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Now that the 2013 National Champions have been determined it's that time again for the penultimate round of the Colorado RallyCross season which will be taking place again in the dirt lots of Pikes Peak International Speed Way (PPIR) on Saturday the 26th. Registration is currently open, so sign up now to get your spot in line!

 

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The 2014 Colorado RallyCross schedule has been posted at Colorado RallyCross. The 2014 schedule will once again feature 12 events, including the Rocky Mountain National Challenge and the SCCA National Championship. The season will kick off with the 2013 Awards Party in February (date & location to be announced soon). Racing gets under way in March with our annual Drivers' School/Test & Tune on March 15 and Event #1 on March 16, both at Colorado Off Road Extreme. Event #4, tentatively scheduled for May 4, may feature a new venue, so watch for more details soon. CO R-X will once again host a National Challenge event at CORE in June and the National Championship event will move from Tulsa to the cornfields of eastern Nebraska in October. I-80 Speedway near Lincoln is closer than Tulsa, so we hope to see a great turnout of CO R-X drivers at the 2104 championship. Gonna be a great season!

The 2013 CO R-X season featured 12 dirt and mud-packed events, including the SCCA National Challenge event at CORE in Deer Trail and the SCCA National Championship in Tulsa. Congratulations to Tim Hardy, the only CO R-X driver to bring home a national champion trophy at the 2013 Tulsa event. In case you haven’t been keeping track, CO R-X drivers (Colorado & Continental Divide Regions) have taken home the most national champion titles (24 out of 85) during the 10 years since the first national championship event in 2005. The competition at the national level is definitely getting better, so we’ll need to step up our game if we want to add to our national championship trophy count in 2014. Congratulations to our 2013 season trophy winners:

Stock 2WD: 1. Drew Little, 2. Gregg Tiedeman, 3. Tim Hardy, 4. Patryk Matecki
Stock AWD: 1. Keith Pizio, 2. Todd Briley, 3. Jake Blevins, 4. Joseph Hanna, 5. Eric Adams, 6. Jason Hahl, 7. George Blevins
Prepared 2WD: 1. Bret Hunter, 2. Mark Smith
Prepared AWD: 1. Max Lawson, 2. Dan Quiet, 3. Keith Lightfoot, 4. Jeff Freedman, 5. Susan Lawson
Modified 2WD: 1. Aaron Miller, 2. Ryan Haenny, 3. Will MacDonald, 4. Dalton Patterson
Modified AWD: 1. Peter Zlamany, 2. Eric Genack, 3. Diego Decastro, 4. Michael Miller, 5. Tim Amerine, 6. Angelica Miller, 7. Ryan Sealey, 8. Cody Melius

Congratulations to our Novice (first season) trophy winners too:

Stock 2WD: 1. Andrea Johnson, 2. Conor Johnson
Stock AWD: 1. George Blevins, 2. Joseph Hanna
Prepared 2WD: 1. Mark Smith, 2. Brian Maytum
Prepared AWD: 1. Shane Fisher
Modified 2WD: 1. Kyle Turner
Modified AWD: 1. Tim Amerine, 2. JK Kendall, 3. Cameron Lee, 4. Mark Fisher

As you prepare for the 2014 season, be sure to check out the newly-released 2014 RallyCross Rules at SCCA.com. There were a few modest rule changes for the new season, including allowing driver’s with learner’s permits to compete, allowing studded snow tires in Stock class at any Regional or Divisional event, even when snow/ice are not present , and allowing alternate steering wheels in Stock class for vehicles not originally equipped with airbags.


And lastly don't miss the 2014 Colorado RallyCross Season Kick-Off & 2013 Season Awards Party! Join us at El Charrito on Saturday, February 15 at 7:00 PM for an evening of food, fun and frolic. Similar to last year's party, there will be a $10 Taco Bar, adult and kiddie beverages from the bar, followed by the the 2013 season awards presentation and a town hall meeting to discuss the 2014 R-X season. Finish the night with a crazy carry... keri, er.... karaoke session on El Charrito's hoppin' dance floor. El Charrito is located at 2100 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205 or see https://www.facebook.com/charritobar

 

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We hope that you all had a great winter and your cars are starting to come out of hibernation for the 2014 season is less than 3 weeks away! As with the start of every RallyCross season there will be a “Test-N-Tune/School” day which will be held on Saturday the 15th which is 1 day before the first event of the season on Sunday March 16th. Both events will be held on the proving grounds of CORE. Camping will not be allowed at this event however you may leave your vehicle on site the night of the 15th.

