Toyota never starts anything they aren't committed to winning, whatever the cost. Their finish at Daytona in their first truck race should have execs at the big three looking for a 40th floor window to jump out of.
SCCA Sno*Drift was scheduled, but they decided to re-run the "Toyota Craftsman Truck" add. I almost have the feeling SPEED is no more interested in showing SCCA Rallyes as they are showing the Baja 1000.
Nada, zip, zilch.
It was a one year deal. I don't know the particulars, but I imagine Speed was agreeing to provide the air time only, and for a fee. The responsibility to produce the show is not on Speed Channel. That falls on the SCCA to find a sponsor to pay for the show, which is then contracted out to a production company, last year was Marty Reid, and the year before was Replica Productions.
Obviously, someone (?) ponied up the cash to at least shoot Sno Drift, but so far, no one has paid to actually produce a show. I am sure Garett Mudd was blindsided by the manufacturers pulling out, and is now trying to get some sponsors to pay for TV...Let's have faith in him to find a sponsor to get the coverage back on.
Well, Rally TV's coverage is still in editing/post production, but is coming along nicely. We were hoping to have you all a trailer this week, but I dont want to detract from the focus of completing the thing 100% by the end of the month, so hopefully next week we'll have a short trailer.
The "experiment" seems to have been a success, and we learned a lot. I think Rally TV will be continuing at another event soon. DVD releases at this point(for S*D for certain), unless there is such widespread demand that the riots caused by insufficient supply will force some of the rally-barren American broadcast networks to undermine us with one-off replicas that only breathe a hint of Rally TV's unique grit.:7
I should be in marketing...
Oh- a quick thank you to all that vowed their support. This truly is a community, not just a series.