California Rally Series
2014 Rules and Rally Handbook
|Table of Contents|
|1. Getting Started in Rallying|
|2. Vehicle Eligibility|
|3. CRS Charter|
|4. CRS BOG|
|5. Event Requirements and Support|
|6. CRS Membership|
|7. CRS Rally Championship|
|8. CRS Rallysprint Championship|
|9. CRS Rallycross Championship|
|10. Common Championshp Information|
|11. Year End Awards|
|A) Performance Stock Class Rules|
|B) CRS Open Lite Class Rules|
|C) CRS Open & CRS-2 Class Rules|
|D) Previous Rally Champions|
|E) Previous Rallysprint Champions|
|F) Previous CRS Moto Champions|
|G) Previous Rallycross Champions|
|H) Special Award Winners|
|I) 2013 Award Winners|
|J) 2014 CRS Officers|
|K) Sanctioning Bodies|
|L) BOG Structure and Operation Rules|
|M) CRS Moto Championship|
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 an excellent place to get started in rallying.
Who Organizes Rallies? What Types Are There?
National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Rally America and the United States Auto Club (USAC) are the sanctioning and insuring bodies for the majority of performance rallies in the United States. The California Rally Series (CRS) has regional championships in various classes and includes events organized by these bodies.
"Stage rally" requirements for cars and trucks are a co-driver and fully prepared vehicle (roll cage, safety harnesses, etc.). Teams use a "routebook" with mileages to follow the course and usually use turn-by-turn stage or pace notes as well. They range from simple "coefficient 1" local events of less than 30 stage miles, to longer "coefficient 2" rallies with 30 miles to under 65 miles, to "coefficient 3" events with at least 65 miles of stage road. 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 roll cage 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 Oregon. The Rally America Championship series encompasses national events. NASA sanctions the NASA National Rally Championship (NNRC) which is comprised of two Divisions, Atlantic and Pacific.
At the regional level, Rally America supports the "Bilstein Southwest RallyCup Series." NASA's local regional championship consists of the CRS rallies it sanctions.
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sanctions both national and divisional level rallycrosses culminating in its annual RallyCross National Championship event.
The California Rally Series, formed in 1975, has three types of 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" (held in years where there are enough rallysprints) consists of rallysprint events, also for fully prepared cars. The "CRS Rallycross Championships" include rallycross events only, for both rally prepared and street vehicles.
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 recognizes six classes. B-Spec Class cars are specific two-wheel drive (normally aspirated) models and conform very closely to stock specifications. Super Production cars are turbocharged and four-wheel drive, but allow certain modifications. In contrast, the four "open" classes allow extensive modifications. There are two open classes for two-wheel drive: Group 2, for smaller engines (normally aspirated), and Group 5, for bigger engines up to 5100 cc adjusted displacement. Open Light is a class for normally aspirated four-wheel drive cars. The fastest class is Open Class, where turbocharged four-wheel drive cars predominate (5100 cc limit).
The NNRC recognizes two classes. The NNRC All Wheel Drive (AWD) class includes all four-wheel drive vehicles. The NNRC Two Wheel Drive (2WD) class contains all two-wheel drive vehicles.
California Rally Series classes overlap with the classes above since CRS points are earned at events sanctioned by both USAC and NASA. However, there are some important differences, especially in the "stock" class. The three "open" classes in CRS (CRS Open, CRS-2 and CRS Open Lite) have few limitations and are similar to the open classes inthe RA and NASA rules.
CRS also has a "stock" class which restricts vehicle preparation thereby limiting the cost of vehicle preparation. Performance Stock Class is 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.
In the CRS Rallycross Championship, two Rally car classes (4WD and 2WD, with rally tires) are recognized. In addition there are two "stock" car classes, for cars with limited performance modifications that, in addition, are not running rally tires. These classes are Stock 4wd and Stock 2wd. Some rallycross events may also add "custom" classes based on the local entry.
What Are The Expenses? What Are 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 to seven point, start at $70 per person and must be replaced or rewebbed every two 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. Head and neck restraints such as HANS devices are required and start at about $700. It is important to check the current certification requirements for the sanctioning bodies.
