PORTLAND, OREGON (January 26, 2016) – Billed as the premier Auto Show of the Pacific Northwest, the Portland International Auto Show will again this year include a display from the Oregon Trail Rally.
The Oregon Trail Rally, round 3 of the 2016 Rally America National Championship calendar, will present an Open Class Subaru WRX competition vehicle as part of the Subaru display at the Auto Show. On the main floor of the Oregon Convention Center, fans will have the opportunity to view the finely prepared competition Subaru WRX rally car and speak with the driver/co-driver team. Event officials and other local drivers will be available across the weekend to provide information on this exciting motorsport and the Oregon Trail Rally.
The Oregon Trail Rally is a rally racing event scheduled for April 22-24, 2016. The event begins with a family friendly evening of competition at Portland International Raceway (PIR) on Friday April 22, before teams move east towards The Dalles and Dufur for Saturday and Sunday.
The #81 Open Class Rally car of Travis Nease (driver) and Krista Skucas (co-driver) will be on display at the Oregon Trail Rally/Subaru booth at the Portland International Auto Show this weekend. The team will be in available to talk about their vehicle, the sport of rally racing and their plans to complete in the 2016 Cascadia International Rally Championship.
The Portland International Auto Show runs from Thursday January 28th through Sunday January 31st at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
About Rally Racing
Rally racing is one of the world’s most challenging and popular motorsports. It is considered by many as the extreme sport of automobile racing and it’s often described simply as “real cars, real roads, real fast.” Unlike any other type of car racing, rally teams compete in any weather, on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads.
Racing takes place only on “special stages,” using demanding back roads temporarily closed by local authorities for the event. “Transits”, driven at normal highway speeds with teams fully subject to all traffic laws, connect the “special stage” sections together speeds. Vehicles can only be serviced and repaired at designated “service” locations and for set periods of time.
Rally vehicles are production-based cars and trucks from manufacturers around the world. All competition vehicles are installed with mandatory safety features to protect the competitors. They compete both for the overall victory and wins within a class structure that groups together vehicles with similar performance.
Each vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver/navigator. Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course and advises the driver of any hazards ahead. This role is as critical as the driver’s skill, since the team is traveling at full racing speeds over roads they have never before seen, in any type of weather.
About Oregon Rally Group
Based in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Rally Group is a non-profit organization that organizes and promotes all forms of Rally (Stage Rally, Rally Cross and Road Rally) events in Oregon and beyond.
About Rally America
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2016 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. For more information please visit www.rally-america.com.
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