Rally America

Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

The relatively stock car held together at Ojibwe and they finished 3rd in class, 13th overall in the one regional and 6th in class, 18th in the other. (Regional events are simply the National two day rally broken into a separate event for each day.) The team is made up entire…
Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

If Oregon Trail was anything, it embodied two of rally’s favorite sayings: “hurry up and wait” and “press on regardless.” You get there, you do recce, you spend all day Friday anxiously awaiting 7pm.  OTR begins on Friday night with ten miles of super specials at Portland International Raceway. Humour ensued…
Higgins Might Break A 28 Year Old Rally Record

Higgins Might Break A 28 Year Old Rally Record

In the world of rally nothing can be taken for granted. The challenges that competitors face on every mile make finishing an event a tremendous accomplishment; and for many, winning an event is a lifetime accomplishment.  For Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, what they stand poised to do is something no team…
How To Podium At Rally America

How To Podium At Rally America

The answer is pretty easy. Simply enter the National Rally by paying the higher entry fee(that’s all that’s required) and simply finish. Seriously that’s all you have to do. Enter the rally and drive casually to the finish and you podium, spray champagne, and a get a National trophy. Take a…
Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

The 34th running of the Ojibwe Forests Rally (August 28-29) features approximately 147 stage miles over two days which makes it one of the longer rallies of the year. There are also two regional events(Paul Bunyan’s Ride and 10,000 Lakes Rally regional rally) which are basically the exact same thing…
Mendocino Rally 2015

Mendocino Rally 2015

A rally is often more than just the days of the event. Truth be told, rallying starts days before a car sets down the road, so that’s where I’ll start. 15 Days Before When any motorsport event nears, one always finds themselves less prepared than they hoped. We certainly didn’t…
Who is Tyler Witte?

Who is Tyler Witte?

Currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyler Witte has made a name for himself as a stunt performer and fabricator at the young age of 27. I met Tyler a few years back (2011), as he took to the rally stages in southern Missouri for the Perryville Farm and Forest Rally.…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

The story of RX-7 version 1.0 can be found here. This is the story of rally car version 1.5. We left off with a disabled car in the middle of the desert rally cross course. Once again, I had to take the car home on a trailer. A rally car with a…
Grassroots Regional Rally FTW!

Grassroots Regional Rally FTW!

  Stage rally is awesome. From a gearhead’s perspective it’s got everything we dream about in motorsports.  Real roads. Real cars. Real drivers. Real conditions. Free to spectate. All the teams are accessible to the fans. Speeds are high. Cars get sideways and catch air. Glowing brake rotors. Anti-lag!!! I…
Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

The SCCA San Francisco region driver’s school is a yearly event to earn the novice competition license for road racing. Being only once a year, we of course procrastinated about 11 of those 12 months before getting Lina’s car ready for the event. The car? Her 1971 BMW 2002. A Rally America…
What is Rally America?

What is Rally America?

Many Rally fans and even rally drivers have a difficult time understanding how the Rally America Championship works. It took me a year to realize Rally America doesn’t actually own the rallies or even have control over simple things like the entry fee charged to the drivers. They are simply…
2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally

2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally

The 2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) is the first event I’ve gotten the pleasure to cover for Build Race Party.  I’ve covered several Rally America events as a spectator, but this was gong to be different and I could barely contain my excitement. LSPR takes place in Houghton, Michigan…
DILLON VAN WAY WINS 2014 SUPER PRODUCTION CHAMPIONSHIP

DILLON VAN WAY WINS 2014 SUPER PRODUCTION CHAMPIONSHIP

22-year old Dillon Van Way, of Carencro, Louisiana, has successfully locked up the Super Production Champion title as a result of his second place finish at last weekend’s Ojibwe Forests Rally in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The event was the seventh round in the eight round Rally America National Championship. Even…
Brakim Racing at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Brakim Racing at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Build Race Party’s Matt Brandenburg was at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally(STPR) this past weekend in Wellsboro, PA.  When I found him on The Green at Parc Expose Friday morning he and his co-driver Elliott Sherwood were in high spirits and full of the energy that seems to always accompany the…
Rally Team Kaltak at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Rally Team Kaltak at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Rally America Central Region 3rd place over all finishers Samir and Rachelle Kaltak traveled all the way from Cedar Springs, Michigan to Wellsboro, Pensylvania’s Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally(STPR) for their first rally of the 2014 season. The first day’s events proved difficult for the team, the car wasn’t feeling quite right,…
STPR RALLY PIVOTAL IN RALLY AMERICA CLASS STANDINGS BATTLES

