Jumping, sliding, crashing and fire. That's what fans can expect to see at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday as the Global Rallycross Championship makes its Texas debut, according to one of the top drivers in the sport.
"It's the kind of sport that has everything all at once," said Tanner Foust, last year's GRC champion.
The speedway will play host to the Hoon Kaboom Texas race at 3:30 p.m. before the IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at 7:30 p.m.
It will be the second event of the season for the GRC, and the top 12 drivers in the standings after Saturday's race will secure a spot in the 2012 X Games in Los Angeles on June 30-July 1.
"This is really exciting stuff," said Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president. "These cars are unbelievable. They go zero to 60 in less than two seconds, and they're going over jumps every lap, banging off of each other in mid-air, going through a water element, there's a little drifting to it, and it's just wild."
The track, set up along the frontstretch, will feature several obstacles, including a tabletop jump, a chicane and a 70-foot-long gap jump.
Drivers will race six laps on the course in the finals.
"The jump, I will be honest, is going to be difficult to hit at the perfect speed," Foust said.
"It will be a guessing game. Some people are going to come up short, which will be ugly, and some people will go long, which will be almost just as ugly."
In addition to Foust, the race will feature other well-known motorsports athletes such as Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, Dave Mirra, Ken Block, Marcus Grönholm and Bucky Lasek.
Foust said the ultimate goal for all of the drivers will be to finish in the top 12 of the GRC standings and book their trips to the X Games.
"X Games is by far the largest youth demographic show that happens in the world," he said. "For us, it is the juice. It's the fuel to the fire. Now that we can put the sport in front of big markets around the rest of the country, it's great, but X Games is the hub for us."
Jon Poorman, 817-390-7760