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Robert Cella has announced his selection of drivers whose entry he is sponsoring at the International Rally New York to be held in Narrowsburg and Callicoon in Sullivan County, New York on October 21 – 24, 2009. The selected drivers are:

– Thomas Barton and Matt Gottlieb, local Sullivan County rally drivers

– Robert Martai, a local rally driver from New Jersey with previous experience from Hungary

– Jani Passonen, a former Finnish Rally Champion and participant in World Rally Championship

Robert Cella is a retired engineer, a radio operator at Rally New York events (www.RallyNewYork.com) for many years and a great supporter of the sport of rallying and Rally New York events. This is the third Rally New York event in a row when the competitors become the beneficiaries of Mr. Cella’s awe-inspiring generosity.

In addition, the total of $12,000 in subsidies will be distributed to the teams from the Pacific Division of the United States Rally Championship (www.usrallychampionship.com) to assist them with traveling to the final round of the United States Rally Championship in New York – the International Rally New York 2009.

Finally, 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 course of the International Rally New York 2009 is approximately 300 miles long with more than 100 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 (www.RallyNewYork.com) that will hold its own annual Awards in the New York City area in December.

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. 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 exciting Keowa Rally Village on the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation. The Keowa Rally Village includes a Spectator Area with spectator parking, food, 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 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.

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