CALIFORNIA RALLY SERIES
RULES and RALLY HANDBOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|GETTING STARTED IN RALLYING|
|CRS ORGANIZATION and ADMINISTRATION|
|2006 CRS SERIES CALENDARS|
|YEAR END AWARDS|
|A) PERFORMANCE STOCK CLASS RULES|
|B) CRS GT CLASS RULES|
|C) OPEN 4WD & OPEN 2WD CLASS RULES|
|D) PREVIOUS RALLY CHAMPIONS|
|E) PREVIOUS RALLYSPRINT CHAMPIONS|
|F) PREVIOUS RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONS|
|G) SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS|
|H) 2005 RALLY AWARD WINNERS|
|I) 2005 RALLYCROSS AWARD WINNERS|
|J) 2005 CRS OFFICERS|
GETTING STARTED IN RALLYING
WELCOME TO PERFORMANCE RALLYING!
To a rally driver it's an all out, day or night race on an unknown dirt road, trying by sheer concentration to blend a high-strung, production based race car and the road into an unbeatable stage time.
To a co-driver it’s the thrill of the world’s greatest amusement park ride, combined with the challenge of performing with great mental accuracy under the most physically demanding conditions.
For the spectator it’s a view of the most exciting and demanding of motor sports. Around the world, rallying is wildly popular, attracting huge crowds that line the roads at every event in the FIA World Rally Championship.
In a performance rally, each team consists of a driver and co-driver (navigator). The cars start at one or two-minute intervals and race at top speed against the clock over competition stages. Connecting the stages are “transits” on public roads where cars must obey the posted speed limits. The teams achieving the fastest combined times on the competition stages win. Drivers stay on existing roads, and never blaze their own trails. Stages can combine into some 100 miles in a two-day rally.
Great news for those who want to participate are RallyCross events, basically autocrosses on unpaved surfaces. Entry requirements and entry fees are minimal, making them a excellent place to get started in rallying.
WHO ORGANIZES RALLIES? WHAT TYPES ARE THERE?
Rally America (RA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) sanction and insure the majority of performance rallies in the United States. Other sanctioning bodies are the United States Automobile Club (USAC) and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) for selected events. The California Rally Series (CRS) has regional championships in various classes and includes events organized by all of these bodies.
Stage rallies require a co-driver and fully prepared vehicle (rollcage, safety harnesses, etc.) and use a “routebook” with highly accurate mileages to define the course. They range from simple “coefficient 1” local events of 10 miles or less, to longer “coefficient 2” rallies with 10-30 miles of stage roads to “coefficient 3” events with 30-65 miles. Larger rallies such as those in one of the national championships usually include 100-150 miles of stages over two days.
“Rallysprints” are coefficient 1 events that only require a driver and are often held on closed stadium courses. Rallycross events also require only a driver and these autocrosses-on-dirt give the other members of a rally team a chance to compete in the team car! In fact, rallycross competition allows almost any vehicle - license, insurance, and rollcage are not required!
WHAT ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIPS?
At the national level there are events located across the country, from snowy Michigan terrain to Southwest desert foothills, and on forest roads from Maine to Washington State. The Rally America Championship series encompasses nine events. NASA and USAC sanction the United States Rally Championship (USRC) which is comprised of eight events.
At the regional level, Rally America supports championships in three regions across the country. The top three teams, in each class, in each region will be invited to the Regional Cup Championship Event.
The Western States Rally Championship includes events across the western United States. Its goal is to foster head-to-head competition in existing classes at existing coefficient 3 events, at a level between the two national series and local championships such as the CRS.
The California Rally Series, formed in 1975, has three regional level championships based on events in or near California. The “CRS Rally Championship” consists of pure stage rally events, for fully prepared cars. The “CRS Rallysprint Championship” consists of rallysprint events, also for fully prepared cars. The “CRS Rallycross Championship” includes Rallycross events only, for both prepared and street vehicles. An event may count toward only one of the three championships.
WHAT VEHICLES RUN? IN WHAT CLASSES?
For stage rallies and most rallysprints, vehicles must be street-licensed, and meet certain minimum liability insurance limits. A wide variety of cars and trucks compete, although sports sedans tend to dominate.
Rally America (RA) recognizes seven classes. In Production and Production GT, vehicles conform very closely to stock specifications. Production Class cars have a maximum of 2650 cc adjusted displacement. “PGT” cars are usually turbocharged and all-wheel drive, with no upper displacement limit. In contrast, the three open classes allow extensive modifications. There are two open classes for two-wheel drive: Group 2, with a maximum 2400 cc adjusted displacement (no turbos or rotaries), and Group 5, for all engines up to 5100 cc adjusted displacement. The fastest class is Open Class, where turbocharged four-wheel drive cars predominate (5100 cc limit). The Group N class is for “homologated” cars meeting FIA (world rally coordinating body) specifications. The historic class is for vintage rally cars.
The USRC also recognizes seven classes nearly identical to RA’s classes except in name. The USRC’s Open 4wd, Group N, Super Stock and Stock correspond to RA’s Open, Group N, PGT, and Production, respectively. The USRC’s Open 2wd contains both RA Group 2 and Group 5 vehicles. In addition USRC recognises a ‘spec’ type class for specific production prepared 4wd turbo cars and a class for production prepared sport utility vehicles.
