Speed Visits Atlanta To Promote SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta

Speed Visits Atlanta To Promote SYLVANIA Silverstar ®  zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta
Doug Turnball of WSB interviews Speed. (Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Doug Turnball of WSB interviews Speed.
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

Scott Speed, whose racing experience includes all three NASCAR national series and Formula One, was in the Atlanta area Wednesday, July 24, to promote SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta, which will be held Aug. 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Speed raced against local media members at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell on Wednesday in addition to previewing the GRC event with local news outlets. Speed also conducted a brief Q&A session with children at the Ultimate Race Kamp, a summer camp held at Andretti.

Scott Speed finished first in the cart race at Andretti Speed Lab.Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Scott Speed finished first in the
cart race at Andretti Speed Lab.
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

The California native provided a preview of SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta for those in attendance not familiar with the thrilling excitement of GRC racing. The GRC race format consists of heat racers, a last chance qualifier race and a final race with the top finishers from each preliminary event.

The inaugural event at AMS will combine action sports, short track racing and motocross with racing taking place on a course made up of dirt, asphalt, gravel, water and ramp jumps.

“For the cars to be able to do what they do, jump and accelerate, it’s pretty impressive to see on just on its own right,” Speed said. “Then, if you add in the type of racers we have in the series and the format with it being a sprint race and such a shootout, it breeds a lot of unknown. It is extremely exciting.”

Scott Speed and local Indy Lites driver Sean Rayhall hamming it up.(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Scott Speed and local Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Series driver Sean Rayhall hamming it up.
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

Speed, who also currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, won the first GRC race of the season at the X-Games in Brazil. The race was Speed’s first in a GRC car.

“You don’t ever expect to be able to jump into something and win on your first try, especially when you have never driven the car before or anything like it,” Speed said. “As soon as I sat in the car, it fit my driving style. (With) the way I see corners, it was a good fit. I still have lots to learn about the series and those cars, but it is certainly something that was a natural fit.”

Sean Rayhall was a close second in the cart race.(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Sean Rayhall was a close second in the cart race.
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

Speed currently sits sixth in the overall championship standings.

SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta grandstand tickets are on sale now. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Ages 6 to 12 gain admission for just $10, with ages five and under entering free. Fans can upgrade their ticket and add paddock access for an additional $5.

SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta is $5 per vehicle and no smoking is permitted in the grandstands during the event.

For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211

 

Scott tightrope walking... don't fall!(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Scott tightrope walking… don’t fall!
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

 

Scott Enjoyed his time at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell, GA.(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)
Scott enjoyed his time at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell, GA.
(Photo: Fred Hanyon, MSA)

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