Entry fees generally run from $30 to $50 for rallycross events. Coefficient 1 rallies and rallysprints may cost $200 to $400. Coefficient 2 and 3 rally entry fees range from $275 to $600. NASA events require an annual membership ($45) and a rally license ($50). Rally America regional events do not require an annual membership, but do require a Rally License ($150). 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. 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 up to five of the top finishers in each class with top-quality photo award plaques for the Rally and Rallycross Championships. The Rallysprint winners are also honored if that championship takes place in a given year. There are several other year-end awards given, including Rookie of the Year, Outstanding Worker, and Rallycross Supporter.
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.
Rallycross is the easiest way to get involved as a driver. Many people are happy to make a rallycross championship their ultimate goal as it fits their time and budget better than full-scale rallying.
Often 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 or bike for sale sooner. You will also begin to appreciate what works and what doesn't in car and bike preparation, and may even learn from others' mistakes in driving/riding and co-driving!
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 novice category. 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 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. You will also find a lot of helpful information on the web - events have their own websites - or you can go to one of the excellent general rally websites. These include:
So make your plans and join the fun! Good luck in your rally career!
All vehicles on rally events are required to be street legal and licensed for use on the street. CRS rallies are sanctioned by NASA or Rally America. For these rallies all cars must have a vehicle Log Book. The list below is intended as an example of some of the car and truck requirements for NASA and Rally America events. Complete details can be obtained from the sanctioning body's website.
The California Rally Series (CRS) is an "association" as opposed to a "profit" based 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.
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.
The CRS is governed by a Board of Governors (BOG) which consists of the organizer from each CRS event (Rallies, Rallysprints and Rallycrosses). 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. In addition to the organizers there will be a number of other members including: the Director, Equipment Manager, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Officer, Competitor Liaison, Rallycross Liaison, Press Liaison, Sponsor Liaison, Webmaster and the Stock Class Chairman. The responsibilities of the officers are detailed in Appendix L of these rules on the CRS website.
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 Equipment Manager, Secretary/Treasurer, Press Liaison, Membership Officer, 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 the details of BOG operation see Appendix L of these rules.
Rally Event Eligibility:
There will be certain minimum requirements which must be met if an event is to be considered for inclusion into the CRS Rally Championship. These requirements have been established to develop credibility in the eyes of the competitors, and thereby promote rallying in general (and the CRS specifically). An event will be considered a "new rally" if it has a new organizer and new stage roads or has not been run for two or more years. A "new rally" will only be allowed to count as either one single points event or one double points event in the CRS Rally Championship for that weekend. To be considered for inclusion in the championship as a triple points event or multiple events the rally must first have been executed successfully. Rally organizers will be limited to no more than three CRS rallies per weekend with a total of no more than six coefficients.
Review of existing events is covered in Appendix L on the CRS website.
When establishing the rally calendar one objective will be to have at least three empty weekends between CRS Rally events. Having only two empty weekends between CRS Rally events will only be allowed with the approval of all the events involved. There will not be any additions to the CRS Rally calendar after Jan 1. Any changes to the schedule published in this book must be approved by the CRS BOG.
CRS Event Class Trophies / Awards:
As a minimum, CRS Rally events will award trophies/awards to the top 1/3 of the starters (see table below) in each CRS class (to finishers only), whether the competitors are CRS members or not. 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.
|1 thru 4||1|
|5 thru 7||2|
|8 thru 10||3|
|11 thru 13||4|
|14 and more||5|
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: clocks (freezable Timewise clocks plus large start display clocks), rallycross timing system, green flags, family radios, sign boards, worker vests, clipboards, an EZ-Up, and a portable public address system. Rally organizers will be allowed one pre-event mass emailing to current CRS members. The email can be sent by the Secretary. The CRS will rent equipment to non-CRS organizers for 10% of the replacement cost of the particular item. Any free use of CRS equipment at non-CRS events will need approval by the CRS BOG. Equipment that uses batteries will be supplied for rental with good batteries installed.
All competitors who wish to receive CRS championship points are required to be members, which costs $30 per calendar year. CRS membership includes the membership card, CRS rulebook, two CRS decals, inclusion in the CRS championships (Rally, RallySprint and RallyCross), 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 Sep 27 and Dec. 31. For example, joining CRS on Sep 27, 2014 will buy a membership effective until Dec. 31, 2015 (1 year & 3 months); while joining on Sept. 26, 2014 will buy a membership effective until Dec. 31, 2014 (3 months). Competitors will begin accruing CRS championship points only after paying their annual membership fee. In order to be eligible to accrue points at a given event, you must have paid your membership fee prior to the start of competition.
