Oregon Trail Rally & American Rally Association

For Immediate Release
Oregon Trail Rally Announce 2017 Partnership with New Sanctioning Body

Oregon Trail Rally will partner with American Rally Association (ARA) to sanction their 2017 event.
Newly formed American Rally Association (ARA), a member-driven nonprofit organization based in New Hampshire, will establish their first-ever ARA National Championship series in 2017.

PORTLAND, OREGON (September 30, 2016) – The Oregon Rally Group Board have announced that for 2017 the Oregon Trail Rally will run under the newly formed American Rally Association.

Oregon Rally Group President Dylan Hooker was excited to announce the transition to a new sanctioning body which he feels will strengthen rally racing in the USA and help the Oregon Trail Rally to reach new heights.

“Over the last sixteen years the Oregon Trail Rally has grown into a premier Northwest motorsport event and one of the top rally events in the country. Our past sanctioning bodies have provided a stable platform with a high level of safety and competitiveness from which to run our event. We are confident that the new American Rally Association will continue this work and help our sport grow”, Hooker said.

For a tenth consecutive year the Oregon Trail Rally will return to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge region. Oregon Trail Rally Chair Rebecca Ruston is excited about this new partnership. “Each year we continue to grow and improve our event, making it a competitor and fan favorite while providing an economic benefit to the local community. I look forward to working with the ARA team and feel confident that together we will deliver another great rally for both participants and spectators in 2017.”

The inaugural 2017 ARA National Championship series currently consists of five rallies: Oregon Trail Rally in Portland, Oregon dates TBD, the Olympus Rally in Shelton, Washington in May, the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro, PA in June, the New England Forest Rally in Newry, Maine in July, and the Ojibwe Forests Rally in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in August. Additional events and the fully event calendar for 2017 will be announced later this fall.

Additional news and event dates for 2017 will be posted on the event’s web site, www.OregonTrailRally.com, and Facebook Site, www.facebook.com/OregonTrailRally/ as the event draws closer. Information on the new American Rally Association and the inaugural 2017 ARA National Championship series can be found on their site – www.AmericanRallyAssociation.org

About Rally Racing
Rally racing is one of the world’s most challenging and popular motorsports. It is considered by many as the extreme sport of automobile racing and it’s often described simply as “real cars, real roads, real fast.” Unlike any other type of car racing, rally teams compete in any weather, on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads.

Racing takes place only on “special stages,” using demanding back roads temporarily closed by local authorities for the event. “Transits”, driven at normal highway speeds with teams fully subject to all traffic laws, connect the “special stage” sections together. Vehicles can only be serviced and repaired at designated “service” locations and for set periods of time.
Rally vehicles are production-based cars and trucks from manufacturers around the world. All competition vehicles are equipped with mandatory safety features to protect the competitors. They compete both for the overall victory and wins within a class structure that groups together vehicles with similar performance.
Each vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver/navigator. Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course and advises the driver of any hazards ahead. This role is as critical as the driver’s skill, since the team is traveling at full racing speeds over roads they have never before seen, in any type of weather.

About Oregon Rally Group
Based in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Rally Group is a non-profit organization that organizes and promotes all forms of Rally (Stage Rally, Rally Cross and Road Rally) events in Oregon and beyond.

American Rally Association (ARA) is a member driven organization dedicated to the sport of stage rally and is a transparent and inclusive sanctioning body. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit ARA is led by elected and appointed board members who guide the sport in the best interest of the members. ARA is delivering a framework for safety, competition, promotion, and educational forums for all aspects of stage rally. The success of the organization is dependent on many experienced volunteers working toward the common goal of a thriving stage rally program in America.

For further information contact:
Oregon Trail Rally – Chairman: Rebecca Ruston, 503-679-9414 or rebecca@oregonrally.com
Oregon Trail Rally – Media Officer: Robert Mahony, 503-987-0323 or robertm@oregonrally.com
America Rally Association – Chairman: Tim O’Neil, info@americanrallyassociation.org

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Stage rally reveal today by @kblock43. Any guesses on what it is? #usrallyRallyx drivers preparing to battle the @oregonracewaypark dirt. How many will we see on stage in the coming season? #sccarallycross #usrally @oregonrallyThe 2017 #oregontrailrally is done and dusted! It was another spectacular event with multiple classes decided on the final loop of stages!  We as organizers couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

We'd like to first of all thank all our wonderful volunteers that help with this event. It can't happen without you and we appreciate all the time you invest in making the Oregon Trail Rally such a success. Everyone from road marshals and control workers to spectator management, HAM operators, service managers, scoring teams, and @nwecrew_sweep_team, etc. you all did a stellar job this weekend.  Also a huge thank you to the @ara_rally and all their stewards and staff for helping make their first USA event run smoothly.

We'd also like to thank the communities of Dufur, Oregon and Goldendale, Washington who have been so inviting to our event. You always make us feel so welcome!

To our sponsors @mountaindew Kickstart, @subaru_usa, @oreillyautoparts, Trackside Motorsports,@dmacktyres USA, @dirtfishrally, @namelessperformance, @ledlenserusa, Dick Hannah Subaru, @exedyusa, @primitiveracing, and Subaruparts.com, thank you so much for your support.

Lastly to all the competitors and teams, we hope you all had as good a time as we did, and look forward to seeing you at Oregon Trail Rally 2018! 
And a special thank you to @srtusa's @travispastrana and Robbie Durant for sticking around and hanging out with our volunteers and regional teams at the after event banquet.  We're all happy for your win and really enjoyed celebrating with you!

We'll be posting and sharing more photos and stories over the coming weeks! 📸@chrisdaleyphotographyThe cars are set to go any minute now! Follow all the action with live tracking thanks to @namelessperformance on the @ara_rally app!One of of our fastest regional competitors Kevin Kardos & Ben Boro had an off on the penultimate stage of the day Saturday. Kevin stated that he was trying to carry more momentum through a right 3, but didn't have the car positioned correctly and went off the road, through a fence, and into a field. They were stuck for a while, but were able to get back on the road with the worst damage being a single front A-arm. In service they replaced the broken suspension components and with a little ingenuity utilizing duct tape and empty beer cans, fixed the rear wing as well. #oregontrailrally #ararally #OTR2017Stages are LIVE on the ARA Rally app! Follow your favorite team with live tracking and scoring updates! Download via Apple app store or Google Play! #oregontrailrally #ararally #OTR2017Car 959 getting some last minute parking lot prep before taking to Saturdays parc expose. Dufur stages, here we come! #otr17 #ararallyStandings after Day 1 of #oregontrailrally have Travis Pastrana leading David Higgins by 12.7 seconds with McKenna in 3rd. In 2wd Millen is out in front of Steely by 7.1 secs with Wallingford in 3rd. 
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