I’m still actively looking for people to fill out this survey on the Global Rallycross Championship season thus far. (If you’re stumbling upon this publicly, it’s because I’ve tagged the sport’s most popular drivers - Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, and Tanner Foust - in the post, as well as X Games.) The goal of the survey is to establish fans’ opinions of the sanctioning body and the season thus far. Through only a few days, I’ve made a few observations, and without giving away too much of the data, here are some things to ponder:
- Fans seem to like what the series has to offer as far as car and driver are concerned. Driver and car marketability and driving talent are getting strong reviews.
- It seems clear that the Charlotte race format - two heat races and one big LCQ - is preferable to the Texas and X Games format - one heat race and two smaller LCQs. This makes sense to me, because it offers more racing and a proper B main before the final.
- The first 20 or so people gave the mega ramp an average rating of about 2 out of 7. It’s not there now, but it was.
- Fans seem to prefer last year’s schedule to this year’s, likely because of the dirt racing surface, and return engagements from 2011 have come up more than once on where the series should run next year. The Pacific Northwest, specifically Old Mill Adventure Park (home of DirtFish Rally School), seems to have come up the most; the series ran at Old Mill last year. In fact, a return to Pikes Peak in Colorado has come up more than once as well. But we’ll see if anything else comes up in the coming days and weeks.