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Bryce Menzies Eagerly Accepts Invitation to Compete in 2012 X Games RallyCross

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Menzies and Red Bull teammate Travis Pastrana have been testing the new Dart all week, and Menzies gives it a thumbs-up for X Games 18 this coming Sunday.
Menzies and Red Bull teammate Travis Pastrana have been testing the new Dart all week, and Menzies gives it a thumbs-up for X Games 18 this coming Sunday.
Last year was a benchmark season for Bryce Menzies as he won both the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck and TORC Pro-2 Championship. Then, in what was arguably Menzies Motorsports biggest race of their 2011 season, he capped off the year winning the 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It was the team's first attempt at the Baja 1000.
In his first ever X Games RallyCross, Bryce Menzies will be introducing a new car to the event, a 600hp Dodge Dart.
In his first ever X Games RallyCross, Bryce Menzies will be introducing a new car to the event, a 600hp Dodge Dart.


Yet, as blazing hot as he was last year, Menzies has his sights set on slaying even larger dragons this year. Menzies has been invited by fellow Red Bull Athlete, Travis Pastrana to compete in the RallyCross portion of the 2012 X Games. Pastrana made a highly successful transition from motorcycles to cars and has amassed a total of 11 MotoX and Rally gold medals so far.

"Being asked to team up with Travis for this event is an amazing opportunity," remarked Menzies. "Travis is such a well-known athlete and the chance to learn from him about a different form of motorsports is an opportunity I can't be thankful enough for."
Menzies enjoys the challenge of being one of the younger competitors in this year's RallyCross event and he's focused on displaying his entire skill-set.
Menzies enjoys the challenge of being one of the younger competitors in this year's RallyCross event and he's focused on displaying his entire skill-set.


Menzies and Pastrana will both be competing in Dodge Darts, which is a new vehicle to the RallyCross competition lineup . The European production based all wheel drive car produces 600 horsepower, 60lbs of boost, and can go from 0-60 in just two seconds. To put that in perspective, that's similar to the performance of a Formula-1 car, which is why the Dart is one of favored cars in this year's event. The two drivers have been testing throughout the week and they have total confidence with taking both cars to the course this coming Sunday for X Games 18.

RallyCross has been described as "autocross-on-dirt", or a combination of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. The thoroughly compelling, fan thrilling event focuses more on driver skill and car handling, rather than speed and horsepower. RallyCross was first introduced two years ago at ESPN's Summer X Games 16 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Menzies will need to contend with competing against some of the biggest names in the sport such as Ken Block and Rhys Millen, as well as Brian Deegan, a familiar foe from his off-road racing conquests. Menzies and Deegan have squared-off in the Pro-2 ring numerous times, with Menzies finding the top of the podium over Deegan more times than not.

"Racing against Deegan in a different atmosphere will be a great learning experience. He is great at what he does and it should make for some fun and friendly competition," said Bryce Menzies. Menzies will be one of the youngest RallyCross competitors in this year's event and he will be going head-to-head against some of the pioneers of Rally. It's a position Menzies welcomes, as it motivates him to showcase his talents on the stage.

This year's RallyCross event will take place in Downtown Los Angeles, right outside of the iconic Staples Center and will feature a ramp-to-ramp jump, the only jump of its kind in the RallyCross competition that sends the drivers flying 70-feet through the air.

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