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Internships with Red Bull Global Rallycross

This is a little public service announcement for the college kids out there who love Motorsports and want to find a way working with various series. At the Red Bull GRC of Atlantic City I learned that the series does rely on Interns for various tasks, and will fly your ass around the country following events with little to no expense to you. And while you may not earn any money for this “summer job” the experience in my view is priceless. I sure as shit wish that instead of the lame bank internship I did in my university days, I had looked into something as exciting as GRC clearly is!

I may be stating the obvious, but before “volunteering” this event I had no idea that something like this actually happens. I figured that at most Interns for NASCAR have to be local to Daytona Beach or Charlotte and get to do coffee runs for real NASCAR employees instead of flying around the country to events, setting up displays, working the media rides, info booths, etc.

But this is real!

Ironically the only reason I learned about this opportunity is because I showed up a day early to work the event as a flagger. They paid us for our duties and besides guest passes there wasn’t much in a way of swag to be had. I wanted a neat little shirt and hat that all the real “volunteers” got, so I said the magic word to the person in charge…. “Hey, do you need help?  I’m happy to volunteer Friday.” And of course he needed help, I got a chance to earn my keepsake, the shirt and hat you can see me wearing in most of the pictures promoting the shit out of the series, as a direct result.

While helping out as a volunteer I met a West Coast chick who got involved with the company through an internship, and boy was I jealous of her. While I’m looking for a job, people helping with my resume advise against adding all of my volunteering on my CV because it won’t help me. While her internship will open doors with whatever events management job she wishes to pursue in the future.

Life is unfair!

An internship with GRC isn’t just providing cheap labor to help set up tents, which we obviously did, but it definitely teaches you the ins and outs of putting on a major entertainment event. And the AC GRC event was a great venue to learn.

How I wish someone advised me to pursue something like this about ten years ago. But I’m grateful I got to earn a shirt and hat I’ll probably never wear again, and learn a bunch of info that only made me jealous. Maybe one day I’ll land a cool job like this. One day…  a paid job that is.

Red Bull Global Rallycross Spotter Guide for Atlantic City, NJ Rounds 8 and 9

And now for something completely different… this weekend will be my first opportunity volunteering for the Red Bull GRC being held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Other than watching a few YouTube video highlights I know nothing about this series, so a good start to familiarization is with a spotter guide… the GRC web site doesn’t have much other than last year’s guide so I snagged their previous race one assuming most cars will wear the same livery. and as one would imagine car liveries change from race to race, so the same day I posted the Indianapolis spotter guide the Red Bull Global Rallycross web site released the correct spotter guide for Atlantic City:

redbullglobalrallycross.com/news/features/spotter-guides/red-bull-grc-atlantic-city-spotter-guide/

Really looking forward to this event!

Supercars:

Photo credit: redbullglobalrallycross.com

Lites:

Photo credit: redbullglobalrallycross.com

This is probably the best guide on their web site for the Lites, as part of the Pick 5 Fantasy rallycross game.

Added on August 14, 2017… notice something interesting? The CORE Autosport team from IMSA is here complete with their driver line up. Similarly the majority of the other teams had a strong IndyCar affiliation with Andretti Autosport and RLL teams fielding very strong entries.

Registered for Red Bull Global RallyCross at Bader Field Atlantic City, New Jersey in August

I just registered for an event I sort of knew about but put on a backburner for so long I realized that I don’t know anything about it. And so after significant research about both the series and the venue, I decided I must take part in it as a marshal.

The series: Red Bull Global RallyCross or GRC

The venue: Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey

This event will take place in early August on the same weekend as the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Mid-Ohio… so suffice to say I will not be driving all day to Ohio when I can go to South Jersey in just under three hours (or more since everyone will be heading down the Jersey Shore during the summer…)

What is it? I suspect it is a lot like Rally America event I participated in years ago at NJMP (which is also in South Jersey about half an hour away from Atlantic City). The cars will race part on asphalt and part on dirt. What’s different is that at GRC there will be more cars, I understand up to 10 cars at once. And there will be massive jumps involved. And having worked a number of races with the Robbie Gordon Stadium Super Trucks… it’s a no brainer that anything involving cars and high jumps brings the fucking crowds and makes them go wild. Mix in a little Red Bull and everyone acts like they got wings! … or so I speculate. Here’s an official promo video, which seems to put a ton of emphasis on the crashes:

I’ve been to Atlantic City a million times. Back in high school my dad had a gambling problem and I’d drive him there once a week it seems to feed the addiction. He’d lose money and I’d hang out on the Boardwalk. When the rest of the family would come down we’d go to the piers for Go Karts and everyone would have a jovial time. When I got a bit older I started going down to Atlantic City for conventions at one of the many Casino’s. It has been years since I’ve gone back and I am fully aware that the city has gone through major financial woes. But it is still a city on the ocean, with a beach, Boardwalk, and attractions for people to come from all over the area during the summer months. There’s a direct rail link with Philadelphia and so this GRC event will probably be packed.

(as an aside, Bader Field is an old decommissioned Atlantic City Municipal Airport with both air and seaport capabilities, that more recently hosted a minor league baseball team, a bunch of concerts and plays as home to South Jersey SCCA rallycross venue in the summer months according to Wikipedia hmmm!)

From the races I’ve seen posted about on Facebook the events are as popular as MotoGP or many Formula Drift events. Red Bull is involved so it’s hip as hell… And with personalities like Tanner Foust involved and Scott Speed, there’s the celebrity factor too. I am especially interested in seeing the Ford Fiesta ST looking things err… Supercars compete with all the VeeDubb equivalents and Subi’s.

I’ll share a spotter guide once it becomes available. It seems the series is completely on top of things doing great marketing for their events down to the important things (like the spotter guides for the fans)… which I applaud them for! Great job…

I also understand there are still spots open for marshals in case anyone else in the area is interested. The event is paid apparently and a hotel room is provided. (or so I hope)

Looking forward to it!