Rally-America-Logo-10-22-12The Lake Superior Region Car Club, hosts of the Lake Superior Performance Rally, was recently impacted by the recent Federal Government shutdown that forced the closure of Federal lands used in the rally racing event scheduled for October 18-19th in Houghton, MI. As a result, organizers have constructed an alternative two-day event schedule that will operate roads not affected by the Federal closure.

LSPR organizers had permission to use the Ottawa Forest roads located near Kenton, MI for Friday’s competition, but were recently advised by the USFS-Kenton Office that the issued permit was invalid as long as the Federal Government remained unfunded.

The new LSPR event schedule will reuse Saturday’s stages for a total of 96 stage miles, a decrease of 29 stage miles compared to the original plan. Friday service will still take place first at the Copper Country Mall then in Covington, MI.

Rally-America-2014-Schedule-10-3-13Williston, VT — Rally America officials are proud to release the eight-round Rally America National Championship calendar for the 2014 season and continue the tradition of bringing the nation’s best rally talent to the nation’s best rally racing events.

Rally America returns all of last year’s seven rally events for 2014, and for the second consecutive year will extend the championship season with an additional Rally America National Invitational only event to be announced at a later date. The championship increased from six to seven rounds in 2013, and will become an eight-round championship in 2014. More information will be posted on www.rally-america.com in the coming weeks.

Toomas-Heikkinen-SYLVANIA-Cup-Rally-9-24-13Charlotte, N.C. – Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen took home the inaugural SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup, which came with a $20,000 prize, at Sunday’s SYLVANIA-sponsored Global Rallycross (GRC) competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting provided extra incentive for drivers competing in domestic GRC events in 2013 with the inception of the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup. New to the GRC series in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup was awarded to Heikkinen since he was the driver that earned the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The fight for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup commenced with the July 11 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, included races in Bristol and Atlanta, and wrapped up yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s famous dirt track.

David-Higgins-Subaru-Rally-America-9-19-13Williston, VT — The seven-event Rally America National Championship will conclude at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) in Houghton, MI on October 18-19th and all but one Rally America Championship will be decided at the final event. Crowning the overall, Super Production, Two-Wheel Drive and Manufacturers’ champions makes LSPR the most anticipated finale in recent memory, and promises to be an all-out shootout with national teams vying for a last chance at victory.

At the season’s midpoint Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew amassed enough points to position the team just one win away from locking up their third consecutive Rally America National Championship title. But their title has remained elusive when the Hoonigan Racing Team suddenly staged three event wins since the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in June to force a title showdown at the final round.

Song-Gorman-Rally-9-3-13Lebec, Calif. — The team of Tingwu Song, of Denver, Colo., and Ireland’s Martin Brady, took their Mitsubishi Evo 8 to the overall victory last Saturday at the Gorman Ridge Rally, presented by Dirty Racing Parts, in the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreational Area.

This was the first win for the team and although it was their first time running this event, Song and Brady had the best times of all 12 stages.

“This was our first win, ever,” Song said, “and it was the smoothest rally ever!”

Ken-Block-Thumb-Rally-Win-8-26-13Detroit Lakes, MN — Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino built a commanding lead at the Ojibwe Forests Rally in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on August 23-24th, and finished first overall – the first ever career Ojibwe Forests Rally victory for Block and his third straight overall win in the Rally America National Championship.

Block drove a relatively problem-free event and enjoyed being first on the road with a dust-free ahead of him. The other teams were not as lucky as hope for rain never materialized to minimize the dust. Block pushed hard to establish his lead and finished 5:33.2 over second place Subaru Rally Team USA.

Block is in the midst of a furious comeback in the Rally America National Championship points standings. The Hoonigan Racing driver fell behind Subaru Rally Team USA at the beginning of the season with multiple mechanical failures, but has since won the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, New England Forest Rally, and now the Ojibwe Forest Rally.

Rugged-Radios-8-15-13SAN LUIS OBISPO, California – Rugged Radios introduces the new RW-H43 Wireless Headset that connects to a Bluetooth cell phone for hands free calls and music streaming. The RW-H43 features a 5-Pin radio port to connect a 2-way radio, providing the same communication operations found on all other offroad headsets. After pairing a Bluetooth cell phone, calls can be answered and hung up with the single press of a button on the headset. Stream music from a Bluetooth device for the ultimate in cable-free audio enjoyment. Listen to your favorite rhythms as you roll!

Additional features include dynamic noise-canceling mic, full flex mic boom, volume control, push-to-talk button with waterproof cover, and large comfortable ear seals. In addition, the RW-H43 features a rubberized coating to reduce scratches while aiding in audio clarity.

Global-Rallycross-8-8-13ATLANTA, GA. –Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen may hold the lead in the chase for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Global Rallycross Cup challenge after winning the first two races, but it will undoubtedly be a tight competition as some of today’s best rallycross drivers attempt to knock Topi out of the No. 1 spot in Atlanta. Drivers like Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Patrik Sandell are hot on Heikkinen’s tail in point standings and anything goes as drivers prep for the third of four races for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup series.

New to GRC in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup and its $20,000 prize will go to the driver that earns the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The first of the final two races for a shot at the SYLVANIA zXe Cup kicks off this Saturday, August 10, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN 2. The last race in SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting’s four-race chase takes place in Charlotte on September 22.

California-Rally-Series-Off-Road-8-8-13LEBEC, Calif. — the renowned Gorman Ridge Rally, welcoming new presenting sponsor Dirty Racing Products (DRP), returns to Southern California to celebrate its 24th anniversary on Saturday, August 24. This performance stage rally is the fourth western qualifying round for the 2013 NASA National Rally Championship and also the fourth event in the California Rally Series. The rally is headquartered at the Holiday Inn Express in Lebec.

Organizer Ray Hocker said his tagline for the Gorman Ridge Rally is “it’s the place where new legends are born.”

Although the traditional forest stage rallies slowly began to fade into obscurity in many parts of the U.S., Gorman’s flexibility in venue continues to provide both a challenging and exciting course inside the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area in Lebec, Calif.

“We are really happy with the relationship we’ve built through the many years with the staff and administration at Hungry Valley,” Hocker said.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11GREENVILLE, S.C. – With more than four decades of heritage competing in on – and – off-road motorsports, BFGoodrich  Tires today unveiled a new website specifically designed to cover its racing activities.

The site, at www.bfgoodrichracing.com, contains original news, event calendars, racing results, video, photos and social media feeds that enable visitors to track the latest developments with BFGoodrich racing.

BFGoodrich Tires competes in a variety of racing, including sports car, off-road short course, desert, rally and extreme rock crawling, all of which are featured on the brand’s racing website. In addition, the site links to other online sources of racing information, such as those featuring its Team BFGoodrich ambassadors who regularly compete in various racing disciplines.

“The BFGoodrich brand has legions of passionate fans,” said Chris Baker, Motorsports director for BFGoodrich Tires and Michelin North America. “Whether their interest lies in asphalt or off-road, they can get direct and specific information about BFG racing and the tires that help us cross the finish line first.”

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