The American Rallycross series, also commonly referred to as ARX rallycross, has been an American off-road series organised by IMG Motorsports. Forming in 2020, it was then a feeder team to the Formula 3 Championship.
After only two years, the American rallycross season was discontinued in early 2020. However, the series did not end there. The series was revived last year, but was again discontinued. With a new series, the ARX Sprint Series, already under way, IMG is confident that the future of American Rallycross will see many more teams to enter the fray.
Team members for the new series have yet to be announced. With four new teams confirmed this year, which includes the return of former championship contenders, such as TMR and XRC, and the addition of teams such as WSS Racing and CTF Racing, this will likely mean a boost in overall participation and racing. These teams join previously announced teams such as ECR, which had long been the most popular and dominant force on the circuit.
The idea behind the ARX Sprint series is that it allows for a wider appeal to the audience than other types of rallycross out there. Because it is designed to cater for all levels of drivers and enthusiasts, it is set apart from other races and series on the circuit.
It has been suggested that the series is in line with the plans of the upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix of America, which will take place in Austin, Texas during the weekend of the 2020 US Grand Prix. This would make sense as the series would aim to take its audience from other forms of motorsport, such as GP3 and European touring car racing, to an event that is based solely on the off-road rallycross model.
A new series like this is important in the US as it provides a new and exciting outlet for off-road drivers and enthusiasts and can also attract sponsors from the auto sector. In the long term, these types of motorsport events could prove lucrative for the companies that produce off-road vehicles, providing them with a greater marketing platform.
Some of the major benefits that these motorsport events offer include a challenging environment that allows participants to push the limits of their car and vehicle systems. In particular, this can prove beneficial when it comes to testing the cars' limits, and gaining a better understanding of handling stability, braking power and acceleration.
Another benefit to this type of racing is the chance to test the rallycross vehicles before they go into competition in the international rallycross circuit, where they will often find that the car is a lot stronger. With more experienced drivers and mechanics, they can improve the performance of the cars and find out what works and what does not. It is these drivers who could potentially go on to win the international race for the best finish.
Another benefit to the American rallycross circuit is the opportunity to test the drivers' skills in different driving conditions, which can give them an edge over the competition. They can then apply this to the race track when they race on it and learn what they have to work on.
Although the rules are similar in some countries, it is important to note that the rules in the US are much stricter than those in Europe, so it is worth being aware of this when looking at the rules. As the American series has been established by the organizers of Formula 1 Grand Prix of America, they tend to follow strict rules and regulations, which have been developed with the safety of the driver in mind.
The American circuit has a much tighter track than that of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of America, with only two corners and three kilometers of total length, compared to four kilometers in the race. Therefore, the rules on passing, pit stops and speed limit are also stricter than in European venues.
Therefore, the American rallycross series has some advantages over European races and has a larger fan base and audience, because many people who visit the races in other countries can't travel to the United States. If a race in the United States appeals to you, then it would be worth taking a look at what is available and considering a trip to participate in the Australian series for the chance to compete in one of the best off-road races and championships available.