15 Nov 2019
Americas Rallycross will not continue after 2019, it has been confirmed by series promoter IMG.
ARX began in 2018 following the collapse of Global Rallycross which ceased operations amid mounting financial difficulties. The remaining teams from the defunct series joined forces with World Rallycross organiser IMG to start a new US series, which was ARX.
The series ran a limited four-event schedule in 2018 which consisted of three World RX support rounds in the UK, Canada, and the US, before it expanded to six events in 2019. The 2019 schedule featured newly-built tracks at Mid-Ohio and Gateway, as well as a return to Canada to once again support World RX.
“After a consultation with a wide group of stakeholders and interested parties, IMG has taken the difficult decision to not extend the Americas Rallycross championship beyond the 2019 season,” IMG said in a statement. “We would like to thank our passionate fans, teams, driver, partners, and event hosts for their support and participation in Americas Rallycross.”
The news means that top-level rallycross in North America faces an uncertain future for the second time in three years.
Early speculation suggests that the organisers of the Nitro World Games, which features the popular Nitro Rallycross event, could start a new rallycross series for North America. The company had previously been linked to running a series in the wake of GRC’s demise, and Nitro ringleader Travis Pastrana has also confirmed the company’s intention to expand its rallycross competition to multiple events.
IMG’s departure from the US rallycross scene could also pave the way for an all-electric revolution to take place, with manufacturers understood to be keen on an electric rallycross series in America.
At its peak, rallycross’ premier US series attracted close to 20 entrants. However during the tenure of ARX the biggest field was less than half of that, with numbers often made up by European entrants brought in by the series organisers for one-off appearances. For much of 2019 ARX had a Supercar field of just seven cars from three teams.
For 2019 ARX also added a third-tier ARX3 category, featuring Sierra Cars buggies, alongside the Supercars and ARX2 Supercar Lites classes.
ARX’s maiden season was won by Scott Speed in his final year racing for Volkswagen. Tanner Foust took overall honours in 2019 as Speed missed the second half of the season through injury.
In ARX2 Conner Martell was champion in 2018 with Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell winning the category this year. John McInnes won the maiden ARX3 championship, being one of only two drivers to take part in the full season.