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Rally Schedule

High Desert Trails Rally
May 6, 2017
Coefficient 3,2
Frazier Mountain Rally^
May 20, 2017
Coefficient 3
Idaho Rally^
June 10-11, 2017
Coefficient 3,3
Gorman Ridge Rally^
Aug 19, 2017
Coefficient 3
Prescott Rally
Oct 7-8, 2017
Coefficient 2,3
Mendocino Rally^
Oct 28, 2017
Non-Points Event (except for SxS)
^Part of the CRS SxS Championship
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PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Kicks off the 2017 Season at High Desert Trails Rally

Los Angeles – The 2017 California Rally Series (CRS) Championship season began on May 6 with the High Desert Trails Rally.  The stages outside of Ridgecrest, CA offered a wide mix of challenges for the drivers, ranging from high-speed blasts through the desert to dodging trees on twisty forest roads.  Twenty cars took the start in what marked the tenth consecutive running of the rally, which totaled over one hundred miles of competitive stages between two CRS points events (Chaparral Stages followed by Mojave Stages).

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Last year’s defending Open class season champions John Coyne and Doug Nagy started off the season on the right foot, claiming maximum points for both events in their Subaru Impreza.  Second place went to Flynn Baglin and Vincent D’Angelo, who were also competing in a Subaru Impreza.  Behind them in Open Class was a third Subaru Impreza, piloted by Deke Williams and Timbrey Lind.


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In the normally-aspirated four-wheel drive Open Lite class, Kurt Northrup and Will Smith took the top spot in both the Chaparral and Mojave Stages events.  Northrup was the 2016 Open Lite runner-up so he will be shooting for a championship win this season.  Their drive was not without excitement – at one point they clipped the inside of a right hand corner just enough to send them into a spin.  Fortunately they were able to keep it on the road and press on with nothing more than a scuff on the front bumper as a memento. 

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After a short hiatus, the large-displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-5 class has returned with growing popularity.  There was plenty of excitement at High Desert Trails, with multiple lead changes.  Bradley Morris and Ryan Scott were the pre-event favorites in their turbocharged Mitsubishi Lancer.  They had a substantial lead after the first three stages, and were mixing it up with the four-wheel drive cars when a mechanical problem forced them to retire on stage four.  The lead then switched to Andrew Cowan, who teamed up with 2016 P-Stock champ co-driver Andres Bautista for this event.  Cowan is last year’s CRS-5 champion who is looking to repeat this year.  They set some impressive stage times and secured first place class points for the Chaparral stages, but unfortunately a CV joint failed during an uphill section of the first stage of Mojave Stages, leaving them stuck on the side of the road.  This allowed the BMW 325 of Michael Cadwell and Omar Cardenas to improve upon their second place finish during the morning event, and take top CRS-5 honors in the Mojave Stages.  An impressive finish for their first rally!

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Small-displacement, two-wheel drive cars compete in the CRS-2 class, which has seen some close competition over the years.  Husband and wife team Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd drove their Volkswagen Golf GTI to victory in both the Chaparral and Mojave Stages events.  On the very last stage they experienced a similar off-road excursion as Forman/Furlong, going wide on a downhill right turn (in the dark!) but were able to rejoin the road and finish the event.  Second place went to the father and son team Larry and Lance Gross in their Toyota Corolla, despite their car not being well suited for the long uphill straights on some of the stages. 

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Performance Stock (aka “P-Stock) class is a CRS tradition, consisting of two-wheel drive cars with limited modifications.  Chris Palermo and co-driver Cristopher Fine drove a clean rally and were rewarded with first place in both events.  Husband and wife Tony Chavez and co-driver Raquel Salas pushed hard – perhaps a little too hard which resulted in some close calls.  They could only manage a second place finish in both events.


The next championship event on the CRS calendar is coming up this weekend with the Frazier Mountain Rally, based in Frazier Park, CA.  This event debuted last year and features tight and twisty stages that climb up to 7,500 feet in elevation!  John Coyne and Doug Nagy are favored to build on their Open class points lead, but will face competition from Flynn Baglin and Vincent D’Angelo who are second in the standings.  With exposures and trees lining the course, expect Frazier Mountain to be unforgiving to any mistakes!

