Ladies and gentlemen…start your engines. You have probably heard that familiar phrase before. But this time, it has nothing to do with the Indianapolis 500, Daytona, Monaco’s Gran Prix or even the 24 hours of Le Mans. Instead, get ready for the Volkswagen Rallycross NY auto race, Jul. 19-20, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The two-day event, featuring the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, or GRC, is scheduled to take place rain or shine.
Rallycross NY, which will be televised live, is not your typical auto race. Enthusiasts will still find the brightly painted car-bodies, bold advertising decals and dust, kicked up by rapidly spinning tires as they dig into the road. No need for gear heads to worry either because under the hood of most GRC SuperCars are nearly 600 horses. But instead of just the latest GM, Ford, or MOPAR based machines, fans can applaud other names that they recognize, including Subaru and Volkswagen.
The SuperCar course
The GRC track is also unique. Road surfaces can range from asphalt or concrete to dirt and mud. The course can be located in an arena, outdoors on a ball field or partially off-road. What’s more, it is not unusual to see cars flying through the air as drivers conquer small hills and other obstacles. Where stock-cars, open wheel Indy competitors and top-fuel eliminators can be temperamental, Rallycross racers are built to take punishment. But that is only some of what makes Volkswagen’s Rallycross NY potentially so exciting.
What can Coliseum goers expect?
The GRC is about more than just the cars. The website for the event, rbgrcny.com, describes it more like an experience. Drivers frequently chat with the crowd, while spectators are encouraged to mingle with the different racing teams. According to rbgrc.com there will be “live music” and “entertainment.” Food and beverages will be available at different locations.
It sounds like the GRC is going to be one big party. But like everything else, there are things attendees can and cannot do. Sunscreen, cameras and video recorders are on the yes list. On the other hand, bringing in alcoholic beverages, bicycles, skateboards and lawn chairs is prohibited. Gates open at 8 a.m. For further information and ticket details check with the event website.