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GRC Confirms SEMA Las Vegas Season Finale

After spending most of the 2012 season attempting to finalize a sixth race round, the Global Rallycross Championship finally has the date and location set: Tuesday, October 30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, home of the annual SEMA Show.

GRC drivers will compete on a special course staged in the LVCC parking lot. It will mark the second Las Vegas event of the season, following the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 29. The GRC will also be featured in SEMA’s annual Racing and Performance Forum, which takes place at 1 PM on the same day as the race.

The confirmation ends a long saga that saw series directors scramble to confirm a sixth championship event for much of the year. The original tentative date had been September 1, with the race scheduled to take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway in tandem with NASCAR Sprint Cup. However, Liam Doran’s website had listed that date as taking place at Sonoma Raceway, while a series of other tracks also came up.

Eventually, the date was postponed to September 15, with the prevailing thought that the GRC would run at Auto Club Speedway as a support event for the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale. Most drivers were operating under that impression at New Hampshire in July, answering championship-related questions by referring to race rounds at Fontana, while the questions in the garage were only if the course would be run in the Auto Club infield or a parking lot.

By mid-August, however, it had become clear that the Fontana date had fallen through. In our interview with Andy Scott, he mentioned that the next GRC round would definitely be Las Vegas, while Rhys Millen actually mentioned the SEMA event off the record in our interview with him. The only delay was in the official announcement, which finally came yesterday.

– Chris Leone

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