The associate membership has been created for workers and other interested people who want to keep up on rally activities or support the CRS, but will not be competing. Associate members receive all of the benefits described above (decals, rulebook, emails) but they are not eligible to compete in CRS events for championship points.. The fee for joining CRS as an associate member is only $10 per calendar year. 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 website 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 Officer by email or by phone.
|Membership Officer:||Christine Marciniak||(949) 680-9635||Membership@CaliforniaRallySeries.com|
Rally Championship Classes:
The four CRS classes will be recognized at all rally events (CRS Open, CRS-2, CRS Open Lite and Performance Stock). The SCC is responsible for the determination of vehicle eligibility for the Performance Stock Class. The SCC will furnish a list of qualified Performance Stock Class vehicles to the organizer prior to the start.
Coef 1 Rally Co-Driver Requirements:
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.
Points, event weighting, dropping events and ties:
The Rally Championship will use the systems for awarding points, event weighting, dropping events and resolving ties described in Common Championship Info.
Rallysprints are held on short, closed courses where co-drivers may or may not be required. Either Rallysprints or Coefficient 1 Rallies can be included in the Rallysprint Championship. Any year that there are four or more qualified 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 systems for awarding points, dropping events and resolving ties described in Common Championship Info.
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. 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).
Rallycross events are those events which do not have route instructions, do not require a co-driver, and do not require a roll cage. 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.
The rallycross organizers will be limited to a maximum of three events per venue that will be included in the championship. The Rallycross Liaison will be the single point of contact for establishing and revising the championship calendar, which will be maintained on the CRS website.
An initial calendar for the Rallycross Championship will be published in this rulebook. The following rules apply to changes:
The Rallycross Championship will use the systems for awarding points, counting events, and resolving ties described in Common Championship Info. There will be no organizer points awarded, because it is possible for an organizer to compete in his/her own event if desired. To be eligible for a year end award a competitor must have been a CRS member and started at least two events. For purposes of computing CRS Rallycross Championship points all runs will be counted. If a rallycross organizer should tabulate results differently the Rallycross Pointskeeper will retabulate the results as necessary. The CRS Rallycross championship will be limited to a maximum of three events per venue.
Rallycross Championship points will be awarded in Stock 2wd, Stock 4wd, Rally 2wd and Rally 4wd classes. Two-wheel drive cars are not eligible to run in any four-wheel drive class. There is no price limit for any of the Rallycross classes. 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).
The CRS Stock Classes (2wd & 4wd) are the same as the SCCA Stock Classes except that both SCCA Stock Front Wheel Drive and SCCA Stock Rear Wheel Drive will be included in CRS Stock 2wd. See section 6.2.C of the SCCA RallyCross rules for details. The Stock Classes allow competitors to use a cat back exhaust, and aftermarket air filter elements, brake pads, clutch disc, wheels (stock diameter and width), shocks, front sway bar, lights, roll cage, skid plate and latches. In addition any DOT tires are allowed as long as they don't say "For competition only" or "Not for street use". Rally tires and studs are not allowed.
Cars that do not qualify for the "Stock" classes will be placed in either the Rally 2wd or Rally 4wd class.
CRS Classes at Events that Don't Use CRS Classes:
At CRS events that don't use CRS classes, the CRS Rallycross Liaison or his/her designated representative will determine CRS classes for all the CRS members at the event. It should be noted that both SCCA Prepared and Modified classes will be scored in the appropriate CRS Rally class (2wd or 4wd). These classes will be used to determine the assignment of CRS points.
The following paragraphs relate to more than one of the preceding championships.
Raw Speed Factors:
Speed factors are referenced to the fastest driver on each stage. For Raw Speed Factors 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/her worst two and his/her 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 a Raw Event Speed Factor.
CRS Rally Speed Factors:
At CRS events speed factors are calculated exactly the same as above, except the reference driver gets the speed factor he/she 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.
At the end of each year CRS Speed Factors from those years prior to the year just completed will be adjusted downward by .01 per year with a maximum reduction of .05. So for 2014, any speed factor earned in 2013 will be unchanged, those earned in 2012 will be reduced by .01 and those earned in 2011 will be reduced by .02, and so on. The largest of the resulting annual speed factors will then be the starting speed factors for 2014. If a driver moves from a 4wd car to a 2wd car his speed factor for that event will be reduced by .05. While CRS Speed Factors are intended to help develop the start order other factors may influence the final start order.
