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Rally Schedule

High Desert Trails
May 7, 2016
Coefficient 3,2
 
Frazier Mountain Rally
May 21, 2016
Coefficient 2
 
Idaho
June 11-12, 2016
Coefficient 3,3
 
Mendocino CANCELLED
Jul 9-10, 2016
Coefficient 3,2
 
Gorman
Aug 20, 2016
Coefficient 2,2
 
Prescott
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2016
Coefficient 2,3
Rallycross Schedule

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PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Championship Season Continues with the Gorman Ridge Rally

Los Angeles – The penultimate round of the California Rally Series (CRS) Championship is set to take place on Saturday August 20th with the Gorman Ridge Rally.  Based in the Hungry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park located just over an hour north of Los Angeles, the rally is convenient for both competitors and spectators alike.  The twisty, challenging stages with elevation changes and big jumps will keep teams on their toes from the morning to well after sunset.

Thirty-two teams are scheduled to take the start this year, making it one of the largest rallies of the season.  Seeded in the number one spot are Jason Copt and Cameron Meng in their Open Four-Wheel Drive class Subaru Impreza WRX STI.  Fresh off a win at the Idaho Rally in June the teammates have a slim lead over John Coyne and Doug Nagy, who sit less than forty points back.  Coyne/Nagy will be pushing for a strong finish in their older model Subaru Impreza in order to gain that top position on the leader board.  No doubt Copt/Meng will do their best to hold them off.  Looking to play spoiler are Kris Psara and Andres Bautista in their Subaru Impreza WRX STI.  Psara is typically very fast, but hasn’t entered any CRS events this season, so he has a lot of ground to make up if he wants to shoot for a trophy at the end of the year.  Finally, Stephen Benson and Nicolas Renold are seeded third on the entry list and also slot in at third place in the standings, just thirty points behind Coyne/Nagy.  They have a chance to leapfrog into the top spot if they can take a win this weekend.

The small-displacement production based two-wheel drive Performance Stock (P-Stock) class is experiencing a resurgence at the Gorman Ridge Rally with six cars on the entry list.  Class leader Brian Tullio is teamed up with journeyman co-driver Nick Roder in their BMW 318i.  They will be looking to hold off second place class competitors Tony Chaves and Raquel Salas in their Volkswagen Golf.  With multiple P-Stock championships under his belt Chavez has been instrumental in the recent resurgence of competition in P-Stock, so no doubt he will be trying to make up the 31 points he needs to capture first place. Making the jump back to P-Stock after taking the CRS-2 win at the Frazier Mountain Rally earlier this year is the always fast Michel Hoche-Mong and co-driver Marie Boyd, also in a Volkswagen Golf.  Expect them to be running among the fastest two-wheel drive cars on Saturday.

Ryan Millen and Christina Fate are the favorites to take the win in the large-displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-5 class.  The pair were principally responsible for the return of this class to the CRS after their dominating performance last season in their mostly-stock Toyota RAV4.  They are looking to put some points on the board at this event in order to catch up with their competition in the form of Andrew Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VR6 Volkswagen Jetta.

The small displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-2 class is full of surprises with car changes and co-driver swapping promising to make it an interesting weekend.  Class leader Javier Olivares and co-driver Brock Heinz return to Gorman in their Ford Escort.  They have a tenuous lead over last year’s CRS-2 champions Markus and Alicia Saarinen.  However, the Saarinens will not be competing in their Mini Cooper that has taken them through many tough rallies.  Instead, they will be behind the wheel of a Ford Focus, making it a battle between two Fords for the CRS-2 championship!  Time will tell how well the team adjusts to the new car.  The sole Volkswagen in CRS-2 this rally will be driven by Bret Robinson.  Robinson is a consistently fast driver so it will be interesting to see if he is still on the pace after coming back from a hiatus.  He is joined for the first time by veteran co-driver Christine Marciniak, who has her eyes on maintaining her lead on the CRS-2 co-driver championship.

In the normally-aspirated, four-wheel drive Open Lite class, class leaders Michael Seidman and Thomas Luhrs have captured maximum points at ever event this season in their Subaru Impreza RS  All eyes will be on them to see if they can continue their sweep.  Looking to deny them the opportunity are Alejandro Perusina and Synnove Wise in their own Subaru Impreza RS.

