MCAS New River hosts Red Bull Global Rallycross

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Marine Corps Air Station New River is preparing for an historic motorsports event Independence Day weekend when it hosts the Red Bull Global Rallycross.

"Never before in our history has Red Bull Global Rallycross competed on an active United States military installation," said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. "We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this unprecedented event in the world of motorsport to New River air station. Red Bull GRC, our drivers and teams are all looking forward to putting on an incredible display for the troops on Independence Day weekend. We can't thank MCAS New River enough for helping us make it happen."

The event will feature cars with 600-horsepower 2.0 liter engines under the hood and skilled veteran drivers behind the wheel, tackling a challenging mixed surface track laden with obstacles.

Friday, Department of Defense identification cardholders got a chance to view practice and qualifying runs.

WITN's Rachael Cardin also got the chance to take one of the cars for a spin as a passenger.

Semifinals and main events for both Supercar and Lites are scheduled to take place on July 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday's scheduled event will be free and open to the public.

Among the drivers expected to compete in the event are two-time Red Bull GRC champion and "Top Gear" host Tanner Foust; 2014 Red Bull GRC runner-up, World Rally Championship competitor, and "Gymkhana" star Ken Block; former Formula 1 drivers Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr.; action sports legends Bucky Lasek and Brian Deegan; and defending Red Bull GRC champion Joni Wiman.

For spectator protection, security checkpoints will be at the entrance to the field and bags, including backpacks and purses, will be searched. The event will take place rain or shine.

NBC will also be broadcasting the races Sunday. You can catch the action on WITN beginning at 5:00 p.m.