menzies & get the car's set up more accurate.

A championship driver like Timur, can tell you what your program is really missing & help elevate your teams to the next level like where Ford is at right now!


In my book this was an EXCELLENT selection by Travis! Just hope it pays dividends on the track!



 

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Yes, he is very fast, and knows rally inside and out. He isn't caleld the rocket for nothing. I love Travis Pastrana, and his team, but they are a very young team, and they are going against THE giant of rally, Ford. Ford has been rallying since day one. THey have been rallying before rallying reallly existed. They have a ton of talent right now, I think this is excellent. I would love to see him drive more often, as I think Travis is being spread too thin, and being pulled in too many directions.
 

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Yes, he is very fast, and knows rally inside and out. He isn't caleld the rocket for nothing. I love Travis Pastrana, and his team, but they are a very young team, and they are going against THE giant of rally, Ford. Ford has been rallying since day one. THey have been rallying before rallying reallly existed. They have a ton of talent right now, I think this is excellent. I would love to see him drive more often, as I think Travis is being spread too thin, and being pulled in too many directions.
Muther,

How would you describe Timur's driving style? Is he anything like a Ken Block , Brian Deegan or Tanner Foust? (Tanner, who I still call a dirty driver)

One more benefit from this decision is that it does show a big commitment on Travis' part & that Dodge is here for the long run in Rally-Cross to have selected Timur!
 

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I know OF him, more than I know about him. Euro Rallicross is like outdoor Motocross, to the GRC's Stadium Supercross. I don't follow the ERC, but if he is winning in the ERC, which is ultra competitive, he will be a very good driver. Skills wise, nobody beats Ken Block, Tanner is as fast as they come, and Travis is the fastest hot lapper on the planet (meaning he can set lap records anywhere). The Euro's benefit from the whole mentality over there regarding Rally. If yopu want to play Baseball at the highest level, you come here, if you want to race horses, you go to Ireland, if you want to surf-Hawaii, and if you want to rally? Europe. Because he is fast, and consistent in ERC, he is fast period. That is extrapolation from knowledge about WRC, ERC, and rallying in general, than knowledge about Timur.

From what I gather, though, this is kinda like losing Joe Montana, and having John Elway as your back up.

I am super pleased.
 

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Under the Hood - The Makeup of a Rally-Cross Car!

BY JEN HORSEY - X-Games Reporter, ESPN

The lights flash over the grid, signaling a rallycross race is about to begin. An artillery barrage of pops and bangs erupts as 10 drivers fire their anti-lag systems and lean on their handbrakes. The cars squat down, like sprinters in the blocks, mechanical muscles coiled and ready for the race to start. The lights go green and they launch with a roar, an explosion of power that propels them from zero to 60 faster than a Formula One car.

Rallycross cars begin their lives on the production line -- just like the commuter cousins that share their by Text-Enhance">nameplates. But after a rallycross team has worked their magic, these cars are transformed into some of the most versatile racers on the planet.

"A rallycross car stops better than any street car. It accelerates as fast as a racing motorcycle or a Formula One car and it corners better than a Ferrari 458," says driver Tanner Foust, who will compete this week in RallyCross at X Games Munich. "They're faster than any supercar on the planet, including a $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron."

And a relative bargain at only about $350,000 a piece.

A winning rallycross racer must have power and agility on mixed surfaces, plus it must be robust enough to withstand huge jumps and being bashed around by other cars. It's a tall order and getting it right costs money -- in years of development and in high-tech parts.

A top-spec rallycross car is a 600 horsepower, turbocharged, all-wheel drive monster that even Foust says blows his mind. "The Rockstar Energy Drink by Text-Enhance">Ford Fiesta ST I drive is literally faster accelerating than anything you'll ever see in a car magazine or on the street, and that's mind blowing considering it's a two-liter, four-cylinder Ford Fiesta's"

Vehicle preparation starts with stripping the shell down to the bare metal to remove heavy nice-to-haves like heat shielding, by Text-Enhance">insulation and sound dampening; an acid bath at this stage often helps to achieve the race-mandated minimum of 2,866 pounds. Upholstery and air conditioning are traded in for a precisely triangulated protective roll cage made of hard steel tubing.

For weight distribution and safety, a specialized racing seat is hard mounted in a position that's farther back and lower down than most regular vehicles and, because race car drivers don't have longer legs or arms than the rest of us, pedals and specialized steering wheels are installed with extensions so they're within optimal reach.
The dashboard is minimalist, custom-made and coated in a light-absorbing material to eliminate glare on the windshield. The sequential-transmission lever is positioned so the driver doesn't have to move his hands far from the wheel to shift (without the clutch), and an outsized handbrake handle is positioned so it's easy for the driver to grab when the car is sliding through a tight corner.