The Gorman Ridge Rally is based in Lebec, CA, located just one hour north of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  The rally features 55 miles of hard-packed dirt stages located within the Hungry Valley Off-Road Vehicle park.  For more information on the Gorman Ridge Rally visit http://gormanridgerally.com/.

 

The California Rally Series 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 40 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. 

Los Angeles – The penultimate round of the California Rally Series (CRS) Championship is set
 
to take place on Saturday August 20 th with the Gorman Ridge Rally. Based in the Hungry Valley
 
Off-Highway Vehicle Park located just over an hour north of Los Angeles, the rally is
 
convenient for both competitors and spectators alike. The twisty, challenging stages with
 
elevation changes and big jumps will keep teams on their toes from the morning to well after
 
sunset.
 
Thirty-two teams are scheduled to take the start this year, making it one of the largest rallies of
 
the season. Seeded in the number one spot are Jason Copt and Cameron Meng in their Open
 
Four-Wheel Drive class Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Fresh off a win at the Idaho Rally in June
 
the teammates have a slim lead over John Coyne and Doug Nagy, who sit less than forty points
 
back. Coyne/Nagy will be pushing for a strong finish in their older model Subaru Impreza in
 
order to gain that top position on the leader board. No doubt Copt/Meng will do their best to
 
hold them off. Looking to play spoiler are Kris Psara and Andres Bautista in their Subaru
 
Impreza WRX STI. Psara is typically very fast, but hasn’t entered any CRS events this season,
 
so he has a lot of ground to make up if he wants to shoot for a trophy at the end of the year.
 
Finally, Stephen Benson and Nicolas Renold are seeded third on the entry list and also slot in at
 
third place in the standings, just thirty points behind Coyne/Nagy. They have a chance to
 
leapfrog into the top spot if they can take a win this weekend.
 
The small-displacement production based two-wheel drive Performance Stock (P-Stock) class is
 
experiencing a resurgence at the Gorman Ridge Rally with six cars on the entry list. Class leader
 
Brian Tullio is teamed up with journeyman co-driver Nick Roder in their BMW 318i. They will
 
be looking to hold off second place class competitors Tony Chaves and Raquel Salas in their
 
Volkswagen Golf. With multiple P-Stock championships under his belt Chavez has been
 
instrumental in the recent resurgence of competition in P-Stock, so no doubt he will be trying to
 
make up the 31 points he needs to capture first place. Making the jump back to P-Stock after
 
taking the CRS-2 win at the Frazier Mountain Rally earlier this year is the always fast Michel
 
Hoche-Mong and co-driver Marie Boyd, also in a Volkswagen Golf. Expect them to be running
 
among the fastest two-wheel drive cars on Saturday.
 
Ryan Millen and Christina Fate are the favorites to take the win in the large-displacement, two-
 
wheel drive CRS-5 class. The pair were principally responsible for the return of this class to the
 
CRS after their dominating performance last season in their mostly-stock Toyota RAV4. They
 
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are looking to put some points on the board at this event in order to catch up with their
 
competition in the form of Andrew Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VR6 Volkswagen Jetta.
 
The small displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-2 class is full of surprises with car changes and
 
co-driver swapping promising to make it an interesting weekend. Class leader Javier Olivares
 
and co-driver Brock Heinz return to Gorman in their Ford Escort. They have a tenuous lead over
 
last year’s CRS-2 champions Markus and Alicia Saarinen. However, the Saarinens will not be
 
competing in their Mini Cooper that has taken them through many tough rallies. Instead, they
 
will be behind the wheel of a Ford Focus, making it a battle between two Fords for the CRS-2
 
championship! Time will tell how well the team adjusts to the new car. The sole Volkswagen in
 
CRS-2 this rally will be driven by Bret Robinson. Robinson is a consistently fast driver so it will
 
be interesting to see if he is still on the pace after coming back from a hiatus. He is joined for the
 
first time by veteran co-driver Christine Marciniak, who has her eyes on maintaining her lead on
 
the CRS-2 co-driver championship.
 
