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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE TARMAC IS READY AT RALLY TENNESSEE!

First all pavement stage rally in the United States promises excitement for competitors and fans alike.


Knoxville, TN (June 21, 2005) ? Round four of the 2005 Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC) promises a dramatic turn for the sport of stage rallying in the United States when the country?s first true all tarmac stage rally, Rally Tennessee, is run outside of Nashville, Tennessee on September 3-4, 2005.

Stage rallying in the US has been a near all gravel sport since its inception in the early 1970s, and has never seen all tarmac event outside of a closed venue. Rally Tennessee opens up to North American competitors and spectators what has been a known quantity in Europe for the last 50 years. A two-day event, Rally Tennessee will bring some of the best names in US rally to compete over 112 miles of closed county roads in Perry County, Tennessee.

Championship and event promoter John K. Shirley is excited about the event. ?This is part of the new beginning for the sport in the US and the fans will get a real show as the competitors learn the ropes of tarmac rallies, especially tire choice, suspension setup and brake cooling? he commented. ESRC Series Coordinator Dr. Kendall Russell of Rally Promotions, LLC, also gave the event high praise, ?With more spectator venues then have ever been available before at a stage rally in the US, the fans are going to see real cars on real roads competing for the crown of ?best on the asphalt? when the ESRC once again provides some of the best competition seen on this side of the Atlantic.?

Richard Spicer, Chairman of the Event followed, ?We?re looking forward to showing off Perry County, the Town of Linden, and the State of Tennessee to both the fans and the competitors, who we expect to come from all over the east to view what we think is one the most beautiful areas of the country.?

The 2005 running of Rally Tennessee is sanctioned by NASA Rally Sport, organized and promoted by Rally Promotions, LLC, and constitutes Round Four of the ESRC. For more information, visit www.rallytennessee.com, www.nasarallysport.com, or contact John K. Shirley of Rally Promotions, LLC at 11102 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922; Office: (865) 805-0831; E mail: [email protected].

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Tarmac madness....mmmmm, good. The Irish contingent will be the ones to watch, they've raced on this weird hard black stuff before.

Pray for sunny days....or at least some sticky rain tires.

See y'all there.

Dave G


"...Embrace smooth pavement, beware big trees..."
 

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yep had for the past two years now.... when we are not at a stage rally we "convert" to a solo car and the Sport Cups are simply the best!!!! we love them!! have fun on the black stuff. I wish I was closer! good luck ;-)

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SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!

I wish I could go... I just LOVE twisty paved roads...



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Not being pessimestic, but let's ask that question after we see how successfull the event is, how many entries for example. I'm very curious to see myself.
 

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Well In my opinion I think the us needs many more Tarmac events. Start forcing people to do them!!! Well maybe Im a bit overzealous. Cheerio.
 

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>Is there any sort of tire restrictions? (Like on FIA slicks
>with the 17% tread cut)
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>Or can we bring all out true "slicks"

I was wondering about the same thing...


When I read NRS rules, it says 'any tire, size is free', 'defalting mousse or similar is not allowed; only air between the wheels and tires'.

But,
NRS rule 3.1.2 says cars must be street legal; meaning tires must be DOT legal }(

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I'm not trying to open a rule discussion.
 

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OK, I guess we can allow the series to force us to run tarmac events when we can force others to pay our entry fees, car costs, etc.....:)

Be careful whht you wish for....

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Mark B.
 

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well, the paved roads in Michigan are in worse shape than a lot of the gravel roads...... finding decent tarmac that be closed for a race has to be quite a bit more challenging than finding gravel.....
 

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The tire question is a good one. Our plan is to bring several options and see what the roads look like - and the weather - before making a final decision.

Dry/smooth road option will be Hoosier's new DOT road race tire...



...but we'll also have Toyo RA1's in 225-14 shaved (left) or fully treaded 205's for wet conditions (right).



We're running our ITB-spec Golf III, fresh off of a class win at the Summit Point 12-hour enduro this past month. Some IT-legal modifications put it out of the Stock class so it looks like we'll be in Modified 2 - if I'm reading the rulebook correctly.



More details at http://it2.evaluand.com

Kirk
 
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