The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has attracted a host of stars from a variety of motorsport disciplines including drivers from F1, WRC, DTM, Formula Drift, BTCC and X Games. Now IndyCar and NASCAR star Patrick Carpentier has confirmed he will compete in World RX for the Canadian round at the wheel of a Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo Supercar.
Throughout his career Canadian-born Carpentier has amassed five wins and 24 podiums in the Champ Car World Series and IndyCar. He also competed in NASCAR in the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.
Do you think your role as a World RX commentator has helped you pick up any tips? “It has and I have also been training very hard physically because of the lack of testing. You can pick up tips all you want while watching but it will never even come close to sitting in the car and driving. I expect this one to be a real challenge.”
Which drivers are you most looking forward to pitting yourself against in World RX? “If I make it to the semi-final, everything else is a bonus. My intentions are to do so but we’ll find out once we are on the track.”
How much do you think your past experience in NASCAR and IndyCar will help when taking to the wheel of a Polo RX Supercar? “I think it will but I’m not totally sure. I’ve raced at the Supercross Stadium in all wheel drive machinery and it went quite well. We were running third in the final, until the car broke but I had a blast, jumping, pushing and all!”
Do you have any plans to compete in any further rounds of World RX? “I would certainly love to. We’ll see how this one goes but this is truly the kind of racing I would love to pursue. In today’s sports, rallycross is for me.”
World RX of Canada is the seventh round of the season and will take place at Trois-Rivieres from 7-8 August.