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2012 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS

Author: USRC Media

United States Rally Championship, Inc. honored the United States Rally Champions for the 2012 Championship season that concluded a month ago with the final round at Prescott, Arizona. 162 competitors participated in the 2012 United States Rally Championship. The participation has increased by twenty-three percent from the 2011 season with 131 competitors and was slightly higher than the participation during the 2010 season.

Joseph Burke is the 2012 United States Rally Champion - Driver in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Championship. Joseph Burke with Alex Kihurani codriving won the tarmac Rally New York USA and placed second after a roll at the gravel final round at Prescott Rally. Joseph is the son of the 2006 and 2007 United States Rally Champion Seamus Burke.

The second place in AWD goes to Alvin Fong who also won the AWD Production Cup title. Alvin went through the season with three different codrivers but ended the season with Billy Machin with whom he started in 2011. Fong and Machin burst onto the rallying scene in 2011 when they placed narrowly second at their first rally ever – the 2011 International Rally New York. The third place in AWD belongs to Ryan Gates.

Mara Estep is the 2012 United States Rally Champion - Codriver in the AWD Championship. This is the third Championship title for Mara. She won the same title in 2009 and 2010. The second place goes to the experienced and sometime World Rally Championship competitor Alex "Rally Brat" Kihurani. Ryan Hegel, the codriver for Ryan Gates, finished third.

John Black with Lori Stone codriving are the 2012 United States Rally Champions in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) Championship. They also won the top honors in the 2WD Production Cup with a wide margin. John Black was the runner-up in the 2010 2WD United States Rally Championship.

In the 2WD Production Cup Codriver competition, Lori Stone is the winner. Lori took the second place last year and was third in the 2010 Championship. Timothy Oliver and Arin Hovsepain share the second place, and Robert Lynch and Victoria Rosner share the fourth place.

The United States Rally Championship wishes to thank all those who participated in the 2012 Championship season. Complete results of the 2012 United States Rally Championship, the final points standings, more information and contacts can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com .

Joseph Burke, 2012 United States Rally Champion - Driver in
AWD and Alex Kihurani, Runner-up Codriver in 2012 AWD
United States Rally Championship at 2012 Rally New York USA
Photo by Liviu Hrituleac www.LHimages.com

John Black and Lori Stone, 2012 United States Rally Champions
in 2WD and 2012 USRC 2WD Production Cup Winners at
2012 Prescott Rally
Photo by Bill Rogers www.motorsportmemories.info


Alvin Fong, 2012 USRC AWD Production Cup Winner and
Runner-up Driver in 2012 AWD United States Rally
Championship with Billy Machin codriving at 2012 Rally
New York Summer Rallysprint
Photo by Liviu Hrituleac www.LHimages.com



USRC WRAPS UP CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT THE 25TH ANNUAL PRESCOTT RALLY

Author: USRC Media

Prescott, Arizona. (September 24, 2012) The final round of the 2011 United States Rally Championship will be run in the central mountains of Arizona September 28th and 29th where a tight battle for the AWD Championship will be decided. The Atlantic Divisions' Joseph Burke and Alvin Fong are tied for first going into the final round with Pacific competitors Ryan Gates and Kris Psara within striking distance if either of the front runners stumbles. Michel Hoche-Mong from California can wrap up the 2WD Championship with a strong finish but John Black in his Ranger is close behind.

The Prescott Rally will take competitors through the historic mining district of Jerome and the ranchlands of the Verde River Valley. A compressed two-day schedule will allow teams to participate in Recce Friday morning, register Friday afternoon, complete the competition stages Friday night and Saturday with awards and prize giving Saturday evening.

Other strong contenders include:

  • Keith Jackson/Marra Estep. This team won the USRC AWD championship in 2009 and knows these roads well.
  • Cem Akdeniz/Mustafa Samli. This duo has been steadily gaining speed and competed at Prescott last year assuring their home event advantage.
  • Kristopher Marciniak/Christine Marciniak. The 2007 USRC 2WD Production Cup Winners have a new Neon to engage the other 2WD teams in what will surely be a great battle.

This year's event features 120 stage miles over the two day format with activities based at Tim's Subaru and the Prescottonian Hotel in Prescott, Arizona. Proceeds from this year's event will help support the Yavapai Humane Society. Sponsors for the event include Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Tim's Subaru of Prescott along with the Subaru Western Region, The Prescottonian Hotel, Whiskey Row Screen-printing and Morgan Sign. Timing and Scoring are provided by the California Rally Series. Look for live updates throughout the weekend at www.rallydata.com or www.prescottrally.com and like Prescott Rally on Facebook!

Additional event information is available at www.prescottrally.com



Rally Delaware Cancelled - USRC Schedule Adjusted

Author: USRC Media

Forestburgh, New York (August 2, 2012) Rally New York, Ltd. has invoked Article 3.12 of the event Supplementary Regulations and cancelled Rally Delaware 2012 scheduled for August 24 - 25. This action has been taken because an insufficient number of entries has been received by August 1.

Rally Delaware was planned as a two-day tarmac rally with 104 miles of special stages and a total length of 320 miles. The rally was to be conducted according to the international regulations with full reconnaissance of the rally route and pace notes. All these features taken together make this rally unique in the United States.

Rally New York, Ltd. wants to thank the teams on the entry list as well as all sponsors and supporters. This includes but is not limited to Town of Walton, Walton Chamber of Commerce, Walton Fire Department and a number of local businesses. Volunteers and senior staff of the rally deserve special thanks for their dedicated efforts in preparing Rally Delaware, which was to be the 39th Rally New York event in eleven seasons. It is in the best interest of all these entities that we make this announcement today rather than on August 10 specified in Article 3.12 of the Supplementary Regulations.

Under the circumstances, Rally New York, Ltd. intends not to spend additional time and money in further planning and preparation of the gravel International Rally New York 2012 scheduled for October 20 - 21.

Consequently, the next event of the United States Rally Championship (USRC) is Gorman Ridge Rally in California on August 25, 2012. The final round of the 2012 United States Rally Championship will be Prescott Rally in Arizona on September 28 - 29.




Entry is open for Rally Delaware, August 24 - 25, 2012

Author: USRC Media

Forestburgh, New York (July 15, 2012) Entry is open for Rally Delaware scheduled for August 24 - 25, 2012. Rally Delaware, a two-day tarmac rally, is unique in that it is one of the only two National Championship events in North America that are run entirely on tarmac roads.

Discounted early entry ends on August 1. Regular entry will close on August 10. Late entries will close on August 24. Rally program, online entry, entry forms, itinerary, supplementary regulations, reconnaissance schedule, course maps, spectator maps and a printable poster are available at www.RallyNewYork.net/rdel2012.html.

The Rally Delaware is a round of the 2012 United States Rally Championship. Each half of the rally is a separate round of the New York Rally Championship - Thunder 102 Cup sponsored by Tearoff Guys and presented by Thunder 102 Rally Radio. Teams will also be competing for points in the newly introduced tarmac championship, rear-wheel-drive championship and the category for hillclimb cars.

All teams from the Pacific Division of the United States Rally Championship, regardless of their standing in the Division, will receive free entry.

A prize fund guarantees that each team in top 30 percent of all finishers, including at least one production car and one two-wheel-drive car, will be awarded prize money.

Robert Cella, a retired engineer and a radio operator at Rally New York events for many years, will again sponsor three selected teams. Teams should submit their requests for sponsorship to rally registrar after submitting their entry. This is the tenth Rally New York event in a row when competitors become beneficiaries of Mr. Cella's awe-inspiring generosity.

Tarmac as well as gravel rally tire contingency program is available from www.TreadZone.com.

The Rally takes place both days entirely within the borders of the Town of Walton in Delaware County of New York utilizing all the special stages that were used in various years in the past. Chicanes / retarders will be used to slow down rally cars on a few longer straights.

The compact schedule calls for registration, scrutineering and reconnaissance on Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning. The headquarters is at Walton Fire Hall. Reconnaissance is free and the number of passes is not restricted. The rally will start with a Ceremonial Start at Delaware County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon and will end there on Saturday night with champagne-spraying ceremony for the winners. There will be an overnight Parc Ferme on Friday night.

The event consists of 104 miles of (racing) special stages with a total length of 320 miles. The rally takes place in spectacular southern Catskill Mountains of New York some 100 miles northwest of New York City. It is conducted according to the international FIA regulations with reconnaissance and pace notes.

The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the eighth season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the National Championship. More information on the 2012 United States Rally Championship can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com. Information on other Rally New York events and on the New York Rally Championship is at www.RallyNewYork.com.




Burke/Kihurani Win Rally New York USA 2012

Author: USRC Media

The up-and-coming rally team of Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) outran and outlasted a strong United States Rally Championship field to win Rally New York USA 2012. Their car suffered a brake problem on the first of two days, when a seal failed, and later a spin due to a differential problem. But the team's mechanics were able to fix both, and with the car in order they rose to the front of the field.

Rally New York USA is one of only two national auto rallies in the United States in which all of the special stages are on paved roads. Other American nationals use dirt and gravel or snow-covered roads. This year's event used a new 270-mile course in the Catskill Mountains of eastern New York State, in the populated area around Rock Hill and Monticello. Sunday's leg included four super specials (two in each direction) around the circuit at the Monticello Motor Club, a road racing country club south of Monticello. The route received immediate approval from many of the competitors for its challenge and novelty. All Rally New York events are conducted under the international FIA rules with full reconnaissance of rally route and pace notes.

The rally was hosted by the Rock Hill Fire Department with support from the Rock Hill Business Association and received wide acceptance by residents and business community alike. Local law enforcement, volunteer ambulance corps, fire departments and radio clubs were on hand to assure the excellent safety of this successful event.

The rally ran on time for two days and completed all the special stages in spite of being conducted in a populated area of Sullivan County, New York. There were very few retirements and no serious injuries.

Pre-rally weather reports predicted rain for most of the weekend, heavy at times. In fact, most of Saturday's leg was conducted in dry, partly sunny and mild conditions. Light sprinkles fell only on the last stage of the day, and heavy rain held off until everyone had reached the end-of-day service. Sunday was entirely overcast, with no precipitation but damp roads in the morning, and light to moderate rain in the afternoon.

The Hungarian team of Robert Martai/Tibor Kertes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) placed second, about seven minutes down. This was the best-ever finish in a national for both, after a smooth performance.

The local favorites Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza) were back after winning last fall's all-gravel International Rally New York. The driver actually lives on one of the special stages. They finished third after heroic efforts because of failing brakes. The car's brakes went away on the second special stage, putting them into a ditch. They were able to drive out, after which their service crew diagnosed the problem as damaged hydraulic pipes. The mechanics restored the front brakes for the remainder of the day, then the rears for the second day. They spent the next several hours climbing back up the order. On Sunday the rear brake line failed again, and the mechanics were able to restore stopping to one of the wheels, which got them to the finish in third overall.

Alvin Fong/Amber Stacy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) placed fourth, an excellent result for a driver in his first full season of rallying, and a co-driver who was competing in her first national. They also took home the trophy for best-placed Production AWD car.

The Canadian - Irish team of Donal Crooke/Noel Joyce (Honda Civic) placed first in the two wheel drive (2WD) category after a clean run, a minute and a half ahead of Erika Detota/Greg Dorman (Subaru Impreza). Sid Sareen/Timothy Oliver (Ford Fiesta) placed third in 2WD, and were the best-placed Production 2WD car. A 2WD entry of note is the experienced team of tarmac specialists Brendan Brosnan/Tommy Commane (Toyota Twin-Cam) who travelled to the event all the way from Ireland to suffer engine problems thoughout the event.

Human error or bad luck dogged many pre-event favorites for the overall win. Cyril Kearney/Mark McAlister (Subaru Impreza) were running in the second place, but then mis-estimated the car's fuel requirements at a service stop and ran out of gas only one half of a mile from the end of special state six. They were classified under Super Rally rules, and continued, only to go off the road on the next-to-last stage. Celsus "Charlie" Donnelly/Barry Smith (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) were holding third overall, but likewise suffered a lack of gas, and then a problem with a crankshaft sensor for the engine management system. Ultimately, they stopped on the final transit zone with a drive train failure (the center differential gave up), which dropped them to tenth under Super Rally rules.

Published by Rally New York Media
For further information contact Thomas Barker, Press Officer, 203-229-0718


Burke/Kihurani on their way to win Rally New York USA 2012
Photo by Liviu Hrituleac www.LHimages.com





THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ANNOUNCES 2012 CALENDAR

Author: USRC Media

(December 6, 2011)   The United States Rally Championship announced the following Calendar for the 2012 Season:

                        Rally New York USA, April 21 - 22, 2012 (tarmac)

                        Idaho Rally, June 9 - 10, 2012 (gravel)

                        Gorman Ridge Rally (California), August 25, 2012 (gravel)

                        Rally Delaware, August 24 - 25, 2012 (tarmac)

                        Prescott Rally (Arizona), September 28 - 29, 2012 (gravel)

                        International Rally New York, October 20 - 21, 2012 (gravel)

 

                        The United States Rally Championship consists of a combination of two tarmac rallies and four gravel rallies. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for two-pass reconnaissance and pace notes. The combination of tarmac events and gravel events, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features. There are no other tarmac National Championship rallies on the calendar in North America.

 

            The United States Rally Championship will continue taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. 131 drivers and co-drivers participated in the 2011 season of the United States Rally Championship.

 

The Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

 

            As in the previous season, any team either from the Atlantic Division or from the Pacific Division will receive a free entry when competing in any championship event outside its home division. More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at www.usrallychampionship.com.  



UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
2011 SEASON WRAP UP

Author: USRC Media

The United States Rally Championship wrapped up at the International Rally New York in October and crowned new champions in the AWD and 2WD categories. 131 competitors, drivers and codrivers, participated in the 2011 Championship.

Mitch Williams and Alix Hakala from Colorado made a strong early season run at the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) championship by winning the Pacific Division's Idaho Rally in June. They followed up with an impressive run at the challenging Gorman Rally in California netting another first place. With two wins under their belts their results at Arizona's Prescott Rally were immaterial but they still soldiered on to a strong third place.

With their points total at the top of the chart Mitch and Alix merely had to take the start at the International Rally New York finale to secure their first national championship. A rented Audi provided that start but unfortunately several flat tires and broken wheels on the first stage put them out of the event. Even with this DNF their championship was secure.

In the second place in the AWD championship was the husband and wife team of Chris and Lori O'Driscoll, also from Colorado. A second at Gorman and a ninth at Prescott qualified this team for the finale. They made the trek to New York and DNFed late in the event but still clinched a podium spot in the championship.

Third in the AWD championship and making it a Pacific Division sweep was the team of Alex Rademacher and Jeanna Yi. Solid finishes kept this team in contention all season.

In the 2WD (Two-Wheel-Drive) championship it was all Atlantic Division teams. The duo of Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien scored an early season win at Rally New York USA assuring their participation at the finale. At the final round they scored an impressive overall stage win on the first stage beating several top AWD competitors. They kept the pressure on throughout the event but transmission troubles caused a first day DNF. Using the USRC's SuperRally rules, they were able to restart the rally on Sunday assuring a finish and their spot atop the 2WD championship podium.

Second in the 2WD championship was the team of Erik Potts and Steven Case. They scored a second at Rally New York USA and edged out Reilly/Benthien at the finale to score second place for the season.

In the third place in the 2WD championship was the always consistent team of Erika Detota and Travis Hanson.

The United States Rally Championship wishes to thank all those that participated in the 2011 championship season. Please watch for an announcement of the 2012 championship calendar in the next few weeks.


Mitchell Williams / Alix Hakala   2011 USRC AWD Champions

Mitchell Williams / Alix Hakala              2011 USRC AWD Champions



Michael Reilly / Josh Benthien    2011 USRC 2WD Champions

Michael Reilly / Josh Benthien             2011 USRC 2WD Champions



Gottlieb/Gager Win International Rally New York as Favorites Fail

For Immediate Release
Author: Rally New York Media
Contact: Thomas Barker, 203-229-0718

The up-and-coming rally team of Matt Gottlieb and Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza WRX) took advantage of breakages by the favorites, as well as their own speed, to win International Rally New York 2011. This should be a popular win in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State where the rally is held. Both are locals who ran their first national rally at the spring Rally New York USA in 2009.

Gottlieb/Gager ran in the top five on the first leg, as the more veteran entries of Martin Donnelly/Brendan McCabe (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, from Ireland) and Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien (Ford Focus turbo, from Maine) raced for the lead. But the Reilly/Benthien car suffered a broken transmission casing on the first afternoon, and Donnelly/McCabe went out with unspecified mechanical problems on the second day. (For Reilly, this must have been especially disappointing, because this was the first time that his 2 wheel drive Ford was among the theoretically faster 4 wheel drive leaders.) Gottlieb then had to cope with an engine problem, which robbed the Subaru of power at the top end in the closing miles.

Alvin Fong/Billy Machin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) achieved what many can only dream about - placing second in their first national rally. They were 2-3/4 minutes ahead of the more veteran Niall Johnson/Daniela Manago (Subaru Impreza WRX). Those two teams also finished first and second in the Production All Wheel Drive class. Fong's team, in order to keep him focused on finishing, had not told him where he stood in the rally. He didn't find out that he was the runner-up until the staff of a checkpoint broke the news just before the end.

With Reilly/Benthien out early, the local father/son team of Tom and Brian Barton (Mazda 323) looked set to take home the rally's 2 Wheel Drive category. But wheel bearing or axle problems late in the second day allowed the novice team of J. Tyler Rohrer/Dane Hylan to take home the top 2WD prize ahead of the Bartons. (This was the second rally for Rohrer. It was the first for Hylen, who just a few weeks ago was flying helicopters for the U. S. Army in Afghanistan.

Mechanical failures did not prevent the 2011 United States Rally Championship leaders from taking home top honors. In the All Wheel Drive category, Mitchell Williams/Alix Hakala (Audi 80) came into this final series event with a huge lead. They went out of the rally on the first special stage with a flat tire and broken wheel, but the points for starting the rally put them over the top. Likewise, the husband/wife team of Chris and Lori O'Driscoll (Subaru Impreza WRX) were near the top of the standings, went out with clutch failure here, but placed second in the AWD points race. Similarly, in the 2 Wheel Drive championship, Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien were sidelined early, but claimed the season title. Eric Potts/Steve Case (Ford Focus) were second, despite a poor finish in International Rally New York due to contacting a tree.

United States Rally Championship contenders will now have the winter to rebuild, before gathering again in the Catskills for Rally New York USA next April.


