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2009 United States Rally Championship

Posted: October 28, 2009 3:24 PM - 4724 Hits

THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2009 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS

Posted: October 28, 2009 3:24 PM

October 26, 2009) The Year-End Awards Ceremony of the United States Rally Championship (USRC) was held at the conclusion of the International Rally New York in Callicoon, New York yesterday. Michael Taylor, President of United States Rally Championship, Inc. announced United States Rally Champions and USRC Production Cup Winners. Mr. Taylor also commented on the 2010 USRC Calendar.

The 2009 United States Rally Champions are Keith Jackson and Mara Estepp in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) category and Dan Brosnan and Shane McCann in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) category.

The Winners of the USRC Production Cup are Shawn and Jennifer Hudspeth in AWD and Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in 2WD.

The first three teams in each category are as follows:
All-Wheel-Drive Driver: All-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Keith Jackson 1. Mara Estepp
- 2009 USRC Driver Champion - 2009 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Daniel O’Brien 2. Brendan McCabe
3. Tom Lawless 3. Brian Sharkey

Two-Wheel-Drive Driver: Two-Wheel-Drive Co-Driver:
1. Dan Brosnan 1. Shane McCann
- 2009 USRC Driver Champion - 2008 USRC Co-Driver Champion
2. Josh Wimpey 2. Jeremy Wimpey
3. Alex Rademacher 3. John Stewart

All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver: All-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Shawn Hudspeth 1. Jennifer Hudspeth
- 2009 Production Cup Winner - 2009 Production Cup Winner
2. Matt Gottlieb 2. Austin Gager
3. William Petrow 3. Jeremy Neyhart

Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Driver: Two-Wheel-Drive Production Cup Co-Driver:
1. Michael Reilly 1. Josh Benthien
– 2009 Production Cup Winner – 2009 Production Cup Winner
2. Alex Rademacher 2. John Stewart
3. John Black 3. Kacie Webb

Final Championship Points

Posted: October 21, 2009 11:12 AM

THE 2009 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MIDSEASON

Posted: August 16, 2009 5:25 PM

As the United States Rally Championship (USRC) passes (www.usrallychampionship.com ) the midpoint of its fifth season, competition is heating up in all categories on both sides of the country. The United States Rally Championship awards separate National Championship titles in the 2WD (Two-Wheel-Drive) category and in the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) category. In addition, eligible crews compete for the 2WD Production Cup and the AWD Production Cup. Most USRC events provide for two-pass reconnaissance and allow pace notes.

In the Atlantic Division and overall, the Irish crew of Daniel O’Brien, a former Eastern States Champion, and Brendan McCabe in a Subaru Impreza is leading the AWD Championship at midseason. They have been steadily climbing in the standings by finishing fourth at Rally New York USA and second at Rally Tennessee. Another Irish team of Tom Lawless with co-driver Brian Sharkey, who flies in for the USRC events all the way from Ireland, in a Mitsubishi Lancer is second after winning Rally Tennessee. Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino, in a Subaru Impreza, two-time winners of Rally New York USA are third in the AWD Championship. In the Pacific Division, Keith Jackson and Marra Estep in a Subaru Impreza are leading after winning Rally Idaho. Two more Subaru teams of Paul Eklund with Jeff Price and Byron Garth with Ron Crawford are second and third.

In the 2WD Championship in the Atlantic Division and overall, the Irishmen Dan Brosnan and Shane McCann in Nissan Sentra are leading after winning Rally New York USA and placing second at Rally Tennessee. They are the 2008 USRC runner-ups in the 2WD category. Josh and Jeremy Wimpey in a Volkswagen GTi are second with a second place at Rally Idaho. Wimpey brothers are the 2007 USRC runner-ups in the 2WD category. Brad Morris and Doug Nagy in a 2WD Mitsubishi Lancer are third. They won Rally Tennessee. In the Pacific Division, Lauchlin O’Sullivan, a former Mitsubishi USA Team driver, with co-driver Karen Wagner in a Dodge SRT-4 are leading after winning Rally Idaho. Aurimas and Amy Bakchis in an Eagle Talon are second and Cody Crane with Patrick Darrow in a Honda CRX are third.

Subaru driver William Petrow is leading the AWD Production Cup in the Atlantic Division with a win at Rally New York USA and a second place at Rally Tennessee. The leading co-driver is Austin Gager who has placed third and fourth in the previous events. Another Subaru crew of Byron Garth and Ron Crawford is leading the AWD Production Cup in the Pacific Division.

Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in a Ford Focus SVT are in the first place in the 2WD Production Cup in the Atlantic Division. Alex Rademacher and John Stewart in a 2WD Subaru Impreza are leading the 2WD Production Cup in the Pacific Division.

The United States Rally Championship will continue with the remaining events that include Gorman Ridge Rally (www.gormanridgerally.com ) in California, Prescott Rally (www.prescottrally.com ) in Arizona and the final round of the Championship - International Rally New York (www.rallynewyrok.com ).

Pacific Division teams are competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Pacific Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York.

The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the third season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

Details

Posted: November 10, 2008 3:26 PM

Pacific Division teams will be again competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Pacific Division teams to assist them with travelling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York.

The United States Rally Championship will continue its bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The Championship structure minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship. As a result, 230 competitors, drivers and co-drivers, participated during the 2008 USRC season, more than in any other championship series in North America.

The Championship season consists of a combination of gravel and tarmac events. Most events in the United States Rally Championship allow for reconnaissance and pace notes. Tarmac events, full reconnaissance and pace notes make the United States Rally Championship unique in North America as no other series in North America encompasses all these features. More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at

The United States Rally Championship Calendar for the 2009 Season:

Posted: November 10, 2008 3:25 PM

  1. Rally New York USA, April 17 - 18, 2009 (tarmac)
  2. Rally Tennessee, May 22 - 23, 2009 (tarmac)
  3. Rally Idaho, July 9 - 11, 2009 (gravel)
  4. Rally West Virginia, July 31 - August 1, 2009 (gravel)
  5. Gorman Ridge Rally, August 14 - 15, 2009 (gravel)
  6. Prescott Rally, October 2 - 3, 2009 (gravel)
  7. International Rally New York (Finale), October 30 - 31, 2009 (gravel)

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