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Rally Schedule

High Desert Trails Rally
May 4-5, 2018
Coefficient 2,3
Gorman Ridge Rally
Aug 25, 2018
Coefficient 3
Prescott Rally
Sept 29, 2018
Coefficient 3
Rally Schools
CRS Rally School
Feb 10, 2018
Rallycross Schedule

Start 2018 off right at the CRS Rally School

  From The school will be on Saturday, February 10th,  and is headqua...

Confused about the CRS Classes?

CRS press liason and CRS2 competitor Erik Christiansen has put together an article explaining the CR...

Getting Started in Rally

Welcome To Performance Rallying! To a rally driver it's an all out, day or night race on an unknown...

PostHeaderIcon Start 2018 off right at the CRS Rally School


From The school will be on Saturday, February 10th,  and is headquartered at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Heritage in Ridgecrest CA. The Rodeway Inn has a special school rate of $75 (for 1 or 2 people with either a king or 2 queen beds), with an additional $8 for each additional adult, all plus tax.  A hot breakfast is included in the room price.  Mention the Rally School when making your reservation (760) 446-6543. The Rallycross will be on Sunday, February 11th!

There will be a limit of 20 for Rally Driver students, a limit of 20 for Rallycross Driver students and a limit of 16 for Rally Co-Driving students. If we reach a limit of paid students we will begin a waiting list for those who haven’t registered and paid yet. The order of the waiting list will be determined by the payment date. There will be a limit of 60 participants for the rallycross on Sunday. Don’t wait, get registered and paid now!

Click HERE to register for the CRS Rally School with!

Choosing your Focus Group

  • All Students get:In Addition:
    • Performance Rally Overview
    • Beginning Driving I & II Talks
    • Basic Car Prep Talk
    • Team Management Talk
  • Rally Driving Group gets:
    • Basic Controls and Timing Talk
    • Control Walk Through
    • Basic Course Following and Safety Items Talk
    • In-Car Driving Practice – 2 ½ hours
  • Rallycross Driving Group gets:
    • Morning In-Car Driving Practice – 2 hours
    • Rallycross 101 Talk
    • Afternoon In-Car Driving Practice – 1 hour
  • Rally Co-Driving Group gets:
    • Basic Controls and Timing Talk
    • Control Walk Through
    • Basic Course Following and Safety Items Talk
    • In-Car Route Following & Notes Reading Practice
    • Advanced Co-Driving Talk

Registration begins at 7:30 AM at the Flight Deck room on the second floor and classroom sessions begin at 8:15 AM.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 BoG Meeting Minutes Posted

Want to know what to expect from the CRS in 2018?  Check out the Board of Governors Meeting Minutes.  Info on the 2018 CRS Rally Calendar, RallyX, and much more. All contained within! 



PostHeaderIcon The 2017 CRS Banquet is only weeks away. Sign Up Now!

The season is over and it's now time to get together with your CRS family to celebrate this season's Rally and Rallycross achievements!

The 2017 California Rally Series Awards Banquet will be held at The Grand events center in Long Beach (same location as the past few years).

Sign-up Link Here! -
Saturday, January 13th
5:00pm: Doors Open
5:30pm: Cocktail hour (no-host bar)
7:00pm: Dinner Begins
11:00pm: Parc Ferme

The Grand Long Beach
4101 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA  90815
Click here for a Google Map to the Grand.

Dinner will be a 3-course meal with either a chicken or vegetarian entree and child entree for those under 13. Be sure to RSVP and pay by January 6th (postmarked by Jan 6, if mailing a check) to secure the discounted rate of $40 per person. The rate for paying at the banquet will be $50 per person. 

If you require hotel accommodations, there is a Residence Inn located next door and a Holiday Inn a block away.  (There is no group rate).

Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach

4111 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

2640 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815

On behalf of the CRS Board of Governors and the CRS event organizers, happy holidays and congrats on a great 2017 season.  We look forward to seeing you there and remember -- keep the shiny side up!


PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Championship Closes Out the Season at the Prescott Rally

Los Angeles – On October 5 & 6, the Prescott Rally marked the finale of the California Rally Series 2017 championship.  Held amongst the red rock canyons and lush Verde River Valley northeast of Prescott, AZ, the rally offered its usual amalgam of smooth, flowing stages with picturesque scenery.  The 110 miles of competitive stages were run in conditions ranging from clear skies to dead of night, with sun glare and hanging dust testing how well drivers trusted their co-drivers.


Following his win at the Gorman Rally in August, Flynn Baglin had a narrow lead in the Open four-wheel drive driver championship over defending champion John Coyne.  Baglin and co-driver Stacy Hochanadel drove a clean, fast rally, winning the class on Friday night while a transmission issue in their Subaru took out Coyne and co-driver Doug Nagy after two stages. 