Gottlieb/Gager winning IRNY 2011

Gottlieb/Gager winning IRNY 2011



















Photo by Liviu Hrituleac, LHImages.com

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
Gorman Ridge Rally Celebrates Its 21st Birthday in Traditional Style
 
LEBEC, Calif. (August 31, 2011) - After an aggressive battle for the lead that oscillated back and forth, the Subaru WRX STI team of Mitchell Williams/Rebecca Greek came out on top at the 21st annual Gorman Ridge Rally, presented by Subaru Western Region, in Lebec, Calif. on Saturday.
 
The rally was the fourth event in the 2011 United States Rally Championship and the sixth event in the California Rally Series.
 
Never giving up the fight, Doug Chernis/Craig Mcnair, also in a Subaru WRX, came in second overall. Third on the podium was Hakan Okcuoglu/Sean McElwain in an Eagle Talon.  The podium finishers represented the USRC's Open AWD and CRS's Open 4WD classes.
 
"Rebecca did awesome," Williams said, crediting his co-driver. "I think we did great for our first time together. Everybody was on their game."
 
His co-driver echoed those sentiments, plus attributing their success to an existing friendship. She was filling in for his regular co-driver who was taking a family vacation.
 
"It was an honor. I always knew he was aggressive," Greek said. "He has big goals in the USRC."
 
Aaron Ekinaka/Albert Goad took the gold in the USRC's Production AWD class and CRS's GT class, in a Subaru Impreza. Not only ambitious in stage rally, he is the enterprising founder of the popular Subaru enthusiast website, DirtyImpreza.com.
 
"I figured the Evo [Vartan Samuelian] would catch me, but I held them off," Ekinaka said. "I'm beyond happy with fourth place overall."
 
Anticipating the hot and unseasonably humid weather, 20 teams were prepped and raring to go for the 11 a.m. start at the Holiday Inn Express and the transit to the start of 16 competition stages covering 60 miles in the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area nearby.  Part of the California State Park's off-highway motor vehicle recreation areas, its 19,000 acres support off-road sports with more than 130 miles of scenic trails for motorcycles, All-Terrain Vehicles, dune buggies and 4x4 recreation.
 
Rally coordinator Ray Hocker praised Hungry Valley SVRA for their contribution to the success of the event.
 
"The roads are in great condition and the staff integrated their normal upkeep and maintenance of the roads," Hocker said. "We couldn't have done it without their support."
 
In the two-wheel-drive category, Tony Chavez and wife Raquel Salas captured first in the USRC Production 2WD and CRS Performance Stock classes, driving a VW Golf, obtaining the goal to win the 2WD classes overall. John Rood/Brent Ellzey's Open-class Ford Escort GT gave a good chase, at one time only four seconds behind Chavez, and claiming victory in USRC Open 2WD and CRS-2.
 
"I was surprised at the pace of everyone," Chavez said, "So I turned up the heat."
 
Michel Hoche-Mong/Marie Boyd (Open 2wd/CRS-2) were having fuel problems and Rene de la Trinidad/Sandra Chavez (Prod 2wd/Perf Stk) broke a throttle cable on Stage 1. Both were able to make repairs and continue. Hoche-Mong's struggle continued and he packed it in after five stages of disappointment.
 
Javier Olivares/Brock Heinz (Open 2wd/CRS-2) weren't going anywhere when both the half shaft and rear axle broke in the Mitsubishi Galant, leaving them in the middle of the course on Stage 3. However, taking the DNF gracefully, Olivares said, "That's rally."
 
In the All-Wheel-Drive category, Jon Burke/Zach Dickinson (Open AWD/Open 4wd) weren't going to push the Subaru WRX due to concerns about his differential as his main objective was to stay ahead of Alex Rademacher. Burke took a DNF after Stage 4.
 
Rademacher/Jeana Yi (Impreza RS 2.5/Open AWD/CRS GT) took a big jump on Stage 5, enough that they had to stop to check the suspension before starting the next stage.  Ekinaka then moved up the leader board in Stage 6 as Rademacher cautiously slowed down.
 
Overall, 13 teams completed the rally with eight teams taking DNFs for an assortment of vehicular technical problems.
 
The event also featured live scoring, presented by RallyData.com, as well as live text updates, assisted by the California Rally Series' staff. 
 
Competitors, volunteers and staff enjoyed a mid-afternoon barbecue hosted by Boy Scout Troop #444 from Palmdale, Calif., and the post-event beverages were donated by Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
 
Results and further information about the Gorman Ridge Rally is available on the Web at www.gormanridgerally.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gormanridgerall, with additional press notes at gormanridgerally.wordpress.com. The event is sanctioned by NASA Rally Sport and organized by Creative Edge Events, Inc.
 
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About NASA Rally Sport:  www.nasarallysport.com
 
NASA Rally Sport is a sanctioning body dedicated solely to stage rallying in the United States that provides a customer-driven organization offering safe, fair competition. It provides affordable events for competitors, volunteers, organizers and sponsors. Its goal is to keep fees as low as possible; in turn, cost is kept down for organizers and competitors alike.  Its focus is on the sportsman-level competitor working with each organizer to help them put on great events for the grassroots racers that are the backbone of this sport.
 
About United States Rally Championship:  www.unitedstatesrallychampionship.com
 
Celebrating its seventh season, the USRC draws on the very best in U.S. rally events to create a championship that offers national-level competitors an affordable and realistic series. It is open to both domestic and international rally teams eager to join the American rally experience. Its streamlined schedule and strategic locations allow competitors the opportunity to compete in a national championship without the overwhelming costs required to traverse the continent. The USRC is operated and controlled by United States Rally Inc.
 
About the California Rally Series:   www.californiarallyseries.com
 
The CRS is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States.  The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members.  The Series celebrates more than 35 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States.  To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter.
 
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Overall Results/Scores (agate, delimited format)
 
Overall Pos.,USRC Class Position,,Car #,Driver/Home town,Co-Driver (Home town),Car,USRC Class,CRS Class,Total Time
1,1,1,1,Mitchell Williams (Denver, Colo.),Rebecca Greek (Denver, Colo.),Subaru Impreza STI,Open AWD,Open 4wd,1:21:23
2,2,2,2,Doug Chernis (Mesa, Ariz.),Craig Macnair (Phoenix, Ariz.),Subaru WRX STi,Open AWD,Open 4wd,1:22:16
3,3,3,4,Hakan Okcuoglu (Santa Barbara, Calif.),Sean McElwain (Hawthorne, Calif.),Mitsubishi Eclipse,Open AWD,Open 4wd,1:26:38
4,1,1,13,Aaron Ekinaka (Oceanside, Calif.),Albert Goad (Los Angeles, Calif.),Subaru Impreza,Prod AWD,CRS GT,1:27:05
5,4,4,9,Vartan Samuelian (Northridge, Calif.),Laurence Babahekian (Northridge, Calif.),Mitsubishi Evo,Open AWD,Open 4wd,1:28:31
6,5,2,5,Alex Rademacher (Reno, Nev.),Jeana Yi (Reno, Nev.),Impreza RS 2.5,Open AWD,CRS GT,1:29:02
7,1,1,8,Tony Chavez (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.),Raquel Salas (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.),VW Golf,Prod 2wd,Perf Stk,1:33:08
8,1,1,11,Jon Rood (Phoenix, Ariz.),Brent Ellzey (Prescott, Ariz.),Ford Escort GT,Open 2wd,CRS-2,1:34:08
9,2,2,14,Sean Lane (Rocklin, Calif.),Christian Coulter (Roseville, Calif.),Dodge Neon,,CRS-2,1:36:12
10,3,3,10,Chuck Wilson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.),Marra Estep (Hemet, Calif.),Ford Escort GT,Open 2wd,CRS-2,1:39:58
11,2,3,16,Katianna Pihakari (Anaheim Hills, Calif.),Bret Norgaard (Ramona, Calif.),Subaru WRX,,CRS GT,1:40:37
12,2,2,21,Rene De la Trinidad (Cerritos, Calif.),Sandra Chavez (Cerritos, Calif.),VW Golf,Prod 2wd,Perf Stk,1:51:55
DNF,3,DNF,12,John Black (Running Springs, Calif.),Lori Stone (Simi Valley, Calif.),Ford,,Perf Stk,
DNF,,,18,Jen Imai (Redando Beach, Calif.),Terry Stonecipher (Los Angeles, Calif.),Suzuki Swift GT,Open 2wd,Perf Stk,
DNF,,,19,Al Chavez (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.),Cacho La Rosa (Long Beach, Calif.),VW Golf,Prod 2wd,Perf Stk,
DNF,,,3,Jon Burke (San Francisco, Calif.),Zachery Dickinson (Kenosha, Wisc.),Subaru WRX,Open AWD,Open 4wd,
DNF,,,7,Cem Akdeniz (Aliso Viejo, Calif.),Mustafa Samli (Phoenix, Ariz.),Subaru Impreza STi,Open AWD,Open 4wd,
DNF,,,6,Michel Hoche-Mong (San Jose, Calif.),Marie Boyd (Bishop, Calif.),VW Golf,Open 2wd,CRS-2,
DNF,,,15,Javier Olivares (Lake Forest, Calif.),Brock Heinz (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.),Mitsubishi Galant,Open 2wd,CRS-2,
DNF,,,17,Shawn Nelson (Norwalk, Conn.),Ryan Money (Salt Lake City, Utah),Mitsubishi,Prod AWD,CRS GT,
DNS,,,20,John Dillon (Thousand Oaks, Calif.),Kim DeMotte (Webster Groves, Mo.),82 Toyota Corolla,Open 2wd,CRS-2,
 
Additional detailed scoring breakdowns are available at http://rallydata.com/Results/Gorman_2011_NatScoreBoard.htm.
 
High-resolution photos are available upon request. Please contact MaryAnne Shults.
 
 





Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan Win Rally New York USA 2011
Mitsubishi Lancers 1-2
Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien Take Two-Wheel-Drive Category

Author: USRC Media

From: Rally New York Media

Walton, New York, March 27 -- The Irish team of Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) became first-time winners of Rally New York USA this weekend. They finished the 300 miles of Catskill Mountain roads (including nearly 100 miles of high-speed “special stages”) 23 seconds ahead of the field.

Tom Lawless, the 2006 winning driver, placed second with Irishman Martin Brady co-driving (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo). They were a minute and a half in front of the third place entry, Danny O’Brien/Brendan McCabe (Subaru Impreza WRX). The up-and-coming team of Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza WRX) placed fourth.

Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien (Ford Focus ZX3) won the category for two-wheel-drive cars and placed fifth overall. They were well ahead of newcomers Erik Potts/Steven Case (Ford Focus SVT), despite backing off at the end to ensure a finish when the car’s exhaust manifold broke just in front of the turbo system. Third went to Erika Detota/Travis Hanson, who came back from a delay for a broken fuel line.

Despite the fact that the calendar said spring and the days were sunny, temperatures in the spectacular Catskill Mountains of New York remained near or below freezing all weekend. The roads – entirely paved for this event – were generally clear, but drivers needed to remain watchful as a few patches of snow remained.

Rally New York USA is the only tarmac National Championship rally in the US. It was the second round of the United States Rally Championship. More information on the United States Rally Championship can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com. The rally is organized by Rally New York, Ltd. based in Forestburgh, New York. More information about Rally New York, Ltd. and on its other events is at www.rallynewyork.com.


Photo by Liviu Hrituleac, LHImages.com



THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2011 CALENDAR

Author: USRC Media

(November 22, 2010) The United States Rally Championship announced the following Calendar for the 2011 Season:

           New York Winter Rally, January 15 - 16, 2011 (snow/gravel)
           Rally New York USA, April 15 - 16, 2011 (tarmac)
           Rally Idaho, June 18 - 19, 2011 (gravel)
           Gorman Ridge Rally (California), August 26 - 27, 2011 (gravel)
           Prescott Rally (Arizona), September 30 - October 1, 2011 (gravel)
           International Rally New York, October 22 - 23, 2011 (gravel)

The United States Rally Championship will continue taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. 161 drivers and codrivers participated during the 2010 season of the United States Rally Championship. As in the previous years, it is the largest competitor participation of any series in North America with an influx of new drivers and co-drivers.

The United States Rally Championship consists of a combination of snow, gravel and tarmac events. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for two-pass reconnaissance and pace notes. Snow, gravel and tarmac, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features. More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at www.usrallychampionship.com.



UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES
2010 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS

Author: USRC Media

The high-desert and mountain roads of Prescott Rally in Arizona provided a fitting finale for the 2010 United States Rally Championship. 168 drivers and co-drivers participated in the sixth season of the United States Rally Championship. As in the previous years, it is the largest competitor participation of any series in North America with an influx of new drivers and co-drivers, some of whom placed high in the Championship standings below. The Year-End Awards Ceremony of the 2010 United States Rally Championship was held at the conclusion of Prescott Rally.

Tom Lawless is the 2010 United States Rally Champion - Driver in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) category. This is the second time Tom Lawless won the Championship; his first National Championship Title came in 2005. During the 2010 season, Tom drove with several co-drivers. He won Prescott Rally and secured his Championship Title with Bernard Farrell in the co-driver's seat.

For the second year in a row, Marra Estep is the 2010 United States Rally Champion - Co-Driver in AWD category.

Erika Detota is the 2010 United States Rally Champion - Driver in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) category. This is the first time in the history of North American rallying that women won National Titles for Drivers.

Jason Smith is the 2010 United States Rally Champion - Co-Driver in 2WD category. Jason is Erika's Co-Driver.

The Winners of the USRC AWD Production Cup are Katianna Pihakari - AWD Driver, another woman to win a National Title, and Austin Gager - AWD Co-Driver.

The Winners of the USRC 2WD Production Cup are Jeff Hendricks - 2WD Driver and John Stewart - 2WD Co-Driver.

The first three competitors in each category are as follows:

USRC AWD Championship - Drivers:
1. Tom Lawless - 2010 USRC Champion
2. Keith Jackson
3. Enda McCormack

USRC AWD Championship - Co-Drivers:
1. Marra Estep - 2010 USRC Champion
2. Eric Olson
3. Tommy Doyle

USRC 2WD Championship - Drivers:
1. Erika Detota - 2010 USRC Champion
2. John Black
3. Jeff Hendricks

USRC 2WD Championship - Co-Drivers:
1. Jason Smith - 2010 USRC Champion
2. Sean Gallagher
3. John Stewart

USRC AWD Production Cup - Drivers:
1. Katianna Pihakari - 2010 USRC Production Cup Winner
2. Kevin Welker
3. Matt Gottlieb

USRC AWD Production Cup - Co-Drivers:
1. Austin Gager - 2010 USRC Production Cup Winner
2. Brian McNamara
3. John Dillon

USRC 2WD Production Cup - Drivers:
1. Jeff Hendricks - 2010 USRC Production Cup Winner
2. John Black
3. Alex Rademacher

USRC 2WD Production Cup - Co-Drivers:
1. John Stewart - 2010 USRC Production Cup Winner
2. Brent Ellzey
3. Steve McKelvie

The United States Rally Championship will continue its bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

The 2010 United States Rally Championship season consisted of a combination of snow, gravel and tarmac events. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for reconnaissance and pace notes. Tarmac, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features. More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at www.usrallychampionship.com.


UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
HEADS TO ARIZONA FOR THE PRESCOTT RALLY

Author: USRC Media

Prescott, Arizona. (September 27, 2010) The final round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship and Round 3 of the USRC Pacific Division will be run in the Central mountains of Arizona October 1st and 2nd. The event has drawn 26 teams from across the country including five teams coming from the Atlantic Division.

A compressed two-day schedule will allow teams to participate in a multiple pass recce session Friday morning, register and inspect competing vehicles Friday afternoon, complete the competition stages Friday night and Saturday with awards and prize giving Saturday night.

Daniel O'Brien and Brendan McCabe made the trek to Prescott from New York last year and dominated the event following the DNF of Keith Jackson/Marra Estep. A large field of overall contenders this year includes:

Brian Scott/John Dillon. Back after a brief hiatus following a DNF at Rally Idaho in 2009 this duo hopes to repeat as overall winners of Prescott.
Thomas Lawless. Tom will be contending for the overall as well as the USRC Chamipionship.
Enda McCormack/Paddy Robinson. Also coming from the Atlantic Division they hope to score well in the USRC Chamipionship.
Keith Jackson/Marra Estepp. This team won the USRC AWD Championship in 2009 and hope to repeat at Prescott this year.

In the 2WD Championship several top teams are ready for competition this weekend as well. Top 2WD contenders include:

Bill Homes/Sean Gallagher. This perennial crowd favorite F-150 will be looking for the 2WD win as well as pushing the AWD cars for the overall.
Alex Rademacher/John Stewart. This team in a Production Subaru won their class last year but will be facing even stiffer competition this year.
Erika Detota/Jason Smith. This Atlantic Division team, also in a Subaru, are making the long drive from the east to hopefully secure the USRC 2WD Championship.
Gaylord Van Brocklin/Steve Secviar. This duo is fielding their trusty VW Golf and hope to be among the 2WD champions.

This year's event featured 101 stage miles over the two day format with activities based at Tim's Subaru and the Prescottonian Hotel in Prescott, Arizona. Sponsors for the event include Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Tim's Subaru of Prescott along with the Subaru Western Region, Albins Gear Company, IMS, Bikebandit.com, The Prescottonian Hotel, Whiskey Row Screen Printing. Timing and Scoring are provided by the California Rally Series. Look for live updates throughout the weekend at www.rallydata.com or www.prescottrally.com

Additional event information is available at www.prescottrally.com

THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MIDSEASON

Author: USRC Media

As the United States Rally Championship (USRC, www.usrallychampionship.com) passes the midpoint of its sixth season with three events completed, competition is heating up in all categories on both sides of the country. 110 competitors, drivers and codrivers, have participated in the Championship by midseason. All USRC events provide for two-pass reconnaissance and allow pace notes.

The United States Rally Championship awards separate National Championship titles in the 2WD (Two-Wheel-Drive) category and in the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) category. In addition, eligible crews compete for the 2WD Production Cup and the AWD Production Cup.

In the Atlantic Division and overall, the Irish driver Celsus Donnelly in a Mitsubishi Lancer is leading the AWD Championship at midseason. With two different codrivers, Donnelly won tarmac Rally New York USA and placed fifth after mechanical difficulties at New York Winter Rally in difficult icy conditions. Another Irish team of Enda McCormack with co-driver Tommy Doyle, who flies in for the USRC events all the way from Ireland, in a Mitsubishi Lancer is second. Tom Lawless, the winner of New York Winter Rally and the 2005 United States Rally Champion, is in the third place also driving with different codrivers in a Mitsubishi Lancer. The leading codrivers are Tommy Doyle, Joseph Sinkevich and Austin Gager. In the Pacific Division, the leading crew is Wolfgang Hoeck with Pierce O'Hanlon in a Mitsubishi Lancer who won Rally Idaho. Keith Jackson and Marra Estep, the 2009 United States Rally Champions, in a Subaru Impreza are second followed by Dick Rockrohr and Marie Jacobs in a Subaru Impreza in the third place.

