United States Rally Championship Invitation To International Competitors

Indianapolis, IN - The United States Rally Championship announces its invitation for international teams to compete.

Each rally in the four event series will have an FIA Calendar listing. The Championship kicks off its 2005 season beginning with the Cherokee Trails International Rally in Cleveland, Tennessee in early March. The series races across the country to the Subaru Rim of the World International Rally in Lancaster California in May, returning to the east coast in September with the International Rally New York in Monticello, New York. The championship points will then be determined at the series finale in December at the Ramada Express International Rally in Laughlin, Nevada.

Each event is unique, and the geographic diversity of the championship accentuates this fact. The Cherokee Trails International Rally based in Cleveland, Tennessee, and approximately 2 hours from Atlanta, Georgia known by some as the "Rally of a Thousand Turns" Cherokee features very smooth technical roads in the southern Appalachian mountains characterized by smooth gravel surfaces, which were driven by such notables as Janusz Kulig, Mark Lovell, Mark Higgins and David Higgins during previous editions of this event. The event is first in the United States Rally Championship, and the second event in the NASA Rally Sport Eastern States Rally Championship series.

The Subaru Rim of the World Rally, first organized in 1977, is the longest running event on the calendar. The event uses winding, dusty mountain stage roads in the Angeles National forest, northeast of Los Angeles. It is known as the "Daytona 500" of US rally events and the technical roads and tight stage turns are a challenge for all who enter. The rally will include daily stadium competition on its Super Special stage at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.

The International Rally New York is headquartered in Monticello, New York, located only 90 miles northwest of New York City. The special stages are located in the spectacular southern Catskill Mountains. Monticello, New York is the center of a resort area with a wide range of excellent hospitality and lodging facilities and soon-to-be-coming casinos and new hotels.

The Ramada Express International Rally, based in Laughlin, Nevada debuted independently in the mid 1990s as America's first FIA listed rally in more than a decade. This challenging three-day competition includes the famous Grand Canyon Stage on the lands of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. It is a true endurance rally. The event will end with a Super Stage competition, and the awarding of the richest purse in American rally.

The Championship recognizes all FIA classes including A8 and WRC vehicles. Any registered competitor is eligible to win, regardless of nationality. Vehicle rentals and support can be facilitated through Ivan Orisek, the USRC International Liaison.

* March 18-19 Cherokee Trails International Rally

* May 5-6 Subaru Rim of the World Rally

* Sept 30-Oct 1 International Rally New York

* December 1-4 Ramada Express International Rally

More information on the United States Rally Championship is available at the series website at www.usrallychampionship.com.