Off-road racer Bryce Menzies has broadened his horizons for 2013, adding rallycross to his schedule of TORC and desert racing. He earned a spot on Travis Pastrana's new rallycross team, Pastrana Racing, and is on deck in Munich, Germany, right now for the RallyCross event at X Games, which happens this Saturday and Sunday.
Between training sessions and travel time, Bryce took a moment to answer a few questions for us, so see what he had to say and be sure to tune in to root for the Pastrana Racing driver this weekend.
redbull.com: Hey Bryce, how is the rallycross adventure with Travis Pastrana going?
Bryce Menzies: So far we have only had the opportunity to race one race, which was X-Games Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. We are still in the process of fine-tuning the Dodge Darts to find their optimum capabilities.
What’s Travis like to work with from both a technical and a personal point of view?
He is one of the most talented individuals out there. Whether it’s on a dirtbike or in a car, he is unbelievably talented. From a personal point of view he’s an awesome teammate, a joy to be around and always the life of the party. If I could choose one teammate to have it would be him!
How did your racing career begin?
At a young age I started racing dirtbikes and that transitioned into racing an off-road car in 2007. As my skillset grew, I eventually worked my way up through the ranks and found myself in a Trophy Truck, Pro 2 [a two-wheel-drive off-road racing truck], and rallycross car.
The last two X Games have been difficult for you; you didn't make the final in Brazil and then rain cancelled the whole event in Barcelona. Are you hoping for more luck in Munich?
We will be testing leading up to the race in Munich, which gives me more seat time as well as our team an opportunity to fine-tune the cars heading into the race weekend.
You’re used to racing a 900bhp rear-wheel drive truck; how does the Dodge Dart rallycross car compare?
My Trophy Truck is two-wheel-drive and has 30 inches of wheel travel versus the Dodge Dart that is all-wheel-drive with limited suspension so it’s difficult to compare the two. What I can tell you is they are both incredibly fun to drive.
Could you see rallycross getting bigger in the States?
With the names and drivers in the sport of rallycross, I think it could blow up in the States for sure. We have some of the top drivers in the world, which is awesome. With fine-tuning some of the tracks and ideas they have behind the Global Rallycross Championship, this could be the next big racing series in the US.
So now you’ve tried rallycross, are there any other series you’d like to have a go at?
So any chance we’ll see you at this year’s Dakar?
That is one of my biggest goals in the near future. I don’t know if it will happen for this year’s event but you may see me over there spectating.
Bryce will be in action on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 in the Ford RallyCross sessions at X Games Munich. Stay tuned to Red Bull Motorsports’s dedicated X Games Munich page for reports from Germany.
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