In the 2WD Championship in the Atlantic Division, Erica Detota and Jason Smith in a 2WD Subaru Impreza are leading after gaining two excellent second places. The Romanian crew of Claudiu David and Mihaela Beldie are in the second place after winning New York Winter Rally. Tarmac specialists and the winners of Rally New York USA Thomas Greer and Robert DellaRocko in a Volkswagen GTI are third. In the Pacific Division, Chris and Lori O'Driscoll in a Honda CRX are leading after winning Rally Idaho. Alex Rademacher and John Stewart in a Subaru Impreza are second and John Black with Jon Burke in a Ford Ranger are in the third place.

Subaru team of Matt Gottlieb and Austin Gager is leading the AWD Production Cup in the Atlantic Division with two wins in the category. Another Subaru team of Dan Rockrohr and Eve Thomason is leading the AWD Production Cup in the Pacific Division with one win.

Steven Levesque with Steve McKelvie in a BMW M3 from the Atlantic Division are sharing the first place in the 2WD Production Cup with the Pacific Division crew of Alex Rademacher and John Stewart who are driving a 2WD Subaru Impreza.

The United States Rally Championship will continue with the remaining events that include Gorman Ridge Rally (www.gormanridgerally.com) in California, International Rally New York (www.rallynewyrok.com) and the final round of the 2010 Championship - Prescott Rally (www.prescottrally.com) in Arizona.

Atlantic Division teams are competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Atlantic Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship at Prescott, Arizona.

The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the fourth season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

Idaho Rally Press Release July 2010

Boise, Idaho - Idaho Rally, July 15 -17

United States Rally Championship, Round 3 - Idaho Rally International

Last weekend the Idaho Rally International set new standards in North American Rally Sport. A total of 140 stage miles (224km) and 2 Super Special Stages run side by side is the new gig in town. Wolfgang Hoeck and Piers O'Hanlon took first overall in a dramatic run from stage one.

The event started off Thursday evening with the Red Bull Super Special at the Boise Expo Center. The next day competitors went out to battle the 80 stage miles (128km) around the Trinity Mountains. Hoeck & O'Hanlon had a comfortable lead and the battle for places 2 and 3 began. While Keith Jackson and Marra Estep fought hard to stay with Hoeck, Dick Rockrohr and Erik Schmidt fought back and forth for third.

Friday's stages had it all. From fast and flowing to slow and tricky, competitors were forced to stay on top of their game. Only two stages were run twice on Day one, forcing everybody to give it all during the first shot. Several competitors lost grip and were forced to withdraw. Idaho's roads are fantastic but very slippery. The smallest mistake can swallow you up and throw you out. Day 1 ended with a few crashes and some mechanical DNF's, but of those that failed to finish Friday, 4 teams were able to make the repairs needed overnight and rejoined the rally for Saturday's stages.

Starting Day 2 the first 4 teams were comfortably placed a part. All roads on Day 2 were new to the Rally, and on the first stage of the day- the team of Dick Rockrohr pushed hard and set the quickest time, earning their first stage win.

The battle for third evolved and carried all through the day. While Hoeck had a comfortable lead over Jackson in the first two podium positions, Rockrohr and Schmidt drove it out to the bitter end with just a handful of seconds separating them. At the end of the day competitors returned to the Expo Center to run the Red Bull Super Special again. While first and second pretty much were set, 3rd and fourth were up for a tight finish. Schmidt beat Rockrohr by 8 sec running side by side at the Red Bull Super Special, but that wasn't enough to overcome the 16 second gap going in, so Schmidt had bow down, losing third by only 8sec to claim fourth.



The Idaho Rally International has made its debut in 2007. Rallydrift Inc has done a tremendous job developing this event from the get go. You can clearly see the European influence the organization has setting up the schedule and itinerary. The event is the longest dirt stage rally in America, the only one with a side by side super special and is run on what many consider to be the best rally roads in North America. Many teams have expressed that these roads are incomparable and should represent the USA on an international platform. We would like to thank our Sponsors Eibach Springs and Red Bull North America for their support.

Idaho Rally International
Round 3 of the United States Rally Championship

Donnelly/McNamara Win Rally New York USA

Weather Included Almost Every Possibility

(Walton, New York, April 17, 2010) Celsus "Charlie" Donnelly and Brian McNamara (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) took home the top award for Rally New York USA, the second round of the U.S. Rally Championship. This was the second victory in this event for Donnelly, who also won three years ago, but the first for new teammate McNamara.

Early in the rally, the top of the leader board was crowded with Mitsubishi Lancers. But earlier today two of the fastest, the cars of Tom Lawless/Kristin Przybysz and Martin Donnelly/Colin Fitzgerald, succumbed to engine problems. This was said by the teams to be the result of sustained running at maximum revolutions on the event's long straights.

Cyril Kearney/Mark McAlister (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) placed second, 3-3/4 minutes behind the winners. They reported few problems, apart from a need to replace the brake pads during a service break on the second day. Third place went to William Petrow/Jeremy Neyhart (Subaru Impreza)

Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza WRX), now in their second full year of rallying, took the class for Production All-Wheel-Drive cars, and placed fourth overall. They were well ahead of class rivals Michael Cosgrove/John O'Reilly (Mitsubishi Eclipse).

There was no surprise in the result of the two-wheel-drive category: this was the only all-pavement national in North America, and the winners were Thomas Greer/Robert DellaRocco (Volkswagen Golf GTI - also fifth overall), who admit that they are pavement specialists. They were followed to the flag by novice rally competitors Matthew Mathias/Tim Oliver (Ford Focus ZX3), who admitted to one, brief off-road excursion. Erika Detota/Jason Smith (Subaru Impreza) placed third, battling a transmission which was jumping out of third gear and a broken exhaust manifold.

Rally New York USA was conducted in the Catskill Mountain region of southern New York State. Over the two days, competitors encountered a variety of conditions, from temperatures in the 60s (Fahrenheit) and partly sunny, down to 40s with intermittent rain, sleet, and snow. This provided a lengthy guessing game to drivers and mechanics who were trying to adapt driving techniques and car set-ups to the changing conditions.

The two rallies-within-the-rally for the regional New York Rally Championship went to Celsus Donnelly/Brian McNamara, with Martin Donnelly/Colin Fitzgerald (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) finishing as runner-up in the first event and William Petrow/Jeremy Neyhart in the other.

The next eastern round of the U.S. Rally Championship, in the same area but on dirt and gravel roads, will be International Rally New York on September 10-11.

LAWLESS AND JOZWIAK WIN NEW YORK WINTER RALLY 2010

Author: Rally New York Media

Forestburgh, New York (January 25, 2010)   New York Winter Rally 2010 ended in Narrowsburg, New York yesterday. The two day event was the first round of the United States Rally Championship (USRC). Each day was a separate round of the New York Rally Championship.

New York Winter Rally is an entirely new winter event. It takes place on the private roads at the 12,500-acre Ten Mile River Scout Reservation in Narrowsburg with headquarters at Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in Callicoon, New York. It is the only rally in recent memory and the only National Championship rally in North America that allows studded snow and ice tires.

The tire studs were put to good use as the roads were covered with frozen snow and a lot of ice. The conditions were very difficult.  At one point on Sunday afternoon, some main roads in the area were closed by the police because of ice on the roads caused by light freezing rain. However, the rally continued on time and all scheduled special stages were completed. The temperatures were as low as 12 degrees in the morning and barely above the freezing point during the day.

Tom Lawless, the 2005 United States Rally Champion and a participant in the FIA World Rally Championship Rally Ireland, with Dominik Jozwiak, an experienced codriver from Long Island, New York, won the rally in their Mitsubishi Evo 9. The second place was taken by Enda McCormack and Tommy Doyle also in Mitsubishi Evo 9. This was McCormack’s best performance of his driving career. Doyle travelled to the event from Ireland. The winners in the two-wheel-drive category and third overall were Claudiu David and Mihaela Beldie in Team O’Neil Mazda 3. This team, based in Romania, has previously competed in three FIA World Rally Championship events.

Celsus Donnelly and Bernard Farrell in Mitsubishi Evo 8 were leading at the end of the first day after a drive of their lives. The rally ended up for them in a heartbreak when their transmission failed on the way from Parc Ferme on Sunday morning and they finished under Super Rally rules. Another performance of note was the drive by Timothy Osterman and Joseph Sinkevich. This pair of engineering students recently built their Subaru WRX STi. They finished fourth overall on their first event in these difficult conditions.

Another heartbreak was experienced by the team of Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in Ford Focus, who are the 2009 USRC Production Cup Winners. After outstanding performance in their two-wheel-drive car, they were in the fourth place overall, second in two-wheel-drive, until it was discovered that they failed to present their car at a time control and had to be disqualified by the Stewards.

Daniel O’Brien and Brendan McCabe, who took second place in the 2009 USRC, withdrew because of codriver’s family emergency, when running near the top of the field. Joseph Burke and Mark McAlister retired from the third place after an accident on Sunday.

Car
#

Driver/Co-driver

Vehicle

Stage
Time

Penalties

Total
Time

1

Tom Lawless/Dominik Jozwiak

Mitsubishi EVO 9

1:42:28.1

 

1:42:28.1

3

Enda McCormack /Tommy Doyle

Mitsubishi EVO 9

1:45:47.2

 

1:45:47.2

7

Claudiu David/Mihaela Beldie

Mazda 3

1:49:59.4

00:30

1:50:29.4

33

Timothy Osterman/Joseph Sinkevich

Subaru WRX STi

1:58:34.2

01:30

2:00:04.2

23

Justin Carven/Kerry Carven

VW Rabbit diesel

1:59:12.7

01:00

2:00:12.7

25

Andrew Wickline/Eric Hansen

Subaru

2:08:40.2

 

2:08:40.2

35

Celsus Donnelly/Bernard Farrell

Mitsubishi EVO 8

2:16:37.7

 

2:16:37.7

27

Erika Detota/Jason Smith

Subaru Impreza

2:18:03.0

00:40

2:18:43.0

9

Matt Gottlieb /Austin Gager

Subaru WRX

2:25:59.8

01:20

2:27:19.8

10

Michael Cosgrove /Bernie Obry

Mitsubishi Eclipse

2:33:53.8

 

2:33:53.8

24

Steven Levesque/Steve McKelvie

BMW E30 M3

2:37:11.0

02:30

2:39:41.0

8

Michael Reilly /Josh Benthien

Ford Focus SVT

1:51:31.2

Disqualified

DSQ

13

Thomas Barton/Kristin Przybysz

Mazda 323

2:18:01.2

Disqualified

DSQ

2

Daniel Obrien/Brendan McCabe

Subaru WRX

 

 

DNF

5

Michael O'Leary/John O'Leary

Mitsubishi EVO 6

 

 

DNF

6

Joseph Burke/Mark McAlister

Subaru WRX

 

 

DNF

26

Liam Mulvey/Dave Dooley

Mazda RX3

 

 

DNF

 

Rally New York, Ltd. is headquartered in Forestburgh, New York located ninety miles northwest of New York City in spectacular southern Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County. It is dedicated to furthering the sport of stage rallying in the United States.

Rally New York, Ltd. is the organizer and promoter of events in the United States Rally Championship (www.usrallychampionship.com) and in the New York Rally Championship (www.RallyNewYork.com). Since the 2004 season, Rally New York events have been the only rallies in the United States that have consistently allowed full reconnaissance of the rally route by competitors before the event as well as pace notes. Rally New York USA in April 2006 was the first ever all-tarmac National Championship rally in the United States. All Rally New York events are conducted according to the international rally regulations.

The upcoming Rally New York USA on April 16 -17, 2010, a tarmac event that is the second round of the United States Rally Championship, will be based in Walton, New York. Racing will take place in Walton and in Monticello, New York.

 

Beloeil, Qc, Canada – January 18th; 2010
MSI Announces their support for the 2010 United States Rally Championship !
It is with great pleasure today that an agreement has been reached with the United States Rally Championship and MSI (Moore-Sport), a high end manufacturer supporting the motorsport community worldwide.
“MSI has been associated with rallying for many years, and we have been fortunate enough to work with organizations such as the USRC. We hope to build on our previous relationship with the USRC by assisting the competitors financially in this unique series” says Mark Moore, owner of MSI.
MSI will offer cash rewards to be redeemed at their facility towards any number of competition products or services to assist all competitors from 2 wheel drive VW, to open class EVO 9’s.  Some of the parts and suppliers available through MSI are DMS 5-way adjustable Suspension and Grease kits, Alcon clutches, and racing discs, Powerflex bushings, Albins axles, ring & pinion sets, and dog boxes, Compomotive and Speedline wheels, Goodridge flexible brake, fuel, and oil lines, ETS racing fuels, Ferodo Brake Pads, RallyTech composite floor guards, wheel wells, door cards, and of course, MSI designed and manufactured, suspension arms, uprights, and frames.
MSI will distribute a total of 1000$ MSI dollars per event to ALL competitors as follows:
1st - 425.00$ /       2nd - 300.00$ /           3rd - 175.00$ /       4th - 75.00$ /      5th - 25.00$
In addition to these payouts, there will be a 50$ check for the competitor that rose the most through the starting order. (For example, if they were sitting 20th after engine troubles and they finished 1st, they rose 19 spots, or if they started 40th, and finished 10th, they rose 30 spots.)
MSI will give away 2 DMS 50mm grease kits at every event, and naturally offer discounts to any USRC competitor:

  1. 20% discount on any purchase made before June 1st; 2010.
  2. 10% discount on all parts & spares for the remainder of the season.

When asked about the championship itself, MSI sees the USRC as a growing series, offering the chance for international competitors to come and race on some of the most challenging, and diversified terrains in North America. It is the only series that has over 200 competitors racing on Snow, Ice, Gravel, and Tarmac conditions and has reconnaissance and pace notes similar to FIA / WRC events. MSI also added “Hopefully our contingency program will pave the way for other manufactures to enter into the series and increase registration numbers even more. We hope to be able to increase our own line of items, and welcome competitors to approach us with their own ideas that they wish to see manufactured or tested.”

Laughlin, Nevada (December 3, 2009)     The United States Rally Championship (USRC) has announced the following Calendar for the 2010 Season.

            New York Winter Rally, January 23 - 24
            Rally New York USA, April 16 - 17
            Idaho Rally, July 16 - 17
            Gorman Ridge Rally, California, August 27 – 28
            International Rally New York, September 9 - 11
            Prescott Rally, Arizona, October 1 - 2

A Two-Wheel-Drive Championship to run in parallel with the All-Wheel-Drive Championship as it has for the previous two years.  National Championship titles will be awarded to winning drivers and winning co-drivers.
           The United States Rally Championship has introduced many innovations and advancements into the US rallying by allowing great latitude in the way the events are organized and presented. USRC’s streamlined schedule and strategic locations make it the right choice for competitors. The format offers rally teams the opportunity to compete in the National Championship in either the Atlantic Division or the Pacific Division without the overwhelming travel costs required to traverse the continent several times in a single season. As a result, 197 competitors, drivers and co-drivers, participated during the 2009 USRC season, the most of any US series.
The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship. Competitors may count three best scores toward the Championship. As a new feature of the 2010 season, competitors may improve their best scores by up to two scores achieved out of their home Division. Atlantic Division teams will be competing for $12,000 in subsidies to assist them with travelling to the Final Round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship in Prescott, Arizona.
            The 2010 season kicks off with a brand new winter event in January developed by Rally New York, Ltd. The New York Winter Rally is a welcome addition to the USRC.  This snow rally will be a first for the USRC and helps to round out the six-event calendar after some changes from the 2009 event lineup. The season continues with Rally New York USA, the only National Championship event in North America running on tarmac roads.
The Pacific Division begins the 2010 season with Rallydrift, Inc.’s Idaho Rally, a gravel event in July.  Based in Boise, this “must attend” event plans to be bigger and better than ever with new roads in the mix.
            The Championship continues with two more closely spaced gravel events, one in the Pacific Division and the other in the Atlantic Division. The long-time favorite Gorman Ridge Rally in California fills the traditional slot in late August and International Rally New York moves next year to a new date in early September.
            The organizing team of the 23rd annual Prescott Rally is pleased to host the Final Round of the United States Rally Championship and the Year-End Awards Ceremony for the next two years in Prescott, Arizona. This gravel event held in the high deserts of Arizona in early October will offer a fitting conclusion to the USRC’s 2010 season.
            The United States Rally Championship will continue its bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The Championship season consists of a combination of winter, gravel and tarmac events. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for reconnaissance and pace notes. The variety of rallies with different surfaces, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features.
            More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at www.usrallychampionship.com.

 

THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES

2009 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS

Author:   USRC Media                                                                                     

            (October 26, 2009)   The Year-End Awards Ceremony of the United States Rally Championship (USRC) was held at the conclusion of the International Rally New York in Callicoon, New York yesterday. Michael Taylor, President of United States Rally Championship, Inc. announced United States Rally Champions and USRC Production Cup Winners. Mr. Taylor also commented on the 2010 USRC Calendar.

            The 2009 United States Rally Champions are Keith Jackson and Mara Estepp in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) category and Dan Brosnan and Shane McCann in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) category.

            The Winners of the USRC Production Cup are Shawn and Jennifer Hudspeth in AWD and Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in 2WD.

The first three teams in each category are as follows:

All-Wheel-Drive Driver:                                         All-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Keith Jackson                                                      1. Mara Estepp
            - 2009 USRC Driver Champion                            - 2009 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Daniel O’Brien                                                     2. Brendan McCabe
3. Tom Lawless                                                        3. Brian Sharkey

Two-Wheel-Drive Driver:                                      Two-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Dan Brosnan                                                        1. Shane McCann
            - 2009 USRC Driver Champion                            - 2009 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Josh Wimpey                                                        2. Jeremy Wimpey
3. Alex Rademacher                                                3. John Stewart

All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver:          All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Shawn Hudspeth                                                            1. Jennifer Hudspeth
            - 2009 Production Cup Winner                                         - 2009 Production Cup  Winner
2. Matt Gottlieb                                                          2. Austin Gager
3. William Petrow                                                     3. Jeremy Neyhart

Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver:      Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Michael Reilly                                                      1. Josh Benthien
            – 2009 Production Cup Winner                            – 2009 Production Cup Winner
2. Alex Rademacher                                                2. John Stewart
3. John Black                                                            3. Kacie Webb
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            Regarding the Calendar for the 2010 United States Rally Championship, Mr. Taylor said the following: “We are working on the 2010 USRC Calendar, which will be announced well in advance of the 2010 season. At this point, we are planning the following changes: The International Rally New York that has been the final round of the season for the past two years will take place earlier in the year, namely on September 10 and 11, 2010. Competitors will travel to the final round of the 2010 USRC season at the Prescott Rally in Prescott, Arizona, which is scheduled for October 1 and 2,
 2010.”

