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Entry is now open for all-gravel International Rally New York scheduled for October 23 – 24, 2009. Rally program, online entry, downloadable entry forms, itinerary, supplementary regulations, lodging information and downloadable order form for course notes (can be also ordered online) are available at www.RallyNewYork.net/irny2009.html. Regular entry ends on September 24. The entry will close on October 15.

The International Rally New York 2009 is the final round of the United States Rally Championship. The course is 299 miles long with 104 miles of special stages. At the conclusion on Sunday morning, the United States Rally Championship will hold its annual Year-End Awards ceremony and will award separate National Championship titles in the Two-Wheel-Drive Championship and in the All-Wheel-Drive Championship, and declare Production Cup Champions in both categories. Each day of the Rally is a separate round of the New York Rally Championship that will hold its own annual Awards in the New York City area in December.

A prize fund guarantees that each team finishing the Rally in top 30 percent of all finishers, including at least one production car and one two-wheel-drive car, will win $200 in prize money.

The Rally takes place in the spectacular southern Catskill Mountains of New York only 90 miles northwest of New York City. The event is headquartered at the modern Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. All racing will take place on the 12,500-acre Ten Mile River Scout Reservation on new, purpose-built and refurbished stage roads. The Ceremonial Start is at Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY on Thursday evening. The Rally ends with the Ceremonial Finish at Keowa Rally Village in Narrowsburg, NY on Saturday night.

Hundreds of participants, spectators and fans will gather for two days at the exiting Keowa Rally Village on the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation. The Keowa Rally Village includes a Spectator Area with spectator parking, lodging and camping, a Service Park with a Vendor Area next to it, and the Rally Control. During the two days of racing, a number of special stages will pass by the Spectator Area both in the morning and in the afternoon. Several special stages start or finish at the Keowa Rally Village.

The Rally will be conducted according to the international FIA regulations.

After the just completed Gorman Ridge Rally in California, the United States Rally Championship heads to the final round of the Pacific events at the Prescott Rally (www.prescottRally.com) in Arizona before the final round in New York. Pacific Division teams are competing for coveted cash travel subsidies that will be awarded to top six teams in the Division. The total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to Pacific Division teams to assist them with traveling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York.

The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the third season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the Championship.

More information on the United States Rally Championship can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com. Information on other Rally New York events and on the New York Rally Championship is at www.RallyNewYork.com.

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