STPR RALLY PIVOTAL IN RALLY AMERICA CLASS STANDINGS BATTLES

The return of international rally star and defending Rally America champion David Higgins, along with the new television contract with the NBC Sports Network have brought additional interest to the 38th Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) which returns to North Central Pennsylvania May 30 – 31, 2014 in Wellsboro,…
2014 SUBARU MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB COMPETITOR LIST REVEALED

2014 SUBARU MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB COMPETITOR LIST REVEALED

Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and the Mt. Washington Auto Road revealed the competitor list today for the return of the legendary Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds” Automobile Hillclimb which will take place June 27-29, 2014 on the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road. The Subaru…
RMF Motorsports’ One Lap of America Subaru RSTi

RMF Motorsports’ One Lap of America Subaru RSTi

RMF Motorsports the Tarmac Division of Relentless Racing is a grassroots based team chasing their dream to compete in auto racing. After purchasing their Subaru RS in 2010 with the intent of racing in the Rally America series. Plans changed in February 2012, when a complete 2006 STi donor car was acquired. With…
Always Evolving Racing and Sterckx Chase a New Challenge: The Oregon Trail Rally

Always Evolving Racing and Sterckx Chase a New Challenge: The Oregon Trail Rally

Seeking new challenges, champion driver David Sterckx and Always Evolving Racing will compete in the Oregon Trail Rally May 2-4th. Sterckx is currently driving for the team in the Pirelli World Challenge series, North America’s top production car-based racing championship. This rally represents an expansion of Always Evolving’s Racing’s operations and a…
Subaru Launch Control – Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Cold Start”

Subaru Launch Control – Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Cold Start”

You only truly know how to accomplish something once you have actually done it. Turning points and opportunities are only fully recognized with hindsight. So, for a team as experienced as Subaru Rally Team USA, reverse engineering a championship title should be straight forward. Except it never is. Thousands of…
PMR MOTORSPORTS / CHEVROLET RETURN TO RED BULL GRC FOR 2014

PMR MOTORSPORTS / CHEVROLET RETURN TO RED BULL GRC FOR 2014

DUBLIN, OH (April 16, 2014) — PMR Motorsports is pleased to announce that it will return to Red Bull Global Rallycross for the 2014 season in conjunction with Chevrolet. Owner/driver Pat Moro will return to the #59 Chevrolet Sonic for a minimum of four events, while the team will debut its…
2014 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO AIR ON  NBC SPORTS NETWORK

2014 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO AIR ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

NBC SportsNetwork and Rally America, Inc. have reached an agreement to bring eight episodes of the 2014 Rally America National Championship to NBC viewers.Each one-hour show will be jointly produced by Rally America and Rage Productions and will showcase each of the National Championship events. In addition to top quality…
Camera Man Hit By Rally Driver!

Camera Man Hit By Rally Driver!

You see the guys lining the roads in European rallies, but rarely in the United States. Normally you pretty much have the stage to yourself. Occasionally you’ll come upon a triangle(hopefully) and then a few hundred feet later, a crashed rally car. But that’s about it.  It’s why I’m amazed…
2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #4

2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #4

The 2012 U.S. Rallycross Series marks a return to rallycross for Rally America to the New Jersey Motorsports Park. The last round of the Series takes place on November 17th, 2012. Rallycross features rally-style cars jumping and sliding on a road course made up of 70% pavement and 30% gravel. …
2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #3

2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #3

The 2012 U.S. Rallycross Series marks a return to rallycross for Rally America to the New Jersey Motorsports Park. The third round will take place on October 20th, 2012. Rallycross features rally-style cars jumping and sliding on a road course made up of 70% pavement and 30% gravel.  Five drivers…
2012 U.S. RallyCross Series #2

2012 U.S. RallyCross Series #2

The 2012 U.S. Rallycross Series marks a return to rallycross for Rally America to the New Jersey Motorsports Park. The second round takes place on July 21st, 2012. Rallycross features rally-style cars jumping and sliding on a road course made up of 70% pavement and 30% gravel.  Five drivers line…
2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #1

2012 U.S. Rallycross Series #1

The 2012 U.S. Rallycross Series marks a return to rallycross for Rally America to the New Jersey Motorsports Park, with the first event being held on May 19th, 2012. Rallycross features rally-style cars jumping and sliding on a road course made up of 70% pavement and 30% gravel.  Five drivers…