Yep, you read that right. The Gymkhana GRID series is coming back to America in a BIG way this August - as a brand new event for X Games, debuting at X Games Los Angeles 2013! That's a combo of 500+ horsepower AWD race cars and some of the biggest names in rally and rallycross racing, going head-to-head for the fastest time on the mirrored course you see above. All of which will be broadcast LIVE from Irwindale Speedway in California. Yeah, we can't wait 'till August either. Check out all the details in ESPN's press release below, and mark your calendars for when it's going down: Saturday August 3rd, 2013.
"June 7, 2013: Celebrating its 11th consecutive and final year in Southern California, X Games Los Angeles will debut the discipline of Gymkhana. Made popular by driver Ken Block, it will premier as Ford Gymkhana Grid at Irwindale Speedway and accompany Ford RallyCross. Based off the popular Gymkhana driving technique, Ford Gymkhana Grid features drivers competing head to head on a specifically designed course consisting of cones, tires, barrels and other obstacles. The race will require drivers to perform figure eights, 180-degree spins and other advanced driving techniques to get through the course as quickly as possible. In addition to Rally disciplines, Irwindale Speedway will also host Skateboard and BMX Big Air, X Games Music and X Fest elements.
"I'm stoked to be partnering up with ESPN to bring my Gymkhana GRID racing series to X Games Los Angeles this summer," said Block. "Gymkhana GRID is something that I've been in the process of building up for a few years now and I really think the fans and audiences at home are going to enjoy it. It takes the style of driving that people see in my Gymkhana series of YouTube videos and brings it into a head-to-head racing format that's timed. The fans not only get to see these awesome rally cars sliding sideways and making tons of tire smoke, but also a straight up driver versus driver race. August can't come soon enough!"