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Red Bull GRC: VW and Andretti Sports Marketing to bring event to D.C.

Apr 2, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing announced today that they have joined forces in bringing professional motorsports back to Washington, D.C. in extreme fashion with Volkswagen Rallycross DC—the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series to be held June 21-22 and televised live on NBC June 22. The two-day event will take place on the RFK Festival Grounds.

In addition to the Red Bull Global Rallycross action that has become a fast favorite of extreme sports fans, the festival, styled Volkswagen Rallycross DC, will feature live music, food, entertainment, a VIP club, and extreme sports legends such as Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Ken Block, and Bucky Lasek.

“Volkswagen is excited to bring professional motorsports back to the Washington, D.C. metro area, and to be involved in such a fast-growing, action-oriented sport,” said Clark Campbell, General Manager of Experiential Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Volkswagen Rallycross DC is the perfect event to showcase the innovative performance of the Volkswagen brand and connect with our core enthusiasts.”

“We’re thrilled to hold a race with such an historic backdrop and to bring this innovative form of extreme motorsports to the forward-thinking environment of D.C.,” declared Tim Mayer, General Manager, Volkswagen Rallycross DC. “In addition to putting on a spectacular show, we are committed to being good neighbors, and we look forward to some great initiatives we’ll have in support of the race with a focus toward giving back to the community.”

Andretti Sports Marketing also runs and operates the Verizon IndyCar Series race in Milwaukee, and the FIA Formula E race in Miami later this year.

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  1. techmeister1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Let’s hope that VW puts some effort into a competitive team as they do almost nothing as far a pro racing in the U.S. Arena racing in the U.S. seems to be for auto makers who really aren’t commited to pro production car racing.

  2. testover6370 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The are extremely excited to use the word “extreme” and extremely large amount of times in one extremely enthusiastic article about such an extreme event.

  3. bmcgrath2 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Is it me, or does that picture look like Michael Andretti has a half pouch of Levi Garrett in his cheek?

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Michael is laughing at the idea of VW entering arena racing. He has to be tactful because they gave him some money.

    As far as exciting, for most TV race folks it’s only exciting if they are crashing.

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