Ford Performance Will Stream The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Season


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Ford Performance will live stream the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship on Facebook. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

If you live here in the U.S. and are a diehard fan of FIA World Rallycross racing, then this one will be right up your alley. This week, Ford Performance announced they have just become the exclusive live U.S. distribution channel for the 2017 FIA World Rallycross season.

So what exactly does that mean for FIA fans here in North America? Well, it means that for the first time since the Ford Focus RS RX made it’s race debut last year in Portugal, we will finally be able to watch the full, 2017 FIA World Rallycross season live on the Ford Performance Facebook page. That’s a total of 12 live stream events this year!

We are extremely excited about this announcement because, in the past, North American fans trying to catch a live stream event were more often than not left in the dark, having to rely on event recaps and uploaded YouTube videos that just don’t accurately capture the thrill of watching a Rallycross event in real time.

We are always looking for innovative ways to provide more value to our fans and customers in the U.S. — Henry Ford III, Ford Performance

For the 2017 season, Ford Performance will once again be providing factory support for Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division, and the team will pilot a two-car Ford Focus RS RX team with drivers Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud behind the wheel.

This two-car setup proved to be quite successful in 2016, with the team taking home a number of podium finishes throughout the season which ultimately propelled driver Andreas Bakkerud to a 3rd place overall finish in the driver’s championship.

This was an impressive performance considering the new Focus RS RX was a completely new race platform for 2016 and was for the most part still untested in professional Rallycross competitions.

For the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Season, Ford Performance will be running the same two-car Focus RS RX setup that brought the team an overall podium finish at last year's Championship.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to provide more value to our fans and customers in the U.S. Our partnership with IMG will not only make it easier for fans to watch Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud live as they compete for the 2017 world championship, but it will also be an enhanced experience for those viewers,” Henry Ford III, Global Marketing Manager of Ford Performance, said.”Distributing the live stream through Facebook allows us to expand our social fan engagement during the event and serve up dynamic content during breaks in the action.”

The FIA World Rallycross season live stream kicks off on Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 am EST. For the full event schedule and to check out all the exciting race action throughout the 2017 season, all you have to do is follow Ford Performance on Facebook to see it all go down live.

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Kelly Getzelman

Kelly is a SoCal car enthusiast and skilled driver. His “get out and drive” obsession began after attending his first high-performance racing school while serving on active duty. Since then, he has attended numerous military and civilian driving schools across the country to help fuel that passion.
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