California Rally Series classes overlap with the classes above since CRS points are earned at events sanctioned by both RA and NASA. However, there are some important differences. The three open classes in CRS (CRS-2, CRS-5, or Open 4WD) have few limitations. CRS-2 and CRS-5 generally include vehicles that fall into both RA Group 2 and Group 5.
CRS also has two “stock” classes which restrict vehicle preparation thereby limiting the cost of vehicle preparation. Both Stock Classes are self-policing and self-governing. Performance Stock Class requires cars to be two-wheel drive, with normally aspirated four cylinder engines and a maximum value of $4000. CRS GT Class is for four-wheel drive, usually forced-induction vehicles prepared with the same restrictions as Performance Stock class cars except for two important differences. First, there is no price limit for the basic vehicle, and second, there is a requirement for a 32 mm inlet restrictor for all turbo or supercharged cars.
In the CRS Rallycross Championship, four Modified car classes (4WD and 2WD, with and without rally tires) are recognized . In addition there are two unique street car classes, for cars without performance modifications that are not running rally tires. These classes are Street Stock 4wd and Street Stock 2wd. Some Rallycross events also add “custom” classes based on the local entry.
WHAT ARE THE EXPENSES? THE AWARDS AND PRIZE FUNDS?
Racing is expensive - there's no getting around it! Given that fact, it is still possible to get more seat time for your dollar behind the wheel of a rally car than in most other forms of motorsport. It’s real racing, but in a car you could actually drive to work (and some people do!). You can get in a lot of “sideways time” just taking an afternoon off to go testing or practicing – something you certainly can’t do in a regular “race car” (just be sure to block the practice road from civilian traffic!). And you may find that having two people on a team means two people are splitting the costs, which can be a big help. So what are the expenses?
The best way to go rallying cheaply and immediately is to buy someone else’s rally car! You will pay 50 cents on the dollar for all of the modifications and you will have a ready vehicle, logbook and all, at the next event. You should seriously consider this option before deciding to go to the trouble and expense of building a car – even if it’s just for your first year or two while you “learn the ropes.”
To prepare a basic rally car or truck yourself for rallies and rallysprints, you can expect to spend a certain amount on vehicle preparation and additional money on purchasing equipment for both the car and its occupants. Basic safety equipment for the car includes a roll cage (typically $800 to $1500 – these come prefabricated for bolting or welding in, or can be fully custom-built). Some reinforcing of suspension parts is a good idea, for a tough suspension is essential. Expect to spend $200 to $800 for springs, and $400 to $1500 (or more) for shocks. The car will need two or more fire extinguishers (around $50 unless you opt for a full fire system), and racing seats (begin at $150 each). Racing harnesses, five or six point, start at $70 per person and must be replaced or rewebbed every five years to meet safety requirements. A hundredths-reading odometer can often be bought used for $200 or less; new models usually run $250 – $500. A top-end navigator light costs around $40 although cheaper substitutes can be found. Driving lights are another item you may be able to find used. New driving lights start at around $100 each and may require special wiring or prefabricated harnesses ($40-$80 for two lights, typically).
Two other items generally considered indispensable are a skid plate or plates, which may be fabricated for $80 to $150, and rally tires, which generally cost at least $130 each. You may need to upgrade wheels if you are bending or breaking them. There are a variety of small items that need to be added to your car as well (tool box, battery box, tire tie-down method, D.O.T. triangles, etc) – but these can cost a little or a lot depending on your ingenuity and “connections” with other rallyists!
These are the basic items to build a beginner car; you then may choose to add performance modifications such as computer chips or other engine upgrades, a limited slip differential, brake bias control, etc depending on what is allowed in your class.
Sometimes you can find used equipment for driver and co-driver as well – or borrow these items until you can afford them. Helmets have certain certification requirements shown by their label and start at about $180. Driving suits start at $90 and run the gamut from a plain color to completely custom designed, and from treated cotton single-layer suits requiring fire-retardant underwear, to double or triple layer in various materials. Again, certification labels show the capabilities of these suits in protecting you from fire. You may choose to add driving gloves and shoes and other personal equipment, although they are not required. It is important to check the current certification requirements for the sanctioning bodies.
Entry fees generally run from $20 to $40 for Rallycross events. Coefficient 1 rallies and rallysprints may cost $100 to $150. Coefficient 2 and 3 rally entry fees range from $200 to $450. NASA events require an annual membership ( $40 annually) and either a Regional Rally license ($50) or a National/Regional Rally license ($175). RA events do not require an annual membership, but do require a Rally License ($100 for Regional or $200 for National). CRS membership ($30) is not required at events unless you wish to earn CRS championship points.
Other expenses you must anticipate include racing gas for higher performance engines, and possibly a bit higher insurance fees to meet liability minimums for both the rally car and designated service vehicle. Most rallyists choose to buy or borrow a trailer to tow their car to events. Motels and food are part of a rally weekend’s expenses, and can vary widely according to your budget and tastes.