In the normally-aspirated, four-wheel drive Open Lite class, class leaders Michael Seidman and
 
Thomas Luhrs have captured maximum points at ever event this season in their Subaru Impreza
 
RS All eyes will be on them to see if they can continue their sweep. Looking to deny them the
 
opportunity are Alejandro Perusina and Synnove Wise in their own Subaru Impreza RS.
 
The Gorman Ridge Rally is based in Lebec, CA, located just one hour north of the Los Angeles
 
metropolitan area. The rally features 55 miles of hard-packed dirt stages located within the
 
Hungry Valley Off-Road Vehicle park. For more information on the Gorman Ridge Rally visit
 
http://gormanridgerally.com/.
 
The California Rally Series 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 40
 
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.
 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series 2016 Season Set to Begin at High Desert Trails Rally

Los Angeles – The 2016 California Rally Series (CRS) Season begins this weekend with the High Desert Trails Rally near Ridgecrest, CA. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of competitive stages on Saturday, May 7th as they race from the desert floor up into the forest on top of Piute Mountain on some of the most scenic stages in Southern California.

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Twenty –four teams are registered for the event, with the husband and wife team of Chris and Lori O’Driscoll seeded at the front of the pack in their Open Four-Wheel Drive Class Subaru WRX. Right behind them is Irishman John Coyne driving a Subaru Impreza, with veteran Doug Nagy as his co-driver. Mr. Coyne made the move into the Subaru from two-wheel drive last season and has been getting faster and faster. Jason Copt and Cameron Meng will also be battling for the overall win in their Open Four-wheel Drive class Subaru WRX STI. Meanwhile, last year’s Open Lite champions Stephen Benson and Nicholas Renold are making the move into Open Four-Wheel drive, and it will be exciting to watch them taking the fight in the more powerful class.

saarinen 2015 img 2294-x2Husband and wife team Markus and Alicia Saarinen have won the small displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-2 class for the last two years, and are looking to make it a hat trick in 2016. They return to High Desert Trails in their Mini Cooper as the favorites in that class. Fighting behind them in what promises to be a very close battle are Mike Hurst and Michel Hoche-Mong in a Ford Capri, 2009 CRS-2 champion Chris Palermo and Andres Bautista in a Nissan Sentra SE-R, Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd in a VW Golf GTI, father and son team Larry and Lance Gross in their Toyota Corolla, and Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz in their Ford Escort. That group will no doubt be trading stage times all day.

This season marks the return of the large-displacement/turbo two-wheel drive class CRS-5. This class had been dropped the last few seasons due to low participation, but has been reinstated for 2016 after a large amount of interest. 2013 Open Lite champ Ray Piloto and co-driver Brock Palmer are the current class favorites in their turbocharged Chevy Sonic RS. They will be battling Andy Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VW Jetta VR6. Cowan and Dunham made their CRS debut at High Desert Trails last year and have been getting faster at every event.

robuck 2015 img 2385-x2Favored for the class win in Open Lite are Thaddeus Roebuck and Aaron Schroeder in their Subaru Impreza. The team finished third in class here last year and is looking to improve on that podium performance. They face a challenge from Michael Seidman and Ericka Sacks, also competing in a Subaru Impreza. 

In the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock class, 2014 class champions Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas, another husband and wife team, return to make a run at yet another top spot in their VW Golf. They will be up against another VW Golf, this one piloted by Richard Burden and Christopher Fine. Performance Stock class has a long history in the CRS, dating back over twenty years, with a reputation as a true driver’s class. Expect to see some exciting racing here this weekend.

The High Desert Trails Rally was first run in 1973 on roads to the Southeast and West of Ridgecrest, CA. This year’s event features over 100 stage miles in a one-day compact format. Located just two and a half hours north of Los Angeles, the competitor and spectator friendly format makes this a perfect season opener for the California Rally Series. For more information on the High Desert Trails Rally, visit http://highdeserttrails.com.

The California Rally Series 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 40 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. 

Los Angeles – The 2016 California Rally Series (CRS) Season begins this weekend with the
 
High Desert Trails Rally near Ridgecrest, CA. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of
 
competitive stages on Saturday, May 7 th as they race from the desert floor up into the forest on
 
top of Piute Mountain on some of the most scenic stages in Southern California.
 
