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Posted: December 20, 2011 10:43 AM - 3810 Hits


Posted: December 20, 2011 10:43 AM

The United States Rally Championship wrapped up at the International Rally New York in October and crowned new champions in the AWD and 2WD categories. 131 competitors, drivers and codrivers, participated in the 2011 Championship.

Mitch Williams and Alix Hakala from Colorado made a strong early season run at the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) championship by winning the Pacific Division’s Idaho Rally in June. They followed up with an impressive run at the challenging Gorman Rally in California netting another first place. With two wins under their belts their results at Arizona’s Prescott Rally were immaterial but they still soldiered on to a strong third place.

With their points total at the top of the chart Mitch and Alix merely had to take the start at the International Rally New York finale to secure their first national championship. A rented Audi provided that start but unfortunately several flat tires and broken wheels on the first stage put them out of the event. Even with this DNF their championship was secure.

In the second place in the AWD championship was the husband and wife team of Chris and Lori O’Driscoll, also from Colorado. A second at Gorman and a ninth at Prescott qualified this team for the finale. They made the trek to New York and DNFed late in the event but still clinched a podium spot in the championship.

Third in the AWD championship and making it a Pacific Division sweep was the team of Alex Rademacher and Jeanna Yi. Solid finishes kept this team in contention all season.

In the 2WD (Two-Wheel-Drive) championship it was all Atlantic Division teams. The duo of Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien scored an early season win at Rally New York USA assuring their participation at the finale. At the final round they scored an impressive overall stage win on the first stage beating several top AWD competitors. They kept the pressure on throughout the event but transmission troubles caused a first day DNF. Using the USRC’s SuperRally rules, they were able to restart the rally on Sunday assuring a finish and their spot atop the 2WD championship podium.

Second in the 2WD championship was the team of Erik Potts and Steven Case. They scored a second at Rally New York USA and edged out Reilly/Benthien at the finale to score second place for the season.

In the third place in the 2WD championship was the always consistent team of Erika Detota and Travis Hanson.

The United States Rally Championship wishes to thank all those that participated in the 2011 championship season.


Posted: December 8, 2010 1:03 PM

The United States Rally Championship announced a change to its Calendar for the 2011 Season. The previously scheduled tarmac Rally New York USA will now take place on April 1 - 2, 2011, which is two weeks earlier than the previously announced date.

This change helps maintain the time available for competitors between USRC events and will eliminate a conflict with the recently announced date of another event.

The three USRC events on the East Coast are all distinct rallies on different surfaces – snow, tarmac and gravel – and do not duplicate each other.

The United States Rally Championship is open to mutual cooperation with any organizer and any sanctioning body. The Championship has made approaches both for the purposes of including additional events and having events combined with other championships on its calendar. Those who have not been directly contacted and are interested in approaching the United States Rally Championship are welcome to do so at this time.


Posted: November 23, 2010 8:56 PM

The United States Rally Championship will continue taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. 161 drivers and co-drivers participated during the 2010 season of the United States Rally Championship. As in the previous years, it is the largest competitor participation of any series in North America with an influx of new drivers and co-drivers.

The United States Rally Championship consists of a combination of snow, gravel and tarmac events. Events of the United States Rally Championship allow for two-pass reconnaissance and pace notes. Snow, gravel and tarmac, 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

Championship Rounds

Posted: November 23, 2010 8:53 PM

  1. New York Winter Rally, January 15 - 16, 2011 (snow/gravel)
  2. Rally New York USA, April 1 - 2, 2011 (tarmac) DATE CHANGE
  3. Rally Idaho, June 18 - 19, 2011 (gravel)
  4. Gorman Ridge Rally (California), August 26 – 27, 2011 (gravel)
  5. Prescott Rally (Arizona), September 30 – October 1, 2011 (gravel)
  6. International Rally New York, October 22 - 23, 2011 (gravel)

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