Open Lite points leader Kurt Northrop will be looking to carry momentum from his win at High Desert Trails into Frazier Mountain.  He will be teamed up with a different co-driver Laurence Babahekian for the event.  Also looking to build on their points lead are the current CRS-2 leaders Erik Christiansen and Floyd.  Meanwhile Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas, who are currently sitting in second place in the Performance Stock standings are hoping to turn Frazier Mountain into an opportunity to pull into first place.  However, last year’s P-Stock champion Brian Tullio will be there debuting a new (to him) Mazda MX-3 with Andres Bautista back by his side in the co-driver seat.  Chavez bested Tullio at this event last year, so Tullio will be looking to even the score.

Frazier Mountain also marks the debut of the CRS Side by Side (SxS) Championship, a new series for 2017 that allows the popular utility vehicles to compete.  The series is off to a promising start, with SxS vehicles making up almost one third of the field.  There some big names in racing eager to give this new series a go.  Rhys Millen, who has competed in Formula D Drifting, Global Rallycross, and Pikes Peak (where he set a rear-wheel drive record time), will be piloting a Polaris RZR Turbo with veteran co-driver Chrissie Beavis reading him notes.  X-Games Rally Car veteran Stephan Verdier will also be competing in a turbocharged Polaris RZR. With the narrow, twisty stages, the light weight SxS vehicles might end up with an advantage over the heavier cars and be in the fight for the top of the podium! In the normally-aspirated SxS class, Cain Smead, a veteran SxS racer is the favorite, and is expected to be setting times alongside the turbo four-wheel drive cars in his Yamaha YXZ 1000R.   

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 and follow @crspress on twitter. 


PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Los Angeles – The California Rally Series (CRS) continues to maintain its place as the premier rally and rallycross championship in the Southwest with a full calendar of events in both categories. New for 2017, the CRS will also add a Side by Side (SxS) rally championship aimed at opening up the sport to enthusiasts of the increasingly popular sport vehicles. Selected rally events will host the SxS vehicles alongside prepped rally cars. With this first of its kind in the United States championship, the CRS continues its tradition of innovation and inclusiveness.

The 2017 season starts off with the traditional CRS Rally School on February 11 in Ridgecrest, CA. The school is a cost-effective way for people interested in getting started in rally or rallycross to learn more about the sport and get some hands on instruction behind the wheel or, for budding co-drivers, reading pacenotes on a rally stage. Students alternate between classroom lessons and one-on-one hands-on instruction with nationally recognized competitors. In addition to driving and co-driving skills, there are seminars focused on the nuts and bolts of rally, for example team management and logistics, car preparation, and a complete “what to expect at your first rally”, including how rally controls work and emergency procedures. Students interested in rallycross can opt to skip these sessions for even more time tossing their car around in the dirt with additional driving exercises.

The rallycross season kicks off the day after the Rally School with the first Ridgecrest rallycross event of the year on February 12. Students can apply the skills they learned immediately and see how they stack up against their teachers! This event will be followed up by a rallycross at Prairie City in Northern California in March, and then moving back to Southern California at Glen Helen in April. Competitors can expect more rallycross action at Santa Rosa, CA in late April, a return to Prairie City in May, and then more Glen Helen events in September and December.

The rally season kicks off on May 6th with High Desert Trails (HDT) based in Ridgecrest, CA. Competitors can expect more of the eclectic terrain that makes HDT distinctive – from high-speed blasts through the Joshua Tree lined desert to tight and twisty stages dodging Sequoia trees, with a water splash thrown in for good measure. HDT will continue with its marathon C3 and C2 in one day schedule.

From the high desert the CRS season shifts to the high mountains with the Frazier Mountain Rally on May 20th in Frazier Park, CA. This event debuted last year as a tight and twisty compact event that marked rally’s return to the National Forest in Southern California after a ten year hiatus. For 2017 the event kicks off the CRS SxS championship.

The next stop on the rally calendar is the Idaho Rally on June 10-11 in Boise, ID. Despite being the most distant event from the CRS competitor base on the calendar, Idaho is popular. Competitors continually praise the flowing and smooth stage roads as being worth the long tow. This year we can expect the usual coefficient 3 Saturday and coefficient 2 Sunday schedule.

The Gorman Ridge Rally holds its usual late August date again in 2017. Also based in Frazier Park, CA, this compact and beginner friendly event takes place within the Hungry Valley off-road vehicle park. This year the rally will run as a single coefficient 3 event featuring tight and twisty stages with minimal transits, running during the day and night.

Finishing off the season is the Prescott Rally in Prescott, Arizona in early October. Featuring some of the most scenic rally roads in the country, the stages take competitors on a high-speed run through picturesque red-rock southwest desert landscape.

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

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 May 2017 20:50 )


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