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2012 X Games Los Angeles: Sebastien Loeb Dominates RallyCross [w/ Videos]

Less than a month ago, there were loads of people who were stoked about the RallyCross event at the X Games here in Los Angeles. The entry list was a who’s who of high-precision, highly sideways drivers: Two-time WRC drivers’ champion Marcus Grönholm. Former Formula Drift champs Tanner Foust, Rhys Millen and Samuel Hübinette. X Games legends in other disciplines Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Brian Deegan and Bucky Lasek. YouTube A-Lister Ken Block. And a host of experienced rally and RallyCross shoes from around the world.

Then in mid-June came the bombshell to end all bombshells: The winner of the last eight WRC crowns, Sebastien Loeb, would be spending one of his off weekends in L.A., contesting his first X Games in a factory-backed RallyCross-spec Citroen DS3. Oh yes, “epic” would have fallen far, far short of being a strong enough word to describe this contest that was going to go down on the streets and parking lots in front of Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

X-Games 17: RallyCross Racing – Mayhem in the Streets of Downtown LA

The second Rally Car event in this year’s X-Games was RallyCross Racing. Unlike Saturday’s event where drivers compete head to head against one another, RallyCross features 4-car heats. Metal Mulisha’s Brian Deegan added X-Games Gold medal to his collection after winning this year’s final heat. But the real story was Travis Pastrana’s determination. 

Travis Pastrana is no stranger to X-Games – over the years he has won numerous Gold medals in both Moto X events as well as Rally Racing in 2008. In what was dubbed Pastranathon, Travis was to compete not only on numerous X-Games events this weekend, but also make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Saturday night. But in attempting to land a 720 on his Moto X bike during the Best Trick competition Thursday night, Travis broke his foot and ankle.

X-Games 17: Doran Takes Gold in Rally Car Racing

With names like Foust, Gronholm, Block, and Mirra – not many expected 24 year old British driver Liam Doran to walk away with X-Games Gold in Rally Car Racing. But it wasn’t easy – first he had to beat 2-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm in the finals this past Saturday in Los Angeles. Click past the break to see the rest of our coverage of this year’s Rally Car Racing at X-Games 17.

World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm Dominates First Ever Global RallyCross at Irwindale

Many of us know Irwindale Speedway as the “House of Drift”. But this weekend – Irwindale held the first round of the new Global RallyCross Championship. And as many of us who were present witnessed – Irwindale quickly became the “House of Gronholm”.

This new series features two classes of cars – 2WD and AWD – competing in a 3-lap closed circuit race made up of both dirt and asphalt sections. In each race, drivers must take an alternate path known as the “joker” during one of their laps. This weekend’s “joker” route featured a 70’ gap jump crossing over the track underneath. You can probably guess that this was the highlight of the course for most spectators. As you can see in our photo gallery – there were quite a few rough landings!

Ken Block Invitational Gymkhana GRID 2010 Irwindale Gets Sideways in Style

When the name Ken Block is mentioned, the word awesome comes to mind. So when he sets up his own driving event, you know it’s going to be good. On Saturday December 4, 2010, the Gymkhana Grid series made its first appearance at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA.

First let’s get a bit of background on Ken Block and Gymkhana. Ken Block is a decorated rally car racer, and co-founder of DC Shoes. Participating in various extreme sports over the years, Block truly found his niche in rally racing. So what is Gymkhana anyway?