After adding up these expenses, can you expect to cover them by winning money or getting sponsors?
The simple answer is: NO! Very few rallies have any money left in their budgets for prize funds, as they try to keep entry fees as low as possible. The Laughlin International Rally is the notable exception, with a handsome prize fund spread throughout many classes. You can expect a trophy to the top third of the starters of any CRS rally in each class, however. In addition, the year-end Awards Banquet presents the top four or five finishers in each class with top-quality photo award plaques for the Rally Championship, and trophies for Rallysprint and Rallycross top finishers. There are also several other year-end awards given.
Sponsors are difficult to obtain, but not impossible. The best chance for sponsorship is in your own community. You may find businesses that are willing to give you services, such as tire changing and balancing, in trade for placing their name on the side of your car. While many rallyists manage to find a bit more sponsorship, even some cash, it is important not to enter the sport with this expectation (alas, this isn’t Britain or Europe in that respect!). Better to plan your rally season within your budget and run what you can afford. Any prize money or sponsor help will get you to more events or allow you to move up to the next level.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Many prospective rallyists get into the sport by volunteering to help at a rally as a control worker. The advantage of this is that you gain an understanding of the timing system, get to know the organizers and competitors, and may find a rally car for sale sooner. You will also begin to appreciate what works and what doesn’t in car preparation, and may even learn from others’ mistakes in driving and co-driv-ing!
Watch for the rally schools held several times a year. They cover all aspects of the sport. Most even give you hands-on driving or co-driving experience and help you move out of the beginner seed (Seed 8). Plus, they’re a lot of fun!
A beginning point for many drivers, surprising as it may seem, is co-driving. Although it’s not easy, it is worth learning at a rally school or by running with an experienced driver who gives you pointers. Especially if you run with a fast driver, you will be far better prepared when it’s your turn to drive. Rally driving techniques are unlike those in other motorsports. Co-driving is also a cheaper way to get into competition!
Of course, nearly half the competitors in the sport are co-drivers by choice! They enjoy the challenges of “the hot seat” and the fact that they can rally much more frequently than driver/car-owners. A good co-driver will be sought after and can move up to national-level competition more easily than a driver.
Before you tackle either working, driving, or co-driving, you may also choose to volunteer to help on a team’s service crew. This is an excellent way to get to various events and learn about the sport.
It is important to develop friends and mentors in rallying. The great news is: rallyists are extraordinarily helpful to each other and especially to newcomers. They are truly “impassioned enthusiasts” eager to share the excitement and rewards of their sport, and you will have no trouble getting information whenever you need it. Check the list of CRS organizers on the calendar and the CRS officers in the back of this rulebook for a starting point. Also plan on contacting the Chief Tech Inspector (for car prep advice) and your local rally steward. You will also find a lot of helpful information on the web – most events now have their own website or you can go to one of the excellent general rally websites. These include:
California Rally Series
Western States Rally Championship
Ben’s Rally Page
Rally Racing News
So make your plans and join the fun! Good luck in your rally career!
The California Rally Series (CRS) is a “non profit” organization formed by the event organizers and the officers of the series. The CRS has three major goals:
The role of supporting event organizers includes loaning organizers funds to pay up front expenses, as well as providing clocks, sign boards, radios and other equipment for organizers to use.
The role of providing meaningful championships has focused on the CRS Rally, Rallysprint and Rallycross Championships. In addition this role has resulted in the formation of popular competitor-driven rally classes like Performance Stock and CRS GT. The role of promoting the sport has resulted in the addition of “how to get involved” materials in the front of the rule book as well as on the CRS website.
CRS has also been active in promoting rallying at various car shows and other events, in recognizing volunteers, and in supporting rally schools.
CRS ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The CRS is governed by a Board of Governors (BOG) which consists of the organizers from each CRS event. Membership on the BOG will begin once the event has been accepted onto the CRS calendar and continue for the remainder of the year the event occurs in, plus the following year. In addition to the organizers there will be a number of other members: the Director, Equipment Manager, Secretary, Membership Chairman, Treasurer, Competitor Liaison, Rallycross Liaison, Press Liaison, Sponsor Liaison, Webmaster and the Stock Class Chairman. The responsibilities of the officers are detailed as follows:
The Director will be elected by a vote of the CRS membership and shall be in charge of the general operations of the CRS. The Director will schedule and chair BOG meetings, and act as the official contact person for the CRS. The Director will be responsible for seeing that a monthly article for DUSTY TIMES is submitted. The Director will be responsible for the acquisition of all the year-end awards (within the budget). The Director will be responsible for the year-end awards banquet, and any other social events as desired. The Director has the power to expend funds as required to accomplish these tasks and other CRS related business as deemed appropriate. The Director may delegate any of these responsibilities to other individuals if desired.
The Equipment Manager will be responsible for the CRS rally equipment (green flags, clocks, radios, bibs, sign boards, PA system etc). The manager will order new sign boards and other equipment as necessary to support the various CRS events. The manager will furnish the desired equipment to the organizers prior to the event and collect it from the organizer after the event.
The Secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes of the BOG meetings as well as updating the rule book as required. The Secretary will be responsible for tabulating the CRS Rally and Rallysprint standings. The Secretary will also be responsible for generating mailings to all CRS members as needed.
MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN (MC):
The MC will be responsible for signing up CRS members and distributing information about the CRS to interested parties. The MC will have someone available at the registration of each event to sign up new members. The MC’s name, address and phone will be advertised as a contact point for new rallyists. The MC will be responsible for maintaining the membership list and generating mailing labels.
The treasurer will be responsible for dispensing funds to pay for subscriptions, decals, trophies, etc.
The Competitor Liaison will act as a point of contact for competitors who would like to make an input to the BOG. He will keep written records of the competitor comments and inputs from competitors. The Competitor Liaison will attend BOG meetings. To be eligible for this position the person must have been a competitor on at least one CRS event a year for the three previous years, and plan on continued CRS involvement. The Competitor Liaison will be elected by a vote of the CRS membership.
The Rallycross Liaison will be the competitor contact for those seeking information on the CRS Rallycross Championship. The Rallycross Liaison will also be responsible for tabulating the Rallycross Championship Standings.
The Webmaster will maintain the CRS website, keeping it current with news, series standings, photos etc.
The Sponsor Liaison will be responsible for acquiring sponsors (including ad copy) for ads in the rulebook. The Sponsor Liaison may also choose to develop additional sponsors for CRS (WEB page, contingency etc).
The Press Liaison will actively seek to promote the CRS and will be the single point of contact for the press. The Press Liaison will distribute the writing assignments for articles about events among those interested. These articles will be targeted for publication in DUSTY TIMES and other periodicals that cover CRS events. Nominations for Press Liaison will be solicited from the CRS membership and the BOG will select from those nominated.
STOCK CLASS CHAIRMAN:
The SCC (Stock Class Chairman) will be responsible for the administration of the CRS Stock Classes (Performance Stock and CRS GT). The SCC will be the contact person for questions and rules. The SCC will be responsible for the policing of the classes at events, and will furnish the organizers with a list of approved Stock and GT Class competitors prior to the drivers’ meeting. The SCC will call meetings of Stock Classes competitors to consider amendments to the rules as necessary. The SCC shall be selected by a vote of the active Stock and GT Class competitors. It is recommended, but not required, that the SCC be someone not competing in Performance Stock or CRS GT Class.
The BOG shall make decisions on Calendar approval, amendments to these rules, amounts of fees, and any other items deemed appropriate by the Director. The BOG shall also be responsible for appointing people to fill the jobs of Manager, Secretary, Press Liaison, Membership Chairman, Treasurer, Rallycross Liaison, Webmaster and Sponsor Liaison. The BOG will also serve as an informal forum for the organizers to discuss items related to the organization of rallies. For voting purposes each Rally event shall have the same number of votes as the event’s weighting factor (1, 2 or 3), with a limit of 3 BOG votes per competitive weekend. Rallysprint organizers will have one vote. Rallycross organizers will have one vote per venue. Any officers that are not organizers will have one BOG vote. Each event will have a single point of contact for the purposes of BOG phone or email polls. The single point of contact for each event will designate who from his event shall be on the BOG mailing list and who will have voting privileges at meetings. A quorum of at least 50% of the possible votes must be present to make any decisions on rules.
There will be certain minimum requirements which must be met if an event is to be considered for inclusion into the CRS. These requirements have been established to develop credibility in the eyes of the competitors, and thereby promote rallying in general (and the CRS specifically). To be considered for inclusion in the CRS Rally Championship a coefficient 2 or 3 event must first have executed a successful event. There will not be any additions to the CRS calendar after Jan 1. Any changes to the schedule published must be approved by the CRS BOG.
CLASSES – RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP:
The five CRS classes will be recognised at all rally events (Open 4WD, CRS-2, CRS-5, CRS GT and Performance Stock). The SCC is responsible for the determination of vehicle eligibility for the Stock Classes. The SCC will furnish a list of qualified CRS GT and Performance Stock Class vehicles to the organizer prior to the start.
Any claims will be handled per the competition rules under which the event runs.
TROPHIES / AWARDS:
As a minimum, CRS Rally events will award trophies/awards to the top 1/3 of the starters (limited to top 5) in each CRS class (for finishers only). Trophies will be for both drivers and co-drivers. For multiple event weekends the events may be combined into a single trophy for the weekend.
RALLYSPRINTS (Driver-Only vs Co-Driver Events):
Rallysprints are sometimes held on short courses where co-drivers may not be required. To avoid confusion relating to co-driver requirements, any Coef. 1 event advertised as a rallysprint that is included in the Rally (not Rallysprint) Championship which will require co-drivers must so state in the event announcement. If there is no such statement (“CO-DRIVERS REQUIRED”) co-drivers’ points will not be awarded in the Rally Championship, regardless of what happens at the event. The Rallysprint Championship does not award points for co-drivers, even if they are required.
