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High Desert Trails
May 2, 2015
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Idaho
June 13-14, 2015
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Mendocino
Jul 18-19, 2015
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Gorman
Aug 22, 2015
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Prescott
Oct 2-3 2015
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High Desert Trails Rally Poised to Kick Off 2015 California Rally Series Season

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PostHeaderIcon High Desert Trails Rally Poised to Kick Off 2015 California Rally Series Season

Los Angeles – A record thirty-three cars are ready to get the 2015 California Rally Series Season started off with a high speed contest that takes competitors from valley floor to mountain top and back again. Based in Ridgecrest, CA, the High Desert Trails Rally takes place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 on hard packed dirt roads just two and a half hours north of Los Angeles. Competitors will cover 127 stage miles in just one day, a true test of endurance for drivers, co-drivers and the vehicles. After debuting in 2014 to glowing reviews from competitors, the Sorrell Peak stage is back again, taking competitors on a windy, tree-lined roller coaster ride over Piute Mountain. Also returning for 2015 is the fifteen mile “Power Stage” which offers $200 towards Pirelli Tires from Streetwise Motorsports to the fastest two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive teams.

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After taking a break last season, 2013 CRS Open champion Tingwu Song is getting back behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi Evolution to battle for the overall win. He will face some very stiff competition, including 2014 CRS Open champions John Trucks and co-driver Christopher Fine who are consistently fast in their Subaru Impreza. Last year’s High Desert Trails overall winner Todd McAllister will of course be pushing to demonstrate that his win was not a fluke. Bill Holmes and co-driver Sean Gallagher have also won this event outright in their Ford F-150 Raptor. Despite taking some time off from rally, look for them to be setting the pace from the very first stage. Also among the top five seeded competitors are Jason Copt and co-driver Cameron Meng in a Subaru Impreza. They can be blisteringly fast and no doubt with be pushing for the top podium position.

In the popular CRS-2 class, home to small displacement two-wheel drive cars, last year’s CRS-2 Season Champions Markus and Alicia Saarinen will be competing for the first time at High Desert Trails. The team is consistently quick in their well prepped Mini Cooper. The husband and wife team will face stiff competition from veteran competitors Brian Scott and co-driver Brent Ellzey in their Datsun 240Z. Scott and Saarinen traded stage wins at the last CRS event of 2014 (Prescott Rally), but mechanical gremlins cost Scott a chance at the win. The other team to watch in this class is Pete Pollard and co-drive Seri Traver in their Honda Civic. Pollard not only won the CRS-2 class at High Desert Trails in 2013, but he won the Power Stage outright, beating not just all the other two –wheel drive cars, but also all the turbocharged four-wheel drive Subarus!

 

Chrissie Beavis and co-driver Mathew Johnson are the current favorites to win the two-wheel drive, production based Performance Stock (P-Stock) class this year. A flat tire on the first stage cost them dearly at the last CRS event of 2014, but a clean run by this experienced team should see them battling for the overall two-wheel drive win in their Volkswagen Jetta.

CRS Open Lite class consists of normally-aspirated four-wheel drive cars, although it is not unusual to see fast drivers mixing it up with the Open cars. Daniel and Rainbow Wells are the top picks in this class with their Subaru Impreza.

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The High Desert Trails Rally was first run in 1973 on roads to the Southeast and West of Ridgecrest, CA. This year’s event features over 127 stage miles in a one-day compact format. Located just two and a half hours north of Los Angeles, the competitor and spectator friendly format makes this a perfect season opener for the California Rally Series. For more information on the High Desert Trails Rally, visit http://highdeserttrails.com.

The California Rally Series is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States. The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members. The Series celebrates more than 40 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States. To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter. 

 

PostHeaderIcon It’s the CRS Rally School, and you have to go!

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What is it like to get sideways on dirt? 

How much prep do I have to do to my car? 

Where do I get a rally driver license? 

How do I use this rally computer? 

What is that language that rally co-drivers use?

What are these time cards for?

How should I practice left foot braking?

The CRS Rally School offers the answers to all of these questions and more! An intense 1 day with classroom and driving activities for future rally drivers, co-drivers, and rallycrossers. February 21st in Ridgecrest, CA! Get a car, grab your friends, and spend a weekend learning everything you need to know to get started and excel at performance rally! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.  CLICK HERE TO GET SIGNED UP! 

 

PostHeaderIcon CRS 40th Anniversary Polo Available Now!

In honor of 40 years of competition in the Southwest, the CRS is proud to offer its limited edition performance polo. Made of moisture wicking micro-mesh and available in your choice of white or red, the CRS 40th Anniversary polo is $25 (add $1 per size above 2XL) and may be shipped $3.50 per polo or picked up at the CRS Annual Awards Banquet on January 17.

