OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 20

Podcast: Play in new window | Download3 shows in 3 weeks! We’re on a roll!  This time Ian and Mike discuss WRC Finland and other news from the WRC.  Silly season appears to be starting already and as usual too few seats for the drivers capable of filling them.  We give our opinions and change our minds frequently as to who is going where.   Watch the Day 3 WRC Finland recap on RedBull.TV

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OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 18

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRallyCast Episode 18 from Wednesday, July 14, 2017.  A much shorter episode where Mike and Ian catch up on what the heck we’ve been doing these past couple months since the last podcast.     And if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Travis Pastrana’s record run at the Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds.

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In The Paddock – Episode 2 Featuring Erick Nelson of the ARA

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike Shaw chats with Erick Nelson the Competition Director of the American Rally Association.  Erick tells us about his background, how the inaugural season is going so far, and goes into detail about the recently announced Junior Championship set to start in 2018.   Official ARA Junior Championship Press Release    

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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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OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 17.1

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRallyCast Episode 17.1 from Monday, May 1st 2017.  In this episode Mike, Ian,and Matt review all kinds of WRC stuff because we’ve been away for a while. We also discuss the impact of the new WRC 2017 aero devices and ponder why it is the camaraderie in rally seems superior to that of other forms of motorsport.    WRC Mexico Results WRC Corisca Results Video of Evo crash into church WRC Argentina Results / Standings RedBull.TV video links Day 1 Recap Argentina Live Super Special…

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Op-Ed: Media Done Right at Rally of the Tall Pines

US rally fans, myself included, often complain about the lack of media coverage at stage rally events.  In the Rally America Championship we’ve seen it go from the well funded days of a satellite truck with live video and interviews to waiting multiple hours for times to get posted and maybe the occasional Facebook post.  There have been some recent improvements with the occasional Facebook live stream and Jim Beaver’s service park interviews with the top few, but it’s still a far cry from what many of us fans think…

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RallyCast Episode 10 – Vexit and Subaru Helps ARA Solidify It’s Legitimacy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike, Matt, and Tom welcome new member Ian Holmes to the show.  Ian helps us debate VW’s exit from the World Rally Championship and where the drivers might go.  We also discuss the big announcements last week from Subaru and the American Rally Association which appears to cement the new series as a real championship.  We go over the 2016 Rally America Championship results, what the ARA announcement might mean for Rally America, and we finish things off with the Red Bull…

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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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New American Rally Association Coup Apparently Not Yet Complete

Yesterday one of the biggest bombshells in American rally racing was dropped with the announcement of the new American Rally Association as a new sanctioning body.  Admittedly we’ve seen this before when just a year ago the formation of the US Rally Association threatened to replace the often criticized Rally America Championship Series, but it never came to fruition.  So what’s different this time, and will ARA be successful?   As stated in the press release below from the American Rally Association and Team O’Neil, the ARA already has 4 of the…

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