The CRS will loan any CRS organizer the funds required to pay the sanction and insurance fees. This loan is to be repaid to the treasurer prior to the event. The CRS maintains the following equipment and materials for use by event organizers free of charge: mailing list (address labels), clocks (hundredths-reading freezable plus start display clocks), Rallycross timing system, wrist watches, green flags, radios, sign boards, worker vests, banner ribbon, EZ-Up, and a portable public address system. The CRS will rent equipment to non-CRS organizers for 10% of the replacement cost of the particular item. Equipment that uses batteries will be supplied for rental with new batteries installed. CRS mailing labels will be made available to rally related businesses for $1 per label or for $20 per set for organizers of non-CRS events.
CRS membership costs $45 a calendar year (which includes a year’s subscription to DUSTY TIMES) or $30 a calendar year without DUSTY TIMES. CRS membership also includes two CRS decals, and entry forms and Emailings from the various events. The rest of the membership fee goes to year-end awards, and maintaining the supply of equipment used to support those who organize events. There will be a three month overlap allowed for people joining between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. For example, joining CRS on Oct. 1, 2005 will buy a membership effective until Dec. 31, 2006 (1 year & 3 months); while joining on Sept. 30, 2005 will buy a membership effective until Dec. 31, 2005 (3 months). Competitors will begin accruing CRS championship points only after paying their annual membership fee.
The associate membership has been created for workers and other interested people who want to keep up on rally activities but will not be competing. Associate members will receive all of the event mailings but they do not receive championship points. The fee for joining CRS as an associate member is $25 per calendar year with DUSTY TIMES or $10 a calendar year without DUSTY TIMES. The three month overlap as described above applies for associate members as well. If an associate member should decide at a later date to become a competitor he/she may change status by merely paying the $20 difference.
HOW TO JOIN
To join as either a full or associate member, go to the CRS Web site and fill out the online membership application. You can then pay either by PayPal or by check. If you have any questions about membership you can contact the Membership Chairman by email or by phone.
Micheal Malsed, Membership Chairman
All cars on rally events are required to be street legal and licensed for use on the street. Most CRS rallies are sanctioned by NASA or Rally America. For these rallies all cars must have a vehicle Log Book. Other sanctioning bodies may not require log books or all of the items listed below. Check with the appropriate sanctioning body for events you intend to run. The list below is intended as an example of some requirements for NASA and Rally America events. Complete details can be obtained from the sanctioning body’s website.
CRS RALLYSPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
Any year that there are four or more Rallysprint events on the calendar at the beginning of the year, there will be a CRS Rallysprint Championship for drivers. The organizers of Rallysprint events on the CRS calendar will have the choice of placing their event in either the Rally or the Rallysprint Championship, but not both. Competitors must be CRS members prior to the event to accrue CRS Rallysprint Championship points. The Rallysprint Championship will use the same system for awarding points, dropping events and resolving ties as the Rally Championship. The Rallysprint Championship is for drivers only. No Co-Driver points will be awarded even if Co-Drivers are required by the event. Each Rallysprint event will have 200 organizer points available to split among the organizers (who did not compete in the event), with no person receiving more than 100 points. Organizer points will only be valid after a person has received points as a competitor. Rallysprints will award CRS points for drivers only in the same classes as the Rally Championship (Open 4wd, Open 2wd, CRS GT and Performance Stock). While organizers may allow competitors to enter in more than one class, only one class will be scored for CRS Rallysprint Championship points at an event (to be declared before the event).
CRS RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Any year that there are four or more Rallycross events on the calendar at the beginning of the year, there will be a CRS Rallycross Championship for that year. For the purposes of this championship, Rallycross events will be those events which do not have route instructions, do not require a co-driver, and do not require a roll cage.
An initial calendar for the Rallycross Championship will be published in the CRS rulebook. The following rules apply to changes:
An event may be added provided that 1) the organizer provides at least six weeks lead time and 2) the organizer has previously completed a successful non-points event at that venue. The event may be listed as non-points on the website in the case of insufficient lead time.
In the case of a date change, the organizer must provide notice at least three weeks in advance, or the event will lose its status as a championship event.
In the case of possible cancellation or postponement due to unforeseen circumstances such as poor course conditions, the organizer must give notice at least ten days before the event date. An advisory will then be posted on the CRS website. The organizer will follow with a final decision at least two days from the event. This will be posted on the CRS website. Subsequent rescheduling on the championship calendar will allow at least three weeks lead time.
The Rallycross Championship will use the same system for awarding points, and resolving ties as the Rally Championship. There will be no organizer points awarded, because it is possible for an organizer to compete in his own event if he wants to. To be eligible for a year end award a competitor must have been a CRS member and started at least 2 events. Rallycross organizers will be limited to a maximum of three events per venue that will be included in the championship. Competitors will drop their worst event at any venue that has two or three championship events, as shown in the table below.
|Number of Events
at a Given Venue
Rallycross championship points will be awarded in Rally 4wd, Rally 2wd, Street Modified 4wd, Street Modified 2wd, Street Stock 4wd and Street Stock 2wd classes. The two Street Stock Classes are for cars that have limited performance modifications, and do not use rally tires. Street Stock 2wd will be for two-wheel drive cars. Street Stock 4wd will be for four-wheel drive cars. For Street Stock the exhaust system does not need to be stock behind the catalytic converter. Replacement air filter elements are allowed and computer chip upgrades are allowed. There is no price limit for any of the Street Stock Classes. Cars that have been modified beyond the limits detailed above and are running “street” tires will be placed in either Street Modified 4wd or Street Modified 2wd. Any tires with non-circumferential sipes wider than .22” will not be allowed in any of the Street Stock or Street Modified Classes. Any cars running tires that do not qualify for the “Street” classes will be placed in either Rally 4wd or Rally 2wd class. For CRS Rallycross Championship points, competitors will only be allowed to accrue points in one class per event (to be declared by the competitor before the event).