"The first thing I thought was that these things are lightened out and tricked out," said Scott Speed, a former Formula One driver currently competing in NASCAR who won his first X Games RallyCross in Brazil earlier this year. "Technology wise, they're more similar to an F1 car than what I've been driving lately."


A rallycross car is required to use an engine block built by its namesake manufacturer -- so a Ford is a Ford, and a Volkswagen is a Volkswagen -- and the X Games field mostly uses two-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged motors. But these racing setups are engineered to produce high power (around 600 horsepower) and high torque (almost that much), and more than 45 pounds of boost.


(That's what makes Rally-Cross so unique - NO Spec Cars are allowed!)


They hit top speeds of about 135 mph. Because getting the holeshot is so important in rallycross, the cars feature explosive acceleration. If you're driving a production Ford by Text-Enhance">Fiesta ST and mash the gas from a standstill, it's going to take you between six and seven seconds to get to 60 mph. Its all-wheel drive competition equivalent gets there in less than two seconds.


Noted for their agility as well as their speed, the best rallycross cars have a short wheelbase that makes them capable of rapid direction changes on virtually any surface. "It is the most hyperactive car you can imagine driving," says Foust. "If you sneeze, you drive off the road. It's twitchy and sensitive."


Part of that is due to the way the car is set up. Rallycross cars feature multi-way adjustable suspensions capable of absorbing big shocks, like landing the 70-foot jump, while still handling well where it matters the most on the racecourse.


But no car can do everything and even the high-spec class of rallycross racer aptly named a "Supercar" has its limitations. Adownpour forced the cancellation of X Games RallyCross in Barcelona because the dirt in the stadium dissolved into a thick, soupy clay several inches deep. Their tires were getting so badly caked with mud that they couldn't get any traction. The upshot is X Games Munich, taking place this week, gets an extra RallyCross race as a make-up, so there will be two race days.


These cars are built tough, so most will make it through both race days -- although some will start looking a little worse-for-wear after going a few rounds. Someone who's never been to a rallycross before might wonder about these cars the first time they see them edge quietly onto the grid. To the uninitiated, they look like they could be daily drivers with colorful paint jobs. But once they roar off the start, it's clear that under the hood, they're anything but.
 

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From http://www.xgames-munich.com/en_sports_rallycar.html



RALLY CAR

Ford RallyCross at the FröttmaRing (Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 11, Munich): It’s a race, not a [/size]chase! Come watch the fastest sport at the X Games where every seat has a great view![/size]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8bq-QAedEoM


SEEDING SESSION (NOT A RACE)

Venue FröttmaRing (Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 11, Munich) / Doors open 60 minutes prior to the competition!

Athletes 17

Heats 3 Heats of 4 drivers and 1 Heat of 5 drivers - released at intervals; 10 minute sessions of timed "hot laps" for each group

Competition Flow Drivers drive within 10 minutes as many laps as possible; Drivers required to hit the jump during the Seeding Session

Judgement Fastest lap counts as seeding score; seeds into Round One


ROUND ONE

Athletes 17

Heats 3 heats of 4 drivers

Laps 6

Competition Flow Starting light system signals start of race; each driver completes 6 laps, each race will include joker lap which drivers must take only once

Judgement Actual finish order; top 2 from each heat advance to final (8), losers to Last Chance
Qualifier (LCQ)


LCQ
Athletes 9

Heats 1 heat of 9 drivers

Laps 4

Competition Flow Starting light system signals start of race; each driveer completes 4 laps, each race will include joker lap which drivers must take only once

Judgement Actual finish order; Top 2 finishers advance to final (2), losers eliminated


FINAL

Athletes 10

Heats & Laps 1 heat of 10 drivers (8 from Round 1, 2 from LCQ); 10 Laps

Competition Flow Starting light system signals start of race; each driveer completes 10 laps, each race will include joker lap which drivers must take only once

Judgement Actual finish order

Medals 3
 

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Television Schedule

All Races will be LIVE via webstream on ESPN 3 & on ESPN


Saturday June 29th 8 AM CDT - 9 AM EDT


Sunday June 30th - TBA
 

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TIMUR TIMERZYANOV TO REPLACE TRAVIS PASTRANA AT X GAMES MUNICH



Pastrana Racing announced today that Timur Timerzyanov will drive the No. 199 Red Bull/Discount Tire by Text-Enhance">Dodge Dart in the Global Rallycross event at X Games Munich on June 29-30. Timerzyanov will replace Travis Pastrana, who will be unable to attend the race due to other commitments. Pastrana will return to the car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11.

Timerzyanov, 26, is the defending European Supercars champion, having won six races in 2012 in 10 starts. He ranks first in the same division through five races this year, having finished second in the previous three race events. (Which means this guy is REAL GOOD!!)

