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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
 
Rallycross Schedule

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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 http://crsrallyschool.com/. To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter.

 

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Frazier Mtn Rally has a new date!

Dear Competitors:

The Frazier Mountain Rally has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

In recent discussions with the USFS District Ranger regarding our pending permit application, two newly evolving concerns were raised. This season’s significant wet weather trends may render portions of the proposed stages roads impassable or make them susceptible to additional road damage; and the USFS resources required to perform necessary impact studies to allow the event to expand to the Grade Valley area are not available at this time.

These issues required us to cooperatively identify a new date acceptable to the Ranger, to seek the approval of the date change from the California Rally Series Board of Governors, and to revise our special use permit application. On Friday, the BOG (and most especially, the organizers of High Desert Trails and Idaho Rally) graciously approved the new date, May 20, 2017.

The 2017 Frazier Mountain Rally event will follow the same route as the 2016 event, with 4 stages (2 turnarounds) on Frazier Mountain. We are exploring the opportunity to include a section of the tarmac in the special stage, which is currently part of the transit route from the service area to the start control. The event also plans to include SxS UTVs.

We regret the inconvenience of the date change and apologize for the proximity to other CRS events. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you at this challenging and unique event.

Sincerely,
Brian & Stacey
Organizers

 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series Celebrates 2016 Champions!

Los Angeles – The California Rally Series (CRS) continued its over forty year tradition of honoring regional rally champions at its annual awards banquet.  Five classes were recognized, including the return of the two-wheel drive, large displacement CRS-5 class.

The Open four-wheel drive class was once again dominated by turbocharged Subaru Imprezas.  This season the championship came down to the wire with John Coyne and co-driver Doug Nagy ultimately claiming the top spot after the last rally of the season, which saw runners-up Jason Copt and co-driver Cameron Meng crashing out during the night-time stages at the Prescott Rally.  The third place driver’s trophy was awarded to Kurt Smith who had solid finishes all season.  Nicolas Renold managed to secure the third place co-driver’s trophy after riding with Stephen Benson, who was awarded the fourth place driver’s trophy.  Fourth place co-driver honors went to Brent Blakely.

Michael Seidman and co-driver Thomas Luhrs dominated the normally-aspirated four-wheel drive Open Lite class, finishing the season with a clean sweep winning every event in their Subaru Impreza!  The second place driver trophy went to Kurt Northrup who had strong finishes in the second half of the season in his Subara Impreza.

After a multi-year hiatus, the large-displacement two-wheel drive CRS- class returned to the championship for 2016. Andrew Cowan and co-driver Ryan Dunham finished the season with a solid lock on first place in their VR6 VW Jetta.  In second place were Ray Piloto and co-driver Brock Palmer in the first full season competing with their turbocharged Chevy Sonic.

CRS-2, the small displacement two-wheel drive class, saw the most participation this past season, with thirteen drivers vying for the top honors.  By the time the dust settled after the Prescott Rally, Javier Olivares emerged as the driving champion.  His Ford Escort proved very reliable, finishing every event in a respectable position.  At the top of the list of co-drivers was Christine Marciniak, who sat with three different drivers this season in order to secure the championship.  In the second place co-driver slot was Brock Heinz, who rode with Olivares for half the season.  Markus Saarinen, the 2014 and 2015 CRS-2 driver champ could only manage second place after failing to finish the last two events.  His co-driver Alicia Saarinen claimed third place.  After getting off to a rough start at High Desert Trails, Mike Hurst managed to salvage the season with a strong finish at the Idaho Rally in his Ford Capri and took home the third place driver’s trophy.  Finally, Larry Gross in his Toyota Corolla ended the season in fourth place among drivers.

The production-based, two-wheel drive class known as Performance Stock is a CRS tradition that continues to have solid participation.  Rookie driver Brian Tullio managed to eek out a win over twenty-plus year veteran Tony Chavez by one of the narrowest margins in Performance Stock history.  The competition came down to the last event, the Prescott Rally, where Brian Tullio slid his BMW off the road during Friday night’s event, but managed to come back on Saturday for a podium finish in order to secure a championship.  The second place co-driver award went to Tony Chavez’s wife / co-driver Raquel Salas.  In third place were another spouse team - driver Jennifer Stonecipher and co-driver Terry Stonecipher.

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 The CRS Rally School is 2 weeks away!

The California Rally Series Rally School is in two weeks - do you know anyone who might be interested in attending? The date is Saturday, February 11 in Ridgecrest.

Many CRS rallyists and rallycross competitors got a good start in their sport at this annual school - perhaps you were one of them!  Think of potential teammates, members of your service crew, rally volunteers who might enjoy this day-long, hands-on event. The school includes lunch, dinner, and a notebook, with both classroom instruction and in-car training (rally or rallycross driving, or rally co-driving) with experienced competitors.  School participants get two other bonuses: a 2017 CRS membership, and a discounted entry fee ($40) to Sunday's Ridgecrest Rallycross I.

Thanks for spreading the word!  The website for info and registration is http://crsrallyschool.com/

See you there!
The CRS Rally School Team

 

PostHeaderIcon The 2016 CRS Banquet is only weeks away. Sign Up Now!

The year is over and we hope your holiday break was fantastic.  It's now time to get together with your CRS family to celebrate this season's Rally and Rallycross achievements!

The 2016 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! - Rallydata.com
Saturday, January 21st
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. Be sure to RSVP (below) and pay by January 14th (postmarked by Jan 14, 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 2016 season.  We look forward to seeing you there and remember -- keep the shiny side up!

 

PostHeaderIcon California Rally Series 2016 Season Set to Begin at High Desert Trails Rally

Los Angeles – The 2016 California Rally Series (CRS) Season begins this weekend with the High Desert Trails Rally near Ridgecrest, CA. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of competitive stages on Saturday, May 7th as they race from the desert floor up into the forest on top of Piute Mountain on some of the most scenic stages in Southern California.