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Payments may be made by check or PayPal (fee may apply). To order your polo or ask any questions, please contact Stacey at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Thrilling Prescott Rally Closes Out 2014 California Rally Series

 

Los Angeles – The 2014 California Rally Series (CRS) Championship came to an exciting finish at the Prescott Rally on October 3-4.  Based in Prescott, AZ the fast, flowing stages set amongst the red rock canyons of central Arizona create a perfect backdrop for what has become a traditional end to the CRS season.  This year twenty teams competed over 110 stage miles for their last chance to earn valuable championship points.

Coming into the event, the teams of John Trucks / Christopher Fine and Todd McAllister / Trent Bateman were in a near dead heat for the Open Class driver / co-driver championships.  Both teams were competing in turbocharged four-wheel drive Subarus and it was a toss-up on which one of them would win the event overall.  By the end of Friday’s event, it was McAllister / Bateman who secured the victory over Trucks / Fine by just one minute.  The two teams continued to trade stage time Saturday morning, and were only seconds apart when bad luck dashed McAllister / Bateman’s championship hopes.  Coming out of a dip their left front wheel inexplicably detached itself from the car, leaving them stranded on stage and unable to continue.  Trucks / Fine were able to drive to a clean finish, earning second place in class points and the 2014 Open Class championship.

pr2014 2The surprises of the weekend in Open Class, however, were newcomers Duncan Smith and co-driver Katherine Lindroth-Gendron.  The team was completely new to rally, but by the end of the day Saturday you would thought they were seasoned veterans as they won a number of stages in their Subaru WRX STi.  In fact, they finished Saturday’s event first in Open Class and overall!  Hopefully we will see more of them fighting at the front of the pack in 2015.

Chuck Wilson and co-driver Brent Ellzey were able to drive a clean rally in their Subaru WRX STi, finishing in a respectable 4th place on Friday and 3rd place on Saturday in Open Class.  The solid finish locked in 3rd place in the championship for both driver and co-driver.

Meanwhile, in the small-displacement two-wheel drive CRS-2 class competition was equally as exciting.  Local driver Brian Scott and veteran co-driver John Dillon put the hammer down hard from the very beginning, setting the fastest time in CRS-2 on stage one (and beating all but one Open class car) in their classic Datsun 240Z.  However, their momentum was short lived, as the alternator in the vintage Datsun failed and left them stranded on stage 2.  They were able to rejoin the rally on Saturday, and despite winning some stages could only manage a fifth place in class finish due to continued mechanical difficulties.

By stage 2 Friday night, husband and wife team Markus and Alicia Saarinen had peddled their Mini Cooper to a slim lead over another husband and wife team Kris and Christine Marciniak.  The Marciniaks had been absent all year while building a fresh motor for their Dodge Neon, but they didn’t show any signs of rust as they consistently put down top pace stage times.  Just seconds behind the Marciniaks were son and father team Bret and Doug Robinson in their VW Golf.  Plagued by fuel issues all season, the Robinsons were happy to have the problem solved and their car running smoothly.  The Saarinens ended up with the class win in Friday’s event, followed closely by the Marciniaks and then the Robinsons, with just over a minute separating first from third.

pr2014 1Saturday started a new event, but once again these same three CRS-2 teams were dominating the leader board.  The Saarinens were quick out of the gate and didn’t slow down, winning some stages overall, including the very last stage!  The Robinsons had a quick start to the day and were in front of the Marciniaks after the first two stages.  However, the Marciniaks did not back down and clawed their way back to second with impressive determination.  Once again the finishing order was Saarinens, Marciniaks, Robinsons in CRS-2.  With the double victory the Saarinens secured the driver and co-driver CRS-2 championships.  Bret Robinson took second place in the driver’s championship, while in the co-driver championship Christine Marciniak edged out Doug Robinson for second place thanks to some points she earned while sitting with another driver earlier this season.

 

 The production based two-wheel drive Performance Stock (P-Stock) class is a CRS institution.  This rally the class saw only two entrants, both of whom were married couples.  Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas had already secured the P-Stock driver and co-driver championships at the last event, but they showed up to Prescott ready to lay down some hot stage times without worrying about championship points.  Their class competitors were newlyweds Chrissie Beavis and Matt Johnson, yet another married couple, although this time the wife was in the driver’s seat.  While a very experienced co-driver, Beavis hadn’t been behind the wheel of a rally car in years, so it unclear if she would be out of practice.  It turns out the driver was still fast, but it was their aging VW Jetta that couldn’t keep up! They suffered a flat on the very first stage, and then lost several minutes stopping to change it, only to discover their spare was low on air.  Once they got their tires sorted out at service after stage two they went back on the stages determined to recoup as much time as possible.  After the sun set behind the mountains, Beavis / Johnson were blazing through the night, setting the fastest two-wheel drive times on the last two stages!  It was not enough to catch Chavez / Salas, though, as the class champs racked up yet another event win.

