The Revolution Has Started, but is it Good or Bad?

In my very first column for OpenPaddock.net, I talked about how much of the magic in US rallying is created by the unique variety of cars and the “can-do” attitude of crews. While I would love to see a US round of the WRC, I would never want the US rally scene to lose the care-free approach that makes it so special. With eight R5 cars on the entry list for the upcoming 100 Acre Wood Rally, it’s fair to say that momentum is increasing when it comes to the…

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RallyCast Episode 97 – Sno*Drift 2021 Part 3

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this last segment from Sno*Drift 2021 we chatted with Limited 4WD competitor Travis Nease, Co-Drivers Alex and Rhianon Gelsomino, and finish off with a talk with American Rally Association’s Competition Director Preston Osborn about the choice to use RallySafe and how different it is running an event with this new tool.

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RallyCast Episode 96 – Sno*Drift 2021 Part 2 – The Young Guns

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we chatted with three of the youngest talents that competed at SnoDrift and all of them had podium results. Cian McCormack comes from a family with a strong rallying history and SnoDrift was his first national event. The youngest of the three at 17, Patrick Gruszka is the son of well known privateer Art Gruszka and is beginning to blaze his own path. We also had Patrick’s co-driver Alison LaRoza to get her perspective on working with someone so new to…

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RallyCast Episode 95 – SnoDrift 2021 Part 1 “Winners and Binners”

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOkay, maybe Winners and Binners is a bit harsh, but indeed that’s what happened with the guests in part 1 of our Sno*Drift rally review.  The father daughter team of Stephen and Katie Gingras have shown impressive performance at other events, but unfortunately the icy conditions caught out the #12 NA4WD Subaru.  If it was slick for 4WD machinery, just imagine what it was like for a RWD Subaru BRZ!  And that’s exactly what our next guest Santiago Iglasias of Escudería Boricua Rally drove…

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RallyCast Episode 94 – Sno*Drift 2021 Preview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we speak with the Marketing Director of ARA Jeremy Meyer about the new changes including the addition of RallySafe and their media partnership with Dirtfish.  We also chat with Dirtfish Media’s Trevor Wert about their new role, and with Kelsey Steven’s of Cooper Autoworks who’s also going to be at Sno*Drift with a small media team.  This is looking to be one of the best covered Sno*Drift rallies in ages! And no, your ears do not deceive you.  I apparently can’t…

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RallyCast Episode 93 – James and Ryan Pryzbylkowski of Vilko Motorsports

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we talk to a couple of grassroots competitors. Brothers James and Ryan Pryzbylkowski are newer to the sport from the competition side, but have been spectating rallies for several years until they had the opportunity and means to finally build cars of their own.   It’s a fun chat about how they first learned about rallying and what it’s like to do that first event. Follow Vilko Motorsports on the following social media channels:

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RallyCast Episode 92 – Dirtfish Media’s Colin Clark

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we chat with one of our favorite WRC reporters, Colin Clark.  Colin gives us his thoughts on the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally, what it’s like to ride in one of the newest generation Hyundai i20 WRC’s at speed, and the upcoming 2022 regulations.  Be sure to also stick around for the end where we introduce a new segment we’re calling “The View From the Right Seat” where this time we have a short chat with Alex Gelsomino about his years of…

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RallyCast Episode 91 – Our Annual Chat with Co-Driver Alex Kihurani

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHappy New Year listeners!  In this episode Co-Driver Alex Kihurani chats with us about the challenges of their condensed 2020 WRC3 season, working with the FIA’s new Rally Star young driver program and how sim racing plays a part, getting used to the speeds of Rally2 machinery, and the exciting plans Sean and Alex have for the 2021 season which starts in just a few weeks.  We also have a brief chat with Scott Alderson of Scott Alderson Art who’s seeking a little bit…

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RallyCast Episode 90 – Alex and Rhianon Gelsomino Return

In this show Alex and Rhianon discuss their pandemic shortened 2020 season and how what started out as quite the blow to their business and livelihood, suddenly opened a new opportunity when Rhianon got the call to ride with Travis in the #199 Subaru. We also talk about how American rally rules encourage good sportsmanship vs. other places in the world, and how Alex and Ken used that to their advantage in their early years competing in an Olsbergs Fiesta. We also chat about the crazy contraption Subaru came up…

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RallyCast Episode 89 – Olympus 2020 Part 2

In Part 2 of our Olympus review show, we conclude our interview with Regional overall winner Dave Clark, and then provide some thoughts and insight from our commentary crew which includes our host Mike Shaw, rally photographer Tedrick Mealy, and recently announced 2020 Eastern Regional Open 2WD champion co-driver, Kelsey Stephens of Cooper Autoworks.  

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