Officials with RallyCar, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally in North America, celebrated the closing of the 2011 Rally America National Championship with a festive awards ceremony at the beautiful Sunday River Resort. It was a fitting ending where fans, teams and organizers enjoyed food and music while the sun set over the looming ski trails.

It was a dramatic season that returned the Championship crown to Subaru after a dramatic battle all year with Mitsubishi Rockstar’s Antoine L’Estage, the Super Production Class made rally history with the inspired campaign of Travis Hanson, and another Team O’Neil Rally School instructor, Wyatt Knox, dominated the 2WD Class.

RallyCar honored the season’s accomplishments by presenting the year-end trophies to the new recipients in front of a physical and online streaming audience.


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.


X Games Preview: BFGoodrich Dirt Fish Rally School

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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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. –  Professional athlete Shaun White is branching out from the thrill of asphalt at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and taking to the mud of Old Mill Adventure Park as he continues to upgrade his driving performance with BFGoodrich Tires in Chapter 3 of the “Upgrade to BFGoodrich” campaign. The automotive enthusiast spent time behind the wheel of a full-bore rally car at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash., to learn the basics of rally driving from experts in this unique motorsport. His latest adventures will debut today in an interactive experience at www.bfgoodrichtires.com/shaunwhite.

Chapter 3 – “Rally 101”

Continuing White’s driving upgrade, the BFGoodrich Tires team put him through the paces at the DirtFish Rally School on a muddy Rally 101 course. White was instructed by two rally racing all-stars – Forest Duplessis, DirtFish Rally School chief instructor, and David Higgins, British Rally Champion and Subaru Rally Team USA member. During White’s time behind the wheel of a Vermont SportsCar-prepared Subaru race car equipped with BFGoodrich® g-Force Rally tires, he learned advanced car control, including trail braking and cornering techniques.

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