            Atlantic Division teams will be again competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Atlantic Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship in Prescott, Arizona.

            The United States Rally Championship will continue its bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship. As a result, 197 competitors, drivers and co-drivers, participated during the 2009 USRC season, nearly twice as many as in any other championship series in North America.

����������� The Championship season consists of a combination of gravel and tarmac events. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for reconnaissance and pace notes. Tarmac events, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features.

 

 

Lawless/Sharkey Win International Rally New York
Author: Thomas Barker, Chief Publicity Officer, International Rally New York
For Immediate Release, October 24, 2009
Tom Lawless, the 2005 United States Rally Champion, with the Irish codriver Brian Sharkey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9), emerged as the winners of the International Rally New York 2009, a two-day test where the result was in doubt until almost the final mile.
Going into the second day, an accomplished Finnish crew of Jani Paasonen/Mika Rajasalo (Subaru Impreza), had a lead of 43 seconds. With a competitive car and more experience than their rivals, United States Rally Championship (USRC) regulars assumed that the visiting Finnish team would be able to cruise to a victory. At the time, Lawless/Sharkey were second, 43 seconds behind, despite a bit of turbocharger and fuel pump trouble on the first day. Seamus Burke/John Buffum were third, but would soon withdraw from the rally due to a head gasket failure.
And then the momentum of the event went the other way: Paasonen’s car broke an axle during the final morning, which slowed Paasonen enough to allow Lawless a 13-second lead. Paasonen responded by taking back seconds on each special stage – despite heavy rain, mud, and deep puddles which limited his and everyone else’s speed. The margin was down to about three seconds at lunch time. But as Paasonen should have surged ahead on the final two or three stages, the Subaru broke a differential. Paasonen/Rajasalo decided to pace themselves and finish, falling to 1 minute and 17 seconds behind the winners.
Martin Donnelly/Stephen Duffy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) placed third. They were far enough behind the leaders, 6-3/4 minutes, that Donnelly joked afterward that they became spectators in the rally. United States Rally Championship hopefuls Daniel O’Brien and Brendan McCabe finished under Super Rally rules. This was not enough to secure the Championship title. Keith Jackson/Marra Estep (Subaru Impreza) took fourth, garnering enough points to wrap up the United States Rally Championship in the All-Wheel-Drive category. Shawn and Jennifer Hudspeth (Mitsubishi Eclipse) placed fifth overall and secured the USRC All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup for the season. Both teams traveled to the final round of the 2009 USRC season in New York from California.
Like the overall victory, the Two-Wheel-Drive win was not settled until late in the rally. United States Rally Championship contenders Josh & Jeremy Wimpey (Volkswagen Golf Mark 2) and Dan Brosnan/Shane McCann (Nissan Sentra) both suffered mechanical breakages on the first day, broken suspension and steering, respectively. Likewise, the very rapid Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino (Ford Escort Mark 2) were stopped by a broken differential. And so, in the heavy rains of the final afternoon, Wojtek “Al” Kulpa/Adam Pelc (Volkswagen Golf Mark 3) raced with the father-son team of Simon & Kieran Wright (Ford Focus ZX3). Kulpa/Pelc reached the final control with an advantage of 39 seconds for the trophy.
Dan Brosnan and Shane McCann finished under the Super Rally rules, which was enough for them to secure the United States Rally Championship in the Two-Wheel-Drive category. It might have been a golden opportunity for the up-and-coming team of Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien (Ford Focus SVT), but they were delayed by an off-course excursion while leading the Two-Wheel-Drive classification. In the end, they finished tenth overall and won the 2009 USRC Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup.
The International Rally New York 2009 was broadcast live on USTREAM TV.  Hours of recorded live broadcast may be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/discovery/live/all?q=irny . More information on the International Rally New York 2009 is available at http://www.rallynewyork.net/irny2009.html. Information on the United States Rally Championship is at www.usrallychampionship.com .

 

UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP’S PRESCOTT RALLY COMPLETES PACIFIC DIVISION FOR 2009

Author:   USRC Media

Prescott, Arizona.  (October 6, 2009)  Round 3 of the United States Rally Championship’s Pacific Division.  The Prescott Rally, the final qualifying round prior to the season finale at International Rally New York, was run on October 2nd and 3rd in the high deserts of Central Arizona. 

A compressed two-day schedule allowed teams to participate in a multiple pass recce session Friday morning, register and inspect competing vehicles Friday afternoon, complete the competition stages Friday night and Saturday with awards and prize giving Saturday night. 

Daniel O’Brien and Brendan McCabe made the trek from New York to pick up additional points towards the USRC AWD season championship and to size up Keith Jackson and Marra Estep, their closest rivals.  The rally began with Jackson setting fast stage time by almost 20 seconds.  O’Brien countered on stage two and took the overall lead by less than three seconds. Stage three marked the end of the battle as Jackson collected a tree, allowing O’Brien to cruise through the rest of the weekend to victory.

Production AWD was a battle between Will Hudson and Brian Szykowny and Shawn and Jennifer Hudspeth.  The two teams traded the lead back and forth with the Hudspeth’s coming out on top.  The husband and wife team have secured their spot in New York with a strong third place overall at Prescott. 

Open 2WD was an unexpected runaway for Odi and Amy Bakchis, running as high as second overall until troubles on stage 5 ended their rally. This allowed Tim and Dick Moser to take over the lead and finish an incredible second overall in the older Golf.

In Production 2WD, John Black and Katianna Pihakari’s Ranger pushed Alex Rademacher and John Stewart’s Subaru until a big off on stage six.  Alex and John cruised in for the win with Jason Wong and Yjiro Otsuki in second in their Neon.

This year’s event featured 101 stage miles over the two day format with activities based at Tim’s Subaru and the Prescottonian Hotel in Prescott, Arizona.  Sponsors for the event include Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Tim’s Subaru of Prescott along with the Subaru Western Region, The Prescottonian Hotel, and Whiskey Row Screen Printing.  Timing and Scoring are provided by the California Rally Series.

The series now moves to New York for the final round with six Pacific Division qualifiers eligible for a part of the $12,000 tow subsidy.  The Pacific Division qualifiers are:
            All-Wheel-Drive Championship and All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup:

            Keith Jackson                       AWD
            Shawn Hudspeth                AWD
            Will Hudson                          Prod AWD

            Two-Wheel-Drive Championship and Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup:

            Alex Rademacher                2WD
            Bill Holmes                            2WD
            John Black                            Prod 2WD

Additional event information is available at www.prescottrally.com. Additional Championship information is at www.usrallychampionship.com

 

 

Thursday - July 16 , 2009 Idaho Rally Media

2009 Idaho Rally - One to remember !!

MOUNTAIN HOME IDAHO 7/16/2009  -  The third Idaho Rally finished this years rally with 38 car entries and 4 motorcycle entries. The community embraced the Rally with open arms. Mountain Home Mayor Tom Rist was on hand to wave the cars off. The Idaho Rally competed Friday the 11th through Saturday evening the 12th on a number of local dirt roads.

United States Performance Stage Rally has shown one of its best faces last week. The Idaho Rally, Round 3 of the United States Rally Championship, took place in Idaho’s famous Banana belt. After two days of hard fought competition Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner placed first.  The team managed to stay ahead of Keith Jackson/Marra Estep and Paul Eklund/Jeff Price and made history to win a National Event in a two wheel drive car. A total of 38 Car competitors started the field on Friday morning. Maximum driving skills where necessary as stage 1 was 17 miles long and one of the most technical in North America. Before the end of the Day 1 ten cars had to withdraw for either mechanical problems or had crashed. Day 2 with remaining forty miles of this 110 mile long event promised to be highly interesting. The roads character changed from slow and technical to fast and tricky. The rally organizers had also built a jump into the road which turned out to be a great spectacle for the spectators. Barrett Dash claimed the “Longest Jump” but had to give up “Most Spectacular Jump” to Bill Holmes who nailed it at over 100mph just to end up skidding down the road on his nose.
The Bikes Competition was won by Roger Neth who set fastest time on all but the last stage of Day 1. Roger charged hard all weekend and gets bragging rights to win Idaho’s first Rally Bike Event.  

The Organizers are very happy and consider the Rally great success. The four participating Championships United States Rally Championship – California Rally Series – Max Attack and Pacific North West Rally Championship made for a great team variety.

We would like to thank Larry Miller Subaru, JB Hospitality, Eibach Springs, RB Components and Stand21 for their sponsorship and all others involved.
See you next year.
IR Team


For more information on the event please visit www.idahorally.com

 

 

THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES2008 WINNERS AND 2009 CALENDAR

Author:   USRC Media                                                                                      

            (November 7, 2008)   At the Year-End Awards Ceremony held at the conclusion of the International Rally New York last Saturday night in Callicoon, New York, the United States Rally Championship (USRC) honored its 2008 Winners and announced the 2009 USRC Calendar.

            The 2008 United States Rally Champions are Brian Scott and John Dillon in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) category and Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) category.

            The Winners of the USRC Production Cup are Jimmy and Melissa Keeney in AWD and Kristopher and Christine Marciniak in 2WD. The first three in each category are as follows:

All-Wheel-Drive Driver:                                         All-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Brian Scott - 2008 USRC Driver Champion   1. John Dillon - 2008 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Jimmy Keeney (corr.)                                          2. Melissa Keeney (corr.)
3. Martin Donnelly (corr.)                                        3. Stephen Duffy (corr.)

Two-Wheel-Drive Driver:                                      Two-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Bruce Davis - 2008 USRC Driver Champion 1. Jimmy Brandt - 2008 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Dan Brosnan                                                        2. Shane McCann
3. Kristopher Marciniak                                           3. Christine Marciniak

All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver:          All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Jimmy Keeney - Production Cup Winner       1. Melissa Keeney - Production Cup  Winner
2. Scott Wilburn                                                        2. Tammy Allan
3. David Allan                                                           3. John O'Reilly

Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver:      Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Kristopher Marciniak – Prod. Cup Winner      1. Christine Marciniak – Prod. Cup Winner
2. Hampton Bridwell                                                2. Josh Katinger
3. Robert Maunz                                                      3. Mark Sackett 
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The United States Rally Championship announced the following Calendar for the 2009 Season:

                        Rally New York USA, April 17 - 18, 2009 (tarmac)
                        Rally Tennessee, May 22 - 23, 2009 (tarmac)
                        Rally Idaho, July 9 - 11, 2009 (gravel)
                        Rally West Virginia, July 31 - August 1, 2009 (gravel)
                        Gorman Ridge Rally, August 14 - 15, 2009 (gravel)
                        Prescott Rally, October 2 - 3, 2009 (gravel)
                        International Rally New York (Finale), October 30 - 31, 2009 (gravel)

            Pacific Division teams will be again competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Pacific Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York.

            The United States Rally Championship will continue its bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship. As a result, 230 competitors, drivers and co-drivers, participated during the 2008 USRC season, more than in any other championship series in North America.

            The Championship season consists of a combination of gravel and tarmac events. Most events in the United States Rally Championship allow for reconnaissance and pace notes. Tarmac events, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features. More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at www.usrallychampionship.com.

 

THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MIDSEASON 2008

Author:   USRC Media

Competition is heating up in all categories on both sides of the country, as the United States Rally Championship (www.usrallychampionship.com) continues into the second half of its fourth season. 

In the Atlantic Division and overall, the Irish crew of Martin Donnelly and Stephen Duffy in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution are leading the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) Championship at midseason. They have been steadily improving their results by finishing third at Rally New York USA, second at Rally Tennessee, and they won Rally West Virginia this past weekend. The New York team of Otis Dimiters and Dominik Jozwiak in a Subaru Impreza are second after winning Rally Tennessee and taking the second place at Rally New York USA. Another Irish crew, Enda McCormack and Bernard Farrell, also in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, are third in the AWD Championship. Brian Scott and John Dillon in a Subaru Impreza are leading in the Pacific Division after winning Idaho Rally. The reigning United States Rally AWD Champion, Irishman Seamus Burke in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with a new co-driver Ole Holter did not finish Rally New York USA or Rally Tennessee and missed Rally West Virginia.

In the 2WD (Two-Wheel-Drive) Championship in the Atlantic Division and overall, the 2006 United States Rally 2WD Champions Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt in a Neon SRT-4 are leading after winning two events - Rally New York USA and Rally Tennessee, and placing second at Idaho Rally. Hampton Bridwell and Josh Katinger in a Ford Focus are second in the 2WD Championship after a second place at Rally New York USA and two third places at Rally Tennessee and Rally West Virginia. The Irishmen Dan Brosnan and Shane McCann in Nissan Sentra are third with a second at Rally New York USA, a third at Rally Tennessee and a fifth at Rally West Virginia. Scott Leonard / Adam Kneipp in a Volkswagen Golf are leading the Pacific Division after winning Idaho Rally. The reigning United States Rally 2WD Champion Bill Holmes with a new codriver Sean Gallagher has yet to enter competition and is on the entry list for the next event – Gorman Ridge Rally.

Subaru crews David Allan / Tammy Allan and Scott Wilburn / Constantine Mantopoulos (Carrie Wilburn) are leading the AWD Production Cup in the Atlantic Division. Another Subaru crew Paul Eklund / Jeff Price are leading the AWD Production Cup in the Pacific Division.

Hampton Bridwell / Josh Katinger in Ford Focus are in the first place in the 2WD Production Cup in the Atlantic Division. The 2007 Winners Kristopher Marciniak / Christine Marciniak in a Dodge Neon are leading the 2WD Production Cup in the Pacific Division.

The United States Rally Championship will continue with the remaining events that include Gorman Ridge Rally (www.gormanridgerally.com) in California, Prescott Rally (www.prescottrally.com) in Arizona and the final round of the Championship - International Rally New York (www.rallynewyrok.com).

Pacific Division teams are competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Pacific Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York.

The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the second season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

 

 

 

 

Idaho Rally 2008 ... Mountain Home, Idaho
Story by Brian Calkins of Idaho Racing News

- Idaho Rally 2008 organized by Rallydrift, Inc. and presented by Larry Miller Subaru of Boise was run last weekend July 10 through 12 in various back country roads of the Boise National Forest east of Boise, Idaho. The historic mining town of Rocky Bar was the scene of some of the racing with a spectator area and a good view of a quarter mile stretch of the racing action. Each of the competitors made four passes through Rocky Bar during Saturday’s racing. Four stages were run on Saturday between Featherville to a point three miles north of Rocky Bar. The racing was run in both directions so each location alternated being the starting and the finish line. This 10 mile distance made up the last four of the 10 stages of Idaho Rally 2008.

Idaho Rally 2008 has the best roads in the rally world according to the winner of the event. John Dillon, navigator of the winning entry, from Thousand Oaks, California, told Idaho Racing News that Idaho Rally 2008 was the “best event in the country for the collection of roads”. Brian Scott the driver of the winning rally car added that the roads were good “all across the board, bar none.” “The roads are consistently good”, Brian Gottleib, another competitor, said after the two pass “recce” allowed by the promoter on Thursday, July 10.

This year professionally produced course notes called “Jemba Notes” were not available so teams were allowed a two pass recce, which allowed them to drive each route twice to make accurate notes. Last year a mishap occurred on one stretch of road due to a mistake during recce and two other teams using the same notes. Three cars were heavily damaged and one driver was temporarily hospitalized in Rally 2007.

As in most forms of racing the drama can be intense. But with performance rallies some of the drama is hidden to many of the spectators. With almost two hours of competition completed and one stage left to go the top two teams were at a virtual tie with only a 6 second difference. The team of Andrew Sutherland and Amar Sehmi from California was in the lead after Friday’s competition and was just behind the team of Brian Scott and John Dillon with one stage to go on Saturday. Sutherland rolled on to the starting grid as the first car out. As the team of Scott and Dillon approached five miles into the last 11 mile stage they passed Sutherland and Sehmi on the side of the road. Dillon, the navigator in the number 2 Subaru WRX told his driver that it was okay to ease up a bit now that they had passed the leader but Dillon said later that it didn’t feel like he backed off much. Their “slow” run was only about 6 seconds slower than their fastest time on the same stretch of road.

After all other cars had crossed the finish line or were accounted for Sutherland’s Subaru was towed back to the service area and the team received a DNF (Did Not Finish) for the stage and the day. A missing radiator cap that led to an overheated, and possibly blown, engine was the culprit. “We were going to replace that engine any way” Sutherland told another competitor. Sutherland has competed in several rallies in the past and came in second in Idaho Rally 2007 last year when it was run on asphalt in Owyhee County. Earlier this year he was the winner of several stages in the North Nevada Rally and is a proven competitor.

The team of Scott and Dillon took home the winning trophy and the bragging rights for the first dirt road rally in Idaho. Second and third best overall times were the teams of Paul Eklund and Jeff Price and Jimmy and Melissa Keeny. All three teams drove Subaru WRXs. This year almost all of the cars were front wheel drive imports. Subaru was by far the most popular car with almost half of the total. The Subaru WRX is actually named for World Rally and is seen competing all over the world in rallies and other events.

While road rallies have been run in the Pacific Northwest for several years it has never, until Rallydrift, Inc. was started by Jens Schkade, of Grandview, Idaho, been a popular motorsport in Idaho. Most of the teams came from out of state and some traveled for 12 hours or more to come to this event. Two teams had short travel distances this year; coming from the Boise area. Matt Christensen and his brother Eric Christensen made up one of those teams from Boise. Their car is a Pontiac Fiero, the only mid engine and one of only two rear wheel drive cars at the event but just one mile after starting the first stage of the second day their Pontiac developed problems and had to limp back to the start and could not continue. The Christensen brothers proceeded to the spectator area and enjoyed the rest of the day watching the racing with family. They are a racing family and vowed to be back next year.

With the good reviews for the condition of the roads and for the excellent overall quality of the event Idaho Rally 2009 should be even bigger. Gas prices or other unknown factors contributed to a few competitors withdrawing their entries at the last minute but with almost 20 total competitors the rally was one of the largest so far this season in the United States Rally Championship, the California Rally Series and the Pacific Northwest Rally Championship. Last year the car count was 11. A successful rally does not just mean a large car count.

With the thousands of dollars required good sponsors are a necessity. Specifically Schkade wanted to thank his sponsors Larry Miller Subaru of Boise and Johnson Brothers Hospitality of Mountain Home. In addition he wanted to thank all of the volunteers, the Pine and Featherville ambulance services, the Prairie Y Stop General Store, the Featherville Resort, and the spectators and competitors for a successful and safe event.

