RallyCross National Challenge to be Revamped

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2015) – The structure of the SCCA RallyCross® National Challenge program is set to change for 2016. Additional resources from the SCCA National Office will be provided to create a more uniform experience for competitors in different parts of the country that will be more representative of the National Championship event.

This new plan to ‘take RallyCross Nationals on the Road’ will have the SCCA National office partnering with host Regions to create this Nationals-like experience. SCCA will assume some of the more onerous tasks and responsibilities such as financial risk, sanctioning, registration, timing and scoring, and general event administration. Regions would truly be the hosts of the event focused on site procurement, site relations and social activities.

The 2016 program will consist of the Eastern States National Challenge and the Western States National Challenge, along with possibly a Mid-States National Challenge, all running at premier locations with a history of good participation. The locations would generally rotate each year as sites and programs develop; allowing a variety of Regions and Divisions to serve as hosts over the years.

The SCCA would support these RallyCross National Challenge events with promotion, an operations trailer, and equipment, along with event operational rules and procedures consistent with the National Championship. This consistency will make the events more attractive for drivers from different areas of the country to converge and compete on a level playing field with known expectations.

“After expanding the SCCA RallyCross National Challenge program for the last few years, the RallyCross Board and National staff have decided to consolidate the program,” Stephen Hyatt, chairman of the RallyCross Board, said. “In 2016, competitors will see two or three National Challenge events geographically scattered around the county. These events will come with full support from the National Office including timing, staff, and registration. The RallyCross Board believes that these events will give more competitors the feel of the RallyCross National Championships, and drive entries to it.”

A schedule for the upcoming season has not been finalized, but will be announced once that information is available.

Image: Kent Hamilton slings his Honda Civic around the course at the 2015 RallyCross Nationals in Indianola, Iowa.
Credit: Rupert Berrington

Comments
Bee Thao

Since the National Office will be in charge of timing and scoring, that means that all of the events will be on deconflicted dates with the other National Challenges, right? And further, they will possibly be deconflicted with Solo events so we may be able to draw more soloists as well, right?  I think this is a good plan to help grow national level competition.  Lets hope all of the regional champions will be willing and able to travel.

Brian Harmer

You are correct Bee. With that we have a thoguht we are going to try and work on and offer group rates for someone that wants to attend a National Challenge and National Solo event that are both close by.