The FIA World Rallycross Championship will debut in the United States next year after IMG, the series promoter, agreed a five-year hosting contract with the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
The race will take place on the weekend of 29th and 30th September, part of a provisional 2018 calendar that is slated to take in nine European rounds as well as events in Canada and South Africa.
COTA is best known as the host of the US rounds of the Formula One and MotoGP world championships. Terms of its World Rallycross hosting agreement are not available.
“The United States of America has been on our radar since the World Championship began in 2014 but we were determined to wait for the right opportunity,” said World Rallycross managing director Paul Bellamy.
“We have been in discussion with a number of venues across the USA but COTA shared our vision for the World Championship and can deliver a key objective of building a first-class rallycross facility.”
Bellamy added that the race will take place in a temporary stadium constructed inside COTA’s Formula One circuit over the coming months, and will headline a festival weekend that will include other elements covering music, food and action sports.
“We are delighted to announce that another FIA World Championship will be coming to COTA,” said COTA chair Bobby Epstein. “There is no doubt that rallycross is a rapidly growing discipline – the fans can watch races in quick succession and the 600bhp cars are mightily impressive.
“The addition of a world-class rallycross circuit will be a welcome addition to our growing venue, and we look forward to working closely with IMG in making the first ever World RX event in the USA a resounding success.”