 

 

 

 

 

Block/Gelsomino Wrap Up Rally New York USA '08
Ellenville, NY — It was all smiles among Subaru Rally Team USA, as their team of Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino (Subaru Impreza WRX STI) took first overall at Rally New York USA. At the end of nearly 400 miles of motoring, and 100 miles of high-speed special stages, the two Californians were over three minutes ahead of the NC Rally Team car of Otis Dimiters/Dominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza WRX). Martin Donnelly/Stephen Duffy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) completed the top three.

For Block/Gelsomino, it was a smooth performance -- the only glitch was a flat tire in the middle of the day today. On the other hand, the car of Dimiters/Jozwiak suffered from various minor problems, ranging from a loose intercooler hose to a lack of fuel pressure.
Several of the top competitors were sidelined by mechanical problems, particularly on the first day. Seamus Burke/Ole Holter (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) went out when the car's transmission stuck in fifth gear. Celsus Donnelly/Barry Smith (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) suffered a broken front differential. Enda McCormack/Bernard Farrell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) broke the rear output shaft in their car's four-wheel-drive system.

In the two-wheel-drive category, Bruce Davis/Jimmy Brandt (Dodge Neon SRT-4) were clear winners. Hampton Bridwell/Josh Katinger (Ford Focus SVT) were second, over three minutes back, and were the best-placed Production 2WD entry. Mark Lawrence/Robert Maciejski (Volkswagen Golf) had been expected to be among the top finishers, but withdrew after an off-course excursion today.
The route of this opening event of the 2008 United States Rally Championship was entirely paved; rare for a performance-type auto rally in North America. The roads were wet on the first day from moderate rains, but drying on the second day due to partly-sunny skies.
Results:

  1. Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino (Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Open AWD class)
  2. Otis Dimiters/Dominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza WRX, Open AWD)
  3. Martin Donnelly/Stephen Duffy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8, Open AWD)
  4. Francisco Pereira/Adam Vokes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Open AWD)
  5. Maciej Przybysz /Damien Treanor (2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Open AWD)
  6. Scott Wilburn/Constantine Mantopoulos (2003 Subaru Impreza WRX, Production AWD)
  7. Bruce Davis/Jimmy Brandt (Dodge Neon SRT-4, Open 2WD)
  8. Wojtek Okula/Adam Pelc (Subaru Impreza WRX, Production AWD)
  9. Hampton Bridwell/Josh Katinger (Ford Focus SVT, Production 2WD)
  10. Michael Cosgrove/John O’Reilly (Mitsubishi Eclipse, Production AWD)
  11. Dan Brosnan/Shane McCann (Nissan Sentra, Open 2WD)
  12. Thomas Greer/Robert DellaRocca (Volkswagen Golf GTI, Open 2WD)
  13. Gustavo Garrido/Jeremy Neyhart (Nissan Sentra, Open 2WD)
  14. Larry Duane/Eamon Sweeney (Toyota Corolla, Open 2WD)
  15. Simon Wright/Kieran Wright (Ford Focus ZX3, Open 2WD)
  16. Richard Spaulding/Niall Johnson (Ford Focus SVT, Production 2WD)
  17. Patrick Brennan/Carrie Wilburn (Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Open AWD)
  18. Javier Festa/Santiago Festa (Volkswagen Jetta, Open 2WD)
  19. Paul Ferreira/Aaron Cresenti (Acura RSX, Production AWD)
  20. Gerard Coffey/Dave Dooley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8, Open AWD)
  21. Michael O’Leary/John O’Leary (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4, Open AWD)
  22. Steven Levesque/Kristin Chute (BMW M3, Production 2WD)
  23. Enda McCormack/Bernard Farrell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, Open AWD)

Did not finish:
Seamus Burke/Ole Holter (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Open AWD)
Celsus Donnelly/Barry Smith (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8, Production AWD)
Ivor Wigham/Jeff Hagan (Mitsubishi Lancer, Production AWD)
Mark Lawrence/Robert Maciejski (Volkswagen Golf, Open 2WD)
Joseph Burke/Brian Sharkey (Acura Integra Type R)
Conor Malone/Glenna Chestnutt (Dodge Conquest, Open 2WD class)

 

November 29, 2007
UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ITS FOURTH SEASON AND 2008 CALENDAR

Author: USRC Media

(November 29, 2007) The 2008 United States Rally Championship (USRC) continues to make bold steps toward more affordable national competition that is accessible to a larger number of rally teams. In an effort started with the 2007 USRC season, the Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for cross–country travel by providing competition on each side of the country.

Michael Taylor, USRC President said the following: "We realized that fewer and fewer teams can afford towing back and forth across the country. A meaningful National Championship needed to embrace the reality that most of our top competitors are professional and trades people who have been excluded from serious consideration in previous championship formats due to the time or financial demands of cross–country travel. With our new format, that has all changed. As a result, 312 competitors participated in the 2007 United States Rally Championship."

The United States Rally Championship (USRC) is owned and operated by United States Rally Championship, Inc. In order to give teams competing in two–wheel drive cars more visibility, the USRC introduced separate All–Wheel Drive Championship and Two–Wheel Drive Championship.

The International Rally New York will be the seventh and the final round of the 2008 Championship and will be followed by the year–end Championship Awards ceremony.

Similarly to the 2007 season when the six top teams from the Atlantic Division received subsidy to attend the final round in the West, the Championship will subsidize travel costs for six teams from the Pacific Division – three top teams in the All–Wheel Drive Championship and three top teams in the Two–Wheel Drive Championship – to travel to New York.

Every team from the Atlantic Division as well as the Pacific Division will be invited to the final round in New York to compete for the top Championship positions. Each team may count four scores toward the Championship – their three best scores achieved prior to the final round plus the score from the final round. At least two of the three best scores must be from the team´s home Division. In order to accommodate conflicts in personal schedules and other limitations experienced by individual teams, each team may substitute a single out–of–the–Division event for an event in the team´s home Division prior to the final round. All Championship events will have the same weight and will award the same number of Championship points. Further details of scoring will be published soon.

Rally New York USA, April 4–5, 2008
Rally Tennessee, May 24, 2008
Idaho Rally, July 11–12, 2008
Rally West Virginia, August 1–2, 2008
Gorman Ridge Rally, August 15–16, 2008
Prescott Rally, October 3–4, 2008
International Rally New York, October 31 – November 1, 2008

The USRC is the only National Championship in the United States that offers a combination of gravel and tarmac rallies with most events allowing full reconnaissance and pace notes. In addition, most USRC rallies are conducted under Super Rally Regulations, allowing teams to restart on day–two after a day–one DNF.

Recognizing the need to minimize the cost to competitors, the Championship will make every effort to keep the length of each Championship event to the maximum of two days including reconnaissance.

Contact:
Donna Hocker
Series Administrator
United States Rally Championship
Office 760–446–4097
Direct Cell 909–908–2429
Donna@RallyUSA.com
Series Website www.unitedstatesrallychampionship.com


April 1, 2007

Donnelly/Gallagher Win Rally New York USA

Author: Rally New York Media

Contact: Thomas Barker, Chief Publicity Officer, 203–229–0718

Celsus Donnelly/Noel Gallagher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) made it two–for–two in the U.S. Rally Championship by winning Rally New York USA. The Irish duo took control of the event at mid–distance and drove to a minute–and–a–half victory. Their performance might have been even stronger, but the waste gate (which regulates pressure in the turbocharger system) malfunctioned early in the rally (it was fixed by their mechanics) and the alternator broke just before the end.

Enda McCormack/Bernard Farrell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) placed second, 8 seconds ahead of Daniel O’Brien/Dominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza WRC). McCormack’s run seemed trouble–free, but O’Brien was trying a new car for the first time, and found that it suffered from “teething problems.” Most notably, the Subaru’s brakes were too “soft,” and he was forced to drive conservatively until the problem was rectified by the team’s mechanics.

Seamus Burke (a former winner) and co–driver Eddies Fries (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) were among the pre–event favorites, but unfortunately became the first team on the sidelines. On the first of 20 special stages, the car’s ignition system failed. (This followed broken engines in their first two events of the season.) Another front–runner out early was Patrick Brennan/Shane McCann (Subaru Impreza WRX), co–leader after 8 special stages, but put out by suspension damage after hitting a rock on special stage 9.

The brothers Joshua and Jeremy Wimpey (Volkswagen Golf GT) placed fourth overall, winning the rally–within–the–rally for two–wheel–drive cars. In the process they beat some very powerful all–wheel–drive entries, such as the team of Gerard Coffey/Dave Dooley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo).

The rally was run under mild and sunny conditions. Competitors reported that the roads were generally good, but there were occasionally sand or gravel spots on some of the corners in the paved portion, and cut–up areas on the dirt/gravel legs.

One of the most popular results came from local driver Jay Menzo (of Goshen, New York) and co–driver Dave Florina (Mazda 323). Menzo was competing in his first rally, and was entered in the accompanying events for the New York Rally Championship only – not in the U.S. Rally Championship round. But if he had entered the national, he would have finished a remarkable fifth in the two–wheel–drive division.

Top–10 at the finish, after 20 special stages (unofficial):

1. Celsus Donnelly/Noel Gallagher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 1:09:32

2. Enda McCormack/Bernard Farrell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 1:11:05

3. Daniel O’Brien/Dominik Jozwiak (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1:11:12

4. Joshua Wimpey/Jeremy Wimpey (Volkswagen Golf GT) 1:14:34

            (1st two–wheel–drive and 1st in Open 2WD class)

5. Gerard Coffey/Dave Dooley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 1:14:58

6. Patrick Lilly/Thomas Taggart (Subaru Impreza WRX) 1:15:17

7. Scott Gardner/Constantine Mantopoulos (Audi S2 Quattro) 1:16:39

8. Emilio Arce/Sarah Gardnescu (Subaru Impreza 2.5RS) 1:17:45

            (1st Production AWD class)

9. Justin Chiodo/Adam Wangerin (Honda Civic Si) 1:20:02

            (1st Production 2WD class)

10. Patrick Cournane/Damien Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 1:20:15

April 1, 2007

26TH EDITION OF THE SUBARU RIM OF THE WORLD RALLY ADDS AUTO SHOW, FIVE SPECTATOR SUPERSTAGES, RACING BIKES TO ITS REVAMPED FORMAT

LANCASTER, Calif. -- March 28, 2007 – The 26th running of the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, round #3 of the United States Rally championship, will sport a new and exciting look on April 28 – 29 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, but the basis of the rally – high performance motorsports excitement – is true to the roots of the event as it was founded in the 1970’s.

Organizer Ray Hocker, from Ridgecrest, Calif., who put on the first version of Rim in 1976 with Mike and Paula Gibeault – also of Ridgecrest – pointed out that the loss of their forest permit to run the rally in the Angeles National Forest has only motivated the organizing committee to create more events at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds venue.

“While all of us will miss those forest stages which are now famous around the world – Del Sur, Magic Mountain, Messenger Flats, etc. – this new era gives us an opportunity to showcase the sport of rally to those who are more comfortable watching motorsports from a stadium venue.  The Fairgrounds facility also allows us to have many other activities which will provide two full days of auto racing excitement,” said Hocker.

In a unique head-to-head competition format equaled only on the World Rally circuit, the rally competitors will run the Super Special Stage, carved out in the dirt in front of the 7,000-seat Fairgrounds Stadium, seven times over two days before the finals on Sunday afternoon, when the rim champions will be crown.  In addition to the classes of rally cars, there will be a section for RallyMoto competitors, riding dual-sport motorcycles, like those used on the famous Dakar Rally.. 

Before, during and after each rally stage in the stadium, fans will be treated to a large selection of motorsports action events, many of which encourage participation by the public.  For those who are proud of the car they drive, there is the Rim of the World Car Show, open to all makes and models, with cash and product prizes in all categories.  Interested parties should contact Ferdie at gt3000fa@aol.com, or call 714-475-6450 for entry information.

Other activities include a two-day autocross, where you can enter your own car, a huge Rally Expo vendor display, the dyno challenge, radio control car racing, and a family oriented Adventure Rally.

Besides the modified Rim format for 2007, Hocker also announced that Subaru of America, Southwest Region will be back as full sponsor of the Rim event, endorsing the significance of the event to the U.S. rally scene as well as a useful tool to continue to reach its customers.

“Subaru of America, Southwest Region has supported Rim of the World since 1991, and for the last three seasons as the event’s title sponsor, and we are pleased to report that they are fully supporting our change of format for the 2007 rally. Without their involvement, we would not be able to provide the exciting activities planned for the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for our April 28 – 29 event,” said Hocker.

Because of the corporate sponsorship, Subaru owners will enjoy special activities by just showing proof of ownership at the event, including free reserved parking (log onto to www.rimoftheworldrally.com, or e-mail us at info@rimoftheworldrally.com for details and parking reservations – space is limited), the Subaru Games Autocross Challenge, and a two-hour time-speed-distance rally – Subaru Games Family Adventure Rally – through the hills and back roads of Lancaster-Palmdale area.

The 2007 Subaru Rim of the World Rally at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds opens its doors on Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 AM, with the first Super Special Stage commencing at noon.  The Fairgrounds will be open from 10:00 AM until midnight on Saturday, with the final activity at 10:00 PM being a special barbeque dinner to honor the first 25 years of the Rim of the World Rally, including appearances from former Rim champions.

On Sunday, April 29, the ground open at 9:00 AM, with the rally finals commencing in the stadium at 2:30 PM.  The awards ceremony for the winners is scheduled

for 5:45 PM.

Admission each day is only five dollars per person, plus three dollars per car parking fee..  Information updates are available on www.rimoftheworldrally.com.

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BOLD GOLD MEDIA GROUP TO COVER RALLY NEW YORK USA

RALLY RADIO THUNDER 102 TO BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE EVENT


Author: Rally New York Media
Contact: Thomas Barker, Chief Publicity Officer, at 203-229-0718

Monticello, New York - Bold Gold Media Group and Rally New York, Ltd. have reached an agreement to promote the upcoming Rally New York USA on March 30 - 31, 2007. Bold Gold Media Group (www.boldgoldmedia.com) owns and operates seven radio stations in New York and Pennsylvania. It owns the radio station Thunder 102 – “Rally Radio” for Rally New York USA.

Starting several weeks before the event, Rally Radio Thunder 102 (www.Thunder102.com) will broadcast announcements, interviews, reports and finally the results. Thunder 102 will provide live coverage of the start on March 30, and will air live updates during the event.

Ivan Orisek, President of Rally New York, Ltd., explained: "Rally New York events are located only 90 miles northwest of New York City in the beautiful southern Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County. As our events grow in size, popularity and importance, mainstream media provide more and more coverage. This is the continuation of our efforts to take the sport of rallying out of the distant wilderness and present the sport to the public in the New York City area."

Rally New York, Ltd. is the promoter of Rally New York USA and International Rally New York, two of the events being held as part of the 2007 United States Rally Championship. Both Rally New York USA and International Rally New York are also part of the New York Rally Championship, which is organized by Rally New York, Ltd.

More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. Further information on all Rally New York events and the New York Rally Championship can be found online at www.rallynewyork.com.

UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES THE 2006 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR DRIVER AND CO-DRIVER CHAMPIONS



2006 Rookie of the Year Award Presented to Driver, Kristopher Marciniak and Co-Driver, Christine Wittish

Author:   USRC Media

The United States Rally Championship is pleased to announce the 2006 Rookie of the year Driver, Kristopher Marciniak and Co-Driver, Christine Wittish.  This recently engaged pair raced their trusty RallyNotes.com Dodge Neon to four strong finishes throughout the season to score maximum points towards the Rookie of the Year honors in their first year as National level competitors. 

Their first event was the always-tough Rim of the World rally in Lancaster, CA.  A brutal event for a Stock class car but surprised Kris and Christine found themselves spraying champagne at the end.  A trip to the Pacific Northwest was next with the Olympus Rally.  These roads were much easier on the Neon and another finish was in the bag.  A trip to Prescott in October brought the team another finish and win and an unexpected proposal from Kris on the Limestone Canyon turn-around stage.  The season ending Laughlin Rally held the most excitement for this duo.  A miscue on the fast Black Canyon Stage put them in a ditch with broken parts and the very real possibility of their first National DNF.  The ever-present “Red Army” service crew took over and readied the Neon for the final day’s competition.  The “Super Rally” format allowed them to restart on Sunday and another fine finish was theirs.

Kris and Christine embody the spirit of rally and proved that a Stock class car can be reliable and competitive through a full year of competition.  They will be honored, together with the United States All-Wheel Drive Rally Champions Seamus Burke and Christine Beavis, and the Two-Wheel Drive Rally Champions Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt at the United States Auto Club (USAC) Annual Awards Banquet at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, January 19, 2007.

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

Contact:Donna Hocker
Series Administrator
United States Rally Championship
Office 760-375-3289
Direct Cell 909-908-2429
Donna@RallyUSA.com

UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ITS THIRD SEASON AND
2007 CALENDAR

Author: USRC Media

Laughlin, Nevada (December 21, 2006) The 2007 United States Rally Championship (USRC) is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The new Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for cross-country travel by providing competition on each side of the country with the final round deciding top spots in the Championship at the end of the year.

Teams may enter any number of events but will only score points in one Division – Atlantic or Pacific. Each team may count the best results from events with the maximum of 360%, with the final event, the Laughlin International Rally, counting toward both Divisions. The teams can achieve the maximum points for the Championship in as few as four events.

The top three teams in both the All-Wheel Drive Championship and the Two-Wheel Drive Championship from each Division will be invited to compete for the top six places at Laughlin International Rally. The Championship will subsidize travel costs for teams from the Atlantic Division with a fixed cash amount approximately equal to the cost of the cross-country travel.

“Fewer and fewer teams can afford towing back and forth across the country”, stated Michel Taylor, USRC President. “A meaningful National Championship needs to embrace the reality that most of our top competitors are professional and trades people who have been excluded from serious consideration in previous championship formats due to the time or financial demands of cross-country travel. With our new format, that has all changed.”

The new structure opens the Championship to all national and regional rally competitors without the requirement of an additional national license or higher national rally entry fees.

An announcement regarding the TV coverage of the 2007 USRC season will follow.

