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Prescott, Arizona (August 26, 2013) – From the Organizers of the 2013 Prescott Rally presented by Scott Roofing.
The historic Prescott Rally prepares for rally teams to once again converge on the central Arizona town of Prescott. Champions will be crowned in the NASA National Rally Championship and in the California Rally Series during this two-day event.
Event organizer, Michael Taylor said that they are proud to continue their relationship with presenting sponsor, Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Arizona. Scott has been a part of this event for 9 years. Prescott Rally also welcomes two, new associate sponsors, Lamb Nissan and Guidance Aviation.
Lamb Nissan will host registration and tech and the pre-race BBQ as well as the final MTC and champagne spray finish celebration. Guidance Aviation will provide aerial support for the duration of the event. Guidance will be filming the entire set of stages from one of their Robinson helicopters with footage being posted for competitor review prior to recce. Guidance will also provide aerial support during recce and will be filming during the actual event.
This year’s event will cover 400 miles with 114 competitive stage miles. The traditional Prescott stages of First View, Witty Tom and Perkinsville will be used in various configurations. No turn-around stages are planned and the last of the 12 weekend stages will be a “Powerstage”.
Laengworks of Hesperia, CA, to celebrate 15 years of service to the rally community and to say thanks, has offered a $500 cash purse for the Prescott Rally Powerstage. $250 will go the fastest AWD competitor on the Powerstage and $250 will go to the fastest 2WD competitor on the Powerstage.
On June 30th, 2013 Prescott suffered a tremendous loss when 19 young firefighters perished in the Yarnell Hill fire. Nearly everyone in the community was touched by this tragedy. David Turbyfill, a long time friend of the Prescott Rally and the father of one of the fallen firefighters has set up a fund in his son’s name. The fund, the Travis Turbyfill Wellness Fund, has been established to support health care to underprivileged children in the area. The Prescott Rally will be making a donation to this fund and are asking for anyone interested in supporting this worthy cause to send checks to:
118 S. Pleasant Street
Prescott, Arizona 86303
Make checks payable to:
Coalition for Compassion and Justice
Travis Turbyfill Wellness Fund
The Prescott Rally will feature live scoring, presented by RallyData.com, available through the event's website.
For more information about the Prescott Rally go towww.prescottrally.com. Like us on Facebook too!
LEBEC, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2013) — the renowned Gorman Ridge Rally, welcoming new presenting sponsor Dirty Racing Products (DRP), returns to Southern California to celebrate its 24th anniversary on . This performance stage rally is the fourth western qualifying round for the 2013 NASA National Rally Championship and also the fourth event in the California Rally Series. The rally is headquartered at the Holiday Inn Express in Lebec.
CRS press liason and CRS2 competitor Erik Christiansen has put together an article explaining the CRS classes for 2013, including the new Open Light class:
The California Rally Series is an overlay championship consisting of events in the southwest sanctioned by a variety of sanctioning bodies. Since different sanctioning bodies have differing class structures, the California Rally Series has our own five classes that are scored at every CRS event in order to create a meaningful regional championship. Below is a summary of the classes; please see the rulebook for complete details.
The Performance Stock class has been popular among CRS competitors since it was introduced almost twenty years ago with the goal of creating an economical “driver’s class.” This class is for two-wheel drive, normally aspirated four cylinder cars with limited modifications allowed. In an effort to control costs, P-Stock cars are also limited to vehicles with a Blue Book value of less than $4,000. Competitors are allowed certain modifications to the suspension, engine and drivetrain of the vehicle, however items such as the stock intake and exhaust manifolds, and brake systems retained. This creates a rule set that is easily enforced through visual inspection, but prevents competitors from building high-horsepower machines. Updated or backdated components within the same model body style are allowed, but not across different generations.
Two-wheel drive competitors looking for less restrictive rules fall into either CRS-2 or CRS-5. CRS-2 is consistently one of the most populated classes on almost every rally entry list. It consists of low-displacement cars such as VW Golfs and Honda Civics. Other than engine displacement, there are no restrictions on modifications, so brakes can be upgraded, suspension components modified and aftermarket exhaust headers are allowed (to name a few common modifications).
CRS-5 takes this open concept even further by removing the displacement limit, and is popular among high-horsepower two-wheel drive vehicles. This class usually has V-8 trucks and muscle cars, and high-horsepower turbo cars like the Dodge Neon SRT-4. CRS-5 competitors are typically in the hunt for an overall podium or even a win at many events.
New for 2013 is the CRS Open Lite class (which replaced the production based CRS-GT class). This class is geared for normally aspirated four-wheel drive cars, such as the iconic Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. These vehicles are growing in popularity and CRS Open Lite gives competitors a chance to race against each other without the expenses associated with a high-horsepower turbo engine.
Finally, the pinnacle of the CRS class structure is Open 4wd. This class has it all: four wheel drive, turbos and no limit on modifications. Typical Open 4wd cars include Subaru WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions. These are the cars you typically find at the top of th leaderboard, setting stage record times at most events.
As a reminder, the California Rally Series is not a sanctioning body. The CRS classes described above are for the purpose of creating a meaningful regional championship. Each event on the CRS schedule will have a sanctioning body that has certain safety rules and regulations.
Please consult the appropriate rulebook (e.g. NASA Rallysport or Rally America) for safety requirements.
Hope to see you on the stages soon!
From Kristopher & Christine Marciniak
40 years ago the High Desert Trails Rally took participants on a 12 hour long journey down to Mojave, all the way up to Lake Isabella, and back to Ridgecrest on dirt roads and trails. In the beautiful flowing desert scenery of the area, stage rallying grew in Southern California much like it did all over the world, first with Time Speed Distance (TSD) events and then endurance rallies covering hundreds of miles. Closed road "specials" were soon followed by performance stage rallies necessitating roll cages and safety equipment. Route following and map reading gave rise to pace notes, and by the 21st century computer generated stage notes, but the challenge of High Desert Trails remains the same: flat out racing in one of the toughest motorsports in the world.
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 June 2013 20:01 )