Twenty –four teams are registered for the event, with the husband and wife team of Chris and
 
Lori O’Driscoll seeded at the front of the pack in their Open Four-Wheel Drive Class Subaru
 
WRX. Right behind them is Irishman John Coyne driving a Subaru Impreza, with veteran Doug
 
Nagy as his co-driver. Mr. Coyne made the move into the Subaru from two-wheel drive last
 
season and has been getting faster and faster. Jason Copt and Cameron Meng will also be
 
battling for the overall win in their Open Four-wheel Drive class Subaru WRX STI. Meanwhile,
 
last year’s Open Lite champions Stephen Benson and Nicholas Renold are making the move into
 
Open Four-Wheel drive, and it will be exciting to watch them taking the fight in the more
 
powerful class.
 
Husband and wife team Markus and Alicia Saarinen have won the small displacement, two-
 
wheel drive CRS-2 class for the last two years, and are looking to make it a hat trick in 2016.
 
They return to High Desert Trails in their Mini Cooper as the favorites in that class. Fighting
 
behind them in what promises to be a very close battle are Mike Hurst and Michel Hoche-Mong
 
in a Ford Capri, 2009 CRS-2 champion Chris Palermo and Andres Bautista in a Nissan Sentra
 
SE-R, Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd in a VW Golf GTI, father and son team Larry and
 
Lance Gross in their Toyota Corolla, and Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz in their Ford Escort.
 
That group will no doubt be trading stage times all day.
 
This season marks the return of the large-displacement/turbo two-wheel drive class CRS-5. This
 
class had been dropped the last few seasons due to low participation, but has been reinstated for
 
2016 after a large amount of interest. 2013 Open Lite champ Ray Piloto and co-driver Brock
 
Palmer are the current class favorites in their turbocharged Chevy Sonic RS. They will be
 
battling Andy Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VW Jetta VR6. Cowan and Dunham made their
 
CRS debut at High Desert Trails last year and have been getting faster at every event.
 
Favored for the class win in Open Lite are Thaddeus Roebuck and Aaron Schroeder in their
 
Subaru Impreza. The team finished third in class here last year and is looking to improve on that
 
podium performance. They face a challenge from Michael Seidman and Ericka Sacks, also
 
competing in a Subaru Impreza.
 
In the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock class, 2014 class champions Tony
 
Chavez and Raquel Salas, another husband and wife team, return to make a run at yet another top
 
spot in their VW Golf. They will be up against another VW Golf, this one piloted by Richard
 
Burden and Christopher Fine. Performance Stock class has a long history in the CRS, dating
 
back over twenty years, with a reputation as a true driver’s class. Expect to see some exciting
 
racing here this weekend.
 
The High Desert Trails Rally was first run in 1973 on roads to the Southeast and West of
 
Ridgecrest, CA. This year’s event features over 100 stage miles in a one-day compact format.
 
Located just two and a half hours north of Los Angeles, the competitor and spectator friendly
 
format makes this a perfect season opener for the California Rally Series. For more information
 
on the High Desert Trails Rally, visit http://highdeserttrails.com.
 
The California Rally Series 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 40
 
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.
 

PostHeaderIcon Orange Cones Beware: The 2016 CRS RallyCross Season is ON!

California Rally Series RallyCross drivers launched into what will be a historic 2016 race season with more points competitions calendared than any previous year. Sunday, February 14th, 72 competitors met at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California to burn the dust off their race cars and heat up their driving skills in the season opening event. Officially a part of the JayCom “Glen Helen” series, this race doubled as a points carrying California Rally Series (CRS) event. Competition was fierce as drivers negotiated the newly resurfaced venue; dodging rocks and cones. Outstanding driving skills were on display in nine different car classes. A beautiful Southern California spring day began with the Stock 2 Wheel Drive class spectators still holding onto their hot coffee and culminated with Modified All Wheel Drive blasting around the course into the sunset.