CRS RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Each Rally Championship competitor will have the possibility of accumulating points in ten categories (driver or co-driver in Open 4wd, CRS-2, CRS-5, CRS GT and Performance Stock Classes). Driver’s points cannot be added to co-driver’s points or vice versa. In other words all classes are tabulated independently. Organizer’s points will be counted in only one class, which the organizer chooses at the time of his/her event.
At National Events:
CRS speed factors are based on the fastest driver on each stage. For National events the fastest driver is given a 1.00 and all others are calculated from that time (StageSpeedFactor = ET / FastTime). A driver's Event Speed Factor is determined by dropping his worst two and his best Stage Speed Factors until there are less than four stages left and then averaging the remaining Stage Speed Factors. Drivers must complete at least four stages to get an Event Speed Factor.
At Regional Only Events:
At Regional Only events speed factors are calculated exactly the same, except the reference driver generally does not get a 1.00, but the speed factor he started the event with. Hence the StageSpeedFactor = RefSpeedFactor * ET / RefTime). The reference driver for each stage is the one of the top two (for that stage) that produces the larger Stage Speed Factor.
CRS points will be awarded to all CRS members who start the first stage of the rally. For championship purposes points will be awarded based on the competitor’s finishing position in his/her class (Open 4wd, CRS-2, CRS-5, CRS GT or Performance Stock).
The organizers of the event will have 400 points to distribute amongst themselves, with no organizer getting more than 100 points (prior to weighting). No competitor can receive more than a total of 500 organizer’s points in a given year. Organizer points will be assigned at the time the CRS standings are first tabulated for that event. Organizers that are not eligible for year end awards (because they have not competed in that class), will be identified in the standings.
|14th and on||21|
|Start first stage||10|
To properly reward the competitors who do well on the longer, more demanding events these events will receive heavier weighting. For example, 1st in class in a double points event awards 200 points, in a triple points event 300 points. Events with less than 30 stage miles and less than 30 minutes of stage time will be single points events. Events with over 65 stage miles or 60 minutes of stage time will be triple point events. Those in between will be double points events.
Since it is desirable to allow competitors to drop their worst events, the following system for dropping events has been adopted for use by the CRS:
|Total Number of
Events in Series
In the event of a tie at an event, all competitors tied for a position will be given the points for the tied position. The next placing competitor will be awarded points appropriate for the number of places below the tie. Example: A three way tie for second will give all the tied teams 2nd place points (88), and the next placing team will get 5th place points (58).
In the event of a tie for a year-end ranking the tie will be broken by comparing the total points accumulated in triple points events at which both competitors started in the class in question. All events started will be counted (no events will be dropped). If this does not resolve the tie the same method will be applied to the double points events. If a tie still exists the same method will be applied to the single points events. If the above method fails, the tie will remain.
There will be year-end awards (eg., trophies) for the top competitors in each of the classes. For the Rally Championship trophies will be given five deep in classes with 15 or more competitors, four deep for classes with 10 through 14 competitors, and three deep for classes with 9 or less competitors. Rallycross competitors must start a minimum of two events to be eligible for a year end award.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
To be a candidate a driver must begin the year having never finished a Rally as a driver. The rookie of the year will be the qualifying driver who finishes in the highest percentile in his class. If a tie exists, the driver in the class with the most drivers will be the Rookie of the Year. The co-driver award will go to the first year codriver who accrued the most points with the driver who won Rookie of the Year.
THE KENNETH ZIMMERMAN MEMORIAL AWARD:
The Zimmerman Award was created to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of rallying in general and the CRS specifically. The recipient is determined by the director of the CRS. The award honors the sportsmanship and support of Dr. Kenneth Zimmerman, and is presented by Chad DiMarco of Sube Sports.
GALAL SOUKI MEMORIAL AWARD:
The Galal Souki award was created to recognize GT and Stock Class competitors who typify the spirit of helpfulness and competitiveness that has come to be associated with the Stock Classes.
OUTSTANDING, TENACIOUS, PERSEVERING WORKER:
It is the unselfish contributions of workers at all events, whether communications, blockage or control workers, which enable our series to succeed. The recipients of this award are selected by the CRS Board of Governors in recognition of their years of service to the sport of rallying.
BILL MOORE MEMORIAL AWARD:
The Bill Moore Award was created to honor a co-driver who, like Bill, has contributed to the sport of rallying in many areas, including as a worker, organizer, or BOG member.
