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AMS introduces new racing series

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Driver Tanner Foust explains his ‘excitement’ to the media about a Global Rallycross race coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Foust, a three-time X-Games gold medalist, gave a demonstration at AMS on Tuesday about Global Rallycross racing.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Driver Tanner Foust explains his ‘excitement’ to the media about a Global Rallycross race coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Foust, a three-time X-Games gold medalist, gave a demonstration at AMS on Tuesday about Global Rallycross racing.

HAMPTON — Move over NASCAR, there is a new racing series headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Global Rallycross Atlanta

When, where: Aug. 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton

Top racers: Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra

Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12, 5-and-under free.

AMS president and general manager Ed Clark announced at a Tuesday press conference that Global Rallycross Championship will make a stop at the track in early August to kickoff race month.

AMS will be one of four tracks that will host the GRC series this year. GRC is a part of the X Games and has raced a lot in European countries. The race at AMS will come on the heels of this year’s X Games in Los Angeles.

In addition to races in Texas, Charlotte, Bristol and AMS, this season’s GRC Series will have races in Brazil, Germany and Spain.

“This is truly an international event,” Clark said when announcing the series at the track. “It is a challenging course that is fun for spectator viewing. Atlanta is a great market for this type of racing, and this is why it is coming here.”

Tanner Foust, a three-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Formula Drift champion, agreed.

“There is a strong racing culture in Atlanta,” Foust said. “There is a strong young racing culture here. The RallyCross series has one of the youngest racing demographics in all of racing.”

GRC combines the thrill of four-wheel racing with unique course designs featuring dirt and asphalt surfaces, drift turns, airborne jumps and water elements, according to AMS officials.

Clark said that GRC cars can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 1.9 seconds.

“This type of racing appeals to the younger crowd,” Clark said.

“GRC is extremely excited to be on board with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2013 season,” said Colin Dyne, CEO of Global Rallycross Championship. “It’s a great youth market and we are thrilled to bring our unique form of action motorsports to all the fans in Atlanta.”

Some spectators were on hand at AMS as Tanner gave a demonstration to the media about the speed of the car.

Doug Stevens, a Legends race car driver at AMS’s Thursday Thunder series, said he was impressed with the car.

“It looks pretty interesting,” Stevens said.

The race will be held on Aug. 10, and Clark said other activities, such as concerts will be built around the event. The race month at AMS will conclude with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.