60 OCTOBER 2018 scca.com
INSIDE SCCA ROADRALLY
Many of the current SCCA National RoadRallies have long histories, and
Indianapolis, Ind., in the Hoosier State, is
part of that group. On July 7-8, 2018, rally
chairman Wendy Harrison and rallymaster
of both events Chuck Hanson presented the
Hoosier Crossroads National and Divisional
Rallies to nearly a dozen teams continuing
the Indianapolis Region. But as you would
expect, this was not the first rally in this area.
In the 1980s and ’90s, Indy Region
presented a number of National RoadRallies,
organized by Steve Perlman, John Calhoun,
and Dave Head. Head and Calhoun won the
Best New Divisional Course Rally award in 1986
for the 40 Year Anniversary Rally. During that
time period, Head was even able to convince
the owner of the Stutz Center in downtown
Indianapolis to put up money for a cash
prize. Part of that time, Hanson was racing.
Although he started rallying in 1956, in 1969
his rally driver passed away in a winter accident,
and a friend asked if he’d ever thought about
going racing. “When I said yes, he offered me a
TR- 3 to take to Driver’s School,” he says. In 1979,
Hanson won the Regional Championship, the
E-Class Solo Championship for the Region, and
finished second in the CENDiv SSA Championship,
running all 26 events in a Cosworth Vega.
After “putting two daughters through
Purdue,” he got back into RoadRally and then
into serious National competition in 2000.
Hanson began organizing Indianapolis
Region events when earlier members moved
on. His switching from racing to rallying
may explain the comments by competitors
over the years of his rally courses being
too fast. While the 2018 events received
a few of those comments, Hanson was
sure that he had written a simple event.
The rally headquarters for both events
was in Mooresville, Ind. The Saturday
route traveled southwest to the lunch
break in Paragon, Ind., and then back
to Mooresville. Sunday’s midpoint break
was again southwest in Waverly, Ind.
Hanson’s course stayed off the typical one
square mile road grid in the Midwest, preferring
to stick to the bendy roads. He gave everyone
a 10 a.m. plus-car-number late start for the
Saturday National Course and Tour events.
Both events used the seemingly simpler Tour
rally instructions from the RoadRally Rules.
However, the course instructions used four
main road determinants: onto, protection,
right/left at T, and straight as possible that “will
change after rest breaks and will be so noted
in the NRI’s [Numbered Route Instructions].”
Course cars that followed an NRI on a main
road had to pause 40 hundredths of a minute.
Stopping to sort out which way the main road
went caused many crews a delay that had
to be made up on the route. Also, there was
confusion over whether or not an “onto” road
that went in two directions at an intersection
was “a main road” or “the main road.”
Two legs were discarded, as contestants
could not determine whether a Y intersection
was straight as possible or followed the left
or right at “T” rule in the other direction.
Jim Crittenden and navigator Gary Starr
took first overall and first in Class E on both the
Saturday National and Sunday Divisional Course
events with 95 and 2 points, respectively. Jim
Wakeman with navigator Clyde Heckler won
Class S both days with 462 and 200 points.
On the Saturday National Tour event,
driver Bruce Gezon with Bob Morseburg
took first overall and first in Class E with 14
points. There were no Class E competitors
on the Sunday Divisional Tour event.
Jessica Toney and navigator J Toney finished
first in Class S on both the Saturday National and
Sunday Divisional Tour events with 102 and 57
points, respectively, while Satish Gopalkrishnan
and navigator Kathy Duvall-Erickson finished first
in Class L both days with 190 and 106 points.
A HOOSIER STATE
The history of National and Divisional rallies in Indiana is as unique
as the RoadRallies themselves | WORDS Rick Beattie | MAIN IMAGE Dave Head
(LEFT) Driver Mike
Thompson and navigator
Fred Rosevear prepare
for the next leg of the
2013 Hoosier Hills
Rally. (BELOW) If you
think Chuck Hanson’s
RoadRally courses are
fast, maybe it’s because
his SCCA history involves
racing a Cosworth Vega
in SSA competition.