1. Sandblast Rally Feb17 NASA 60% Atlantic
2. Rally New York USA Mar 30-31 RNY 100% Atlantic
3. Subaru Rim of the World Apr 27-28 NASA 100% Pacific
4. Rally Tennessee May 5 NASA 100% Atlantic
5. Gorman Ridge Rally Aug 18 NASA 60% Pacific
6. Rally West Virginia Aug 18 NASA 60% Atlantic
7. International Rally New York Sept 7-8 RNY 100% Atlantic
8. Black River Stages Sept 29 NASA 60% Atlantic
9. Prescott Rally Oct 5-6 NASA 100% Pacific
10. Laughlin International Rally Nov 9-11 NASA 100% Atlantic 100% Pacific

Contact: Donna Hocker
Series Administrator
United States Rally Championship
Office 760-375-3289
Direct Cell 909-908-2429
Donna@RallyUSA.com
Series Website www.unitedstatesrallychampionship.com

UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES
THE 2006 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS


Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt, 2006 Two Wheel Drive United States Rally Champions


Seamus Burke and Christine Beavis, 2006 Four Wheel Drive United States Rally Champions


Author: USRC Media

Laughlin, Nevada (December 11, 2006) The United States Rally Championship (USRC) announced the 2006 United States Rally Champions in all-wheel drive (AWD) and two-wheel drive (2WD) categories.

Seamus Burke, an experienced Irish driver living in Georgia, is the 2006 USRC AWD Driver Champion and Christine Beavis, an experienced, young Californian, is the 2006 USRC AWD Co-Driver Champion. Bruce Davis of California is the 2006 USRC 2WD Champion and Jimmy Brandt, one of the top US co-drivers in the unofficial lifetime points standings, is the 2006 USRC 2WD Champion.

Burke and Beavis in their Mitsubishi Evolution 8 were narrowly second behind the 2005 United States Rally Champions Lawless and Gillespie at Rally New York USA, the season opener, and won International Rally Tennessee and Prescott Rally. They were able to overcome difficulties with their car at Laughlin International Rally to secure the closely contested Championship over Wolfgang Hoeck and Piers O’Hanlon.

Davis and Brandt, who were driving Dodge Neon SRT-4, showed their perseverance and commitment. While they were not always the fastest car in their category, they won in the end three events – Subaru Rim of the World Rally, Olympus International Rally and International Rally Tennessee.

The Class Winners in the 2006 United States Rally Championship are Burke and Beavis in Open 4WD, Davis and Brandt in Open 2WD, Street and Amato in Group N and Marciniak and Wittish in Stock Class.

The 2006 United States Rally Champions will be honored at the United States Auto Club (USAC) Annual Awards Banquet at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, January 19, 2007.


The 2006 United States Rally Championship consisted of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lynnette@RallyUSA.com

LAUGHLIN INTERNATIONAL RALLY & MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 10-11-12, 2006
Car Shows, Exhibitions, Pro-Am Drift Finals, and Driving Competitions
Join Laughlin’s International Rally and the GPS Adventure Rally Tour

Laughlin, NV – September 23, 2006 – Laughlin and Bullhead City have long been recognize as one of America’s finest destination choices for motor-sport activities and events, welcoming both water and land-based events. In 1997, the members of American Rally Sport Group, Inc., returned to this area, bringing with them their hopes to create one of the finest endurance competition rally events within the United States. The first International Rally opened in December of 1998, through backing and support from the Ramada Express Hotel-Casino, the Mohave Generating Station, and FHI, Inc., establishing itself as America’s Longest, Toughest Rally.

“Bringing a Motorsports Festival into the Laughlin and Bullhead City areas is a concept that has been one of ARSG’s goals for several years, and we look forward to growing the new Motorsports Festival into one of the finest events in the United States,” says Roger Allison, ARSG president. “Within the next three years, ARSG looks to redefine “motorsport” from a focus on highway vehicles, to include water-craft, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and even eco-sensitive “green” machines. We are also working to expand local, national and international television coverage of the rally and Motorsports Festival as well.”

New for 2006 in the Motorsports Festival is the three-day Pro-Am Series National Drift Finals, to be held in along the Colorado River, across from the Laughlin Casinos. Originally scheduled as a three-hour Drift exhibition, the Drift Association members have worked the past nine months to locate their national finals in this area. “Getting the authorities from two states and two counties together has been a challenge,” says Allison. “The cooperative efforts from the City Councils, local businessmen, the Laughlin Tourism committee and the Chamber of Commerce members of both cities have been instrumental in working towards bringing this extreme-driving event into this area. We are looking towards final approval within the next week.”

American Rally Sport Group, Inc. created and developed two major automotive events. The three-day FIA-listed International Rally USA is a world- renowned competition rally sanctioned through the United States Automobile Club (USAC) in association with NASA RallySport and NASA RallySport West. Its Grand Canyon competition stage, based on the homelands of the Hualapai Tribe, is a featured component on four authorized video games, including TopGear Rally 2 for the Nintendo 64, Rally Championship, Rally Championship Xtreme, and Richard Burns Rally Championship simulation for PC and various game formats.

The uniquely challenging GPS Adventure Rally mystery tour over America’s scenic back roads began in 2000. Currently held only during the Motorsports weekend, the GPS Adventure Rally is rapidly gaining popularity and loyal fans from across the United States and Europe. Laughlin Ranch is the presenting sponsor of the 2006 GPS Adventure Rally, with the VIP Rally Bus and Awards Breakfast sponsored by the Laughlin Bay Marina.

In association with Laughlin Tourism Committee, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Las Vegas Events is expanding its successful two-event weekend into a unique Motorsports Festival hosted by Laughlin’s eight major casinos during Veteran’s Day weekends for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

For information on the events and event or television sponsorship opportunities, contact Roger (Roger@RallyUSA.com) or Lynnette Allison (Lynnette@RallyUSA.com), and (www.Visitlaughlin.com)
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United States Rally Championship Announces the 19th Annual Prescott Rally

The organizing committee of the 19th annual Prescott Rally is gearing up for this two day performance rally in the high desert rangelands of central Arizona. Prescott has a storied history in mining, ranching and more recently, tourism and the Prescott Rally shares in this history. Competitors will transit through the historic mining town of Jerome and race across ranching land used for decades. Old narrow gauge railroad beds also are a part of the route as well as the historic farming community of Chino Valley.

This year's event will feature 111 stage miles over the two day format with activities based at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds in Prescott Valley, Arizona. A spectator friendly stage has been set up at the fairgrounds and competitors will have four opportunities to run this "Fairgrounds Sprint" over the course of the weekend. Jeff Hendricks, Assistant Clerk of the Course, has laid out this stage to be challenging for the competitor while fun for spectators to view.

Sponsors for this mainstay southwestern event include Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Lamb Subaru of Prescott along with the Subaru Western Region, The Prescottonian Hotel and Whiskey Row Screen Printing. Timing and Scoring will be provided by the California Rally Series.

Additional event information is available at www.prescottrally.com.

The United States Rally Championship, America's premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

Ramada Express Rally Broadcast Scheduled on HDNet Network on June 24, 3:00PM Eastern

The Ramada Express International Rally will premier in a one-hour high definition broadcast on the HDNet Network, Saturday, June 24th at 3:00 PM Eastern and Noon Pacific. The show will be repeated in at least four additional broadcasts but the schedule for these additional dates have not yet been announced.

This event was the season finale for the 2005 United States Rally Championship. The rally proved to be an exciting closer for the close points battle that brought three teams to Laughlin each with a shot at the season championship. The next event to be broadcast is the first event of the 2006 Championship, Rally New York USA from Monticello, New York. Rally New York USA will air on HDNet in late July or August followed by the Subaru Rim of the World Rally from Lancaster, California to be broadcast in August. For those without access to high definition broadcasts, the programs are available for purchase on DVD at www.USRallyChampionship.com.

HDNet is the leader in high definition broadcasting producing and televising more hours of original HDTV sports, entertainment and news programming each week than any other network. Other HDNet sports productions include National Hockey League games, Major League Soccer games, NASCAR Grand National Division auto racing, and The Race of Champions from Paris. HDNet is available on Adelphia Communications, Charter Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight Communications, Mediacom Communications, Time Warner Cable and several National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) cable affiliate companies. Program Schedules are available at www.hd.net.

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

Contact: Donna Hocker, Series Administrator, United States Rally Championship, Office 760-375-3289, Direct Cell 909-908-2429, Donna@RallyUSA.com

Gubelmann wins the Olympus Rally; Davis tops 2WD

Driving a 4WD Subaru WRX, driver Wyeth Gubelmann and co-driver Cindy Krolikowski were able to take advantage of their opposition's problems
to win the Olympus International Rally. Bruce Davis and co-driver Jimmy Brandt finished the rally in a Dodge Neon to take top 2WD honors.
This year's Olympus Rally marked the return of the event after an 18-year absence.

One after another, Gubelmann's potential challengers fell victim to problems that put them out of contention for the lead. The team
of Blake Yoon and Nathalie Richard, in a Mitsubish Evo VII, high- centered their car two miles into the first stage of the rally. If it
were not for assistance from a fellow competitor who pulled them back onto the road, their rally would have been over. They went on to
score several stages wins. Wolfgang Hoeck and Piers O'Hanlon, also in a Mitsubishi Evo, were challenging Gubelmann for the lead early on,
until a timing error made by the team resulted in a 10 minute penalty. Dave and Rick Hintz scored a stage win, immediately before the engine
of their Subaru WRX suffered a bearing failure and they were forced to withdraw.

Ralph Kosmides/Alan Ockwell and Gary Cavett/Jeff Secor, all competiting in Subaru Imprezas, drove steady rallies to finish second and third
respectively. The East Coast team of George Georgokopoulos and Faruq Mays suffered from a number of mechanical issues before retiring with a broken driveshaft.

Turnout for 2WD competition was light. The team of Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt were the sole Open 2WD entry and Kristopher Marciniak and
Christine Wittish were the only Stock entry to finish. Kris and Ed Dahl broke a control arm on their Acura Integra and withdrew.

Wolfgang Hoeck leads George Georgakopoulas by one point in the (USRC) United States Rally Championship for Overall 4WD Driver, while Alan
Ockwell has a clear lead for Overall 4WD Co-driver. In the 2WD Championship, Bruce Davis and Jimmy Brandt each lead their respective
championship by a large margin.

With two of the three completed USRC rallies being on the West Coast, the West Coast competitors have been favored in the championship so far.
However, the USRC now swings back to the east coast for rounds in New York and Tennessee, so the standings are likely to change.

Stay tuned.

Complete Results can be found at: http://rallydata.com/Results/Olympus_2006_NatResults.htm

About the Olympus Rally

The Olympus International Rally is round 4 of the USAC United States Rally Championship. It is headquartered in Shelton, Washington state
and runs on roads west and southwest of Shelton. From 1986 to 1988, the Olympus Rally was a round of the FIA World Rally Championship, the
last a WRC rally has been held in the US. For more information about the Olympus Rally, visit www.olympusrally.com.

The Olympus Rally is sponsored by Subaru Western Region, Piloti Shoes, Little Creek Resort and Casino, Prodrive, Rotter's Auto Center, Hanson
Motors, Whitney's Auto Group and SafeDrives.

DMS NORTH AMERICA AND MSI (MOORE-SPORT INC.) ANNOUNCE A CONTINGENCY AND SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Author:   USRC Media

Laughlin, Nevada (March 23, 2006) DMS North America (DMS) and MSI (Moore-Sport Inc.) have announced a Contingency and Support Program for the United States Rally Championship (USRC).

A rally competitor will qualify for discounts under this Program by presenting a valid USAC / NASA or a NASA Rally Sport License. The DMS Program will be administered through DMS North America and its Trained Dealer Network across the country. The MSI headquarters in Blainville, Quebec, will administer the MSI Program.

DMS North America is the North American Distributor of quality DMS suspension parts. MSI is a Distributor of ALCON brake components, PPG gearboxes, MOTUL lubricants, and POWERFLEX bushings. The extensive list of parts available under this program together with specific discounts as well as all contact information will be posted at the United States Rally Championship website at www.usrallychampionship.com.

“Our companies have a great rallying heritage and we are eminently interested in supporting the competitors in the United States Rally Championship and the related Regional Series,” said Mark Moore, the Managing Director of DMS North America.

Michael Taylor, President of the United States Rally Championship, Inc., added: “As we continue advancing the United States Rally Championship, the Contingency and Support Program by DMS and MSI is a welcome addition to the repertoire of services and ideas we offer to our competitors. We are grateful to DMS and MSI for their support of US rallying.”

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

Download DMS Contingency Program Details -PDF File
Download MSI/PPG Contingency Program Details -PDF File
Download MotulContingency Program Details -PDF File

Contact:Donna Hocker Series Administrator
United States Rally Championship
Office 760-375-3289
Direct Cell 909-908-2429
Donna@RallyUSA.com

The 23rd running of the Subaru Rim of the World Rally is now history, and world extreme motocross champion Travis Pastrana, from Davidsonville, Maryland and WRC co-driver Jakke Honkanen, have won his first professional gravel auto rally by scoring a one minute, 18-second win in his Vermont Sports Car Subaru WRX STi. Subaru teammate Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino finished second, and Mitsubishi driver George Plsek and co-driver Jeff Burmeister were third.

Pastrana said that it was co-driver Honkanen who was the key to his victory, which relieves the frustration of five second-place rally finishes over the last two years.

"Jakke's experience pushed me to go faster when it was appropriate, yet help pace me when we had a good lead so I maintained my speed without hurting the car. It feels great to win! Finishing second all those times just doesn't do it," said Pastrana.

Pastrana said that his lead over Block grew as day turned into evening as he drives better at night than Ken does, and Block's flat tire during the morning stages also set him back.

For Burlington, Vermont's Lance Smith, Pastrana and Block's team owner, it was also a first as Vermont Sports Car had never finished first and second in cars they had built themselves, so it was a special night for the team as well.“When we prepared Mitsubishi's factory rally cars, we had one-two finishes, but never in our own cars,” said Smith, who started Vermont Sports Car in 1991.

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23nd ANNUAL LANCASTER RALLY IS BACK IN THE HIGH DESERT ONE WEEK EARLY –
APRIL 28-29; RIM OF THE WORLD COURSE TO USE NEWLY-GRADED FOREST ROADS

LANCASTER, Calif. – April 17  –  The 23nd running of the Subaru Rim of the World Rally coming up April 28 - 29 will be the most exciting, most entertaining high performance auto rally ever held in Southern California, with two days of dynamic programs running at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and on the fire rim roads of the Angeles National Forest.

“In the history of the Rim of the World Rally, the Forest Service staff of the Angeles National Forest has been a vital part of the event, and the grading of the entire course this year – with both organizations working as a team – has result in the best forest roads we have ever had,” said Ray Hocker, from Ridgecrest, chairman of the event.

Combine that with the more than 50 race cars, special closed racing stages at the 7,500-seat Antelope Valley Fairgrounds arena, and day-long entertainment including world-class drifting competition will make the weekend a favorite destination for Southern California families.  Extreme motorcross champion Travis Pastrana, who has made the transition from bikes to rally cars quite successfully, will lead a large group of experienced rally competitors in his Subaru WRX STi.

The sport of Performance Rally, which attracts more racing fans worldwide than Formula 1, Indy Car or NASCAR, takes place on every continent, but the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, presented by Autosport Engineering, is the only rally in North America that takes place in a major metropolitan market, giving it the tag as “the Super Bowl of Rally.”

In the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, the cars race one-at-a-time against the clock on closed ridge-top fire roads – each time trial is called a stage - in the Angeles National Forest, with the cars recording the lowest total elapsed time at the end of the event being the winners in each class. The co-driver, who sits in the passenger seat, has stage notes which guide the team through the course turn-by-turn, and has a rally computer to aid him or her by keeping track of mileage intervals and elapsed time.  The driver will go as fast as he or she can – no speed limits – with coaching from the co-driver describing the road configuration ahead.

The drivers meet their crew back at the Fairgrounds every couple of stages for service on the cars, and drivers must obey all local traffic regulations when their cars are not actually driving on the closed stage road.  Unlike traditional racetrack driving, where repetition on the same course can lead to the “best line” or “best setup” for each corner, rally drivers must react to blind conditions at racetrack speed.

This event is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sports Association (NASA).  Parts of the event count for points in the Western States Rally Championship (WSRC) and the California Rally Series (CRS) as well.  The rally will cover 272 miles including 93 stage miles.

On Friday, April 28, the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster opens to the public for free ($3.00 for parking per car) until 5:00 PM to view technical inspection and meet the rally drivers ($10.00 admission after 5:00 PM).  Ongoing activities include rally video games, car show, remote control car races, an all-wheel drive dyno, more than 30 booths featuring auto racing accessories and memorabilia, and more. Drifting competition in the Nitro2Go Drift Invite throughout the day.  The rally action starts at 6:30 PM with the opening ceremonies and Super Special Stage I (side-by-side racing) in the arena.  Besides the racing stages inside the fairgrounds, fans can view the rally at designated areas in the forest as well.  Spectating details are available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds during the event or on  the event’s website www.rimoftheworldrally.com.

On Saturday, April 29, the fairgrounds open to the public at 10:00 AM, with admission $15. Fans can visit the Rally Expo vendor displays, walk through the pits, meet the rally teams, browse the Auto Show, purchase food and rally merchandise, and watch radio controlled car racing.  The hottest tuner cars in Southern California will be on display in the Rim of the World Car Show. Several trophies and awards will be given out, including Best of Show, Best Custom, Cleanest Engine Bay, Best Paint, etc. Also going on all day will be the U.S. Army climbing tower-wall, several inflatable jumpers for the kids, and the R/C Nitro Car Demonstration from HPI.

The Rim of the World Drift Invite, which will be happening both Friday and Saturday, hits full stride on Saturday as there will be an invitation-only event that pits the country’s #1 “OG” drifters against each other in head-to-head elimination rounds. Drift Invite will also feature one of the nation’s first Team Battles in which Drift teams of 2-3 drivers compete together in an array of matching slides and sequenced burnouts judged in an X-Games style ceremony to crown the top

The event will be broadcast on HDNet, the channel available to high definition subscribers on DirectTV, the Dish Network, and many cable systems.  The USRC is the only rally series in the world to broadcast all its events in high definition. The event will also be covered on local Adelphia Cable Channel 3 – check local listings for broadcast times.  The Subaru Rim of the World Rally will also have a radio network online at www.rimoftheworldrally.com, with broadcasts starting at 5:00 PM on April 28.

A full schedule, along with a complete entry list and information for those who would like to volunteer to work with the organizing committee for the event, is posted on www.rimoftheworldrally.com. "Schedule of Activities" is under "General;" "Current Entry List" is found under "Competitors" on the list of options at the top of each page.

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Contact:
Andy Schupack, Media Liaison
401-739-5677 – now through April 25
401-741-6980 – mobile at the event, April 26 - 30
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Lawless/Quinn Narrowly Win Rally New York USA

Lawrence/Maciejski Win Two Wheel Drive Group

(April 8, 2005, Monticello, New York)

From: Rally New York Media

Contact: Thomas Barker, 203-229-0718

Tom Lawless and Graham Quinn (in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) achieved victory by the slimmest of margins in Rally New York USA, the opening round of the 2006 U.S. Rally Championship. At the finish they were a mere three seconds ahead of Seamus Burke/Chrissie Beavis (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo). The two teams finished also finished first and second in the Open 4 class, for extensively-modified, four-wheel-drive, turbocharged cars.

