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Red Bull Global Rallycross series is going racing, Cajun style, with New Orleans event

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Break out the boujailles, creole gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches, Andouille sausage – oh, and don’t forget the beads.

GRC officials announced today that the fourth of 12 events on the 2018 schedule will be held for the first time in the state of Louisiana.

Specifically, the 750-acre New Orleans Motorsports Park (NOLA) will host the series on Saturday, June 23.

“Red Bull Global Rallycross’ first visit to New Orleans will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting events of our 2018 season, and we look forward to making our debut at NOLA Motorsports Park,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release.

“Both Red Bull GRC and NOLA are known for innovative and forward-thinking approaches to auto racing, making our new partnership a perfect fit and welcome addition to this year’s schedule.”

Both Red Bull GRC and NOLA entered the motorsports scene in 2011 and had been discussing an event for some time before finalizing the June date.

The track at NOLA will include dirt sections and a 70-foot tabletop jump, with each joining NOLA’s road course design for a new, purpose-built layout.

“We are excited to be hosting Red Bull Global Rallycross at Louisiana’s World Class Motor-tainment Venue,” said Francisco Christian, CEO and Experience Creator of NOLA Motorsports Park. “NOLA Motorsports Park was built to host adrenaline action sport events and this is one of the most exciting out there right now.

“In a city known for taking it easy, this will be a great weekend for guests to take in the music, the food and the racing action. We are going to show the fans the true meaning of  ‘Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler’ (Let the good times roll)!

Among drivers expected to take part in the GRC Supercar race include former series champions Scott Speed and Tanner Foust.

Also taking part in the weekend will be GRC Lites and the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.

Tickets are already on sale.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.