Three Rally America Titles Decided in New England and Duplessis Shows He’s Still Fast

Well it’s official and expected.  David Higgins and Craig Drew of Subaru Rally Team USA win the New England Forest Rally, and with that the overall 2014 Rally America National Championship.  This is their 4th consecutive Rally America title and there are still two events remaining to run. Their combination of blazing fast pace and consistency is unrivaled and not likely to be overcome anytime soon.  Massive congratulations to the team, crew, and Higgins and Drew for once again showing how dominant they can be. David Higgins and Craig Drew Photo Credit:…

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Rally America Returns to TV Tomorrow …and it Looks Good!

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Rally – And Now its Official – Rally America on NBC Sports

So we finally have the much anticipated official announcement and press release!   2014 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO AIR ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK Williston, VT (February 3, 2014) — NBC SportsNetwork and Rally America, Inc. have reached an agreement to bring eight episodes of the 2014 Rally America National Championship to NBC viewers.Each one-hour show will be jointly produced by Rally America and Rage Productions and will showcase each of the National Championship events. In addition to top quality action sports coverage, episodes will feature personal stories of national…

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2013 Oregon Trail Rally – Day 3

I’m finally getting around to finishing this up. Taking the time off for a rally means having to make it up when you get back.  Still very much worth it though! Day 3 of the Oregon Trail Rally is all about speed. Those teams that survived to make it to the final day of the rally would be treated to the open rolling hills east of the Mt. Hood forest. Here the roads are smooth, fast, and flowing with hardly a tree in sight. Drivers should be able to hit…

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Review – 100 Acre Wood Rally 2013

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Once again the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood had plenty of action. As everyone descended into Salem, Missouri (or at least attempted to), it wasn’t the teams or the drivers that everyone was talking about, instead it was the weather. On Thursday as everyone went out to do their Recce to adjust their pace notes on the stages, a freak winter storm brought a combination of freezing rain, sleet, and snow. In some places, the icy mix was deeper than the snow in the previous Sno*Drift event in Michigan.…

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Preview: Sno*Drift Rally

Rally America is about to kick things off tomorrow with their opening round, the Sno*Drift Rally based in Atlanta, Michigan.  Last year we saw ice covered snow, where slow controlled driving was the winner of the day.  However this year there is a large snow storm that just passed through and firm packed snow will be the order of the day.  This is good, because at Sno*Drift, they aren’t allowed to use studs.  They are limited to studless winter tires at best.   In anticipation of the season opener, the…

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Rally – Season Opener Preview to 2013 Rally America National Championship

Williston, VT (January 10, 2013) — The kick-off to the 2013 Rally America National Championship is coming quickly and teams are lining up to take on the snow and ice-covered roads of the Sno*Drift Rally on January 25-26th in Atlanta and Lewiston, MI. Event organizers report approximately a foot of snow has fallen in the local area in recent weeks. A year ago, the Sno*Drift Rally was an extremely icy affair and while there are a couple weeks to go the roads are looking much more like roads than an…

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Rally – New England Forest Rally Preview

The 2012 New England Forest Rally is this weekend, and our friends at Last Ditch Racing return to Rally America to compete in their home event. Driver John Cassidy and co-driver Jennifer Daly will be taking his 2003 Subaru WRX-STi to the difficult Maine roads in their one Rally America appearance of the season. “We haven’t missed a Maine Forest Rally / New England Forest Rally for the past thirteen years, but I think we still have more speed to show on our home roads. We really enjoy the rough…

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Rally – 2012 STPR Preview

Editor’s Note: Mike Shaw is a regular visitor to OpenPaddock.net and rally fan. His contributions to our rally coverage began with his articles summarizing the rally action and fan experience from this year’s Oregon Trail Rally, and he continues his contributions here with coverage of the Susquehannock Performance Trail Rally. Be sure to check back regularly throughout the weekend for new articles and give him a follow on Twitter, @oregonwings. 2012 Susquehannock Performance Trail Rally Preview – Round 4 of the Rally America National Championship Although the Open class seems…

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Gymkhana – Ken Block Invitational

This weekend was the first ever Ken Block Invitational Gymkhana Grid event. This event was headlined by some of the best rally and drifting talent around. Names like Vaughn Gittin Jr., (2010 drifting champ) Tanner Foust, (X-Games, drifting, and rally), Andrew Comrie-Piccard (North American rally), and Daijiro Yoshihara (drift) made up the grid with a host of other big named drivers. Drifting and setting the fastest time around the pre-designed course are the name of the game for success. Tanner Foust would set fastest qualification time for the AWD category…

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