DirtFish SCCA RallyCross Launches 2017 Season

TOPEKA, Kan. (February 7, 2017) – Registration is open for the first DirtFish SCCA® RallyCross® National Challenge of the season. The DirtFish Central RallyCross National Challenge will be held April 7-9 at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas. This is also the site of the 2017 DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Championship in October.

The full 2017 DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Challenge season is as follows:

 

The most significant change to the SCCA National RallyCross program this season is the addition of DirtFish Rally School as the title sponsor for the three National Challenge events and National Championship. More information about this partnership can be found here.

Also, new for 2017, each DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Challenge will offer a Starting Line RallyCross school on the Friday before competition. Much like the Starting Line Autocross program, Starting Line RallyCross will instruct participants on vehicle dynamics and driving techniques specific to low-traction surfaces. More information about the expansion of the Starting Line program can be found here.

There are some other minor changes to the format of these events. Competition runs will start later in the day on Saturday to allow for longer Check-in and Tech hours. This later start is intended to help participants save the cost of a hotel room on Friday night when possible. Additionally, to allow more runs on Saturday, only one course will be laid out per day. Due to the nature of RallyCross competition, the course will evolve during the day. Instead of a human draw, grid positions will be calculated by computer to allow for faster grid sheet generation and earlier posting.

In 2017, online registration is shifting back to MotorsportsReg.com for National RallyCross events. Entries for the DirtFish SCCA National Challenge events are capped at 120 with a fee of $95 each. With the return to MotorsportsReg, non-annual SCCA members can purchase a weekend membership while registering online.

RallyCross is the SCCA’s most widespread and readily accessible form of extreme dirt motorsport. The activity is a scaled-down version of a rally stage laid out on a non-paved plot of land where the course is delineated by traffic cones instead of trees or rocks. Participation requirements are considerably less than those associated with other forms of performance rally, so drivers usually only need a mechanically sound, hardtop vehicle and a helmet to come play in the dirt.

For additional information on DirtFish SCCA RallyCross, visit
https://www.scca.com/pages/i-want-to-rallycross

 

Image: A competitor slings dirt while rounding a cone at the 2016 SCCA RallyCross National Championship.
Credit: Rupert Berrington

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