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Saturday marked a new event and consequently wiped the slate clean for Beavis / Johnson.  While Chavez / Salas drove a clean rally and set some respectable times, Beavis / Johnson took the P-Stock win and finished an impressive fourth overall.  The drive allowed Beavis and Johnson to claim second place in the P-Stock driver and co-driver championship, respectively.

The normally aspirated four-wheel drive “Open Lite” class had just one entry this event: Kurt Smith and co-driver Steven Snyder.  The team proved they could be just as fast as the turbo cars though, and finished Friday’s event fourth overall ahead of many more powerful cars.  However, they ran into some bad luck on Saturday when their engine died halfway through the event, causing them to be classified as a DNF (Did Not Finish).

The 27th Annual Prescott Rally took place on smooth dirt roads outside of Prescott, AZ on October 3-4, 2014.  The rally is a favorite among CRS competitors for its flowing stages and breathtaking views.  For more information on the Prescott Rally, visit http://www.prescottrally.com/.

The California Rally Series is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States.  The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members.  The Series celebrates more than 35 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States.  To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter.

Photo credit: Sebastian Krywult at turndriver.com

 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Set for Exciting Championship Finish at Prescott Rally

 

Los Angeles – The 2014 California Rally Series Championship is set for an exciting conclusion at the Prescott Rally October 3-4 in Prescott, AZ.  With over 110 miles of fast, flowing gravel stages, the Prescott Rally always delivers excitement.  With many class championships to be decided, this year’s event promises to be a nail-biter right to the very end.

hdt psFive of the top six placed drivers in the predominately turbocharged four-wheel drive Open class are making the trip to Prescott with hopes of securing the year end trophy.  Fresh off a win at the Gorman Rally last month, John Trucks and co-driver Christopher Fine have a narrow lead of just nine points over Todd McAllister and co-driver Trent Bateman.  With a total of 500 points up for grabs over the weekend, fourth place driver Chuck Wilson can’t be ruled out.  He’s competed in Prescott many times in both two and four wheel drive, so look to him to have the experience advantage.  Meanwhile, David Easter and David Ault, sitting in fifth and sixth place, respectively, will be fighting hard to move upwards in the standings.

 prescott 2014 4To call the competition tight in the small-displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-2 class would be an understatement. Prescott always brings out great competition, and this year five of the top seven drivers in CRS-2 will be there to do battle.  Coming in with the points lead are Markus and Alicia Saarinen who lead the driver and co-driver categories, respectively in their Mini Cooper.  However, their lead is vulnerable after an off road excursion took them out at the Gorman Rally.  Looking to knock the Saarinens off the top spot are son and father team Bret and Doug Robinson, who are in third place.  Their VW Golf was plagued by mechanical issues in the beginning of the season, but has proven to be very fast when working properly.  Just a few points behind the Robinsons are husband and wife team Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd, also in a VW Golf.  They hope to capitalize on several years of experience at Prescott and gain as many championship points as possible.  Last year’s CRS-2 champs, Kris and Christine Marciniak have been sitting out most of this season, but will return at Prescott with a freshly built motor in their Dodge Neon.  Look to them to play spoiler in the CRS-2 points chase.  Also in the wildcard slot is Jason Lightner who can be very fast in his Porsche 911 as long as he isn’t having mechanical issues.

chavez hdt 2014Husband and wife team Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas have already wrapped up the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock (P-Stock) class championship in their VW Golf.  Without a points-race to worry about, they plan to fight for the overall two-wheel drive win at Prescott.  Chavez is a CRS veteran with decades of experience behind the wheel, so expect them to be pushing hard.  Rumor has it they will be switching to a freshly built CRS-2 car for 2015.

The Prescott Rally takes place on smooth dirt roads outside of Prescott, AZ on October 3-4, 2014.  The rally is a favorite among CRS competitors for its flowing stages and breathtaking views.  For more information on the Prescott Rally, visit http://www.prescottrally.com/.

The California Rally Series is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States.  The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members.  The Series celebrates more than 35 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States.  To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon CRS Rally Standings Have Been Updated!!!

Click the Rally Standings link in the top menu to get the latest CRS standing after Gorman! Only one round left!!! The CRS is off to Prescott for the final round of the 2014 Championship!!!

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 21:36 )

 

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