Any claims will be handled per the competition rules under which the event runs.
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 CRS competitor's finishing position in his/her class relative to other CRS competitors in the class. For instance, since non-CRS members will not receive points, the top finishing CRS member in a class will receive winning points regardless of any non-CRS competitors who finished ahead of him/her.
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 can not get points as a competitor at their own event. Organizers that are not eligible for year end awards (because they have not yet competed in that class during that year), will be identified in the standings.
|14th and on||21|
|Start first stage||10|
Event Weighting (Coefficients):
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. For purposes of determining event weighting, "fast stage time" will refer to the expected total of all stage times for the fastest car. Events with 10 to 30 stage miles and less than 30 minutes of fast stage time will be single points events. Events with 65 or more stage miles or 60 minutes of fast stage time will be triple points events. Those in between will be double points events. For purposes of determining "stage miles" the distance from the Start control to the Stop control will be used. For longer events, the event organizer will be free to choose which portions of the overall event will be counted as separate CRS events.
Since it is desirable to allow competitors to drop their worst events, the following system for dropping events will be used.
|Total Number of
Events in Series
|2 or 3||2|
|4 or 5||3|
|6 or 7||4|
|8 or 9||5|
|10 or 11||6|
|12 or 13||7|
|14 or 15||8|
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 (e.g., trophies) for the top competitors in each of the classes. Rallycross competitors must start a minimum of two events to be eligible for a year-end award. For all Championships, trophies will be awarded as follows:
|Number of Trophies||Number of Competitors|
|5||15 or more|
|4||10 thru 14|
|3||5 thru 9|
|2||3 or 4|
|1||1 or 2|
To be a candidate a driver or co-driver must begin the year having never finished a Rally in that role. Rookie Drivers will be evaluated using a metric calculated by dividing the driver's points by the class champion's points. The Driver Rookie of the Year will be the qualifying driver who has the highest metric in his/her class. If a tie exists the driver in the class with the most drivers will be the Rookie of the Year. If a tie still exists the tie will remain. The Co-driver Rookie of the Year will go to the qualifying co-driver, accruing the most points (combining points from all classes). If there is a tie the award will go to the rookie co-driver with the most points in the most-subscribed class.
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.
The Galal Souki award, selected by the Stock Classes Chairman, was created to recognize Performance Stock Class competitors who typify the spirit of helpfulness and competitiveness that has come to be associated with the Stock Classes.
It is the unselfish contributions of workers at all events, whether communications, blockage or control workers, that 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.
It is the unselfish contributions of organizers and helpers at events that enables our Rallycross Championship to succeed. The recipients of this award are selected by the CRS Board of Governors in recognition of their service to the sport.
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.
For more information on these rules or for clarifications, please contact:
Stock Class Chairman
CRS Open Lite vehicles will be AWD, normally-aspirated and derived from models sold globally in minimum quantities of 1000. The maximum displacement is 2650cc for overhead cam engines and 3313cc for pushrod engines. The engine is unrestricted, but must be derived from a product line offered by the manufacturer of the vehicle.
Vehicles that are built to be capable of operating in four-wheel drive mode will be placed in either Open Lite or CRS Open and cannot compete in CRS-2. Two-wheel drive cars that were NOT designed to operate in four-wheel drive and that have an adjusted displacement less than or equal to the threshold detailed below, will be placed in CRS-2 and can not compete in Open Lite or CRS Open. Two-wheel drive cars with an adjusted displacement greater than the threshold detailed below will be placed in CRS Open Class.
