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Red Bull GRC could be eyeing local course

Word has it that the popular drink maker Red Bull is searching for a place to stage its Global Rallycross in the New York area this summer. Nassau Coliseum is probably where the race is going to be held. That’s right, but you won’t find the information listed on the Red Bull or Coliseum websites. Nevertheless, it looks as though car racing may be coming to Long Island at the end of July.

The Red Bull GRC may be coming to the Nassau Coliseum in July.
Photo by Donald Miralle

In an effort to drum up some attention, Subaru has been making the rounds while promoting its new Global Rallycross car. Naturally, the media has been covering the publicity. But some reports already suggest the Coliseum is going to be the venue for the GRC. That’s strange, considering the Long Island arena has not been mentioned anywhere else.

While most Coliseum goers will probably be making their way to the beach, racing car engines plan to roar in Uniondale amid the hot dust, haze and humidity of suburbia. According to an advertisement for Subaru on the motorsports blog, it appears having the GRC at the Coliseum may be a done deal. The ad invites readers to “Cheer on Subaru Team USA July 20…at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum...”

The website mentions that the race is coming to New York for the first time and that the event will be broadcast on NBC live. There is even a time and a date specified. But the exact location has not been announced by the race’s chief sponsor, Red Bull. In fact, under the caption “The Track,” Red Bull merely states “More information is coming soon…”

What is the GRC?

Global Rallycross is a series of automobile races that occur around the United States, including Austin, Las Vegas and Seattle. Similar to sprint-car racing, GRC tracks can be asphalt or dirt and sometimes off-road. By NASCAR or Indy standards, the cars are small but they can pack a punch of up to 600 mph. This definitely is not your father’s Winston Cup team. On the contrary, these vehicles are meant to take bumps and jumps. In fact, obstacles mean excitement for the fans who are encouraged to mingle with the drivers before and after races.

If the Red Bull Global Rallycross does visit the Nassau Coliseum, it would be a good thing for residents as well as racing buffs. Keep your fingers crossed.

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