COyneNot willing to give up the fight, Coyne/Nagy installed a new transmission overnight and rejoined for the Saturday event.  Their work paid off as they not only won Saturday’s event, but ended up setting the fastest times in their class on every stage.  By claiming second place points on Saturday, Baglin ended up exactly tied in overall points for the driver championship with Coyne.   When the dust settled (and there was a lot of dust!), the CRS tie breaker rules gave the advantage to Flynn Baglin.  John Coyne will take home the second place trophy, with Deke Williams finishing third.  Coyne’s co-driver Doug Nagy will win the class co-driver championship, finishing above Timbrey Lind in second place and Vincent Dangelo in third.

northropIn the normally-aspirated, four-wheel drive Open Lite class, driver Kurt Northrop completed the perfect season at Prescott, winning the class at every CRS event this season!  It wasn’t without drama though, as a minor off at the hairpin of Saturday’s first stage nearly cost him, but he was able to get back on the road and continue without losing much time or damaging the car.  His co-driver Will Smith joins him at the top of the leaderboard among Open-Lite co-drivers.  Finishing second in both the Friday and Saturday Prescott Rally, as well as second overall for the season was rookie driver Ernie Manansala.  Running mid-pack, the dust was an issue for Manansala, but he kept the car on the road and finished the season with a streak of second place results.  Look for him to be pushing for the win next season.  Rounding out the co-driver championship for Open Lite is veteran Marie Boyd in second thanks to the two events she sat in Manansala’s right seat, and one of Manansala’s other co-drivers Chong Pak in third.


The large-displacement two-wheel drive CRS-5 class saw a huge revival this year after being on hiatus a few years ago.  Brad Morris and co-driver Ryan Scott had been plagued by a string of bad luck in their turbocharged Mitsubishi Lancer this season, but Friday night everything fell into place and they not only won their class, but beat the Open four-wheel drive winning team of Baglin/Hochanadel outright on every stage!  However, a mechanical issue forced them to retire on Saturday, adding another DNF to their season.  Meanwhile, Andrew Cowan and co-driver Ryan Dunham have been getting faster and faster with each event.  They finished second in class on Friday in VR6 VW Jetta, but went all out on Saturday to take the class win.  The result was enough for Cowan to take first place in the CRS-5 driver’s championship, edging out Michael Cadwell, who proved to be fast his rookie season.  Cadwell and co-driver Omar Cardenas drove a clean rally in their BMW 325is, finishing fifth in class on Friday and third on Saturday.  The resulting points were enough for Omar Cardenas to take the class co-driver championship.  In third place on Friday night were Brian Tullio and co-driver Nick Roder.  Tullio won the Performance-Stock championship last year, and he moved into a V6-powered Mazda MX-3that allowed him to set some very competitive times this season.  However, the team carried just a little too much speed into a left turn on Saturday and ended up rolling the car and finishing their rally.  Despite the crash, Tullio finished in third place for the season.  Meanwhile, Andes Bautista seat swapped his way into second place on the co-driver championship, with Ryan Dunham taking third.



CRS-2, the small-displacement, two-wheel drive class saw its share of excitement over the weekend as well.  Coming into the event, Erik Christiansen and co-driver Amy Floyd had a narrow lead over rookie driver Eliza Coleman, and her co-driver Alex Gelsomino (of World Rally Championship fame) for the season.  On Friday night, the VW Golf GTI of Christiansen/Floyd fell victim to a flat tire, which cost them fifteen minutes while they stopped to change it on stage.  This allowed Eddie Fiorelli and co-driver Christine Marciniak to emerge from the late night dusty stages with the class win.  Coleman/Gelsomino meanwhile locked in a solid second place finish in their Scion XD.  Starting with a clean slate Saturday morning, Christiansen/Floyd got off to a fast start, and set the pace all day, setting class wins on every stage in order to claim top points, as well as the driver and co-driver CRS-2 championships.

Coleman/Gelsomino battled through some very tricky conditions as the last stage sent later competitors driving west into the setting sun.  They emerged unscathed with another second place finish, which also awarded both of them second place finishes in their respective championships.  Rounding out the top three on both Friday and Saturday rallies was the father/son team of Larry and Lance Gross.  They team had a minor off on the very last stage due to hanging dust, but managed to get back on the road and finish.  Driver Larry Gross will take the third place championship trophy, while the third place co-driver is Christine Marciniak.


The husband and wife team of Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas had the production-based two-wheel drive P-Stock class driver and co-driver championships clinched before the Prescott Rally began.  They used that as an excuse to move into CRS-2, but luck would not be on their side as they rolled their VW Golf on the first stage Friday night.  Meanwhile, Jen and Terry Stonecipher (another wife and husband team) had mechanical troubles in their VW Golf on Friday night and were forced to withdraw.  They were able to get the fueling issue sorted out overnight, and rejoined on Saturday.  Their strong finish gave them enough points to claim second place in the P-Stock driver and co-driver championships.  Thanks to some early season wins at the High Desert Trails and Frazier Mountain rallies, Chris Palermo and his co-driver Christopher Fine secured third place.