The table of adjustment multipliers below will be used to determine a vehicle's adjusted displacement. All factors that apply to a given vehicle will be used. For example, a front wheel drive car with a 2.0L, 4-valve engine with variable cam timing would have a total multiplier of 1.32 (based on 1.2 * 1.1), producing an adjusted displacement of 2640cc. Eligible vehicles with an adjusted displacement less than or equal to 2650 cc will be placed in CRS-2 while those above 2650 cc will be placed in CRS Open.
|4 valves per cylinder||1.2|
|3 valves per cylinder||1.1|
|Variable cam timing||1.1|
|Rear wheel drive||0.9|
|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 2WD CLASS|
|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|
|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|
|2006||Wolfgang Hoeck||Piers O'Hanlon|
|2007||Leon Styles||Matt Gauger|
|2008||Brian Scott||John Dillon|
|2009||Keith Jackson||Marra Estep|
|2010||Keith Jackson||Marra Estep|
|2011||Jon Burke||Laurence Babahekian|
|2012||Keith Jackson||Marra Estep|
|2013||Tingwu Song||Martin Brady|
|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|
|2006||Marvin Ronquillo||John Burke|
|2007||Scott Clark||Marie Boyd|
|2008||Kevin Welker||Nolan Sambrano|
|2009||Kevin Welker||Nolan Sambrano|
|2010||Kevin Welker||Nolan Sambrano|
|2011||Alex Rademacher||Jeana Yi|
|2012||Alex Rademacher||Jeana Yi|
|CRS OPEN LITE CLASS|
|2013||Ray Piloto||Tyler Deal|
|2006||Jeff Rados||Guido Hamacher|
|2007||Bill Holmes||Kevin Carter|
|2008||Chuck Wilson||Aaron Laeng|
|2009||Bill Holmes||Sean Gallagher|
|2010||George Doganis||Thomas Smith|
|2011||Brian Hamblin||Ray Hocker|
|2012||Bill Holmes||Sean Gallagher|
|2013||Jeff Rados||Guido Hamacher|
|2006||Larry Gross||Doug Young|
|2007||Bill Malik||Christopher Edstrom|
|2008||George Doganis||Thomas Smith|
|2009||Chris Palermo||Brent Ellzey|
|2010||Terrance Peterson||Nic Peterson|
|2011||Michel Hoche-Mong||Brent Ellzey|
|2012||Michel Hoche-Mong||Brent Ellzey|
|2013||Kristopher Marciniak||Christine Marciniak|
|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|
|2006||George Doganis||Tom Smith|
|2007||George Doganis||Tom Smith|
|2008||Kristopher Marciniak||Christine Marciniak|
|2009||John Black||John Stewart|
|2010||Alex Rademacher||John Stewart|
|2011||Jen Imai||Terry Stonecipher|
|2012||Sarkis Mazmanian||Lori Stone|
|2012||Sarkis Mazmanian||Michael Mazmanian|
|Under 800 cc|
|Over 800 cc|
|Street Stock O2|
|Street Stock U2|
|Street Modified 4WD|
|2009||Dave Haws (South)|
|Dave Haws (North)|
|2011||Jon Rea (South)|
|Alex Miro (North)|
|Street Modified 2WD|
|2009||Steve Lechuga (South)|
|Burney Storms (North)|
|Street Stock 4WD|
|2009||Bill Martin (South)|
|John Stewart (North)|
|2010||Brian Dreger (tie)|
|John Black (tie)|
|2011||Leelyn Pritchard (South)|
|Street Stock 2WD|
|2009||David Clark (South)|
|David Clark (North)|
|2009||Kevin Mount (South)|
|Tucker Heiner (North)|
|2011||John Chabot (South)|
|Alex Rademacher (North)|
|2009||John Black (South)|
|Alex Rademacher (North)|
|2011||Kris Marciniak (South)|
|Omar Cardenas (North)|
|Rookies 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|
|2008||Shawn Hudspeth||Jennifer Hudspeth|
|John Black||Brent Ellzey|
|2009||Chris Palermo||Kimberley Palermo|
|2010||Gaylord Van Brocklin||Steve Secviar|
|2011||Kris-Jon Lyssand||Jeana Yi|
|2012||Ray Piloto||Victoria Rosner|
|2013||Jason Lightner||Leelyn Pritchard|
|Kenneth Zimmerman Memorial Award|
|1982||Tim Fountaine &||1998||Matt Sweeney &|
|Frank Jacob||Lucinda Strubb|
|1983||Ken Adams||1999||Ray Hocker|
|1984||Roger Allison||2000||Harris Done|
|1985||Mike Gibeault||2001||Mike Gibeault|
|1986||Clint Heuring||2002||Doug & Sue Robinson|
