Eastern States Rally Championship schedule announced

Knoxville, TN -- The 2004 schedule for the Eastern States Rally Championship was officially announced today. Combining both established and new events, the 2004 ESRC will give teams the opportunity to compete in a meaningful rally championship ...

Knoxville, TN -- The 2004 schedule for the Eastern States Rally Championship was officially announced today. Combining both established and new events, the 2004 ESRC will give teams the opportunity to compete in a meaningful rally championship without having to travel west of the Mississippi.

The series kicks off in February in Cheraw, South Carolina with the Sandhills Sandblast running on its traditional date. This rally is held in the popular Sandhills State Forest, home of the Southern Dog Trials. The show dogs step aside for ralliest to enjoy the wide sandy roads, tall pine trees, and the southern hospitality of Cheraw.

Following the established Sandblast in March is a new event, Rally Tennessee. Using some of the same roads as the acclaimed FIA Cherokee Trails International Rally, Rally Tennessee will be headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee and will use roads near the historic gold, silver, and copper mining town of Copperhill and the Olympic whitewater capital of Ducktown.

In April, ralliest travel to Monticello, New York for the series' northernmost event, Rally New York. Another established event, Rally New York will offer competitors one of the most challenging events in the series with a combination of tarmac and loose surface stages.

May boasts the acclaimed FIA, USAC, and NASA Rally Sport sanctioned Cherokee Trails International Rally. Headquartered in the City of Cleveland, Tennessee, the small town with a big city heart, this rally will be supported in part by students of Bradley County High School who have adopted this event as part of their special projects curriculum.

In June, another new event, Rally Alabama will give ralliest the opportunity to compete on the ever-changing dirt, clay, sand, and gravel roads of the Talladega National Forest on a warm southern night.

Rally legend John Buffum and his crew will have you echoing its unofficial mantra "We always enjoy ourselves" as ralliest head north to Rumford, Maine for one of the premier events in U.S. rallying, the Maine Forest Rally.

The series finale will take place at Rally West Virginia in a Double Header Labor Day Rally Bash in September. Receiving unprecedented support from the State of West Virginia, this event will welcome competitors to the mountain resort of Snowshoe, West Virginia. The Rally West Virginia Labor Day Rally Bash festivities will include year end awards for competitors, rally officials, marshals and staff.

The Eastern States Rally Championship will recognize best overall driver and co-driver, specific class winners, rookie driver and co-driver, and for the first time in U.S. rallying a privateer Team Cup.

Series Coordinator Dr. Kendall Russell of Rally Promotions, LLC, is enthusiastic about the series stating: "This is the first time in the history of rally in the eastern United States that competitors have had the opportunity to compete in such an exciting and diverse series. We are looking forward to 2004 and have long-term plans for the series for 2005 and beyond!"

John K. Shirley, President of Rally Promotions followed, "The ESRC represents what the competitors want in U.S. rallying: a meaningful, competitive championship without the cost of having to travel nationally. The roads in Tennessee, West Virginia, as well as the rest of the series represent some of the best in the world."

<pre> 2004 EASTERN STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE Round Date Event Name Legs 1 February 7th Sandblast 2004 Single 2 March 20th Rally Tennessee Single 3 April 17th Rally New York Single 4 May 15th Cherokee Trails International Rally Single 5 June 19th Rally Alabama Single 6 July 30th-31st Maine Forest Rally Single 7 September 4th & 5th International Rally of West Virginia Multi

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