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Rally America to Accept Operation of ProRally and ClubRally Championships from SCCA

Minneapolis, MN - Rally America has agreed to begin managing the operation of the former SCCA ProRally and SCCA ClubRally championships in light of the recent business decision made by Sports Car Club of America to discontinue sanctioning of U.S. stage-based rally events beginning January 1, 2005.

"I know it was a difficult and controversial business decision SCCA was forced to make," Rally America President Doug Havir said. "They've been the guardians of rally here in the U.S. for a very long time and have advanced the sport to where it is today. Nobody would want to let go of a program they've spent so much time and effort fostering over the decades, but rally is only a small part of their entire portfolio and they had to make a tough decision taking into account the best interests of their entire membership."

"It's going to be a challenge to transition the rally program smoothly from the SCCA, but I am supremely confident that Rally America has the resources, including the help of many highly experienced people with a deep rooted passion for the sport, to make it happen. Not only will we have a full rally calendar in 2005, we will strive toward continuing the growth of the sport from the entry level up through the highest tiers of competition. We are all definitely looking forward the opportunity."

Rally America, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based corporation, has been providing rally related resources and services to the SCCA and ProRally organizers for the past two years. While no further details have yet been announced, it is expected that more information will be presented at the final round of the 2004 SCCA ProRally Championship Presented by Hot Wheels, the Lake Superior ProRally, October 22 in Houghton, Michigan.

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SCCA has a well known name and rally america doesnt really have to much of a well known name for itself yet. Well outside of the rally world.so will they be able to bring in the same big names like hot wheels for another season or will that just carry over?
 

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Thank you Doug, and the RallyAmerica staff.

I realize there is a mountain of work before you but, is there any possible way to even remotely give us some kind of forward looking vision statement with regards to intend of both short term plans, and future goals?

Like how many years do we think we need to follow the SCCA rules before things are stable enough to move forward with class restructuring?

What is the current outlook with regards to the National series. Number of events, which ones etc?

Are any of the current paid SCCA staff going to be working at, or with rally america?

Finally, what channels of communication should be used to offer help as volenteers to RA?


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>so will they be able to bring in
>the same big names like hot wheels for another season or
>will that just carry over?

Yeah, 'cause we all know how much benefit we derived from the Hot Wheels sponsorship. Thanks SCCA! Class act, all the way!

I'm taking 24 hours to vent, then I'm pitching in to help Rally America.

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>Yeah, 'cause we all know how much benefit we derived from
>the Hot Wheels sponsorship. Thanks SCCA! Class act, all
>the way!
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>I'm taking 24 hours to vent, then I'm pitching in to help
>Rally America.
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>- Christian

No, no, you gotta spin it like a politician Christian.

"We value Hot Wheels support of the Rally Program. We feel they are an honorable company and we've enjoyed working them. Unfortunatly their committment level is not sufficient to continue the growth pattern we predict."

Never comment negative on a sponsor, no matter how small, NEVER. Hot Wheels wasn't the pot at the end of the rainbow, but they stepped up when no one else would.

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Please use our forums on Rally-America.com to offer your support, suggestions, help, etc. We read those forums all the time.
As most of you have guessed we are all very busy right now dealing with SCCA's handover of Stage Rallying in the U.S.
There is a lot of work to do and we can't do it all ourselves. It is going to take some serious commitment from a great deal of people to make this into a Stage Rally program we all can be proud of. Many of you ralliest have already offered whatever help you can and we really appreciate it. We will use you as there is plenty to do.

More information about how the program is to be structured, future plans, etc. will be forthcoming. Please bear with us a little bit as we get some details worked out and cross some t's and dot some i's.

We hope to see all of you at LSPR too, either working or running.
 

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Forgive my massive ignorance, Allen. It may be of help for us not familiar with RA to understand who does what at RA. I would like to know, but will also respect it if you decline to explain, pending more organizational work. I am sure you guys have a LOT of structural work to put things into place to work efficiently, and things may be changing a lot there.

As the operator of my own small biz, I have some clue of all the work that needs to be done, so good luck!

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Right - RA (in all due respect to Doug) has no history sanctioning or organizing a single event, let alone a national or regional series.

The key piece of work (that Doug said they are working on) is working with the organizers to map out their needs.

My suggestion is to pick the first 3 events that were on the calendar for next year and put one foot in front of the other to get them going, rather than trying to suck up the entire demand in one hit.

Glenn
 
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