Please check our website for further information of the setup, pricing, and daily schedule of the Test-N-Tune/School day. Registration is currently open for the 1st RallyCross event on our webpage as well. If you are planning on attending the Test-N-Tune/School then please visit our Facebook group event and mark yourself as “going” if you plan on attending as a student and “maybe” if you are just going as a Test-N-Tuner or still haven’t decided. This will help us determine just how many instructors will be needed for the event.

As always thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see you all in the dust clouds this year!
 

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Hello fellow dirt eaters! This weekend will mark the kick off of the 2014 season starting with a Test-N-Tune/School day on Saturday the 15th followed by the first official event of the season on Sunday the 16th. Please check out the event schedule page located on our website for further information and event registration.

Also as with last year we will be continuing the Novice point’s class throughout the year. This means that any driver who is competing in their first RallyCross season will be in the running for season points against other drivers who are competing in their first season. Last year was big success with this new program and helped keep newer drivers interested and competitive all year round. We even had many competing novice drivers earn trophies in the overall season points as well. So it’s a great way to start filling up those trophy shelves.
 

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Hello Dirt fans!
We had a great turn out at both the Test-N-Tune/School with 24 students(!) followed by the first of the season which saw 68 drivers with 20+ being at their 1st every RallyCross event. We are so very thankful and delighted to have gotten to see so many of you come out for the 2 day event.

Our next event is coming up quickly on Saturday April 5th which will be held at the US Truck Driving School in Fountain Colorado. There we will see a far different course surface and terrain then there was at CORE. So be ready for slippery conditions for the first several runs followed by lots of grip as long as you stay on the path. Preregistration is currently open and ready, are you?

The 3rd event does have a all new site for the Colorado RallyCross program. So bear with us as we are currently ironing out all of the paper work before posting it for everyone to see. The date should hopefully still take place on the 4th of May as long as we are able to finish up on all of the paper work. Otherwise it might have to move until Mid May.

Thanks again to all of the new drivers we've been seeing at events. You guys and gals truly are the future of the program. So hope you enjoy.
 

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Many of you have still been eagerly waiting on the information for Even #3. I completely understand that feeling and have been trying to get the new site locked down for the past 5 months while still having CORE ready on standby. I apologize for the long delay and understand that many of you have been trying to plan other things outside of the event as well as how you will be getting here from all parts of the US. So the date is still set for Sunday May 4th and will remain that way regardless.

We are currently waiting for the paper work and insurance forms to trickle their way through the SCCA national office and insurance company before the site information is released, followed by Pre-Registration opening.

Here’s a little heads up on the potential new site; its surface conditions are similar to that that of CORE if it were nicely graded. The site is approximately an hour’s drive 75 miles North from I-70 & I-25 and there is a small town for food & fuel about 10 Miles South of the site. The South end of the site will be reserved for the paddock area, while the West side is where Grid, the start and finish will all take place. So please notice where the other cars are parked as you come in. You might consider bringing a thick sheet of metal or wood with you if you are planning on jacking up your car for tire changes. This is due to some of the paddock area not being packed down and soft. There is a access road which cuts through the property that we cannot park on.

So please hold in there as the waiting game continues and check back at Colorado RallyCross during the next week for further information.

Thank you for your patience,
Ryan Sealey
Series Chairman
Colorado RallyCross

 

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After months of heavy lifting, licking envelopes, cutting through red tape and drinking lots of Protein shakes, we are finally able and proud to announce Colorado RallyCross’s newest dirt house in over 6 years! The site will host Event #3 of the 2014 schedule which is on Sunday May 4th and has been provided to us by RockyMountainAutosports.com.

The site is located at 5550 County Road 82 in Carr Colorado, which is on the Northwest corner of I25 off of the Buckeye Rd exit. This puts the site is approximately 75 miles North from I-70 & I-25 which would take about an hour drive to reach it. The town of Wellington is about 10 Miles South of the site where you can find food and fuel. There will not be any onsite food venders for this event, however there will be portalet on site for most of your restroom needs

The surface conditions are similar to that that of CORE when it has been nicely graded. The South end of the site will be reserved as the paddock area, while the West side is where Grid, start and finish will all take place. So please notice where the other cars are parked as you come in. You might also consider bringing a thick sheet of metal or wood to go under your jack if you are planning changing tires tire onsite. This is due to some of the paddock area being soft and not packed down. Because this area has not been proven for use of having several hundred runs over it, there might be the occasional course correction and logistic changes. So we ask that you please hang in there with us and help us with setting up and getting to where you need to be on time so that the day can go as smooth as possible.