|1987||Lynnette Allison||2003||John Dillon|
|1989||Nancy Peterson &||2004||Pat & Denise McMahon|
|Sheryl Love||2005||Michael Taylor|
|1990||Michael O'Sullivan||2006||Donna Hocker|
|1991||John Elkin||2007||Tony Chavez|
|1992||Sam Moore||2008||Michel Hoche-Mong|
|1993||Bill & Kay Gutzmann||2009||Dave Belcher|
|1994||Randy Hensley||2010||Christine Marciniak|
|1995||Ron Wood||2011||Chuck Wilson|
|1996||Lon Peterson||2012||Eddie Fiorelli|
|1997||Paula Gibeault||2013||Brent Ellzey|
|Galal Souki Memorial Award|
|1990||Sam Moore||2003||Michael Taylor|
|1991||Tony Shumacher||2004||Brian Hudson|
|1992||Tony Chavez||2005||Mike Moyer|
|1993||Dennis Chizma||2006||Shea Burns|
|1994||Jeff Hendricks||2007||George Doganis|
|1995||Dave Turner||2008||Kevin Welker|
|1996||Terry Stonecipher||2009||Alex Rademacher|
|1997||Adrienne Scott||2010||Katianna Pihakari|
|1998||Doug Robinson||2011||John Black|
|1999||Paula Gibeault||2012||Jen Imai|
|2000||Brad Boli||2013||Sarkis Mazmanian|
|2002||Mike & Linda Masano|
|Outstanding, Tenacious, and Persevering Worker:|
|1993||Ron Melitsoff||2004||Carl Schmid|
|1994||Nancy Peterson and
|1995||Bob Ward||2006||Peter & Marion Millar
|1996||Michael O'Sullivan||2007||Michel Hoche-Mong|
Lucinda Shrub and
|2008||Tom Hobbs and
|1998||Wayne Almquist||2009||Don Shreyer|
|1999||Scott & Toni Dicks||2010||Sean Torres and
|2000||Jay Deacon||2011||Dan Brink|
|2001||Dean Chambers and
|2002||Pat & Denise McMahon||2013||Jon Rood|
|Bill Moore Memorial Award:|
|1993||John Elkin||2003||Gabe Pari|
|1994||Bill Gutzmann||2004||Michael Taylor|
|1995||Terry Stonecipher||2005||Tony Chavez|
|1996||Robert Tallini||2006||Michel Hoche-Mong|
|1997||Donna Mitchell||2007||Paula Gibeault|
|1999||Sue Robinson||2008||Jens Schkade|
|2000||John Dillon||2009||Christine Marciniak|
|2001||Doug Robinson||2012||Jim Robison|
|2002||Bill Barfoot||2013||Brent Ellzey|
|Rallycross Supporter of the Year:|
|2007||Lucy Ryan||2011||Thomas Bloess|
|2008||Dustin Wall||2012||Doug Whited|
|2009||Krystle Minette||2013||Jayson Woodruff|
|2013 Rally Standings|
|2012 Rally Standings|
|2011 Rally Standings|
|2010 Rally Standings|
|2009 Rally Standings|
|2008 Rally Standings|
|2007 Rally Standings|
|2006 Rally Standings|
|2005 Rally Standings|
|2013 Rallycross Standings|
|2012 Rallycross Standings|
|2011 North Rallycross Standings|
|2011 South Rallycross Standings|
|2010 Rallycross Standings|
|2009 North Rallycross Standings|
|2009 South Rallycross Standings|
|2008 Rallycross Standings|
|2007 Rallycross Standings|
|2006 Rallycross Standings|
|2005 Rallycross Standings|
|Director - Tony Chavez
|Secretary/Treasurer - Mike Gibeault
|Webmaster - Eddie Fiorelli
|Sponsor Liaison - Sandra Chavez
|Press Liaison - Erik Christiansen
|Competitor Liaison - Michel Hoche-Mong
|Membership - Christine Marciniak
|Equipment Manager - Paula Gibeault
|Stock Class Chairman -
|Rallycross Liaison - Steve McNaughton
The CRS is governed by a Board of Governors (BOG) which consists of the organizer from each CRS event (Rallies, Rallysprints and Rallycrosses).
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.
In addition to the organizers there will be a number of other members including: the Director, Equipment Manager, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Officer, 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 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, tabulating votes and 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 emailings to all CRS members as needed. The Treasurer will be responsible for billing sponsors, dispensing funds to pay for subscriptions, decals, trophies, etc. The treasurer will also maintain a budget which will be presented to the BOG as needed.