PERFORMANCE STOCK CLASS RULES
UPDATING AND BACKDATING
For more information on these rules or for clarifications, please contact:
Jon Rood, Stock Class Chairman
CRS GT CLASS RULES
OPEN 4WD, CRS-2 & CRS-5 CLASS RULES
Open class cars are divided into three classes. Vehicles that are built to be capable of operating in four-wheel drive mode will be placed in 4wd class and cannot compete in CRS-2 or CRS-5. Two-wheel drive cars that were not designed to operate in four-wheel drive will be placed in either CRS-2 or CRS-5 and can not compete in Open 4wd. The table of adjustment multipliers below will be used to determine a vehicle's adjusted displacement. All factors that apply to a give vehicle will be used. As an example, a 4-valve engine with variable cam timing would have a total multiplier of 1.32 (based on 1.2 * 1.1). All 2WD vehicles with forced induction or a rotary engine will be placed CRS-5. Eligible vehicles with an adjusted displacement of no greater than 2400cc will be placed in CRS-2 while those above 2400cc will be placed in CRS-5.
|4 valves per cylinder||1.2|
|3 valves per cylinder||1.1|
|Variable cam timing||1.1|
PREVIOUS RALLY CHAMPIONS
|1975||Hendrik Blok||Steve Ruiz|
|1976||Hendrik Blok||Erick Hauge|
|1977||Hendrik Blok||Erick Hauge|
|1978||Hendrik Blok||Rod Sorenson|
|1979||Rod Millen||Mark Howard|
|1980||Rod Millen||Grant Whittaker|
|1981||Frank Jacob||Wes Gaede|
|1982||Ken Smith||Dennis Sheean|
|1983||Richey Watanabe||Randy Hensley|
|1984||Richey Watanabe||Howard Watanabe|
|1985||Scott Child||Jim Love|
|1986||Lon Peterson||Jim Love|
|1987||Bill Holmes||Jim Rogers|
|1988||Lon Peterson||Jim Love|
|1989||Lon Peterson and||Camille Griffin|
|Jeff Griffin (Tie)|
|1990||Lon Peterson||Jim Love|
|1991||Lon Peterson||Jim Love|
|1992||Jeff Griffin||Chris Griffin|
|STOCK GT CLASS|
|1988||Mike Blore||Gary Dunklau|
|1989||Ken Smith||Mark Williams|
|1990||Gary Luke||Mark Williams|
|1991||Tony Tavares||Carlos Tavares|
|1992||Roger Hull||Rob Cherry|
|1978||Mike Gibeault||Tim Cox|
|1979||Mike Gibeault||Gale Tyler|
|1980||Kris Mellon||Damon Trimble|
|1981||Mike Gibeault||Lynnette Allison|
|1982||Tom Sullivan||Jay Mathes|
|1983||Mike Whitman||Rob Cherry|
|1984||Mike Whitman||Rob Cherry|
|1985||Mike Whitman||Lynnette Allison|
|1986||Ray Hocker||Bill Moore|
|1987||Topi Hynynen||Ray Thurm|
|1988||Roger Hull||Jim Jacobson|
|1989||Eric Wilson||Jim Jacobson|
|1990||Anton Musev||Lisa Scheer|
|1991||Jeff Hendricks||Ev Hendricks|
|1992||Jeff Hendricks||Larry Scott|
|1993||Tony Shumaker||Larry Scott|
|1994||Steve Scott||Bob Scott|
|1995||Mike Marcy||Steve Scott|
|1996||Terry Stonecipher||Michelle Gibeault|
|1997||Dennis Chizma||Claire Marie|
|1998||Steve Bender||Craig McHugh|
|1999||Nick Taylor||Pete Morris|
|2000||Nick Taylor||Josh Armbruster|
|OPEN 4WD CLASS|
|1993||Mitch McCullough||Scott Webb|
|1994||Rui Brasil||Scott Webb|
|1995||Chris Weleff||Brian Paul|
|1996||Dennis Chizma||Carlos Tavares|
|1997||Vartan Samuelian||Ara Manoukian|
|1998||Rui Brasil||Carlos Tavares|
|1999||Lauchlin O'Sullivan||Farina O'Sullivan|
|2000||Tony Chavez||Eddie Cardenas|
|2001||Lauchlin O'Sullivan||Alex Gelsomino|
|2002||Leon Styles||John Dillon|
|2003||Piers O'Hanlon||Julie Lin|
|2004||Vartan Samuelian||Alex Gelsomino|
|2005||Blake Yoon||Alan Perry|
|1993||Ron Wood||Kelly Walsh|
|1994||Lon Peterson||Bill Gutzmann|
|1995||Bill Malik||Roine Anderson|
|1996||Bill Malik||Farina O'Sullivan|
|1997||Bill Malik||Farina O'Sullivan|
|1998||Carl Jardevall||Ole Holter|
|1999||Frank Paredes||William Staley|
|2000||Jim Gillaspy||Mick Kilpatrick|
|2001||Richard Byford||Paul Timmerman|
|2002||Bill Malik||Ryan Cavalier|
|2003||Dave Coleman||Amar Sehmi|
|2004||Jim Pierce||Adrian Lengsfeld||2005||Cable Rhodes||Jennifer Imai|
|CRS GT CLASS|