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Twenty –four teams are registered for the event, with the husband and wife team of Chris and Lori O’Driscoll seeded at the front of the pack in their Open Four-Wheel Drive Class Subaru WRX. Right behind them is Irishman John Coyne driving a Subaru Impreza, with veteran Doug Nagy as his co-driver. Mr. Coyne made the move into the Subaru from two-wheel drive last season and has been getting faster and faster. Jason Copt and Cameron Meng will also be battling for the overall win in their Open Four-wheel Drive class Subaru WRX STI. Meanwhile, last year’s Open Lite champions Stephen Benson and Nicholas Renold are making the move into Open Four-Wheel drive, and it will be exciting to watch them taking the fight in the more powerful class.

saarinen 2015 img 2294-x2Husband and wife team Markus and Alicia Saarinen have won the small displacement, two-wheel drive CRS-2 class for the last two years, and are looking to make it a hat trick in 2016. They return to High Desert Trails in their Mini Cooper as the favorites in that class. Fighting behind them in what promises to be a very close battle are Mike Hurst and Michel Hoche-Mong in a Ford Capri, 2009 CRS-2 champion Chris Palermo and Andres Bautista in a Nissan Sentra SE-R, Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd in a VW Golf GTI, father and son team Larry and Lance Gross in their Toyota Corolla, and Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz in their Ford Escort. That group will no doubt be trading stage times all day.

This season marks the return of the large-displacement/turbo two-wheel drive class CRS-5. This class had been dropped the last few seasons due to low participation, but has been reinstated for 2016 after a large amount of interest. 2013 Open Lite champ Ray Piloto and co-driver Brock Palmer are the current class favorites in their turbocharged Chevy Sonic RS. They will be battling Andy Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VW Jetta VR6. Cowan and Dunham made their CRS debut at High Desert Trails last year and have been getting faster at every event.

robuck 2015 img 2385-x2Favored for the class win in Open Lite are Thaddeus Roebuck and Aaron Schroeder in their Subaru Impreza. The team finished third in class here last year and is looking to improve on that podium performance. They face a challenge from Michael Seidman and Ericka Sacks, also competing in a Subaru Impreza. 

In the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock class, 2014 class champions Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas, another husband and wife team, return to make a run at yet another top spot in their VW Golf. They will be up against another VW Golf, this one piloted by Richard Burden and Christopher Fine. Performance Stock class has a long history in the CRS, dating back over twenty years, with a reputation as a true driver’s class. Expect to see some exciting racing here this weekend.

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 100 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. 

Los Angeles – The 2016 California Rally Series (CRS) Season begins this weekend with the
 
High Desert Trails Rally near Ridgecrest, CA. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of
 
competitive stages on Saturday, May 7 th as they race from the desert floor up into the forest on
 
top of Piute Mountain on some of the most scenic stages in Southern California.
 
Twenty –four teams are registered for the event, with the husband and wife team of Chris and
 
Lori O’Driscoll seeded at the front of the pack in their Open Four-Wheel Drive Class Subaru
 
WRX. Right behind them is Irishman John Coyne driving a Subaru Impreza, with veteran Doug
 
Nagy as his co-driver. Mr. Coyne made the move into the Subaru from two-wheel drive last
 
season and has been getting faster and faster. Jason Copt and Cameron Meng will also be
 
battling for the overall win in their Open Four-wheel Drive class Subaru WRX STI. Meanwhile,
 
last year’s Open Lite champions Stephen Benson and Nicholas Renold are making the move into
 
Open Four-Wheel drive, and it will be exciting to watch them taking the fight in the more
 
powerful class.
 
Husband and wife team Markus and Alicia Saarinen have won the small displacement, two-
 
wheel drive CRS-2 class for the last two years, and are looking to make it a hat trick in 2016.
 
They return to High Desert Trails in their Mini Cooper as the favorites in that class. Fighting
 
behind them in what promises to be a very close battle are Mike Hurst and Michel Hoche-Mong
 
in a Ford Capri, 2009 CRS-2 champion Chris Palermo and Andres Bautista in a Nissan Sentra
 
SE-R, Erik Christiansen and Amy Floyd in a VW Golf GTI, father and son team Larry and
 
Lance Gross in their Toyota Corolla, and Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz in their Ford Escort.
 
That group will no doubt be trading stage times all day.
 
This season marks the return of the large-displacement/turbo two-wheel drive class CRS-5. This
 
class had been dropped the last few seasons due to low participation, but has been reinstated for
 
2016 after a large amount of interest. 2013 Open Lite champ Ray Piloto and co-driver Brock
 
Palmer are the current class favorites in their turbocharged Chevy Sonic RS. They will be
 
battling Andy Cowan and Ryan Dunham in a VW Jetta VR6. Cowan and Dunham made their
 
CRS debut at High Desert Trails last year and have been getting faster at every event.
 
Favored for the class win in Open Lite are Thaddeus Roebuck and Aaron Schroeder in their
 
Subaru Impreza. The team finished third in class here last year and is looking to improve on that
 
podium performance. They face a challenge from Michael Seidman and Ericka Sacks, also
 
competing in a Subaru Impreza.
 
In the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock class, 2014 class champions Tony
 
Chavez and Raquel Salas, another husband and wife team, return to make a run at yet another top
 
spot in their VW Golf. They will be up against another VW Golf, this one piloted by Richard
 
Burden and Christopher Fine. Performance Stock class has a long history in the CRS, dating
 
back over twenty years, with a reputation as a true driver’s class. Expect to see some exciting
 
racing here this weekend.
 
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 100 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.
 

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