X Games Munich will be the second event of Timerzyanov’s Global Rallycross by Text-Enhance">career.

Last season, he was an injury replacement at the season finale in Las Vegas, where he scored a heat victory and finished ninth in the main event.
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Currently, Pastrana ranks seventh in GRC points with 10, while teammate Bryce Menzies ranks 15th.
Dodge ranks second in the GRC manufacturer’s championship with 12 points
 

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I wonder what Pastrana has going - one of the Nitro Circus things or Nascar race?
 

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Racing RallyCross - An Expensive Endeavor

By Devon O'Neil - X Games.ESPN.GO.com


The hot Sunday afternoon sun had given way to a chilly night in downtown Los Angeles in July as the X Games faded into the proverbial rearview mirror. Team manager Blair Stopnik (@stopnik) and the rest of Travis Pastrana's RallyCross crew were nearly finished with their packing duties, still gutted from the events that transpired that afternoon.

Usually the end of such a long week, no matter the result, calls for celebration. More than 200 man hours go into preparing a car for an X Games RallyCross race, part of the roughly $100,000 per event, including travel and all related costs, such as salaries and car parts, it costs a team to enter what is far and away the most expensive sport in the X Games lineup.

But on this night, the crude taste of motorsports reality dampened the mood.

Suddenly, out of the dark strode Andy Scott, a 58-year-old X Games rookie and commercial scallop fisherman from Scotland. Hours earlier, Scott's gaffe had crushed Pastrana's chances when he inexplicably failed to brake and rammed Pastrana's gleaming new Dodge Dart into a concrete barrier, severely damaging the car and leaving Pastrana unable tocontinue racing. It happened on the first turn of the first heat, roughly three seconds into an event that had been a year in the making.

Pastrana left the paddock hours before Scott appeared. His teammates had already packed up his car and were preparing to leave too.

"I'm sorry," Scott told Pastrana's crew, according to Stopnik. "I didn't think [the car damage] was that bad."

The Scotsman handed over a bottle of scotch as a gift for the crew to enjoy later.
Pastrana's teammates, like Pastrana himself, had been boiling since the crash. They knew they had a fast car, which they proved by winning the next race in the Global RallyCross Championship series. But when Scott walked up and apologized, instead of lambasting him for destroying their race and their car, they simply accepted it and moved on.

"Of course we're pissed and aren't necessarily going to be as friendly on the track, but we leave it there," Stopnik says. "We don't take it personally."
The episode underscored the most crucial skill in RallyCross racing -- one that has nothing to do with driving. In a sport where cars cost $450,000, top teams operate on seven-figure annual budgets and a rookie's momentary miscue ruins everything, you don't stand a chance if you can't forget what just happened.
For a skateboarder to compete at X Games Barcelona last month, the expenses were straightforward: one plane ticket, a hotel room, food and drinks, a few skateboards. Total cost: roughly $3,000. (That number can rise for a range of variables, like if a physical therapist is needed to help a banged-up athlete prepare for an event and must be brought in from overseas.)

For a RallyCross driver to compete in Barcelona -- which never actually happened due to heavy rain that postponed the race until this month in Munich -- every expense was multiplied by the size of the team's crew. The six-figure cost per car was 30 times higher than the skateboarder's expenses. And the RallyCross fees didn't include the 747 jet ESPN hired to transport the cars overseas.

(That just tells you how much money ESPN has as a company!)

Andreas Eriksson, who owns six Ford Fiestas on the GRC circuit and whose drivers swept the top five spots at X Games Foz do Iguaçu in April, brought 45 people to Spain. He has earmarked $3.6 million to operate his six cars this year, which include four 2013 models and two 2012 models. Foz champion Scott Speed, whose background includes Formula One and NASCAR Sprint Cup races, drove one of the 2012 Fiestas to victory in his X Games debut.
 

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I didn't realize it was ESPN picking up the bill on shipping overseas. Either way; I hope team 199 does well this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to watch for a change.
 

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Hot off the presses, here is the X Games Munich Driver Entry List for this weekend



Manufacturer breakdown


Ford - 8 teams

Subaru - 3 teams

Dodge - 2 teams

Volkswagen - 2 teams

BMW/Mini - 1 team

Mitsubishi - 1 team

Citeron - 0 teams


Total teams entered - 17
 

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Did we tell you what time the races will be on or where to catch them??

If you missed our post earlier, here is another reminder!

Times have been converted to EDT!




