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a morning “games people play”
gimmick rally based on the
board game Monopoly. As a
Divisional GTA, this rally will take
about three hours to complete.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Have questions? You’ve come
to the right place because
we’re chock full of answers.
What do I need to participate
in this year’s USRRC? As with
all SCCA RoadRallies, the
short answer is a car that’s
roadworthy, properly insured,
and legal for use on public roads;
a driver; a navigator; a working
speedometer and odometer
(although a team did surprisingly
well at the 2017 USRRC without
those two); a calculator; a clock
or watch; a clipboard or two;
pens or pencils; and a notebook
or pads of paper. Because the
opening USRRC event Thursday
evening is run at night, add a
flashlight or map light to read the
instructions. And, even though it’s
old-fashioned, a highway map or
local atlas, might be handy also, if
only to offer a sense of security.
What is the entry fee?
The team entry fee for the
weekend is $250. (You will,
however, be responsible for
your own accommodations).
4. My schedule won’t allow me
to run all four events? Can I run
just one or two? Yes. If you are
unable to run the whole weekend,
you may register for individual
events. Check the entry form at
motorsportreg.com or stlscca.org.
Also, for Historic and Rookie
teams that might prefer to run
only the Saturday and Sunday
rallies, two additional options
have been added to the 2018
USRRC, a Gateway Historic
Challenge and for Rookie teams,
a Gateway Regional Challenge.
Where is the event
headquarters? The USRRC’s
headquarters are in Columbia,
Ill., an historic suburb of St.
Louis. The headquarters hotel is
the Hampton Inn (165 Admiral
Trost Drive, Columbia, Ill.).
Information about the hotel and
the accommodations available
for USRRC teams can be found
on the websites noted above.
What kind of classes will the
USRRC have? Expect SCCA’s
standard RoadRally classes:
Equipped, Limited, and Stock.
There will be two additional
Regional classes, too, as also
noted above, Historic and Rookie.
A useful thumbnail description
of SCCA’s regular classes is
available on the RoadRally page
don’t understand; and, finally,
during the rally, forget about
precise timing and focus on
staying on the rally route – once
you become comfortable with
route following, staying on time
will begin to follow naturally.
Also, many organizers
today, as an aid to rally teams,
include GPS coordinates for
restart locations in their route
instructions. This helps relieve
anxiety about getting lost.
How do I stay on time during
the event? Worry about staying
on the route, the rest will come
with, err, time. Until then, employ
SOP (seat of the pants) timing:
Remember where you are in the
“parade” (keep in mind who’s
ahead of you and behind you in
the USRRC), drive the assigned
average speeds, allowing for
traffic, safety considerations, road
conditions, stops, yields, and so
on – and just enjoy the adventure.
As for precise timing, rally
odometers, rally computers,
and related rally equipment,
whew! That’s a subject for an
entire SportsCar feature story.
This is all fine and dandy,
but where can I find more
about the 2018 USRRC is
available on scca.com, stlscca.
org, and motorsportreg.com.
JUST DO IT
Really, the secret with RoadRally,
as is also the case with autocross,
SCCA Road Racing, and RallyCross,
is to jump in and do it. Trial by fire
is scary, but it’s the way you learn.
If you’re nervous about jumping
into RoadRally at the USRRC level,
however, then we suggest you
enter a few local rallies between
now and the first weekend of
October. Then, head to Columbia,
Ill., and have some fun!
KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE
Success at any USRRC involves taking
full advantage of the calibration run
(LEFT). Don’t know what that is, or maybe
you’re confused by this sign (BOTTOM)?
Don’t let that stop you from participating
in the 2018 USRRC as all of your
questions will be answered at the event.
at scca.com. Check the “What Is
a RoadRally?” link. Information
about the Historic and Rookie
classes is available at stlscca.
org and at motorsportreg.com.
What kind of car do I need
to compete? Really, any car
or SUV will do the trick. Any
roadworthy, properly licensed and
insured vehicle will do just fine.
Will there be a rally school
for teams new to the USRRC
or RoadRally? Yes. Definitely.
There will be at least one rally
school prior to the start of the
weekend, and you’ll also find
many experienced competitors
at the event will gladly help
you out between legs.
How can I avoid getting lost?
Ah, the classic rally question. If
you are new to the sport, the
best answer comes in three parts:
Before the start of the rally, study
the General Instructions (the
rules for the event); next, ask
questions about anything you