A quick turnaround to the next stop in this season’s CRS RallyCross Championship series is a notably different experience on the tackier, traditionally fast and technical course at the Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, California. Competition will intensify as competitors are combined to run in four classes: Stock 2 Wheel Drive, Stock All Wheel Drive, Modified 2 Wheel Drive and Modified All Wheel Drive. This event is the second half of a double-feature weekend that commences with the CRS Rally School on Saturday, February 20th. CRS Rally School and RallyCross has been the initiating experience for many of today’s RallyCross Championship drivers. Experienced drivers in attendance at Ridgecrest this weekend will provide instruction as CRS welcomes a new crop of drivers to the School. Everyone will have an amazing opportunity to experience the brotherhood/sisterhood of the RallyCross community when they compete side by side on Sunday, February 21st in the CRS Rally School RallyCross Event.

Following the February 21st race, CRS RallyCross drivers have at least six more opportunities to showcase their driving skills and car stamina at events scheduled through the end of the year. Event dates and registration information is available at californiarallyseries.com. And look for our community on Facebook: California Rally Series RallyCross Community.  

 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Rally School Celebrates Twenty Years of Teaching Rally

Los Angeles – 2016 marks the twentieth annual rally school hosted by the California Rally Series. The school is an opportunity for people interested in performance rally and rallycross to get an introduction the sport, either in the driver or co-driver seat. On February 20th in Ridgecrest, CA, forty-five students are set to participate in the day-long session that includes both classroom and field exercises with locally and nationally recognized competitors. Driving exercises take place in a controlled environment suitable for street cars – so long as they don’t mind getting dirty!

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The California Rally Series started the rally school in 1997 as a way for people curious about rally to get a taste of the sport as well as some driving instruction on dirt surfaces. Car control sessions go through the basics of performance driving on limited slip surfaces, and include differences between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. As stage notes became more commonplace in rally in the United States, those techniques were added to the curriculum, as well as an in-car field practice session for nascent co-drivers. Meanwhile, as rallycross grew in popularity and matured into a sport of its own, a parallel session was added specifically focused on rallycross driving techniques.

In addition to driving and co-driving skills, there are seminars focused on the nuts and bolts of rally, for example team management and logistics, car preparation, and a complete what to expect at your first rally, including how rally controls work and emergency procedures. The full day really is a primer on everything you need to know to enter a rally. In fact, typically over half of each class will show up ready to compete in their own rally car at an event within two to four years.

A rallycross the following Sunday offer students the perfect opportunity to follow up on the lessons they learned. Held at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, the rallycross will feature a course outlined with cones in large dirt parking lot, and is open to anyone (not just students) in almost any street car. Roll cages are not required, just helmets. Not only is it a great way for students to see how they measure up against their instructors from the day before, but the rallycross also counts for points in the 2016 California Rally Series Rallycross Championship.

The California Rally Series 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 40 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States. For more information on the California Rally Series Rally School check out http://crsrallyschool.com/. To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter. 

 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Announces the Return of CRS- 5

The California Rally Series (CRS) is proud to announce the return of the large displacement, two-wheel drive class known as CRS-5 for the 2016 rally season. This class was put on hiatus after a period of low participation in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. However, the 2015 rally season saw a surge in vehicles that would have been eligible to compete in CRS-5, but were classified into Open class instead, where they were forced to compete against all-wheel drive cars. Recognizing the demand from competitors who want to race high-horsepower two-wheel drive cars and trucks, the CRS Board of Governors unanimously voted to reinstate the CRS-5 class for the upcoming 2016 season. The return of competition to CRS-5 promises to be a boon to spectators who enjoy watching powerful two-wheel drive cars and trucks getting sideways and throwing up big rooster tails!

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CRS-5 is open to all two-wheel drive vehicles that are above the adjusted displacement limits of the CRS-2 class. Examples include large displacement engines such as V6 and V8 motors, as well as turbocharged four-cylinder vehicles. Modifications to stock vehicles are not limited so long as they remain two-wheel drive. Vehicles must also conform to all safety regulations of the sanctioning body governing the event.

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As a further consequence of the return of CRS-5, Open class will once again be designated Open 4wd, and be limited to all wheel drive vehicles only.

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The California Rally Series 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 40 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.

 

PostHeaderIcon 2015 BoG Meeting Minutes Posted

Want to know what to expect from the CRS in 2016?  Check out the Board of Governors Meeting Minutes.  Info on the 2016 CRS Rally Calendar, RallyX, and much more. All contained within! 

 

 

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