In addition to the VW team, Honda is fielding a "Civic", again sign me up for a 600hp, AWD Civic with a sequential 'box.
Former American F1 driver Scott Speed is the second pilot in the VW team. His car was sporting local sausage maker Oberto livery for the event. Scott had some bad luck and bad traffic and lost his lead to Tanner Foust in the Championship this event.
The series is really fan friendly, Tanner Foust shook hands, signed autographs, gave away swag and posed for selfies with the fans. When I was in the grandstands, a couple drivers came up into the stands for selfies with fans.
In addition to the heavy metal Supercars, the series also has a Supercar Lights division for up and coming drivers. The car is a tube frame, spec car, powered by a 2.0L Ford making 300hp with AWD.
Here's some crappy iPhone video I shot from the stands. All in all it was a fun event, easier than driving a couple of hours to the middle of nowhere to stand in the woods to watch a car speed by for a couple of seconds. Although, without that, it did lack a certain feeling of adventure. If your city is hosting a GRC event, I'd recommend checking it out.
Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent and crusty old rally fan. You can see some of the rally pictures he's taken over the years at Vintage Northwest Motorsport.