Last Saturday, I received a late night text from my friend Linda. Apparently, her, her husband and his friend Glynn had an extra ticket to Red Bull GRC DC or Red Bull Global Rallycross Race or for the next day!
+ Something new & cool that I haven’t been to?
+ Involves professional race car drivers & fast cars?
Count me in baby!
+ Background info: Rallycross racing is a sprint style of car racing. In America, it started in the X games around 2010. The series has several popular drivers such as Tanner Foust, Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Finn Marcus Grönholm, Kiwi Rhys Millen, Dave Mirra, Frenchman Stéphane Verdier, Swede Michael Jernberg and Briton Liam Doran.
We got to RFK Stadium – the event was outside of it and walked around the prep tents where crowds of people were milling about. Linda took pictures of the cars getting prepped and ready for the races. We even had a skydiver jump out of a plane to land in the middle of the track. The track was a half mile long with 10 turns – races are multiple laps.
There were a few food trucks – mostly easy finger foods like pizza, chicken & waffles, bbq and chicken tenders + fries. Beer was available but only at a few stands sponsored by PBR (yea, I know…) but we got free koozies out of it.
A few race car drivers signed autographs and took pictures with fans of all ages.
Here we are with Nelson Piquet Jr before his race started. Isn’t he a cutie? He won second place in this race. Tanner Foust – another (famous) driver was there AND he’s a local from the northern VA/Washington area! Yay!
There was even an old Ferris wheel that Linda and I got on for a ride. Views up that high were…not bad despite being slightly nervous about going on an old creaky amusement park ride that looked like it might break apart any moment. The ride was free! There was also face painting for children which we were tempted to try but sadly, we aren’t 5 years old anymore.
Afterwards, we quickly woofed down fried and barbecued food and headed to the stands for the first few races.
+ The races…are AWESOME.
Lots of zoom zoom zooming and engines revving. No crashes when we were there but it is possible and it can happen. The winner did a celebration burn out and a mini show of driver skill by drifting!
Afterwards, the sun was starting to come out and the heat was bearing down. It gets super humid + hot in Washington DC during the summer so we decided to head out before the masses.
On the way out, Red Bull girls gave away cans of different flavored Red Bull. Maybe something new they’re planning to roll out? We had lime and cranberry to try and despite the caffeine, both Linda and I dozed off on the car ride home.
Definitely a fun time and I would love to attend another Red Bull GRC race event again! I think this sport will grow in popularity. As for the event or race, combining it with other entertainment would make it fun for people of all ages, background, and interests.