The special stage roads in the Catskill Mountains (only pavement, for the first time in this rally) were dry during Thursday’s reconnaissance. But light to moderate rains began before the mid-Friday start in Monticello, and continued for most of the day. Many teams fitted wet-weather tires or made extra cuts on the treads of their dry rubber, some while the cars were in the display area before the start. But reigning national champion Lawless gambled that the roads would not deteriorate too badly and chose to stay on dry tires – incorrectly, as he would later admit. By the time that the teams reached the first service stop, Lawless was in second place, 29 seconds behind Burke (who won this event last Spring).

What followed was a classic rally, with the two teams trading fastest times on the special stages (speed tests), and with Lawless generally cutting into Burke’s lead. By the time that the cars reached the overnight stop in Monticello, the gap was reduced to 24 seconds. Lawless continued to close on Saturday, under clearing, windy, cold conditions. Going into the last special stage on Saturday evening, he had reduced the deficit to eight seconds.

The tactical situation for co-drivers Quinn and Beavis was complicated by the presence of chicanes – composed of plastic barrels and cones – on the fastest stretches of road, to slow the cars. Because reconnaissance was conducted at “regular” road speed (per regulations), and the barrels and cones were NOT in place, the first time that competitors actually negotiated them was during the rally. Most of the top drivers knocked down a few markers, with a ten second penalty for each charged against their times.

On the final test, Lawless was once again fastest – by one second. But Burke nudged two markers on the stage, to Lawless’s one, and that ten-second difference gave the rally to Lawless when they reached the finish line in Liberty.

David Anton/Robbie Durant (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) placed third overall and first in Group N (production), nearly four and a half minutes down on the top two, but comfortably ahead of the Open 4 class cars Matt Iorio/Jeremy Wimpey (Subaru Impreza) and Daniel O’Brien/Stephen Duffy (Subaru Impreza WRX STi). For Anton this was the first rally that he had driven with entirely paved special stages, and he admitted that he paced himself during the Friday rains. But his speed proved enough to earn a podium position at the end.

In the rally-within-the-rally for two-wheel-drive cars, Mark Lawrence/Robert Maciejski (Volkswagen Golf) were the winners by 16 seconds from Eric Burmeister/Dave Shindle (Mazda 3 turbo). Burmeister was in command on Friday night, but a penalty for an overly long service stop (when his crew had to change an axle joint) cost them first place. Bruce Davis/Jimmy Brandt (Dodge Neon SRT-4) finished third in the category.

Each of the two days of Rally New York USA counted as a round of the Eastern States Rally Championship, both of which were won by Lawless/Quinn. (Burke/Beavis were not entered in the divisional.) Second went to the up-and-coming team of Jeremy Drislane/Carl Williamson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4), who were faster than the national cars on two special stages, and would have placed third overall in the national rally if they had entered it.

Note: The U.S. Rally Championship is sanctioned by the U.S. Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). The Eastern States Rally Championship is sanctioned by NASA.

UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILS THE USRC TRANSPORTATION PLAN WITH TRANSPORTATION SUBSIDIES

Author:   USRC Media

Monticello, NY (February 10, 2006) The Board of Directors of the United States Rally Championship, at its regularly scheduled teleconference last night, unanimously approved the USRC Transportation Plan to aid competitors in participating in the Championship. Competitors entering the USRC events using this USRC Transportation Plan will receive transportation subsidy in the amount of $300 from the promoter of the event upon starting the event. This subsidy applies to trips of more than 500 miles from the origination point.

Historically, participation in national rally championships has been limited by great transportation distances, necessary time and associated costs. This situation has worsened with the recent increase in fuel prices approaching now $3.00 per gallon. Under the present circumstances, the total cost of only fuel and tolls for a coast-to-coast roundtrip with a service vehicle and a trailer carrying a rally car approaches $2,500.

The United States Rally Championship, in its efforts to make the eight events of the Championship more accessible to competitors, has paired the events on each coast – please refer to the 2006 USRC schedule. This makes it possible for competitors to participate in two cross-country events with one cross-country roundtrip.

Furthermore, in an effort to minimize the cost and the time necessary for the cross-country transport of rally cars and service vehicles, we have investigated alternative modes of transportation. Several modes of transportation turned out to be unacceptable either because of the cost or the elapsed time.

We have therefore contracted with a reputable nationwide car hauler for a ten-car transporter. Under this Plan, vehicles will be delivered coast-to-coast and will be available to competitors within five to six days. The details of the USRC Transportation Plan will appear shortly on the USRC website at www.usrallychampionship.com.

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

Click here for full details on the Transportation Plan

Click here to download a PDF File of the 2006 Competitor Transportation Plan

Contact:Ivan Orisek
Administrator, Transportation Plan
United States Rally Championship
Tel. 845-794-4096, Fax 845-794-4098
Eurorally@aol.com

2005 United States Rally Champions Honored at the USAC Night of Champions and 50th Anniversary Celebration

Author: USRC Media

Indianapolis, IN (January 29, 2006) The 2005 United States Rally Champions Tom Lawless and Jason Gillespie as well as the organizers of USRC events were honored last night among USAC champions at the USAC Night of Champions and 50th Anniversary Celebration. The celebration was held at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rollie Helmling, President of USAC, and Johnny Capels, Chairman of the Board, praised the past achievements and expressed confidence in the future of the United States Rally Championship in the association with USAC. Emcee Jack Arute, a well-known ABC TV pit lane announcer, introduced a number of special guests including the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford and the 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champions, sent videotaped messages of congratulations to all the USAC Champions."

The United States Rally Championship (USRC), America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

CONTACTS:

Wilson von Kessler United States Rally Championship Series (423) 265-2020 wilson@nasarallysport.com
John Lindsey National Auto Sport Association (510) 232-6272 jlindsey@drivenasa.com
Dick Jordan United States Auto Club (317) 247-5151 djordan10@iquest.net

Nicky Grist a RENOWNED FIA World Rally Championship competitor to advise Rally New York USA

Author: Rally New York Media
Monticello, New York (February 7, 2006) Nicky Grist, a renowned FIA World Rally Championship competitor, will advise Rally New York USA and has agreed to serve as one of the Stewards for the event that will take place in Monticello, New York on April 7 – 8, 2006.

As well as a Steward, he will also conduct a one-day “Nicky Grist Codriving Course” which will be held on Wednesday, April 5, the day before the start of reconnaissance. The Rally New York USA starts on Friday and finishes on Saturday. There will be no time to rest for the Welshman, as there will be an autograph session at the event with Nicky and in cooperation with Rally World Magazine (www.rallyworldmagazine.com), the newly appointed official publication of the FIA World Rally Championship.

“I am looking forward to assisting this experienced promoter as well as US rallying in their efforts to attain World Rally Championship status for their rally. It has been a long time since the World Rally Championship visited these shores and as long as the organizers can meet the FIA standards, then I am sure they stand a very good chance of achieving their goal” said Nicky before departing for Rally Norway, an event he also worked for, which is a candidate for being included in the World Rally Championship in 2007.

Ivan Orisek, President of Rally New York, Ltd., confirms: “We are delighted and honored to have been able to secure assistance of a person of Nicky Grist’s experience and stature given his other commitments and busy schedule. We are looking forward to a long-term successful relationship with Nicky.”

Nicky Grist has incredible twenty-one FIA World Rally Championship victories to his credit as a codriver. He has co-driven for a host of professional drivers. More notably, he has worked alongside Juha Kankkunen in the Toyota Team Europe factory team, co-driving Juha to his fourth World Rally Championship title in 1993. He also and still sits alongside the 1996 World Rally Champion Colin McRae, firstly at Subaru then Ford and very recently the Skoda factory team notching up seventeen World Rally Championship victories together.

Only four months ago at the World Rally Championship Telstra Rally Australia, they were fighting for second place in a Skoda Fabia World Rally Car. With just three stages to the finish a routine clutch change went horribly wrong and they went over the time limit. This would have been Skoda’s best ever result in the World Rally Championship. More information about Nicky Grist can be found at www.nickygrist.com.

Rally New York, Ltd. is the promoter of Rally New York USA and International Rally New York, two of the events being held in the 2006 United States Rally Championship. The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is vailable at www.usacracing.com, on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com and on FIA at www.fia.com.

The registration for “Nicky Grist Codriving Course” is open at www.RallyNewYork.com.

CONTACT:
Thomas Barker
Chief Publicity Officer
Rally New York USA
thomasvbarker@optonline.net
203-229-0718

 

LAUGHLIN: THE PLACE WHERE CHAMPIONS MEET TO COMPETE

Ramada Express International Rally USA December 9-11

America’s Grand Canyon Rally in the Land of the Hualapai

December 1, 2005 Laughlin, NV - The Ramada Express International Rally USA returns to Laughlin, NV this week, bringing exciting rally competition action to country roads within southern Nevada, western Arizona and the ancestral Lands of the Hualapai Indian Nation in northwestern Arizona.   More than forty-five top American and European teams arrive Wednesday and Thursday, headquartered at Laughlin's Ramada Express Hotel-Casino, opening of the eighth running of America's longest, toughest three-day endurance rally, the Ramada Express International Rally USA. 

As the final event in America’s rally calendars, three national to regional championships are on the line. Foremost is the United States Rally Championship whose teams gather from states across the country for a final test of determination, preparedness, and speed. Though having more than five vehicle classes, the two favored vehicles are the Mitsubishi EVO series or the Subaru WRX and Impreza, both with full four-wheel-drive and responsive handling.  

A new Open Class challenge in this event is the European-based Ford Escort Cosworth, prepared under special supervision of former American RallyChampion Mike Whitman of New Mexico and co-driver Bill Westrick of Michigan. They should prove a challenge to current top-points leader Tom Lawless/Jason Gillespie in an EVO 8, and defending event winner Peter Workum/Chrissy Beavis in a Subaru.  French-speaking Stephan Verdier and co-driver Alan Ockwell of Canada, a top national team in the west are here to challenge the strong field, going for an upset. 

Surprise entry Flip Van Zutphen and Theo Badenberg, arrive straight from the Netherlands bringing in a rare 300 horsepower Lancia HF Integrale Evoluzione 3.  This experienced team, with World Rally Championship experience, is guaranteed to stir the mix.      

While the flashy Open Class vehicles grab much of the press, strong competition in less modified Group N arrives this year from New Zealand in the form of Sam Murray and Anton Cheetham in a Subaru Impreza.  Pressure is on Doug Chernis of Mesa, Arizona and co-driver Alan Perry of Washington to push their Subaru WRX STi to its limits, fighting for the top finish after three long days of competition.

VW Jetta GLI team Craig Hollingsworth of Zephyr Cove, Nevada with Jason Grahn of Washington begin their final event leading the National Open 2wd championship, but face surprisingly strong competition from California’s Jeff Rados/Guido Hamacher in a Ford Ranger, Larry Gross/Doug Young in a Toyota Corolla, with Colorado’s Jimmy Keeney/ Brian Moody in a nicely prepared Honda.  Adding spice to the mix is the female team of Lisa Klassen/Kala Rounds in their Toyota Corolla.

Nicknamed  “America’s Grand Canyon Rally”, and “Rally USA”,  the event grabbed national and worldwide attention in 1998 following demanding competition in blizzard conditions, establishing its reputation as America's longest, toughest competition rally. The event consistently challenges the best rally teams who face almost two-hundred competition miles over winding mountain and forest roads, enduring winter's oft-changing Nevada and Arizona weather.

The rally returns with a new name and new date November 9-11, 2006 as The Laughlin International Rally & Motor Sports Festival, to include exciting new events and activities for every racing enthusiast. The event is organized by the American Rally Sport Group, Inc., of Laughlin, Nevada.

The United States Rally Championship is sanctioned by the United States Auto club (USAC) for its FIA International listing, and is presented by National Auto Sport Association RallySport (NASA).  The United States Rally Championship expands to eight events in Tennessee, New York, California, Washington, Arizona and Nevada in 2006. 

Additional information is available at www.RallyUSA.com , www.usrallychampionship.com, www.usacracing.com and www.nasarallysport.com.

2006 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION PLAN ANNOUNCED

Best Five out of Eight Events Count for Championship

Indianapolis, IN (October 21, 2005) – After a late afternoon meeting yesterday, United States Rally Championship (USRC) officials announced today the points structure for the 2006 Championship, as well as a new competitor vehicle transportation initiative.

“We’ll be retaining the per event points structure that we used in 2005,” stated Ivan Orisek, one of the Championship board members, “However, with the expansion of the Championship to eight events in 2006, the board was unanimous in approving a best five out of eight events to be counted toward the Championship.”

“We structured the Championship to minimize cross-country travel by pairing events on each coast,” continued Orisek, “Counting the best five out of eight events toward the Championship compliments this structure by providing a competitor with a second chance if they have a bad result in their first opposite coast event.”

“We’re also excited about the transportation plan,” added Roger Allison, another board member, “Looking into the prohibitive costs of cross-country rally team transportation, especially with the rise of fuel prices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we are arranging a team transportation plan which will allow our competitors to have their vehicles picked up regionally and delivered to the opposite coast events at a considerable savings to what they would spend on an individual tow.”
The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com and on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com. Competitors interested in the transportation plan should contact Wilson von Kessler at wilson@nasarallysport.com, (423) 265-2020.

CONTACT: Wilson von Kessler
United States Rally Championship Series
(423) 265-2020
wilson@nasarallysport.com

Town of Liberty Joins International Rally New York

(September 5, 2005)

This year an international auto rally will visit the town of Liberty for the first time.  On the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, International Rally New York will include five special stages (tests against the clock) on paved roads in the town.  Two official spectator points have been designated, and residents who live along the route will be able to watch from their yards.  According to Supervisor Frank De Mayo of Liberty, “It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  Where they’re racing, it’s a beautiful part of the county.  I know there is quite a bit of interest from folks along the route.  Some people are expecting to make a day of it and have a rally party.”

The rally teams will also stop in downtown Liberty, to service the cars at Liberty Elementary School.  Once again, spectators may come to see the cars serviced.  Competitors, mechanics, and officials should also find time to pick up necessities from local businesses.  “What we’re hoping is that it becomes an economic development tool,” De Mayo points out.  “We’re hoping that it brings people into the area, and that they visit the restaurants and shops.”

International Rally New York is a round of the United States Rally Championship, which is sanctioned by United States Auto Club (USAC), and presented by National Auto Sport Association (NASA).  International Rally New York is also a round of the Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC), organized by NASA Rally Sport.

A complete schedule for International Rally New York, and other information, are available at the event’s web site, www.rallynewyork.com.  If you have questions, please call Thomas Barker, the rally’s press officer.

Contact: Thomas Barker, Press Officer, at 203-229-0718

2006 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP EXPANDED TO EIGHT ROUNDS

Schedule includes the return of the Olympus Rally as well as two full tarmac events

Indianapolis, IN (July 26, 2005) – The 2006 United States Rally Championship will be expanded to eight rounds announced championship officials today in Indianapolis. Included will be the return of the famed Olympus Rally in Washington State, as well as full tarmac events in New York State and Tennessee.

The 2006 schedule will begin with the Cherokee Trails International Rally in Tennessee in March. The action will then head north for Rally New York USA in early April. Teams will then head over to the west coast for the Subaru Rim of the World Rally in California in late April, followed by the Olympus International Rally three weeks later in Washington State.

After a summer break, the action will resume in the east with the all tarmac Rally Tennessee over Labor Day weekend, and the all tarmac International Rally New York later in September. Cars will then move west for the final two events, the well-established Prescott Rally in Arizona in October, followed by the season final at the Laughlin International Rally, formerly the Ramada Express International Rally, in Laughlin, Nevada in November.

“We’re excited about the expansion of the schedule,” stated Ray Hocker, one of the Championship organizers, “Prescott has a long history as a national level event, and the legend of the Olympus Rally is known to everybody in the rally community. We especially welcome the return of this former WRC event after a 14 year hiatus.”

“That’s not to give short-shrift to the eastern events either,” continued Hocker, “With the two full tarmac rounds in New Yorkand Tennessee, the Championship will be a true test of drivers on all surfaces.”

“USAC is ecstatic at the growth of the series,” added Rollie Helmling, President of the United States Auto Club, “With eight internationally listed events evenly spread between the east and west, awareness of the sport here in the U.S. will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. The benefit of this growth for competitor and fan alike is immeasurable, and USAC is proud to be part of it.”

“NASA is as well proud of its continuing involvement in this top-level series,” added John Lindsey, Chief Divisional Director of the National Auto Sport Association, “we’ve been working with many of these organizers since the formation of our Rally Sport arm, and it is nice to see their and our efforts being rewarded and the series expanding.”

2006 United States Rally Championship

Round 1:             Cherokee Trials International Rally, Chattanooga, Tennessee

                        March 17-18, 2006 (Gravel)

Round 2:             Rally New York USA, Monticello, New York

                        April 7-8, 2006 (Gravel)

Round 3:             Subaru Rim of the World Rally, Lancaster, California

                        April 28-29, 2006 (Gravel)

Round 4:             Olympus International Rally, Shelton, Washington

                        May 19-20, 2006 (Gravel)

Round 5:             International Rally Tennessee, Linden, Tennessee

                        September 2-3, 2006 (Tarmac)

Round 6:             International Rally New York, Monticello, New York

                        September 22-23, 2006 (Tarmac)

Round 7:             Prescott Rally, Prescott, Arizona

                        October 6-7, 2006 (Gravel)

Round 8:             Laughlin International Rally, Laughlin, Nevada

                        November 17-19, 2006 (Gravel)

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com and on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com.

CONTACT:

Wilson von Kessler
United States Rally Championship Series
(423) 265-2020
wilson@nasarallysport.com

John Lindsey
National Auto Sport Association
(510) 232-6272
jlindsey@drivenasa.com

Dick Jordan
United States Auto Club
(317) 247-5151
djordan10@iquest.net

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OLYMPUS IS BACK!

Former WRC rally to run as 2006 United States Rally Championship event

Shelton, WA (July 26, 2005) – Massimo “Miki” Biasion was the last competitor to take the podium in this event, besting teammate Alex Fiorio, both driving Lancia Delta Integrales. American John Buffum completed the podium in his Audi Coupe Quattro. Winners in previous years included rally legends Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen, aka the “Flying Finns”. The Olympus Rally played host to the infamous Group B cars, and now it is back after a 14 year hiatus.

