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Old 06-15-2000, 12:12 AM   #1
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I heard that one WRC event will be held in the US for next season. Does anyone know where it will be held. I would love to hear and feel a rally impreza thunder by me at 100+ mph.
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Old 06-15-2000, 12:20 AM   #2
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thats the first i have heard of it. it's hard to imagine though. i mean you can get rich in this country for spilling your own hot coffee. i think there would be too many liability issues over here.
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Old 06-15-2000, 12:28 AM   #3
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It's actually true. SCCA were going to run a round of the Asia Pacific championship this year as a precursor to running a full FIA round in 2001.. Unfortunately it all fell through.

As the need to run an examined Asia Pacific event to gain FIA approval to manage and run a WRC round the earliest it can happen is in 2002.

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Old 06-15-2000, 08:46 AM   #4
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BUT, Prodrive and some of the other big teams were interested in coming to the US even if it's only a Pacific Rim event to scout the course... on the assumption the following year it would be a WRC event.
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Old 06-15-2000, 08:50 AM   #5
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Well let's just hope this makes ESPN decide to actually show some rallying... Getting really sick of hearing about it and never seeing it at all. :-/
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Old 06-15-2000, 08:52 AM   #6
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ESPN + Rally = Not Likely
Speedvision + Rally = FIA & SCCA Rally Coverage!
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Old 06-15-2000, 09:05 AM   #7
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Here's the info.....

-curtis
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February 1, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RallyUSA Postponed Until 2001

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Due to unforeseen challenges associated with bringing an
international rally to a new venue in the United States, the inaugural running of
RallyUSA, originally scheduled for June 23-25, 2000 as a round of the Asia-Pacific Rally
Championship on the FIA international calendar, has been postponed until 2001, it was
announced today by Dennis Dean, Executive Director of the event.

"We have been extremely gratified by the enthusiastic reception the announcement of
our event has received from every corner of the international rally community," said
Dean. "Since the first day of our effort, we have been totally committed to making our
event first-class in every aspect, as befits a top-level international rally event. We have
encountered some obstacles that we feel would prevent us from achieving that goal in
the inaugural running of the event. Since so many top level teams and competitors have
indicated their desire to participate in the event, we felt an obligation to them to make
this decision in sufficient time for them to adjust their plans accordingly. We want to
emphasize that this is a postponement of the event and not a cancellation. We have
every expectation that the 2001 event will go on as scheduled and we intend to
re-apply to the FIA for a suitable calendar date in 2001."

Support for RallyUSA remains strong throughout the rally community. Iwao Kimata,
General Manager of Ralliart, Inc. who operates the Mitsubishi factory team supporting
four time defending WRC Champion, Tommi Makinen, said "We wish very much to see
international rallying return to the USA and have been most impressed with RallyUSA's
efforts to achieve that goal. We had planned on supporting this year's event and have
no doubt that we will be there next year. We wish them all the success in their
important effort."

David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive, Ltd., whose efforts have turned Richard Burns into
the up and coming star for Subaru, also weighed in with strong support "It is
disappointing that RallyUSA will not be conducted this year. We were committed to
supporting the event this year and looking forward to international rallying's return to the
USA. We remain very supportive of the organizers and have every expectation that they
will achieve a first class event in 2001 and we shall certainly be there when they do."

Equally solid support came from Martin Whitaker, Director of European Motorsport for
Ford Motor Company, who is working so hard to make this the year of the Focus with
former World Champions Colin McRea and Carlos Sainz paired together, said "We have
been planning on competing in RallyUSA's inaugural event since we first learned of it.
While it's disappointing to hear of the postponement, knowing the talents available to
the organizers, we fully expect to see a top notch event in 2001 and we will do
everything we can to support it."


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Old 06-15-2000, 09:48 AM   #8
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I can not WAIT!!!

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Old 06-16-2000, 11:17 AM   #9
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Check out http://www.renorally.com. Is this going to happen?
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Old 06-16-2000, 11:38 AM   #10
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I have also heard from some of my contacts in Germany that it was suppose to held in the mountains in and around Denver. I also heard that a few teams were going to stay for the Pikes Peak hillclimb. Thats if it was going to be held this year. Lets keep our fingers crossed for next year.

Everyone should support RallyUsa.
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Old 06-16-2000, 12:38 PM   #11
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You know they used to have a round of the Rally championships in the US? I think it was called the "Carry on Regardless" (sort of british sounding, huh?) and the primary sponsor was Minolta (?).
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