The promoter of the World Rallycross Championship, IMG, has launched a new American rallycross series, the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX), that will run over four rounds in 2018.
In a breakaway from the American-based GRC, manufacturers Volkswagen of America and Subaru of America have already signed up for the series.
Volkswagen is expected to field Supercars for former GRC champions Scott Speed and Tanner Foust run by Andretti Autosport, while the Vermont Sports Car-operated Subaru programme will run former World Rally drivers Patrick Sandell and Chris Atkinson.
ARX’s first round will be run alongside the British round of the World RX series at Silverstone in May (25 – 25), before also joining the Canadian and American rounds of World RX in Trois-Rivieres (August 4-5) and Austin (September 29-30).
The fourth event in the series, which will also be held in America, is yet to be announced, while the series will use the same control Cooper Tires tyres as World RX.
“Rallycross is a perfect match for the way we digest entertainment today: short, sharp wheel-to-wheel races that are packed with action,” said IMG Motorsports Managing Director, Paul Bellamy.
“ARX is a very exciting opportunity to use our experience from World RX to grow the sport in the Americas. We see huge potential in ARX and will work closely with all key stakeholders and possible new venues to develop ARX into a major championship over the next few years.”
The GRC revealed last month that it wouldn’t include a headline Supercar category in 2018, Motorsport.com understanding that the manufacturers previously involved in the series, Volkswagen, Subaru and Honda having withdrawn their participation prior to the announcement.
“Volkswagen of America, in conjunction with our technical partner Andretti Autosport, intends to enter ARX in 2018 with a factory-supported supercar rallycross team,” said Volkswagen Experiential Marketing Director, Greg Lucia.
“We are very excited about the future of rallycross in North America and look forward to finalizing all details with IMG and working closely with them to help make ARX a success.”
Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager, Rob Weir, said: “IMG has done a fantastic job with the World RX platform, so we’re keen to integrate the Subaru Rally Team USA program in the upcoming ARX series under its guidance.”