RALLY: New RoadRally Championship announced

SCCA Rally Department Announces New Annual RoadRally Championship Series TOPEKA, Kan. (March 23, 2006) -- Sports Car Club of America's Rally Department has announced the formation of a GTA RoadRally National Championship series. GTA, or...

SCCA Rally Department Announces New Annual RoadRally Championship Series

TOPEKA, Kan. (March 23, 2006) -- Sports Car Club of America's Rally Department has announced the formation of a GTA RoadRally National Championship series.

GTA, or "Game, Tour or Adventure" events describe most rallies that do not fit the current TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) National Championship series format, and is the third SCCA high-level RoadRally series, joining the current SCCA Course RoadRally Championship series and SCCA Tour RoadRally Championship series.

"GTA rallies have traditionally been used for after-meeting events or fun runs, but they can be quite serious and competitive," SCCA RoadRally Chairman of the Board Tim Craft said. "With the unveiling of this new Championship, those who compete in the more serious GTA events will have a National Championship of their own."

The first GTA Championship series event is scheduled to take place May 6, as the "Rally to the Race" is hosted by SCCA Texas Region in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The rally, sponsored by Subaru of Dallas, is in its third year and runs from the Dallas-based dealership to Ft. Worth's Texas Motor Speedway. There, entrants in the event will be treated to SCCA Club Racing as the "Texas Grand Prix Double National" takes place.

"Rally to the Race" event chairman Sasha Lanz said that the event serving as Championship series-opener would present some new, but welcome, challenges.

"We had 36 entrants at this event last year," Lanz said. "And with the new Championship status, I expect more than 50 to enter in 2006. I will make the course a little longer and a little tougher to make sure that it sets a good precedent for the new series."

For more information about the event, visit www.texasscca.org.

For more information on the new GTA Championship series, the SCCA Rally program or other SCCA competition programs, visit www.scca.com.

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