Dodge Reveals Global Rallycross Darts For 2013 Season
By John Beltz Snyder
April 09, 2013
- Pastrana Racing to Field Two Dodge Dart Rallycross Cars for 2013 Season
Building on the strong relationship created last year, Pastrana Racing will now field two Dodge Dart race cars for 2013. Bryce Menzies will drive the second Dart. The duo will drive Red Bull / Discount Tire-sponsored Dodge Dart Rallycross cars in the season opener April 21 in Brazil.
"At Dodge, racing is an integral part of our heritage and embodies our competitive spirit, so we're very excited to have Travis Pastrana back in the Dodge Dart for the 2013 season," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Dodge Brand. "With a 0-60 time of less than 2-seconds, the Global Rallycross series is the perfect platform to showcase the Dart and the Dodge brand's passion for performance on and off the track."
Global Rallycross, a spin-off of the X Games rally races, was introduced in the United States in 2009 and combines the skill of rally racing with the excitement of X Games. The series features high-flying extreme competition between cars that are relevant to today’s youth.
One year ago, Pastrana piloted his Dodge Dart to victory in the fourth race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line 1.431 seconds ahead of Samuel Hubinette, a victory Pastrana called “bigger than you could ever imagine.” He finished 10th in the final series standings.
“Travis Pastrana exemplifies what action sports activities are all about and he fits perfectly with the Dodge brand and the SRT Motorsports team,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “There is no doubt that Travis’ personality and driving skills will continue to bring energy and excitement to this season.”
The series incorporates bumper-to-bumper competition among 600 horsepower All Wheel Drive vehicles. There are 70-foot jumps over racing traffic, creating a “motocross with cars” action.
Pastrana, 29, is a four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist. He also competed fulltime in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and owns multiple Supercross and Motocross championships plus Nitro Circus, an empire which includes a television show, live tours and film projects.