Dirt-Fish-Royal-Purple-7-26-13Porter, TX – Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple today announced it is now the sponsor and official lubricant of DirtFish Rally School.

DirtFish is an amateur/professional rally car driving facility located in Snoqualmie, Wash., offering mixed surface driving instruction. Beginner, advanced and private courses are available ranging from two hours to three days long. DirtFish also offers Corporate Entertainment and Team Building packages as well as specialist training.

As part of its exclusive multi-year contract, DirtFish will incorporate Royal Purple branding throughout its facility and on the school’s vehicles and trailers. DirtFish will also provide feedback from experience gained from “testing” Royal Purple products on their fleet of school cars that average over 50,000 rally miles annually at their site. Royal Purple will provide DirtFish with racing oil and lubrication products for the school’s fleet of fully prepared rally cars.

Flagstaff, AZ – Sean Geiser and his team are announcing their move from Off-Road short course to the Global RallyCross Championship for 2013.

Sean Geiser was driven to succeed at the top level, Sean was groomed to win as one of the Monster Energy Drink Team Green Kawasaki Motocross Riders, the most prestigious off road team at the time. After racing and competing against the best riders in the nation, Sean began to explore opportunities to race at a higher level that would keep him out of the hospital. Through 2009 and 2010 Sean advanced to an Unlimited Prolite truck to compete in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Sean has been called “the hottest driver in the series” by the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in 2010.

Sean and his team are putting together a strong program to compete at the highest levels in the Global RallyCross Championship and are in current discussions with a number of corporate sponsors and manufactures for his 2013 endeavors and will announce his official partners in coming months. His long time motorsports marketing agency, Drive Motorsports International will be continuing to consult with the young talent and as always ensuring all of his partners are achieving the most progressive results possible.

Sean’s list of accomplishments also includes multiple podium finishes and Rookie of the year and an endorsement deal with LOSI RC Vehicles to have a Sean Geiser LOSI Edition RC Truck and Rally Car that is available internationally. Sean has spent the last few seasons as a driver for the world famous Geiser Bros., the global leader in off road race truck manufacturing. His versatile talent, which translates to any race car, has created broad international appeal with media and fans. Now Sean is bringing his passion and personality to the Global RallyCross Championship and X-Games RallyCross with one goal: To win in the fastest growing racing series in the US and compete for a driver championship in a top-level racing series.

Salem, MO — Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino piloted their 2012 Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. to a sixth Rally in the 100 Acre Wood title on February 24-25th, 2012, in Salem, MO. The team won 15 of the 17 stages in a hard-fought battle on the extremely fast Ozark Mountain roads and squeaked out a 29.3 second victory over Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew.

From the very beginning Block set a blistering pace outpacing his rivals to lead after day one. On the first leg of the second day, Block lost time to Higgins with a pair of tire punctures and suspension damage. After service, the team made up their lost time and pushed hard during the last two stages to secure the victory.

“I’m stoked about winning my 6th Rally in the 100 Acre Wood,” said Block. “The battle against David Higgins was intense on every stage. He’s the current Rally America champ and one of the people who helped teach me how to race a rally car when I first got started, so to finally compete against him on this level was great, I really enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to running against him again later this year in Olympus.”

David Higgins’ second-place overall finish keeps the team on top of the 2012 Rally America National Championship standings.

Three-time Polish Rally Champion, WRC and Dakar Rally driver, Krzysztof Holowczyc took the third podium position in his Art Logisitics Racing Team Mitsubishi EVO. The team was slightly off the pace after replacing an engine damaged during testing, but managed to take advantage of some key competitor retirements to make the podium.

Most notably, Rockstar Energy Drinks’s Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard, last year’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood overall winners, broke a transmission on stage 4. The characteristically reliable team was battling with Block and Higgins, and within seconds of the factory-backed teams before their mechanical failure ended their run.


Rally racers competing at X Games 17 got their first taste of the large dirt jump on the rally course just across Staples Center and a few feet off Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Since the two different rally events over the weekend (Rally Car today, Rally Cross tomorrow) will shut down a few of the streets around Staples Center and LA Live, this was the first chance many of the racers had the chance to test the ramp.

Last night after 9 p.m., rally teams made finals preps and drivers hopped in their cars. They took a quick turn and accelerated quickly into the jump. No one crashed or had trouble clearing the jump, but a few drivers did come up a little short and caused some anxious moments.


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Rally Car practice just wrapped up, with today’s final taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Rally Car will pit two racers against each other in competition, with the fastest driver moving on. Tomorrow’s RallyCross race will be a little more chaotic, with four drivers on the course at the same time. It should be interesting.

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BILSTEIN Shock Absorbers is pleased to announce that California-based rally racer George Doganis is the recipient of the Madonna Award for Racing Excellence for his racing accomplishments in 2010. An active participant in the SouthWest RallyCup Series, Doganis captured the overall championship in the inaugural year of the BILSTEIN Cup Class in his 1997 Honda Civic. The presentation of the prestigious award took place at the annual SouthWest RallyCup Series awards banquet in January.

The tradition of the BILSTEIN Madonna award in the United States began in 1984 with the Winston Cup championships, and has evolved to recognize the accomplishments of individuals in many areas of on and off-road motorsports. Notable recipients have included Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Ivan Stewart, and Brett Hearn. While Doganis has the honor of being included with this list of racing legends, he also has the distinction of being the first rally racer in North America to receive this award.

For those who have missed Ken Block’s videos in the past, just scroll down a ways to check him taking  Gymkhana to a new level. The video is shot just south of Paris, France, in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, at a 1.58-mile oval track that was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until he attempted the maneuvers during filming.

Although it won’t come out until 2011, with all the recent excitement in the rally car world centered around last weekend’s X Games in LA (check out the story here), Codermasters Studios, the makers of the DiRT off-road video game franchise, has just released the official trailer for the game. The trailer video features WRC driver Ken Block racing through Kenya, Norway and Monaco, in a number of different weather climates, that concludes with an explosive finale.

Codemasters says DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. The first two games have features short-course off-road vehicles, but there’s no official word yet as to whether or not the new game will.