TOPEKA, Kan. (July 28, 2017) - The 2017 DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Championship is coming up October 20-22 at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas. That means it’s about time for challengers to sign up for the annual event, celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, that draws competitors from across the country.
Event registration opens at 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, August 1 for previous RallyCross National Championship winners from the last five years. Then a week later on Tuesday, August 8, registration opens for all other competitors.
The entry cap for this event is set at 125, and all competitors must be annual SCCA members. The cost this year is $140 per entrant. Early registration closes at midnight CDT, October 2, at which point the entry fee becomes $180 per competitor. Then on October 17, online registration ends.
The 2017 DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Championship begins Friday, October 20, with event check-in, class inspection and Tech. Courses will be open to competitors for walking tours later in the day Friday, and a pay-per-run practice course will be available to drivers. There will again be three unique course layouts over the weekend. Runs are timed to 1/1000th of a second with missed “gates” resulting in a 10-second penalty. Class winners are based on the total time of all runs Saturday and Sunday.
As the SCCA’s most widespread and readily accessible form of extreme motorsport, RallyCross 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.
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