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Switching gears, Speed turns to Global RallyCross

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Switching gears, Speed turns to Global RallyCross

Scott Speed

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POSTED August 2, 2013 1:45 a.m.

Although Manteca native Scott Speed continues to struggle in NASCAR Sprint Cup with his underfunded Leavine Family Racing team, he has found success in Global Rallycross, which he began competing in earlier this season.

Speed won in his very first event, at Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and currently sits eighth in the 2013 driver standings.

It was recently announced that Speed will now be joining newly-formed DRR-SH Global Rallycross team entry at the 2013 X Games Los Angeles.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the X Games Los Angeles. Running with DRR-SH Global Rallycross will definitely give me a chance at another Gold Medal,” said Speed. “GRC has been a lot of fun so far and I am looking forward to being able to run an X Games at home in the USA.”

Global Rallycross cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing spec. GRC vehicles are incredibly versatile; they produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, but are also built to withstand 70-foot jumps and contact with other vehicles. Unlike many other racing series, they also do not feature the aid of electronic traction aids.

Action sport stars including Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan have described the sport as “motocross — with a roll cage.”

Global Rallycross will see no fewer than 18 Supercars — a season high — at X Games Los Angeles, the final X Games event of the 2013 schedule.

“Scott is absolutely the perfect fit for our entry,” commented DRR-SH Global Rallycross co-owner Robbie Buhl. “He is hungry for victories, which he proved by winning his first X Games event in Brazil. Coming from Formula One and most recently NASCAR, he has a huge following and will be a great asset to our team.”

The 2013 X Games Los Angeles GRC event will take place on Sunday. It will be broadcast live on ESPN at 2 p.m.

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