There is an access road which you will enter into the property on and then continues to cut through, do not park on it. There are also many other roads that continue North of where the RallyCross event will be held. You may not enter onto these roads any time during the event, for they are strictly off limits and used by RMA as their safety equipment testing area. Seriously, if you are seen on them you’ll be asked to leave. Please also remember this is private property which has been loaned to us by its owner for our enjoyment, so please treat it and them with respect by cleaning up after yourself and packing out whatever you’ve packed in.

And as always, Pre-Registration is currently open. So save yourself and everyone else’s time the morning of the event and get the pesky paper work filled out now… why are you doing still reading this, get to it and see you all in a week!

 

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A quick Monday morning reminder for those of you who missed out on Friday afternoon's big announcement. Event #3 will be hosed this Sunday May the 4th in Carr Colorado. Mode information and details can be found in the above post or at ColoradoRallyCross.org
 

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Get your Rocky Mountain high and join top SCCA RallyCross drivers from Colorado, Utah, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma for the 2014 Rocky Mountain National Challenge the weekend of June 7-8. This year’s event will once again take place at Colorado Off Road Extreme (CORE) near historic Deer Trail, Colorado, home of the world’s first rodeo in 1869. CORE is located on the high plains of Eastern Colorado, in the shadow of Pikes Peak. More than sixty competitors are expected to spin their wheels on the fast, hard-packed dusty trails at CORE. And with multiple past National Champions attending, the Rocky Mountain Challenge is sure to offer great competition and plenty of dirty fun. To keep the “challenge” in the National Challenge, organizers will set up multiple courses on CORE’s 800-acre dirt playground paradise. The thin air of CORE’s 5,200-feet elevation will place a premium on driving skill over raw horsepower. A “test & tune” practice course will be available to competitors who arrive Friday afternoon. The event schedule on Saturday will start with morning runs, a mid-day break for lunch on site, then afternoon runs, followed by a mouth-watering supper at the Brown Derby Restaurant & Saloon in Deer Trail, then back to CORE for movie night. Rise and shine with the deer and antelope on Sunday for a delicious breakfast burrito followed by competition runs in the morning and the trophy presentation in early afternoon. Free camping is available on site or stay at one of the many inexpensive hotels in nearby Limon, Colorado.

Registration Fee- $90 This fee includes lunch for Saturday and Sunday. It does not include Friday practice runs or Saturday night dinner. Registration and event registration can be found through the SCCA RallyCross Website

Payment must be made on site Friday night or between 7:30am and 8 am Saturday. Please visit ColoradoRallyCross.org or the SCCA RallyCross Website for further information.

This event is open only to SCCA annual membership
 

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FEW! Now that the 2 days of the National challenge is behind us it's time to wash up those cars and bring them back out to CORE for the 5th installment of the Colorado RallyCross 2014 season on July 5th. Hopefully the lower track will be dried up to party on for a nice change in pace. Registration is currently open so get your eye glasses out and puzzle solving skills ready to the solve the usual mystery question which is there for everyone's protection to make sure Peter still isn't an android.

Results from the National challenge can be found on the SCCA website as well as on ColoradoRallyCross.org. A big thank goes to everyone who helped make the National Challenge event happen, especially Tommy and Eric Genack for coming out to help with logistics and registration despite the fact that they DIDN'T even race! Haenny for all of his continued help while hobbling around and keeping everyone's times in check. Eric Adams, Keith Lightfoot and Peter for keeping the muddy mess of a track together. Eric Adams, Dan and Jake for spending their Saturday night setting up Sunday's course in complete darkness, I still have a good laugh when recalling the evening after Jake running over to the bus for more cones. A big thank you towards Angel and Michael Miller for meeting up with me to take the bus out and back, without you 2 it would have been a long weekend of sitting around and no racing for me. Lastly and most importantly Gonzalo San Miguel, Shane Erisoty, Robert Pendergest, Robert Seelig and of course George Blevins for making the long trips out to Colorado to come keep us in check. Unfortunately CORE wasn't in it's usual grand conditions for everyone, but as we all know sometimes you just have to deal with the hand dealt, press on and fire the weather guy.

