Nitro Rallycross headed to The Firm

Season-finale attracts the world’s best rallycross drivers to Keystone Heights Airport

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 11/17/21

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Nitro Rallycross, the brainchild of action sports star Travis Pastrana, will bring its high-flying, high-speed thrill ride to the Florida International Rally and Motorsports …

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Nitro Rallycross headed to The Firm

Season-finale attracts the world’s best rallycross drivers to Keystone Heights Airport

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Nitro Rallycross, the brainchild of action sports star Travis Pastrana, will bring its high-flying, high-speed thrill ride to the Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park at the Keystone Heights Airport on Dec. 4-5.

The popular racing series is a mixture of cars, motocross and adrenaline. Portions of The FIRM’s road course, skidpad and the off-road course will be transformed into a trail that features dirt, pavement and jumps for the season-finale.

Although races will be televised live on the Peacock network, local and racing officials said nothing compares to the smells, sights and sounds of 600-horsepower supercars running side-by-side.

“It is so awesome to see the momentum building for Nitro Rallycross,” said Pastrana, global motorsports icon and the driving force behind this racing revolution. “The reaction from teams has been fantastic. We’ve already confirmed more supercar entrants than ever before in an NRX event. Building four all new, unique and crazy tracks for this year to go along with Utah Motorsports Campus is something all of us have been working toward for years. It’s going to be round after round of new challenges and excitement.”

The race is expected to draw thousands of fans and bring about $2 million to the Clay and Bradford county economies.

“The City of Keystone Heights is so very excited to see NRX holding such an incredible event right in our backyard,” said Keystone Heights Mayor Karen Lake. “On behalf of the City, we welcome you to our community and look forward to this great opportunity to host NRX and all those involved with the tour. We can’t wait to see all that NRX has to offer.”

In addition to Pastrana, the series features former NASCAR, Formula One and Summer X Games driver Scott Speed, the brother tandem of Timmy and Kevin Hansen.

“The FIRM is excited to be the Florida venue for the NRX North American tour,” said Larina Hintze, Vice President of The FIRM. “We share the same passion and goal to create a memorable experience for enthusiasts while providing some of the best technical driver training in the world. Nitro Rallycross program is creating an exciting motorsports event the entire family can take part. At The FIRM, ‘We Drive Passion’ and we appreciate NRX giving us the opportunity to share our combined passion through this family fun event at The FIRM.”

The event also brings a worldwide television audience through the NRX partnership with NBC and Peacock. In addition, to live broadcasts, a one-hour highlight show will air after each race on NBCSN.

Clay County will introduce a new program called Bandwango that is a new tool to connect visitors and local residents to an online passport where they can find deals for local attractions, shops and restaurants. More information on Bandwango can be found at exploreclay.com.

“Hosting an event of this magnitude is monumental for our community,” said Clay County Commission Chairman Mike Cella. “Rally racing is full of adventure and family fun, which is a perfect fit for Clay County and the North Florida region. We look forward to welcoming racing competitors and fans from all over the world in December.”

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