Expansion of the United States Auto Club's international activities was announced today as USAC enters the rally racing arena for the first time, sanctioning the December 12-15 Ramada Express Hotel & Casino International Rally, based in Laughlin.
Expansion of the United States Auto Club's international activities was announced today as USAC enters the rally racing arena for the first time, sanctioning the December 12-15 Ramada Express Hotel & Casino International Rally, based in Laughlin. Nev.
In addition, USAC will also sanction the March 12-15, 2003 International Cherokee Trails Rally, based in Chattanooga, Tenn., as well as returning as the sanctioning body for the Laughlin event in late-2003, these events part of a new "Championship of North American Rallies" which will also include races in Canada and Mexico. Featuring top rally teams from around the world, these rallies include national champions from New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Italy, Great Britain and the United States.
"We look forward to this new extension of our operations," said USAC Board Chairman John Capels. "It coincides with similar functions we perform as the sanctioning body for the SAP United States Grand Prix Formula 1 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, divisions of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb and World Land Speed Record Runs in terms of international scope. We certainly value the new partnerships we have formed with the American Rally Sport Group and Rally Promotions as we enter this new motorsports arena."
The American Rally Sport Group, based in Southern California, serves as the organizer for the 5th Annual Ramada Express Hotel & Casino International Rally, which takes place in Mohave County, Arizona and on the wilderness lands of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Many stages of the event take place alongside the majestic Grand Canyon. One-hour coverage of the 2001 event is slated for broadcast on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) at 5 pm ET Sunday, October 13.
"Our association with USAC marks a new era for rallying in the United States," said Roger Allison, President of the American Rally Sport Group. "We are excited to join a sanctioning body with a long and successful history of international motorsports. USAC knows how to bring the world's best racing to American fans in a way that is exciting and accessible and their history and experience with the FIA will be an enormous benefit as we develop the professional level of rally in North America."
Rally Promotions, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is the organizer for the third running of the International Cherokee Trails Rally, based in Chattanooga, with competition taking place in the Cherokee National Forest.
From the beginning, we have been developing this event so that one day it could be presented to the FIA as a candidate for the World Rally Championship," added Kendall Russell, President of Rally Promotions. "FIA International Rallying is about the ultimate in street legal cars on real roads with the world's greatest drivers racing in the most extreme conditions and with unique cultural experiences. To present this sport to the American public requires new thinking and new technologies. We want to make a better presentation of the sport and still bring the sport to the American public with all the international flavor and with USAC's level of professionalism and expertise we will achieve that goal."