Lastly, as some of you may have heard the Bus will be needing a new home in the coming months. Tommy has been generous enough to keep it at his house and bring it out and back over these last 3 years, however he will soon be moving to an area where it can't go. So if anyone knows of a place that it can be stored between events please let us know, it does need a source of power due to an unknown drain on the batteries as well as for the block heater which helps prevent it taking a solid hour of trying to start it on cold mornings. IF you are willing to keep it at your own place and drag it out to events we would be forever in your debt, while we currently don't have a trailer to haul your vehicle with the fuel used for the bus is paid for by us.

 

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Hey guys and gals,
As you all know this Sunday will be the 6th event on the Colorado RallyCross’s 2014 schedule and will be held at PPIR. Pre-Registration is still currently open from now until Thursday night and as always you can still register at the event.

What you don’t know is that KBPI’s Willie B rented out PPIR this past week to host a last minute drag race on the infield. Apparently last time he did this it was at High Plains where hundreds of spectators showed up and they had to start turning people away. So what this means for us is that our entry to PPIR, Paddock, grid and Tarmac sections will be different then what we are normally used to.

Here's pretty much the way the layout will be, but it might change a little on the morning of based onsite conditions. Instead of entering at the gate and signing their weaver we will be following the magenta line on the map below along the East side of PPIR, you will not have to sign their waiver but everyone will still need to sign ours at our registration table where we will be setup on the Northwest side of the track. We will then paddock in area shown in green along Northwest triangle area and/or along the road, if you do use the road to paddock please park so that traffic can get through. The reason we will be over there is because our normal Paddock area will be open to those attending the drag races and I don't want those random people walking around where our stuff will be all day while we are on course with no one down there to prevent them from potentially messing with our stuff. The reason I'm picking the Northern area instead of using the tarmac parking lot is so that if anyone in our group needs to leave during the day they can easily do so without being near the course area.

Now as for the course, I show the old West side that's been used in the past but only because if it’s suitable it could used. For those of you who don’t know, that area was where we used to hold our events at PPIR but we usually stay out of there now because it's too soft and causes issues. I foresee the paddock, grid, start and finish all being in the upper north area and the tarmac section being in the middle or end/start of our course. We now have enough cable for the timing system these days to be able to park the bus on the North side and then run cable all the way down to the other end if need be. The tarmac area will be blocked off with cones to prevent people from the other event parking/entering our area. So for those of you will be working corners over there will need to keep an eye on people and keep them from crossing over.

The restrooms that we usually have access to will still be open for us and Short Stop will be onsite and open around 7am for breakfast and will remain onsite for lunch.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask. Hopefully the change in the venue setup will provide us with something new and entertaining for the event.

See you all there soon!


 

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It's about that time again. Time to wash off all the dust from PPIR and start looking towards the next double weekend RallyCross event starting with NEXT Saturday August 16th which will be held at the upper track of CORE. The following event will be the next weekend at USTDS on Sunday the 24th. For those of you haven't noticed, the CORE event was moved in April from this being this weekend to next weekend, this was due to the CHCA scheduling their Lands End event on the same weekend as ours. So we didn't want you guys having half of the safety stewards and no one to register you.

So as always, get on over to the registration page and get ready for the continued push through the season
 

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The Next big install to this month’s back to back weekends of dirt tossing will be held at the US Truck Driving School (USTDS) just South of PPIR in Fountain Colorado on SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! August 24th. Registration is currently open and prices are still just 40 (and 50) buuucks! BE THERE!

 

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With the 2014 National Championships wrapped up that can only mean one thing, the Colorado RallyCross series is reaching its penultimate round of the 2014 season. The season has been a great one with many fought battles, broken parts, exciting new ones, great friendships gained, and victorious wins amongst the average 54 drivers per event and 435 total entries throughout the season who got to have their chance at competing on a average of 7 runs per event. There was also an average of 15 new drivers at each event, assuming that only new drivers don't have a SCCA membership, so a big thank you goes out to each and every one of you for making everyone's past efforts worth wild and helping ensure there will still be a strong Colorado program in the future.

Speaking of Colorado's strong program, congratulations to Aaron, Dan, Don, Jake, Joseph, Jake, Peter, Tim and Will this past weekend at Nationals! And thank you to the 24 brave Colorado dirt kickers who made it out to give our group another massive showing.

Our next and 2nd to last event of the season will be held at the back lots of PPIR on Sunday October 19th. As with the tradition over the last few years, we will be having a mixed surface between tarmac and gravel. So let the great tire choice debate begin. As always pre-registration is currently open at ColoradoRallyCross.org and will remain as such until the evening of Thursday the 16th. If you end up missing out on the pre-registration then don't worry, you can still register onsite the morning of the event. And if you haven't had a chance to come out to play with us yet this will be a great chance to get yourself hooked and wanting more when the 2015 season starts up in March.

