RALLY: RallyCross National Challenge unveiled

SCCA Rally Department Unveils 2006 RallyCross National Challenge TOPEKA, Kan. (March 27, 2006) -- On the heels of the highly successful SCCA RallyCross National Challenge last October at Motorsports Park Hastings (MPH) in Hastings, Neb.,...

SCCA Rally Department Unveils 2006 RallyCross National Challenge

TOPEKA, Kan. (March 27, 2006) -- On the heels of the highly successful SCCA RallyCross National Challenge last October at Motorsports Park Hastings (MPH) in Hastings, Neb., SCCA's Rally Department has announced an expansion of the National Challenge schedule, with five summer and fall events planned beginning in June.

Designed to expose the country to high-caliber RallyCross competition while providing an entertaining experience for all participants, the pilot series, which features eight classes total within the Rally Stock, Rally Prepared and Rally Modified categories, will attack a variety of off-road surfaces in states on both coasts and in between.

"The five SCCA RallyCross National Challenge events we have planned in 2006 are the next big step for this program," SCCA Vice President of Program Development and Operations Howard Duncan said. "We began with a prototype event at Motorsports Park Hastings in 2005, and it was met very warmly from competitors as well as the city of Hastings and surrounding communities.

"All of the positive feedback we received told us the right decision was to move the National Challenge forward, and we feel that this schedule has the potential to open the door for even better things in the future."

SCCA RallyCross National Challenge cars will be adorned with "SCCA RallyCross" windshield banners in 2006, thanks to Solo Performance Specialties, which, as the initial associate sponsor, will also provide stickers at technical inspections and timing pads for each run.

The 2006 schedule is slated to start June 2-4 at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds, in Fowlerville, Mich., where competitors will get their first crack at a clay track and dirt infield.

Taking a giant step left, the National Challenge will make its way west as Thunderhill Motorsports Park, in Willow, Calif., hosts the second stop June 24-25.

From there, competitors will have a couple of weeks to make a cross-country skip to Orange, Va., where the clay of Oakland Acres will serve as the home for the third event, scheduled for July 7-9.

After two lengthy hauls across the United States, competitors will get a bit of a travel reprieve as the next-to-last round is just a stone's throw away in Lebanon, Tenn., at Nashville Superspeedway, Aug. 18-20.

The fifth and final event of 2006 will be in familiar territory as the dark, rich dirt of Motorsports Park Hastings will cap off the National Challenge Oct. 27-29.

A complete set of SCCA RallyCross rules and car classifications can be obtained by going to www.scca.com and clicking the "Rally" button on the left side of the page. Once there, click the gray "Cars and Rules" button.

-scca

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