The rallying landscape in the United States continues to shift with recent news of Red Bull Global Rallycross making a major change with this season. In a recent announcement about new class formations for the 2018 season, they've parted ways with the Supercar series along with the manufacturers that brought their production-based rallycross cars to compete for the podium. With this sudden departure, one would expect Volkswagen, Honda, Subaru, and Ford to be done with Rallycross in the US... but another new organization as emerged to take on these Supercars.
The "Americas Rallycross", or ARX, will be launching their own championship. Spearheaded by IMG, the ones behind promotion of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the series will incorporate the manufacturer-led teams into a similar format. Not only that, but fans won't have to wait long for the ARX to make it's competition debut in May (one month earlier than the existing Red Bull GRC series). It may seem odd that a racing series named "Americas Rallycross" will see it's inaugural event held at Silverstone in the UK, but it's good to see the series coming together so quickly. With commitment from Subaru and Volkswagen already, many of the top stars that led the GRC last year are already confirmed to move forward with the newly formed ARX.
While GRC ventures into their new class-based racing for 2018, the ARX seems to have the makings of success early on. Red Bull GRC's loss of the Supercars could be the ARX's gain. It'll be interesting to see how each plays out this season!