With severe late season fires in Northern California causing the Mendocino rally to be cancelled, the CRS Side by Side Championship came to an early finish in its inaugural year.  The SxS Production Turbo class was a battle of rally car veterans, with Brent Lee ending up in the top driver position, ahead of Stephan Verdier, both piloting Polaris XP Turbos.  Seasoned co-driver John Dillon took the co-driver win in the class (one of three CRS classes he earned points in this season!).

James Hill and co-driver Erica Sacks had a clean sweep, winning the SxS Production class in every SxS event this debut season.  They set some impressive stage times all year long in their Polaris XP 1000, mixing it up with the more powerful rally cars.  Cain Smead and co-driver Michael Henderson drove their Yamaha YXZ1000 to second place in the championship.

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 Mendocino Rally and Santa Rosa RallyX Cancelled

The 2017 Mendocino Rally and Santa Rally Rallycross (Oct 15) have been cancelled due to the ongoind wild fires in their respective regions.  


PostHeaderIcon Side by Sides Dominate in California Rally Series Championship Debut at Frazier Mountain

Los Angeles – California Rally Series (CRS) Championship season introduced new championship classes for Side by Side (SxS), vehicles, which have exploded in popularity of the last few years.  The Frazier Mountain Rally, held on May 20, was the first event to feature these new classes, and what an exciting debut it was, with SxS occupying all of the top four spots on the leaderboard!  The lightweight vehicles were well suited for the twisty stages that climb up and then down Frazier Mountain within the Los Padres National Forest.


Claiming the overall win and the SxS Production Turbo class victory was Stephan Verdier, a name familiar to Global Rallycross and Formula D drifting fans.  Verdier bested second place finisher Rhys Millen, another Global Rallycross and Formula D veteran, by a margin of only six seconds after forty-five minutes of racing!  Both drivers were piloting Polaris RZR XP 1000 Turbos.

Despite being down on horsepower at elevations approaching 7,500 feet, the normally-aspirated production SxS class still set times beyond even the fastest cars.  James Hill took the class win, and third overall with Erica Sacks calling notes from the passenger seat of his Polaris RZR XP 1000.  Not far behind was Cain Smead and co-driver Michael Henderson in a Yamaha YXZ 1000R, who finished fourth overall, almost a minute ahead of the fastest car.

WRXIn Open Four-Wheel drive class, Flynn Baglin and co-driver Vincent D’Angelo piloted their Subaru Impreza WRX to the class win and fifth overall behind the SxS.  The finished earned them enough points to move into the championship lead ahead of John Coyne and Doug Nagy, who were unable to make it to the first stage when they found boost issues in their Subaru Impreza. Deke Williams and Timbrey Lind, also in a Subaru Impreza WRX finished second in class, which puts them in third place for the championship, narrowly behind Coyne / Nagy. 


Chris Palermo and Chris Fine teamed up again for a last minute entry into the rally in their Performance-Stock (P-Stock) class Nissan Sentra.  They continued their streak of class wins which puts them solidly in the championship lead.  Their P-Stock rivals Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas had a rocky start to the event, with three flat tires in as many stages.  They finished the rally, but vowed to find a new tire supplier!

TuLast year’s P-Stock champs Brian Tullio and co-driver Andres Bautista have moved up to the large-displacement two-wheel drive CRS-5 class with a new (to them) Mazda MX3.  Tullio was ecstatic with the horsepower improvement over his old P-Stock BMW and his comfort level with the car was evident as he moved up the leaderboard, taking the class win and finishing just 0.6 seconds behind Palermo/Fine.

In the Four-wheel drive normally-aspirated Open Lite class, Kurt Northrup took his third class win in as many events.  He extended his lead over rookie driver Ernie Manansala, who saw his pace improve throughout the rally (even besting Northrup on the penultimate stage) thanks to pairing with veteran co-driver Marie Boyd.  

hmmThis was only Eliza Coleman’s second rally, but she improved on her pace from the season opener and took first place in the small-displacement two-wheel drive CRS-2 class.  This earned her and her co-driver Alex Gelsomino (of WRC fame) the lead in the championship over Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd, who were forced to withdraw with mechanical issues.


The championship battle continues June 10 and 11 with the Idaho Rally.  Based in Boise, ID, the rally is the furthest event on the CRS calendar.  The event draws a mix of competitors from all over the west coast and rocky mountain states.  With 50 entries there will be deep competition in every class, including SxS.  Teams to watch include John Coyne and Doug Nagy who hope to solve their turbo issues and improve over their podium position from last year.  Idaho will also be the first CRS event this year for the CRS-5 Toyota RAV4 of Ryan Millen and Rhianon Gelsomino.  Millen piloted his Toyota to a victory in the Open class championship in 2015, beating many turbocharged four-wheel drive Subarus with his nearly stock front-wheel drive Rav 4!  He will be battling in the CRS-5 class with Bradley Morris and Ryan Scott, who set some blisteringly fast times in their front-wheel drive Mitsubishi Lancer at High Desert Trails before they were forced to withdraw.  With over 130 stage miles, Idaho is the longest event on the calendar, so anything can happen on this two day event.

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. 



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