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Nitro Rallycross Announces First Teams Committed for 2022 Global Series and Initial Vehicle Orders for Electric Class
Nitro Rallycross announced today the first wave of teams which will compete in the dynamic motorsport property’s 2022 global series. Seven race teams, from not only Rallycross but also INDYCAR and off-road racing across North America and Europe, have already committed for NRX’s inaugural worldwide championship next year including, Vermont SportsCar, GRX, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Olsbergs MSE, Xite Racing, Good Times Racing and one additional team to be announced at a later date.
NRX 2022 will feature Rallycross’ first all-electric Supercar class and preliminary orders for the cutting-edge vehicle that will compete in that circuit, the FC1-X, were revealed as well. While NRX’s 2022 kickoff is still nine months away, the first group of cars that will be delivered to race teams ahead of the inaugural global season are sold out with orders for the second batch already coming in. To date, NRX has commitments for nine cars, with multiple conversations taking place regarding the remaining vehicles. NRX will limit sales to 16 cars in its first electric season.
“We have worked closely with the teams and manufactures to build the very best Rallycross car ever developed,” says Joe Carr, CEO of Thrill One Sports and Entertainment – NRX’s parent company. “This collaboration and buy-in is a testament to their belief in NRX as the future of Rallycross.”
With five races in the internal combustion class across the U.S. on the calendar this year and the initial teams competing in 2021 set, today’s news marks the next phase of NRX’s comprehensive multi-year vision.
“From the first announcement that Nitro Rallycross was expanding into a global series, industry response has been tremendous,” continues Carr. “This far-reaching commitment from some of the most prominent teams in motorsport demonstrates their strong confidence in the property and the direction we are headed.”
2022 Inaugural Global Series:
These teams will compete in Nitro Rallycross’ first integrated world championship, with the first of at least 10 races set to kick off in the first quarter of 2022 and run throughout the year. The full-throttle action will stretch from North America to Europe through to the Middle East.
Worldwide Expansion Powered by Electric Innovation:
In addition to Nitro Rallycross’ internal combustion circuit, these teams will also square off in a transformational electric Supercar class debuting next year.
First Corner, a forward-thinking partnership between electric mobility leaders QEV Technologies (creators of racing’s gold-standard electric powertrains) and Olsbergs MSE, is readying the FC1-X. This revolutionary fully-integrated vehicle, built on a crossover SUV platform, is all-new from the inside out, and has been designed specifically for the rigors of Rallycross with direct input from teams and key stakeholders in the industry.
The most-advanced high-performance Rallycross vehicle ever built, the FC1-X produces 1,000+ peak HP with all-wheel drive. Wrapping that power in a lightweight tube frame chassis, it is capable of three g’s of acceleration as it rockets from zero to 60 mph in under 1.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 180 mph. Yet with over 12-inches of suspension travel, the FC1-X is also tough enough to handle the steep berms and 100-ft gap jumps of NRX’s massive purpose-built tracks.
Carr says, “We are seeing a lot of excitement about the FC1-X. With nine sales already secured and more purchase orders expected soon, we are very confident that we will sell out the entire 16-car field ahead of our inaugural electric season in 2022.”
With the FC1-X, Nitro Rallycross is also an exciting property for OEMs. “In addition to offering teams unprecedented performance, the FC1-X will also provide manufacturers a record-breaking platform to showcase their new electric crossover SUV models, the fastest-growing category in the industry, in front of a global audience,” Carr explains.
Last month, the FC1-X made its track debut in a series of thorough systems checks, earning rave reviews from the drivers and technicians who put the platform through its paces. Soon, the wider motorsports community will be able to see what the game-changing FC1-X is capable of.
About Nitro Rallycross:
Launched in 2018 by motorsports icon Travis Pastrana and the innovators of Nitro Circus, Nitro Rallycross has revolutionized motorsport. With innovative purpose-built courses, banked turns inspired by the wide-open action of Supercross and short-form, head-to-head competition, Nitro Rallycross creates high-impact, thrill-packed racing. NRX’s custom-built permanent tracks - featuring the biggest jumps seen in motorsports – create unrivaled racing excitement. The full-throttle competition is now set to go global, as Nitro Rallycross expands into a full standalone championship series. Looking ahead to 2022, NRX will also add an electric Supercar circuit featuring the all-new FC1-X, the most powerful Rallycross vehicle ever built. For the latest NRX updates head to www.nitrorallycross.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
This new chapter in Nitro Rallycross’ evolution is the latest initiative from Thrill One Sports and Entertainment, parent company of Nitro Circus, Street League Skateboarding and Thrill One Media (formerly Superjacket Productions). Thrill One has the backing of leading sports investment firms The Raine Group and Causeway Media Partners, also one of the initial investors behind Formula E. Go to www.thrillone.com for more information.