|2001||Bruce Brown||Bob Moe|
|2002||Bruce Brown||Pat Brown|
|2003||Dan Brink||Tina Lininger|
|2004||Bruce Brown||Pat Brown|
|2005||Chris Wilson||Eric Olson|
|PERFORMANCE STOCK CLASS|
|1994||Jeff Hendricks||Noble Jones|
|1995||Dennis Chizma||John Moore|
|1996||Robert Tallini||Steve Scott|
|1997||Terry Stonecipher||Chrissy Beavis|
|1998||Doug Robinson||Shane Polhamus|
|1999||Mark Brown||Craig McHugh|
|2000||Brad Boli||Gary Garman|
|2001||Tony Chavez||Doug Robinson|
|2002||Terry Stonecipher||Jeff Bruett|
|2003||Ian Hudson||Brian Hudson|
|2004||Mike Masano||Linda Masano|
|2005||Michael Taylor||Steven Taylor|
PREVIOUS RALLYSPRINT CHAMPIONS
PREVIOUS RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONS
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
|1992||Rhys Millen||Trisha Devreugd|
|1993||Mitch McCullough||Scott Webb|
|1994||Cable Rhodes||Michael Taylor|
|1995||Bob Pendergrass||Jon Weigley|
|1996||Terry Stonecipher||Michelle Gibeault|
|1997||Doug Robinson||Sue Robinson|
|1998||Steve Bender||Craig McHugh|
|1999||Nick Taylor||Josh Armbruster|
|2000||Sean Otto||Jason Lane|
|2001||Stephan Verdier||Alan Walker|
|2003||Piers O'Hanlon||Neil Smith|
|2004||Jon Rood||Piers O’Hanlon|
|2005||Blake Yoon||Vartan Davtyan|
KENNETH ZIMMERMAN MEMORIAL AWARD
|1982||Tim Fountaine &||1994||Randy Hensley|
|Frank Jacob||1995||Ron Wood|
|1983||Ken Adams||1996||Lon Peterson|
|1984||Roger Allison||1997||Paula Gibeault|
|1985||Mike Gibeault||1998||Matt Sweeney &|
|1986||Clint Heuring||Lucinda Strubb|
|1987||Lynnette Allison||1999||Ray Hocker|
|1989||Nancy Peterson &||2000||Harris Done|
|Sheryl Love||2001||Mike Gibeault|
|1990||Michael O'Sullivan||2002||Doug & Sue Robinson|
|1991||John Elkin||2003||John Dillon|
|1992||Sam Moore||2004||Pat & Denise McMahon|
|1993||Bill & Kay Gutzmann||2005||Michael Taylor|
GALAL SOUKI MEMORIAL AWARD
|1990||Sam Moore||1998||Doug Robinson|
|1991||Tony Shumacher||1999||Paula Gibeault|
|1992||Tony Chavez||2000||Brad Boli|
|1993||Dennis Chizma||2001||Doug Whited|
|1994||Jeff Hendricks||2002||Mike & Linda Masano|
|1995||Dave Turner||2003||Michael Taylor|
|1996||Terry Stonecipher||2004||Brian Hudson|
|1997||Adrienne Scott||2005||Mike Moyer|
OUTSTANDING, TENACIOUS, PERSEVERING WORKER
|1993||Ron Melitsoff||2000||Jay Deacon|
|1994||Nancy Peterson & Judy Teeter||2001||Dean Chambers & Alvin Brown|
|1995||Bob Ward||2002||Pat & Denise McMahon|
|1996||Michael O'Sullivan||2003||Dave Belcher|
|1997||Matt Sweeney, Lucinda Shrub, & Art Jury||2004||Carl Schmid|
|1998||Wayne Almquist||2005||Carolyn Reed|
|1999||Scott & Toni Dicks|
BILL MOORE MEMORIAL AWARD
|1993||John Elkin||2000||John Dillon|
|1994||Bill Gutzmann||2001||Doug Robinson|
|1995||Terry Stonecipher||2002||Bill Barfoot|
|1996||Robert Tallini||2003||Gabe Pari|
|1997||Donna Mitchell||2004||Michael Taylor|
|1998||Sue Robinson||2005||Tony Chavez|
2005 RALLY AWARD WINNERS
Open 4wd Class
Open 2wd Class
CRS GT Class
Performance Stock Class
2005 RALLYCROSS AWARD WINNERS
Street Modified 4wd
Street Modified 2wd
|Terry Miller||565||2||Micheal Malsed||462|
Street Stock 4wd
Street Stock 2wd
|STOCK CLASS CHAIRMAN||
National Auto Sport Association (NASA)
Richmond, CA 94820
Phone: (510) 232-NASA (6272)
FAX: (510) 412-0549
Web Site: www.NASArallysport.com
8014 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 617
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Phone: (763) 553-2742
FAX: (763) 533-2862
Web Site: www.rally-america.com
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Topeka, KS 66619
Phone: (800) 770-2055
FAX: (785) 232-7259
Web Site: www.SCCA.org/rally
United States Auto Club (USAC)
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Speedway, IN 46224
Phone: (317) 247-5151
FAX: (317) 247-0123
Web Site: www.USARacing.com