We’ll have to wait for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Global Rallycross race car to make its debut. But Subaru will be bringing a new car in the 2014 Subaru GRC STI that makes its debut. It will be at the Red Bull Global Rallycross that opens the 2014 season on May 17-18 in Barbados in conjunction with Top Gear Festival Barbados. This first race will see lots of action and will bring a great lineup of drivers and teams and possibly the most exciting racing action on the planet.
It will be an exciting series this year as new teams and drivers bring tons of driving excitement for race fans. What drivers will be featured for Subaru? Three-time European rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen along with skateboarding champion and 2013 GRC Sportsmanship Award winner Bucky Lasek will drive the 2014 Subaru GRC STI. The all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI will debut later this season. We will likely see David Higgins and Travis Pastrana in later races in the new 2015 GRC STI cars.
Who are the other drivers? Two-time Red Bull GRC champion Tanner Foust, 2013 GRC Vegas winner Ken Block, and 2013 X Games Brazil gold medalist Scott Speed will be the top drivers at Red Bull Global Rallycross this season. It will also include Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record holder Rhys Millen, former F1 and NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr., and Emma Gilmour, a three-time runner up in the New Zealand Rally Championship, will become the first female driver in series history in Barbados. Two other rookies will join the race with 2013 GRC Lites champion Joni Wiman and 2012 K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year and K&N East veteran Austin Dyne.
The Red Bull Global Rallycross series will be televised by NBC. NBC Sports will carry nine race broadcasts on the NBC broadcast network, primarily live, with re-airs on cable on the NBC Sports Network.
The full 2014 Red Bull GRC schedule is as follows:
May 17-18: Barbados
June 7: Austin, TX*
June 21-22: Washington, DC
July 19-20: New York, NY
July 25-26: Charlotte, NC
August 2-3: Detroit, MI
August 22-23: Daytona, FL
September 19-20: Los Angeles, CA
September 26-27: Seattle, WA
November 5: Las Vegas, NV
*The RedBull Global Rallycross event at the ESPN X Games in Austin, Texas will air on ESPN.
You will see Royal Purple, premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer, displayed on the Subaru GRC STI cars this year. They are also an established series partner to the Global Rallycross series. Subaru Rally Team USA announced they have joined forces with Royal Purple in a multi-year agreement. The team, managed by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar, will begin to utilize Royal Purple products in each of their factory Rally and Rallycross teams this year.
The all-new 2015 RallyCross STI was uncovered at the New York International Auto Show for performance fans to see. The first Global RallyCross round will be held this weekend in Barbados, in conjunction with Top Gear Live. The race will air on NBC May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. We’ll see the new 2014 Subaru GRC STI cars this weekend. We have to wait to see the 2015 RallyCross STI in action later this fall.