Scheduled for May 19-20, 2006 as the fourth round of the United States Rally Championship, the Olympus International Rally will run many of the same roads as in its previous iterations. It will also be a Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) calendar listed event through the United States Auto Club (USAC), bringing back the international flavor that has made the event part of American and World rally history.

“We are very excited to be returning this event to both the national and international stage,” stated Steve McQuaid, Chairman of the rally, “it’s nice to bring the event out with a bang at this level of competition and organization.”

“We like to think that we have the best rally roads in the United States, if not the world,” added McQuaid, “and we’re looking forward to hosting the best competitors the United States and the world has to offer on them.”

The United States Rally Championship, America’s premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). More information on the Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com and on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com.

CONTACT:

Wilson von Kessler
United States Rally Championship Series
(423) 265-2020
wilson@nasarallysport.com

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Contact:
Andy Schupack
401-739-5677

RICHARDS SCORE SECOND STRAIGHT SUBARU RIM OF THE WORLD RALLY WIN; SUBARUS SWEEP FIRST SEVEN PLACES IN U.S. RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT


Pat and Nathalie Richard on their way to winning first over all.
photo by Dennis Baer, more photos of the event at www.RimOfTheWorldRally.com

LANCASTER, Calif. – May 8, 2005 – Patrick Richard, from Vancouver, B.C., and co-driver and sister Nathalie Richard, from Quebec, led the 22nd annual Subaru Rim of the World Rally from start to finish to win their second straight event in Southern California’s high desert early Sunday morning.

Richard, who was both the Canadian and U.S. Rally champion last year, dominated the event in his Subaru Impreza WRX despite a very sore wrist, which needed to be iced after every stage. He had a wrist guard on it for support, but the guard ripped off several times due to his rapid steering wheel movement, so he had to fight through the pain to win the event. Also, Richard was using his brakes so hard on the Rim roads that the discs were glowing after each stage.

“The concentration needed to go at these speeds on the twisty, rocky Angeles National Forest Rim roads is so great that the pain disappeared during the stages. We did what we had to do to win,” said Richard.

Matthew Iorio, from Westmoreland, NH/Ole Holter, from Long Beach, Calif. finished second in their Subaru Impreza STI by more than five minutes. Ken Block, from Encinitas, Calif/Alex Gelsomino, Santa Clarita, Calif. were third overall in their Subaru WRX, but first in the Group N class. The Stephen Verdier, Huntington Beach, Calif./Allan Walker, Orange, Calif. team in their Subaru WRX were fourth overall and first in Super Stock, while the Bill Malik, Santa Clarita, Calif./Amity Trowbridge, Seattle, WA entry were eighth overall and the top 2WD finisher in their Volvo.

In the regional California Rally Series/Western States Rally Championship classes, Peter Workum, from Phoenix and Chrissie Beavis from San Diego won the Friday night stages in their Subaru WRX, while Wyeth Gubelmann, from Placerville, CO, and Cindy Krolikowski, from Wyandotte, Mich., in their Subaru WRX, won the Saturday night event. Complete results are available on www.rimoftheworldrally.com.

Because of the heavy rains in Southern California, including a downpour last Thursday night, several of the usual Rim roads were washed out, and others were deemed impassable by the Forest Service, so the rally was significantly altered from previous years.

Four "Super Special Stages" were scheduled to run as a closed-course side-by-side gymkhana set up in the stadium at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, but the final of those four stages was cancelled due to the late-running rally schedule Saturday night. For the other three stages, more than 1,000 people crowded into the stadium to watch the high-speed race cars jump over the hill on the front straight-away and struggle through the muddy stadium surface. Due to the conditions, the first and second Super Specials were run as untimed exhibitions.

The Subaru Rim of the World Rally was round #2 of the United States Rally Champ-ionship. In terms of the USRC championship, with two out of four events now complete, and round #1 (the Cherokee Trails event in Tennessee) winner Tom Lawless not attending the event, Matt Iorio, who finished third in Tennessee and second here at Rim, takes a commanding lead in the overall championship with 58 points, with Lawless and Rim winner Richard second with 36 points and Peter Workum now fourth with 35 points.

Workum, from Phoenix, AZ, and his co-driver Chrissie Beavis, from San Diego, Calif.. were headed to a much higher finish until they crashed on the last stage of the rally, and were unable to finish the event, settling for his four USRC starting points. Craig Hollingsworth, from Incline Village, NV, who finished ninth at Cherokee and tenth at Rim, now has 31 points in the overall championship, good enough for a fifth place tie with Bruce Davis, from Granite Bay, Calif., who finished tenth at Cherokee and ninth at Rim with co-driver Lee Sorenson, from Fair Oaks, Calif. Fourth place Rim finisher Stephan Verdier is now seventh in points with 24 points, tied with Patrick Lilly. Complete standings are available at www.usrallychampionship.com.

On the manufacturer’s side, Subaru swept the top seven overall positions, followed by Volvo, a Dodge Neon, a VW Jetta, and a Honda Civic. Not a single Mitsubishi finished the national event.

The sport of Performance Rally, which attracts more racing fans worldwide than Formula 1, Indy Car or NASCAR, takes place on every continent, but the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, presented by Autosport Engineering, is the only rally in North America that takes place in a major metropolitan market, giving it the tag as “the Super Bowl of Rally.”

In the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, the cars race one-at-a-time against the clock on closed ridge-top fire roads – each time trial is called a stage - in the Angeles National Forest, with the cars recording the lowest total elapsed time at the end of the event being the winners in each class. The co-driver, who sits in the passenger seat, has a route book which guides the team through the course turn-by-turn, and has a rally computer to aid him or her by keeping track of mileage intervals and elapsed time. The driver will go as fast as he or she can – no speed limits – with coaching from the co-driver describing the road configuration ahead. The rally is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and co-sanctioned by the National Auto Sports Association (NASA).

The drivers meet their crew every couple of stages for service on the cars, and drivers must obey all local traffic regulations when their cars are not actually driving on the closed stage road. Unlike traditional racetrack driving, where repetition on the same course can lead to the “best line” or “best setup” for each corner, rally drivers must react to blind conditions at racetrack speed.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAWLESS TAKES CHEROKEE TRAILS INTERNATIONAL RALLY WIN AND UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD

Lawless, Workum and Iorio capture top spots

Knoxville, TN (March 19, 2005) -- Irishman Tom Lawless and co-driver Jason Gillespie took the win of the Cherokee Trails International Rally, the first round of the United States Rally Championship. Driving a four wheel drive Open Class Mitsubishi Evo VIII, they completed the grueling 115 miles of special stages in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds, averaging just a tick over 45 miles an hour on the twisty and technical roads that have gained the event the reputation as the best drivers rally in the United States.

Following on Lawless' heels were Canadian native Peter Workum in the Autosport Engineering Subaru WRX STi, and Californian Matt Iorio, also in a Subaru. All took advantage of the retirements of the Libra Racing Hyundai's piloted by John Buffum and Irishman Seamus Burke, Buffum suffering from a broken suspension upright on Special Stage 3, and Burke rolling on Special Stage 5.

In the two-wheel drive Open Class, Californian Craig Hollingsworth and co-driver Jason Grahn drove a clean rally in the CTM Racing Volkswagen Jetta, finishing first in class and ninth overall on a rally that rewards driving skill over horsepower. Finishing out the top three in two-wheel drive were Bruce Davis and co-driver Jimmy Brandt in the HTM/Motorsports Marketing Dodge SRT-4, and former Formula Ford national champion Justin Pritchard and co-driver Kim Demotte in their Volkswagen GTI.

Other finishes of note were Irishman Danny O'Brien and co-driver Stephen Duffy, fifth overall and first in the GT class, and Josh Chang and co-driver Alex Kihurani 11th overall and first in Super Stock class.

The next round of the United States Rally Championship is the Subaru Rim of the World Rally, taking place on May 6-7, 2005, and running on the roads of the Angeles National Forest just north of Los Angeles, California.

For more information, contact Wilson von Kessler, (423) 265-2020, wilson@nasarallysport.com, or visit www.usrallychampionship.com.
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OFFICIAL 2005 CHEROKEE TRAILS INTERNATIONAL RALLY PREVIEW

First round of the United States Rally Championship promises strong competition

Knoxville, TN (March 15, 2005) - The Cherokee Trails International Rally, the first round of the 2005 United States Rally Championship [USRC] will take place this weekend on the gravel roads of the Cherokee National Forest outside of Cleveland, Tennessee. The USRC, the United States' premier rally championship, is a four event series of the best events the United States has to offer, all to run under Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) sanction.

The Cherokee Trails International Rally entry list reads like a whose who of the U.S. rally world, and guarantees close competition in this weekend's event. The weekend's forecast is for partly cloudy skies with highs upper 50s after mid-week rain, which should allow some fast and close battles on the dry and smooth forest roads, with a minimum of dust.

The event has a large Open 4 (O4) field, made up of four wheel drive vehicles with very few restrictions on preparation. Odds on favorites are rally legend John Buffum, multiple-time national championship winner, in his Libra Racing Hyundai, Seamus Burke also in a Libra Racing Hyundai, and Peter Workum, coming off a win at the 2004 Ramada Express International Rally in the Autosport Engineering Subaru WRX STi.

Also expecting to challenge for an overall win are drivers Thomas Lawless in his Mitsubishi Evo VIII, Matthew Iorio in his Subaru Impreza, and Ken Block coming of a recent high finish at the SnoDrift Rally and challenging the O4 field in his Group N Subaru WRX STi.

The two wheel drive Open 2 (O2) class also promises some strong runners. Bruce Davis in his HMC/Motorsports Marketing Dodge SRT-4 will be challenged by national Formula Ford championship winning driver Justin Pritchard in his well developed VW GTI. Eric Heitkamp will be mixing it up against the O2 cars as well in his well known Stock class Acura RSX. Local favorite Randy Bailey, while only running the regional event on Saturday, is expected to be among the top finishers for that leg of the rally.

Organizer John K. Shirley is excited about the event. "The rally should prove to be a real battle, with some excellently matched drivers, and excellent road conditions as well," he commented, "with this level of competition, it is promising to be an interesting year for the Championship."


The United States Rally Championship is made possible through the cooperative partnership of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).)The 2005 Cherokee Trails International Rally is run under sanction by NASA Rally Sport, USAC, and the FIA, is organized by Rally Promotions, LLC, and constitutes Round One of the USRC, with Saturday's regional leg constituting Round Two of the Eastern States Rally Championship.

For more information, contact Wilson von Kessler, (423) 265-2020, wilson@nasarallysport.com, or visit the United States Rally Championship website at www.usrallychampionship.com.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2005 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE BROADCAST ON MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
Half hour episodes to be broadcast on the Speed Channel in the U.S. as well as internationally

Knoxville, TN (February 25, 2005) – The 2005 United States Rally Championship (USRC) will be broadcast as full half-hour segments on the internationally acclaimed Motorsport Mundial television program. Greenlight Television, the Isle of Man-based producer of Motorsport Mundial will be filming each of the rounds.

The Championship will be in good company, as Greenlight Television already produces the Pirelli British Rally Championship, the MSA Rallycross Championship, and the European Truck Racing Championship, as well as numerous other motorsport series. Motorsport Mundial is carried in the United States on the Speed Channel, and each round will be shown three times to the approximately 65 million homes that receive the channel. Internationally, the event coverage will be distributed to nearly 500 million homes, including Canada, Europe, the UK and the Pacific Rim through Motorsport Mundial, as well as its sister programs Max Power and Motorsport Asia.

“We’re excited about the coverage on Motorsport Mundial. The international scope of the show fits perfectly with the philosophy behind the series, which is to provide FIA-sanctioned international level competition within the United States. We project that the world-wide exposure provided by Motorsport Mundial and its sister programs will add to international participation in the series, both this year and in coming years, as those competitors realize the benefit of the television broadcast in their local markets, as well as in the U.S.,” stated Ivan Orisek, the Championship’s International Liaison.

“It is important that the world knows that stage rally is not only thriving, but growing in the United States, and broadcast on Motorsport Mundial more than achieves that goal,” added Orisek. “Viewers will be able to see rallies in areas as diverse as the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee, the Catskill Mountains in New York, the Angeles National Forest in California, and even the Grand Canyon in Nevada. We couldn’t ask for better exposure for the Championship.”

The United States Rally Championship is made possible through the cooperative partnership of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).)For more information, contact Wilson von Kessler, (423) 265-2020, wilson@nasarallysport.com, or visit the United States Rally Championship website at www.usrallychampionship.com.

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2/2/05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rim Wins 2004 SCCA ProRally of the Year Award

Lancaster, CA (January 28, 2005) - -The Subaru Rim of the World Rally was awarded the Sports Car Club of America's "ProRally of the Year" title for 2004 at the SCCA National Convention. Rim Chairman Ray Hocker accepted the award from President/CEO Steve Johnson at the annual Rally/Solo Awards Luncheon.

“This a great honor," Hocker declared in his acceptance speech. "I was lucky enough to be able to compete in the very first ProRally championship in 1973, so receiving this award for this final year of the SCCA’s ProRally program is very special. I accept this award on behalf of the over 300 volunteers that make the Rim happen every year and for our sponsors, Subaru Western Region and AutoSport Engineering, and also for my fellow organizers: my wife Donna Hocker and Mike and Paula Gibeault.”

2004 marked Rim's first year basing activities at the new Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, with the goal of "bringing the rally to the public." It featured new events such as a side-by-side Super Stage in front of the grandstands, an enlarged indoor Vendor Fair, an Auto Show, Rally Radio, and Real Time Scoring Updates. The 2005 event will add an Autocross and a "Drifting" demonstration at the Fairgrounds. Rim has won ProRally of the Year two previous times.

The 2005 Subaru Rim of the World Rally will be held May 6 and 7. It will be part of the newly-formed United States Rally Championship (USRC), a four-event series made possible through the cooperative partnership of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). The four rallies will be listed on the FIA (Fédération International de l’Automobile) calendar.

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For More Information Contact:
Andy Schupack
Media Liaison - Subaru Rim of the World Rally
(401) 739-5677
as@kgpr.com

 

1/12/05

Subaru Rim of the World Rally Offers Members of the Media and Foreign Competitors Free DVD

Lancaster, California. The Subaru Rim of the World Rally presented by Auto Sport Engineering is pleased to offer a free DVD of the 2004Subaru Rim of the World Rally to any qualified member of the print or electronic media interested in providing media coverage for the Untied States Rally Championship or the 2005 Subaru Rim of the World Rally. The same offer is extended to any qualified foreign rally teams interested in competing in the Championship. The DVD is in NTSC format. Please contact Ray Hocker at rayhocker@verizon.net to register and arrange shipping.

11/17/04

Indianapolis, Ind. (November 17, 2004) – American rally fans can continue to celebrate the fastest growing form of motorsport with the debut of the 2005 United States Rally Championship series. Four premier and established rally events will comprise the series made possible through the cooperative partnership of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). The four FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Calendar listed events will form a highly anticipated championship series that will represent and sanction both international level competition along with regional and sportsman levels.

The United States Rally Championship kicks off its 2005 season beginning with the Cherokee Trails International Rally in Cleveland, Tennessee in early March. The series races across the country to the Subaru Rim of the World Rally in Lancaster California in May, returning to the east coast in September with the International Rally New York in Monticello, New York. The championship points will then be determined at the series finale in December at the Ramada Express International Rally in Laughlin, Nevada.

All events in the series will have FIA Calendar listing, allowing entries from international teams within North America along with other teams from European and Asian countries. USAC will sanction the International level competitors in the United States Championship Series. NASA will place its emphasis on the sportsman competitor through its NASA Rally Sport program. The regional rally event calendar is divided into Rally Sport East, with the NASA Rally Sport Eastern States Rally Championship, and Rally Sport West with events in the California Rally Series and the Western States Rally Championship. Each regional Rally Sport series includes two of the United States Rally Championship events in its calendar.

"The United States Rally Championship represents a true evolution of American rallying," says Ray Hocker, Board Member of the United States Rally Championship. "With a focus on both grassroots and FIA international level competitors, the USRC is the only premier rally organization in America with strong, proven events and an even stronger vision for growth through our partners at USAC and NASA."

"The United States Rally Championship brings together what were formerly very separate, diverse elements," comments John Lindsay, Chief Regional Director of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). "I think this unique combination of levels is one of the great strengths of this series. The four Championship events are the best of America's stage rallies, and its four-event format also makes this a very affordable series for the grassroots competitor. What a thrill for the NASA Rally Sport regional competitors to personally meet and compete with the finest competitors in America, and the International teams as well."

"There is nothing like the excitement and thrill that comes from being part an international level rally with the involvement of top-notch drivers and navigators," states Johnny Capels of the United States Auto Club (USAC). "With Rally Mexico now on the World Rally Championship calendar, there is a new awareness of America's rally events. For the same reason the four event series is feasible for the grassroots teams, the same can be said for the International teams. With four events, there is a unique opportunity for further involvement in the United States Rally Championship. USAC is proud to be part of this new development in the motorsport of rallying."

The 2005 United States Rally Championship calendar:

* March 18-19 - Cherokee Trails International Rally, based in Cleveland, Tennessee
www.cherokeetrailsrally.com

* May 6-7 - Subaru Rim of the World Rally, in Lancaster, California
www.rimoftheworldrally.com

* Sept 30-Oct 1 - International Rally New York, based in Monticello, New York
www.rallynewyork.com

* December 2-4 - Ramada Express International Rally, based in Laughlin, Nevada
www.rallyusa.com

Rally vehicles are street licensed and modified for safety and strength to endure flat-out, against-the-clock racing over closed sections of gravel roadways known as stages. The two-person teams of Driver and Navigator are provided a bit of a breather as they negotiate transit zones on open, public roads at normal, legal speeds. Transits link the stages together, providing what is truly cross-country racing in its purest and most exciting form!

Each United States Rally Championship event is able to bring rally action directly to the spectators, television crews, and other members of the press. The Subaru Rim of the World International Rally presented by Autosport Engineering includes daily stadium competition on their Super Special stage at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, while the Ramada Express International Rally has a Sunday SuperStage® finale in the Laughlin Special Events Arena. Both rallies design a challenging dual-action dirt course with side-by-side rally stage competition, fully open to the public. International Rally New York and Cherokee Trails International Rally include fully-monitored spectator viewing areas within their event stages. Several of the events offer spectator-area bus service.

More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com. More information on USAC is available at www.usacracing.com and on NASA at www.nasarallysport.com.

CONTACT:
Wilson von Kessler
United States Rally Championship Series
(423) 265-0214
wilson@nasarallysport.com

John Lindsey
National Auto Sport Association
(510) 232-6272
jlindsey@drivenasa.com

Dick Jordan
United States Auto Club
(317) 247-5151
djordan10@iquest.net

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