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Hailie Deegan will substitute for Tony Kanaan in two Camping World SRX Series races as scheduling conflicts prevent Kanaan from competing June 19 at Knoxville (Iowa) Speedway and July 10 at Slinger (Wis.) Speedway.
Deegan is currently a fulltime driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the 19-year-old racer from Temecula, California, was tabbed by SRX co-founder Ray Evernham to fill in for Kanaan.
“Tony Kanaan is going to bring a lot to the Camping World SRX Series, both in terms of talent and personality. We’d love to have him for all six races, but we’re also not going to complain about having him for four,” Evernham said. “It did, however, allow us the opportunity to find another strong personality who has shown that she’s not afraid to race door-to-door for the win. Hailie Deegan has won on the style of tracks where SRX is racing and now she has the opportunity to win against some of the biggest names in motorsports.”
Deegan is a three-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and was the first female to win a race in that series.
“It’s an honor to be a part of SRX and I’m grateful for the chance,” Deegan said. “I love racing. I started when I was eight in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series and, for the last five years, I’ve been on pavement working my way up the racing ladder. The challenge of SRX really appeals to me. Competing on different tracks – asphalt and dirt – with other drivers from all sorts of disciplines is a unique opportunity that doesn’t come around every day.”
Kanaan is committed to the four other races in the six-race short-track series beginning with the June 12 debut of the Camping World SRX Series at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. After Stafford, Kanaan will race June 26 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis, and then July 17 in the season finale at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.
“I feel like other people driving my car is the story of my season,” said Kanaan, who is sharing a car in the NTT INDYCAR Series with Jimmie Johnson, running all the ovals while Johnson runs all the road and street courses. “Obviously, I want to race the full SRX schedule, but I have two commitments I cannot break. I really appreciate everyone’s flexibility, because when I first heard about SRX, I was the first one to raise my hand and loudly say I wanted to be a part of it. I’m happy that Hailie Deegan gets to enjoy this experience too because it really is a great opportunity for all of us.”
Every Camping World SRX Series race will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with streaming live on Paramount+.
The Camping World SRX Series features world-class drivers from an array of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared racecars on some of the most iconic short tracks in America. Tony Stewart, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Michael Waltrip are the fulltime drivers in the Camping World SRX Series. Local all-stars join the series regulars at the first five races, with six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby at Stafford, four-time Knoxville track champion Brian Brown at Knoxville, five-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson at Eldora, prolific USAC and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner Bobby Santos III at Lucas Oil Raceway, and the winner of the July 6 Slinger Nationals – one of the most prestigious short-track races in the country – competing in the Camping World SRX Series race at Slinger. A handful of racing “ringers” will join the Camping World SRX Series at select races, with NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle competing at Stafford and Slinger, five-time Rallycross champion and former Formula One driver Scott Speed racing at Eldora and Lucas Oil Raceway, and Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist in his element at Knoxville.
After losing out on his first career win just two weeks ago, Texas native and CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour Rookie of the Year candidate Kaden Honeycutt dominated each and every lap of the VisitHampton.com 125 at Langley Speedway Saturday night.
After starting second to his car owner and teammate Justin Johnson, Honeycutt grabbed the lead from the outside pole position and never looked back. The victory marked the first time a Texas native has won in CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour history.
Although he challenged his student several times, car owner and teammate Justin Johnson finished second some 2.422 seconds behind. Right behind Johnson was fellow veteran Deac McCaskill in third place to round out the podium.
For both Johnson and McCaskill the podium finishes, while not a win, may be the perfect night when looking back at season’s end. Both drivers had stellar runs on a night that saw championship points leader Bobby McCarty struggle mightily finishing two laps down in the 17th position.
The disappointing run by McCarty virtually erased his entire points lead to just a single point over McCaskill after previously entering Langley with a sizable 15 point margin. Johnson should unofficially be knocking on the doorsteps as well with his gap down to four markers behind McCarty.
For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.
Larry King’s Law Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
June 5, 2021
Late Model Stock Car Unofficial Finish
1. #4H Kaden Honeycutt
2. #44 Justin Johnson
3. #08 Deac McCaskill
4. #99 Layne Riggs
5. #14 Jared Fryar
6. #81 Mini Tyrrell
7. #95 Sam Yarbrough
8. #91 Jonathan Shafer
9. #97 Daniel Silvestri
10. #88 Connor Jones
11. #2 Brandon Pierce
12. #81B Sam Butler
13. #91C Justin S. Carroll
14. #90 Terry Carroll
15. #24 Mason Diaz
16. #17 Joe Valento
17. #22 Bobby McCarty
18. #2W Matt Waltz
19. #4 Jonathan Findley
20. #12 Timothy Peters
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)