The World Rallycross Championship is coming to the United States.
Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas will hostthe first U.S. round of World Rallycross on Sept. 29-30. The first race of a five-year agreement will take place on a new layout yet to begin construction. The mixed-surface track will be located in the stadium area of the F1 circuit between turns 12 and 15.
"The United States of America has been on our radar since the World Championship began in 2014, but we were determined to wait for the right opportunity," WRX managing director Paul Bellamy said. "We have been in discussion with several venues across the USA, but COTA shared our vision for the world championship and can deliver a key objective of building a first-class rallycross facility."
The event has been announced as being part of a "festival weekend" and will be held three weeks before F1 again visits the circuit.
"There is no doubt that rallycross is a rapidly growing discipline. The fans can watch races in quick succession, and the 600 bhp cars are mightily impressive," said COTA chairman Bobby Epstein. "The addition of a rallycross circuit at COTA will be a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of motorsport events in Texas, and we look forward to working closely with World RX promoter IMG in making the first ever World RX event in the USA a resounding success."
IMG has confirmed that it will announce a provisional 2018 calendar on Tuesday, which will include rounds in the U.S., South Africa, Canada and nine rounds in Europe.
COTA is no stranger to rallycross events: It hosted a non-points scoring round of the U.S.-based Global Rallycross Championship in 2014 as part of X Games Austin, which was won by Scott Speed.
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