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:


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 their inaugural season. The first event in the 2017 ARA National Championship will be Rallye Perce-Neige on February 3-4 in Maniwaki, Quebec. Perce-Neige kicks off ARA’s slate of legendary stage rallies sure to please competitors, sponsors and fans.


In an effort to promote North American rally, ARA is working with CARS to have a combined first event. CRC competitors will be scored in the CRC championship and ARA competitors will be scored separately. ARA and CARS are currently working out all the details to seamlessly mesh the championships together.


“I’m honored that CARS is being supportive of the ARA and I’m looking forward to further developing our relationship for the good of rally across both our countries,” said ARA Chairman Tim O’Neil.


Following months of planning, officials with the newly formed ARA confirms the schedule of events in of its inaugural ARA National Championship series for 2017:


Perce-Neige kicks off the series in Maniwaki Quebec on February 3-4, also Round 1 of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship.


“We’re really pleased to have the American Rally Association use Rallye Perce-Neige as the first round of their new championship,” said CARS President John Hall. “It will certainly make for an exciting kickoff to the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship and North American Rally Cup.”


Round 2 heads to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon for the Oregon Trail Rally (April 21-23). Round 3 is the Olympus Rally in Shelton, Washington (May 13-14). Moving back to the East Coast, the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is Round 4 (June 2-3) followed by the New England Forest Rally as Round 5 (July 21-22). The season concludes with Round 6 at Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally (August 26-26) in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.


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The Canadian Rally Championship (CARS) is a seven-round motorsport series held nationwide in a season that extends from February through December. Televised nationally on TSN and RDS, competitors compete in all conditions, on closed roads, in a wide variety of production-based cars. CARS is the official sanctioning body for rallying in Canada.

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2 Thoughts to “American Rally Association Expands to 6 Rounds with Canadian Winter Opener

  1. Lawrence Partington

    Does this mean that LSPR has voted to stay as part of the Rally America championship?

    1. Lawrence – We do not have confirmation where LSPR is going, but the rumor mill seems to point to Rally America for 2017. That still leaves them with only 4 rounds currently (Sno*Drift, 100 Acre Wood, Rally Colorado, and LSPR). My best guess is that they will try and expand a summer regional event like Summer Sno*Drift or SHOW-ME rally to add another national event or two to their calendar. Still waiting to hear confirmation on their schedule though.

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