First the Press Release then below what I believe occured...
Global RallyCross Championship Launches March 25-26
Then let's play connect the dots...
Gale is Foust's manager
Gale was the director (owner?) of the production company that Rally America hired to run its RallyCross series in 2011 which fails (somehow) in developing some sort of discussed relationship with ESPN though high level talks and initial planning did take place and PR releases were made, nothing came to fruition.
ESPN has a substantial (controlling?) ownership stake in Gale's new company (GRC) which is starting up a "new" west coast centered Rallycross series with a new organizing entity (RCM) controlling entries and more for the XGames.
Here I'll state my opinion of what this looks like with no proof, just an impression based on the above.
Sounds to me like Gale and ESPN got cozy in the middle of last year and somewhere along the way decided that Rally America wasn't substantial enough for ESPN's purposes, and that they'd be better off with 100% control, thereby squashing the need for ESPN to invest any money in producing/filming last Falls RallyX series.
Gale still had the connections and expertise to head up a RallyCross series so while RA was shuffled to the side and out of the picture, ESPN invests heavily (a quid pro quo?) in a company co-founded (who is the other co-founder?) by Gale and sets him up to run what is then essentially an ESPN owned/controlled entity for the purpose of putting on RallyX events, providing ESPN with a product with which to expand their marketing to Gen X,Y,Z or whatever other generation we are on.
There is zero mention of Rally America/RallyCar in this initial release nor is there any RallyAmerica/RallyCar photos or info in any way associated with the current GRC webpage.
However, one of the emails informing people of this new series reportedly came directly from Rally America--yet, there is no mention of it on the Rally America site. Rally America is usually very on top of announcing good news and if they have a hand in this new series I would have thought that it would appear first, or nearly so, on the Rally America page and they would be hyping the crap out of it.
And if GRC is running this series on the West Coast, what remains for RallyAmerica/RallyCar to promote/run? Not much RallyCross wise I would imagine...
Rally America, in my opinion, got played...and played badly. Yet another reason for me to hate ESPN, unfortunately, I'll still likely end up watching their RallyCross programs...it's just the slimey
Regardless, wanna take bets on what happens first? RallyCar changes its name back to Rally America or RallyCar putting on another top talent drawing RallyCross event???
New Global RallyCross Site...