RallyCast Episode 57 – Oregon Trail Rally Review Part 2 with Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is Part 2 of our OTR review we recorded last week with Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn, two of America’s best co-drivers who switched to the driver’s seat for the 2019 DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally.  We pick up right where we left off in Episode 56 and discuss what it’s like being farther down the start order, dodging fence posts and rolled cars, the complexities of timing issues, ARA’s recent media changes, and the value of regional events including Ian’s review from the…

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RallyCast Episode 56 – Oregon Trail Rally Review Part 1 with Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is Part 1 of our 2019 DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally review with guests Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn.  Both are championship class winning co-drivers, but at the Oregon Trail Rally they competed for the first time as drivers. We chatted about what their experience was like from preparation to driving the stages from the other side of the car.     You can follow Karen Jankowski of Jankowski Motorsports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter You can follow Preston Osborn of O.D.D. Racing on…

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This Weekend in Rally

This weekend in rally we have several major events we’ll be following:   The big one in the US is Oregon Trail Rally, one of our favorites. Held every year around Dufur, Oregon, this years rally will feature top battles between Subaru drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, with Barry McKenna and Piotr Fetela looking to upset them with their Open class Fiestas. You can track the cars and see times as they come by following along at http://live.americanrallyassociation.org/live.html as well as following Oregon Trail Rally on Facebook. Another big…

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Open Paddock RallyCast Ep. 32 – Ian and Mike Catch Up

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs is usual for this busy time of year, we’re playing a bit of catch-up!  So no special guests this week as Ian and Mike cram in news from the WRC including Kris Meeke’s sudden departure from Citroen, recaps from the Oregon Trail Rally and Olympus, and ARA being on a major network TV show.   As always, let us know what you think of the show in the comments, give us a rating on iTunes, and a follow on Facebook, Instagram, etc.  Thanks…

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In The Paddock – Episode 12 with Mike Nagle and Rich Olmstead

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this week’s show we feature two guests that have been part of rallying in the Pacific Northwest since the early days. Mike Nagle, is a former Rally Master of the Oregon Trail Rally and Rich Olmstead is a former competitor and Oregon Trail Rally Chief of Controls.  If you like stories from rallying in the ’70s and ’80s vs. today, then you’ll love this episode!  We talk about the character of early rallies, the Olympus WRC years, the challenges OTR has faced in…

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OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 17.2

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRallyCast Episode 17.2 from Monday, May 1st 2017.  As stated in our previous episode, we haven’t been on the air in quite a while and talked so much we found it fit to split the podcast in two.  In this episode Mike, Ian, and Matt review that latest USA rallies with a heavy focus and Mike’s admittedly biased review of the Oregon Trail Rally.    ARA App Links: Apple / Google Play ARA Oregon Trail Rally Facebook Video Links: Pre-event Press Conference PIR Super…

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American Rally Association Expands to 6 Rounds with Canadian Winter Opener

In today’s press release from the American Rally Association, they have announced their full 2017 championship schedule along with a new 6th round to begin the season with a winter event in Canada.   Full press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SIX EVENTS INCLUDING A ROUND IN CANADA FILL OUT 2017 ARA SEASON American Rally Association Formally Announces Events in 2017 National Championship Series   Plymouth, New Hampshire (October 16, 2016) – The American Rally Association announced today that they will collaborate with the Canadian Rally Association for Round 1 of…

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Op-Ed: American Rally Championships Expected to be a 5 to 4 Split for 2017

After yesterday’s announcement that the Oregon Trail Rally will switch to the newly formed American Rally Association, there was a quick response from the organizers of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood that they would remain under the existing Rally America sanctioning. We would like to announce that Rally in the 100 Acre Wood will be March 17-18, 2017 and will be Round 2 of the Rally America Championship. The 100AW group is starting its planning now and hopes the sanction has little bearing on who can come to…

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Final Stage Decided Multiple Classes at the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally

The Oregon Trail Rally continued the dramatic final stage excitement we’ve been seeing all year in Rally America.  It isn’t often stage rally can say that not one, not two, but three events in a row came down to the final stage to decide the overall victor.  It was a battle down to the wire, in one of the most picturesque settings on the national championship calendar.   This year’s Oregon Trail Rally first started with some short fan friendly stages at Portland International Raceway, and then trekked out east to…

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Bryan Bouffier and the Mitsubishi RS – The Threat to Subaru is Real!

In our previous post about WRC driver Bryan Bouffier and his experienced co-driver Xavier Panseri coming to the Oregon Trail Rally, I must admit I wasn’t sure if the car would really be ready to challenge at the top yet.  Those concerns vanished when I witnessed first hand the awesomeness of a world class rally driver in capable machinery from the right seat during the Press Stage at Portland International Raceway.   As the team began to setup I saw the car roll out from the back of the big…

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