Friday, October 23, 2009

USRC: Rally New York 10/23-10/24

With the better known Rally America season over it leaves the USRC (United States Rally Championship) as the only game in town for big time rally racing.

This weekend marks the end of the USRC season with the International Rally New York. The all gravel rally is held near the PA border in Southwestern, NY and looks to have some rainy weather for today and tomorrow's stages.

Some big time competitors from Rally America are spending this event prepping for next year and crossing over to the USRC. The biggest name to be running here this weekend is Ken Block who will be leaving his regular Subaru to drive a Ford Escort MkII. Perhaps a sign of things to come with his Subaru contract up at the end of this year and rumors of his move to start up a WRC Ford team with Chris Atkinson?

Other Rally America veterans include the bio-diesel Greasecar VW Rabbit of Justin Craven and the Subaru Impreza of Maciej Przbysz.

Two Nissan/Datsun entries will make themselves known as well.

First is Greg Healey and his Datsun 280Z. Greg competed in the New England Forest Rally earlier this year and brought home some serious coin from the Max Attack series there as his 30 year old Datsun can still get it done.

Second is Dan Brosnan and his Sentra SER. Brosnan is competing for the USRC championship in the 2WD class as he won the American Rally NY earlier this year and took 2nd in the Rally Tennessee as well. Sitting in the runner-up position right now, Dan stands a good chance of bringing home not only the event win but the season championship as well.

Look for post event pics and results here on Sunday...

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