The MO will be responsible for signing up CRS members and distributing information about the CRS to interested parties. The MO will have someone available at the registration of each event to sign up new members. The MO's name, address and phone will be advertised as a contact point for new rallyists. The MO will be responsible for maintaining the membership database.
The Competitor Liaison will act as a point of contact for competitors who would like to make an input to the BOG. He/she 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 be responsible for:
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 and payment) for ads in the rulebook. The Sponsor Liaison may also choose to develop additional sponsors for CRS (website, 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 on the CRS Web Site and periodicals that cover CRS events. In addition the Press Liaison will issue quarterly Press Releases to various periodicals with Rally and RX calendars and championship standings. Nominations for Press Liaison will be solicited from the CRS membership and the BOG will select from those nominated.
The SCC (Stock Class Chairman) will be responsible for the administration of the CRS Performance Stock Class. 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 P-Stock competitors prior to the drivers' meeting. The SCC will administer the online of Stock Classes competitors to consider amendments to the rules. The SCC will administrate the voting on proposed changes to the rules. The SCC shall be selected by a vote of the active Performance Stock competitors. It is recommended, but not required, that the SCC be someone not competing in Performance Stock 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 Equipment Manager, Secretary, Press Liaison, Rally Membership Officer, Treasurer, Rallycross Liaison, Webmaster and Sponsor Liaison. The BOG email Group 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 for each event organized. Rallycross organizers will have one vote for each CRS points event organized. 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 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. If an event is dropped from the calendar, for whatever reason, that event's organizer will lose his BOG Voting privileges for that event at that point. A quorum of at least 50% of the possible votes must be present to make any decisions on rules.
BOG Email Voting
In order to complete an email BOG vote, either a majority of the possible votes must be cast or a minimum of 3 working days (not Sat, Sun or holidays) must have expired.
BOG Meeting Agenda
The preliminary Agenda for the year end BOG meeting shall be distributed to the BOG members at least 6 weeks prior to the meeting.
BOG Meeting Proxies
To establish a proxy for the yearly BOG meeting, the organizer or officer will be required to notify either the director or the secretary prior to the meeting. Any one individual will be limited to holding only one other BOG member's proxy.
Championship Related BOG voting
While all BOG members are welcome to participate in the discussion of any issue, for voting purposes the BOG will partition issues into four categories: "Rally Only", "Rallycross Only" and "Common". The Rally Only and Rallycross Only categories will be for those issues that only relate to that specific championship (e.g., CRS-2 rules would only relate to Rally). Issues that have crossover interest (such as budget and membership items) will be handled as "Common". The table below details which members of the BOG will vote on which issues.
|BoG Position||Rally Only||Rallycross
|Director, Webmaster, Secretary/Treasurer||X||X||X|
|Sponsor Liaison, Press Liaison, Competitor Liaison||X||X||X|
|Rally Equipment Manager||X||X|
|Rally Membership Officer||X||X|
|Stock Class Chairman||X||X|
Rally Event Review
The CRS BOG shall review an existing CRS Rally event for inclusion in the championship if:
Downgrading Event Weighting
If an event, for whatever reason, is unable to execute the level of event that was initially planned, the organizer can request the BOG to downgrade the weighting as long as there is at least 8 weeks before the event.
Expenditure of Funds
Expenditures of less than $100 can be approved by either the Director or the Treasurer. Expenditures of more than $100 need the approval of the Common BOG.
Any Rally event that includes RallyMoto and is a part of the CRS Rally Championship, is eligible for inclusion in the CRS Moto Championship. Any year that there are four or more qualified Moto events on the calendar at the beginning of the year, there will be a CRS Moto Championship. Riders must be CRS members prior to the event to accrue CRS Moto Championship points. The CRS Moto Championship will use the systems for awarding points, weighting, dropping events and resolving ties described in Common Championship Info.
CRS Moto event organizers will have 200 organizer points available for the CRS Moto Championship, to split among the organizers (who did not compete in the event). No CRS Moto organizer shall receive more than 100 points (prior to weighting). Organizer points will only be valid after a person has received points as a competitor. CRS Moto events will award CRS points in two championship classes ("Moto U8" and "Moto O8").