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SRT Motorsports/Dodge – Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance – Rounds 2 & 3 – Munich, Germany




Dodge – Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance

Rounds No. 2 and 3 – Munich, Germany

June 29-30th, 2013

Courtesy - driveSRT.com




DODGE GLOBAL RALLYCROSS NEWS

· Dodge and SRT Motorsports are teaming up with action sports legend Travis Pastrana for a second year of Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) competition.

· Pastrana Racing will field two Dodge Darts at this weekend’s X Games in Munich, Germany.

Pastrana will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway Friday night and will not be able to compete at Munich.

Timur Timerzyanov will pilot the No. 199 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart while off-road truck specialist and 2012 Trophy Truck – SCORE – Baja 500 champion Bryce Menzies will race the No. 99 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart entry.

· The 2013 Global Rallycross Series Dodge Dart is custom built specific for GRC competition. The engine: purpose-built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbo-charged, 600-horsepower.




DID YOU KNOW?


A second race has been added to the X Games Munich schedule. The race on June 29 will serve as Round 2 of the GRC season, replacing last month’s scheduled event in Barcelona that was cancelled due to inclement weather.




GRC DODGE DART DRIVER QUOTES

Bryce Menzies No. 99 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart



IS IT A BIG ADJUSTMENT TO GO FROM THE TORC SERIES TO GLOBAL RALLYCROSS?

“We’ve only done one round in Brazil so far. Getting use to the cars and trying to figure the setup is quite a bit different than what I’m used to with my truck racing which is two-wheel drive compared to coming over to the Dodge Dart which is all-wheel drive. It’s just making all the adjustments, not only driving skills for myself but also setup-wise for the cars. We’re still testing and tuning, trying to fine-tune the cars to make ‘em faster and get ‘em up front.

“It has been a big challenge for me to transfer from off-road and what I’m used to into these rally cars, just trying to get used to the car, get comfortable, get some seat time. We’ve only had one round so far and it didn’t go as I planned. I’m looking forward to Munich and getting back in the car and getting a lot more seat time and racing.”


HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO COMPETE AT A COURSE THAT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE?

“It’s kind of one of those things where they give us a course map before we get here but it’s tough to really tell what the course is going to be like, how wide it is and all that stuff, until we actually see the course itself. And secondly, you’ve just got to be ready. Once we get there, you walk around the course and mentally prepare. “I think this round is going to be awesome. I haven’t been in the car that much so I think this is going to play into our favor; I think we’re going to do really well here.”


DOES HAVING TWO RACES BACK-TO-BACK THIS WEEKEND HELP YOU?

“I believe so just because we really don’t get that much driving time in these cars and we haven’t had that much testing with them. With a weekend like this with two rounds it’s huge just because we can try a lot of different stuff with two different cars. We can try different stuff on each car in practice and during the race. Just the driving time that we’ll get is really going to help us throughout the race weekend.”


YOU HAVE TIMUR TIMERZYANOV AS A TEAMMATE THIS WEEKEND.

“Having Timur come over and drive I think is going to be awesome. He has a huge background of Rallycross experience; we can use that knowledge. Driver to driver, I think he can help me out a lot. A past champion is huge to have around you, just talking to him, trying to find different lines and how to drive the car. With him in the car, especially with two rounds, I think it’s going to help setup-wise.”




Gary Johnson – SRT Motorsports Racing Manager


“After the unfortunate weather-related cancellation of the Barcelona event, the team is excited to make up that race with a doubleheader this weekend in Munich. We have a replacement driver for Travis (Pastrana) for this race due to his conflict with the Nationwide race in Kentucky.

Timur Timerzyanov is a great addition to the team and will be running along with Bryce Menzies in the Dodge Darts. Timur has a fantastic Rallycross history. We’re hoping for some good racing and better results in Germany.”




BRYCE MENZIES STATISTICS


No. 99 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart


Birthdate: 08/21/1987

Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.

Crew Chief: Ian Davies

Career Racing Highlights

· 2012 TORC Short Course Pro2 Class champion.
· 2012 Baja 500 champion.
· 2011 TORC Short Course Pro2 Class champion.
· 2011 SCORE Off-Road Racing Series champion and Rookie of the Year.
· 2010 LOORRS Super Team of the year award.
· 2010 Finished 3rd in Lucas Off Road Racing Series
· 2007 CORR Single Buggy Championship and the CORR Rookie of the Year.




Timur Timerzyanov

No. 199 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart

Birthdate: 1/31/87


Hometown: Kazan, Tatarstan.
Crew Chief: Derik Nelson


Career Rally Highlights


· 2012 European Supercar Champion

· Seven career European Supercar victories
· Made Global Rallycross Championship debut at SEMA in 2012 (with another team)

· Leads the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship by 13 points after five of nine races

· 2010 FIO European Rallycross Champion (Super 1600) with four victories and the first Russian to win a FIA Rallycross title
 
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