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California Rally Series
Press Liaison: Erik Christiansen
Los Angeles - The California Rally Series (CRS) Championship season starts this weekend (March 3-6) in Blythe, CA with the Desert Storm Rally, presented by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. The event features three days of competition, including a special free event on Thursday evening. Competitors will see a variety of fast, flowing roads amidst the scenic desert landscape along the Colorado River. Saturday also features two super special stages, including a night stage on the oval at the Lucas Oil Speedway.
Thirteen teams are scheduled to compete in this classic event that is traditionally one of the most exciting on the calendar. Early favorites for the overall victory are last year’s winners Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnam in a Subaru WRX-STI. The team is fresh off a second place in class finish at the 100 Acre Wood rally this past weekend, where they charged up the leader board at the last minute in dramatic fashion. Looking to bring the fight to O’Sullivan / Putnam will be Jon Burke and Tom Morningstar, also competing in a Subaru WRX. Jon showed impressive pace here last year where he surprised O’Sullivan with some overall stage wins. He comes into this event hungry for his first win after upgrading his transmission.
CRS-2 is shaping up to be the category to watch with nearly half the field competing in this class for small displacement, two wheel drive vehicles. Teams to watch include the always exciting Gaylord Van Brocklin and Steve Secviar in a VW Golf GTI, who made their CRS debut here last year. Look for them to trade stage times with fellow VW rallyists Alex Helton and Patrick Lobban. Other teams in contention for the CRS-2 top honors include Michael Bond and Mike Ingoldby in a Honda Civic, and CRS mainstay Chuck Wilson in his Ford Escort.
The Desert Storm Rally is known as the “Regional Rally with National Flair.” Cars start competition at 5:00pm on Thursday, and then continue Saturday and Sunday morning. For more information on the Desert Storm Rally, including spectator information, visit www.desertstormrally.com and follow @crspress on twitter.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 March 2011 12:24 )
In less than 2 weeks, the inaugural event of the 2011 California Rally Series, 2011 Southwest RallyCup, and 2011 Rally America Southwest Regional Series all kick off in Blythe, California at the 2011 Desert Storm Rally.
As usual, organizers Denise and Pat McMahon are setting the bar in regards to what they have in store for competitors. Thousands of dollars in prize money and awards, 3 days of fast and smooth desert roads, and events planned with the Lucas Oil Track and town of Blythe are just some of what's in store for competitors. There is just too much to list here so head over to the rally website for more details: Desert Storm Rally Website.
Desert Storm is certainly The Regional Rally with a National Flair, come out and see why!!!
The Rally and RallyX School Plus an all new RallyMoto™ School
Don’t miss this all day event that covers all the elements of Rally, RallyMoto™, and RallyX (rally cross) competition. A heavy emphasis will be placed on in the seat time for drivers/riders and co-drivers on practice courses designed to give them the "feel" of real competition. Experienced rally drivers will ride along with you to show you how to use the practice area. Two or more students may share one car. A helmet with a Snell 90 or newer sticker is required for the driver's practice. A few loaner helmets are available. No helmets are required for the co-driver practice sessions.
This is a great opportunity to show a new co-driver, service crew member, or spouse what rally is all about. There is no one involved in the sport that will not benefit from this workshop. 2010 marks the the thirteenth presentation of the school.
Your entry includes a "working sack lunch" Saturday afternoon (the learning continues over the munching) and Mexican buffet Saturday night. You do not need to bring any vehicle to take part in the classroom part of the course. Drivers and riders must provide their own vehicles. You may use any reasonable hard-top street automobile, with a minimum of stock over the shoulder seat belts, for the drivers practice sessions as they are on the same level smooth dirt parking lot as the Sunday RallyX. RallyMoto™ riders must wear State approved helmets and both bike and rider must be licensed to ride on the street.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 February 2011 18:25 )
Early registration for High Desert Trails 2011 is now open!
From the HDT website:
Initially, 20 spots will be reserved for cars and 10 for bikes. When Regular entry begins, these reserves vanish. A total of 30 vehicles will be accepted. The organizers reserve the right to extend the number of entrants upon their review. Please keep in mind that an entry spot is not considered accepted until the entry form is complete and payment has been received in full.
Stage Notes are included with all car entries.
A Special Invitational Early Entry Fee will be offered to Alumni (any previous competitors) of the High Desert Trails Rally (1973-2010). Details are available in the supplemental regulations.
One of the huge things going for rally are completely new roads.
Head over to the event website for more details: www.highdeserttrails.com
The CRS unveils a new webpage in 2011!
We've got big plans for the CRS website in 2011. In addition to moving to a content manager system that permits effortless pubishing of CRS news and info, we will be rolling out new features that up the game in regards to what competitors can expect out of CRS.
Stay posted for all the exciting changes coming your way on the CaliforniaRallySeries.com!