Thank you again to all of the hard working people who've made this year a success and we hope to have everyone back out not only for these last 2 events but the many more that will follow in the coming years.

 

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It’s that time of the year again where like Semisonic once said it’s “Closing time, Time for you to go out to the places you will be from. So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits I hope you have found a friend. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” This has been another amazingly fast year filled with lots of competitions between old rivals and new ones causing all sorts of shifts in the leader boards, fun filled days with old friends and frustrating days where nothing seems to click. This year also saw the first new site to the CO-RX line up since PPIR joined the map many years ago at Rocky Mountain AutoSports no longer secrete test track. But don’t worry all good things aren’t at an end just yet, we still have 1 more event on Saturday November 1st at Colorado Off Road Extreme. So as you know, registration is already open and get ready to send this year off with a bang!

On a side note, this will also be my last full year as Series Chairman since I took the program over from Ryan Gates back in the summer of 2011. I would like to thank everyone for their patience during the steep learning curve in the 1st year as well as all of the continued help from people like Haenny, Kilpatrick, Adams, the Millers, Lightfoot, Genack and Zlamany who never had to be asked but simply saw gaps that needed to be filled and took care of it. There are many reasons I don’t want to let the program go and it’s been a tough decision but one that I’ve been considering for the past year and a half simply from being too worn out from being on site at 6am to setup course, falling into the drivers meeting, to Safety then a brief hour of playtime while scarfing down my lunch so I can have the course turned around just in time before going back to safety, packing it all up and hopefully being gone by 5:30 or 6, then the endless of other weekly items that come up in between events. With that said I’d like to start looking for my replacement(s) as Series Chairman, Course Designer, Safety Steward, “Webmaster” as well as someone other than Haenny/Tommy/Myself as the equipment manager/bus driver. While many people come to mind I would prefer that someone volunteer because those are the ones who have the biggest passion for the group. I would also like to ask that they do so before the beginning of next season, that way instead of me just handing it all over and walking away I could at least be there to help my successor through a full season.

 

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Greatings to all of you dusty nuts, time to take the covers off your cars because the 2015 Colorado hosted event Schedule is now posted! Please note that I said "Colorado Hosted events", that's because if I were to tell anyone the location and date of the National Championship site I would behanged, drawn and quartered and what's left of undestroyed limbs would be placed on display at all of the National Challenge sites to make a point you don't break their rules. I can tell you that it will officially, unofficially take place in August. Also, as of right now the Continental Divide Region (CDR) National Challenge site will be hosted by our neighbors in Utah at either Miller Motorsports Park or in Grand Junction. Yes you read correctly the Utah hosted event might take place in Grand Junction Colorado, don't ask. Once more information on both of these National events is available it will announced both here, Facebook, all of the normal forums "we're" on and the schedules will also be adjusted.

Also just a reminder the awards party is coming up fast on Sunday February 15th at 3pm which will be held at the Waterton Tavern in Roxborough. Everyone is invited regardless if they've never been to a event or just seem to never go away, all ages are also invited however you must be 21 or older to enjoy the "adult" drinks. It'll be buffet styled food and will be priced around $10-$15 per person which will be collected the day of, drinks will also be paid for on your own. A more "formal" reminder has gone out to those who have hardware to pick up from their dedicated work during the 2014 season. The addresses were used from your most recent pre-registration, so if you haven't received one by now then it's a good hint you should update your information next year when you pre-register for events.

As always check out www.ColoradoRallyCross.org or our Facebook Group Page


 

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I hope you have all had a great winter off and are excited for the 2015 Colorado RallyCross season which is just days away. The season kicks off with the Test-N-Tune/School day on Saturday March 21st followed by the first point’s event on Sunday March 22nd. Registration is currently open on our website for the first point’s event, and please go to our Facebook event page if you wish to attend the school as a student and select “going”.





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With a record breaking first event in the books, the second of eleven events is coming up fast on Saturday April 18th at the US Truck Driving School in Fountain. This season has kicked off with everyone being upset with Peter having a new shell but same fast parts as years before and lots of AWD guys moving to RWD making a sure fight for them on the marbled surface. Pre-Registration is still open until the night of the 16th, so save yourself course walking time by filling out the paper work now.

We also have a survey available on our website under the "Community" tab to help us understand what you as a competitor would like to see less or more of.

 
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