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US Rally Association
2015 USRA Championship Announced
MESA, Arizona, December 19, 2014 – The United States Rally Association is proud to announce details of the 2015 USRA Championship program.  We will have a total of 9 classes offered in all events.  Divisional Competitors from around the US can compete in a championship series within their class.  National-level competitors are welcome and will be able to compete in their own classes against each other for the year-end awards.  We will be offering events ranging from short Rallysprints with a single stage, to larger Coefficient 3 events with multiple stages and, possibly, multiple days of competition.  

At the conclusion of the season, top competitors from around the country will be invited to a year-end event to see how they compare with each other.  Putting the best drivers from around the country in competition with each other is always exciting!  Further details of the calendar will be released after January 1, 2015.  

SEASON
The USRA Championship season is from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year.  The 2016 season may be shortened to accommodate the year-end event near the actual year-end.

CLASSES
The USRA will recognize a US and Divisional Champion in the following categories:\

 
United States Rally Association Classes
RallyOpen RallyGT
RallyOpen Light RallyProduction
RallySP National 4WD
RallyG2 National 2WD
RallyG5  
 

DIVISIONS
A Driver and Co-Driver champion will be established in each class in each of the following Divisions: East, Central, Northwest, and Southwest.

Divisions may be combined by USRA for computing of points.
1.  Competitor must declare his Division of Record prior to starting their second event of the season.
2.  Competitor will count his best three (3) events towards championship
3.  Competitor may substitute one out- of- Division event for one home event

POINTS
Points will be awarded on the following positions:

 
United States Rally Association Points System
1st  – 23 points 6th  – 8 points
2nd  – 18 points 7th  – 6 points
3rd  – 15 points 8th  – 4 points
4th  – 12 points 9th  – 2 points
5th  – 10 points 10th  to last place – 1 point

Championship points will be calculated by multiplying the event finish points (in class) by the coefficient for the event –e.g., 3rd place at a Coefficient 2 rally will earn 30 championship points or Coefficient 3 rally will earn 60 championship points.

NATIONAL ENTRIES
There has been some interest in running regional events by national teams. This is certainly to be encouraged and USRA will have a National
Divisional Championship in 4WD and 2WD for 2015. If a team runs more than one(1) national event (as a national competitor NOT as a regional competitor), they are defined as a National entry in the Divisional Championship.  The classes will be National 4WD and National 2WD.  So it’s simple and easy toscore.

National entries will be able to win a regional event overall or place as their finish times would indicate. However, they will NOT take regional points away from other competitors since they have their own classes. We hope that this first year will be productive and encourage any national teams who would like to run USRA events. The championship is contingent on getting enough entries to make it a true competition.  More information will be forthcoming.



RUNOFF (YEAR-END) CHAMPIONSHIP
The end of the year will feature a championship event where winners of the divisional championships will compete to determine the US Champion in the various classes. The event has yet to be selected, and may be in early 2016.

FUTURE PRESS RELEASES
Further announcements will be forthcoming from USRA regarding the
Divisional Championships in early 2016. We will be announcing the schedule in a few weeks.
 
Announcing the USRA Board of Directors/Officer/Partner:

Denise McMahon - Chairperson
Louie Dietz – Vice Chairperson
Tom Nelson – President
Micah Anderson – Marketing Director
Meridith Croucher – Competitor Liason
Marni Nagy – Secretary/Treasurer
John Sundelin
Tim O’Neil (officer) – USRA Regional Coordinator
Matt Martielli –(partner)-Marketing/Press Releases/Video & Photo Production

If you have any questions, please contact:
 
United States Rally Association
625 W Southern Ave, Suite E-237
Mesa, AZ 85210 
Denise Mcmahon, Chairperson
US Rally Association
562-547-4892
rallyorg1@gmail.com
Tom Nelson, President
US Rally Association
970-222-2125
tnelson@frii.com

Photography by Sebastian Krywult
 
About the United States Rally Association
The United States Rally Association (www.usrallyassociation.com) is an organization by rallyists for rallyists.  USRA is dedicated to the need of events, organizers and competitors across the country, promoting current and new stage rally events to preserve the culture and heritage of the sport. We are an inclusive organization that believes everyone deserves a voice to better the sport.
 
About Mad Media: 
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.
 
Media Contact:
Mad Media
Matt Martelli
(760) 721-3600