Sample RallyCross Announcement
Template for Grabbing Entrants
Having a detailed event announcement helps entice and inform potential entrants. It also sets expectations, and prevents issues such as ineligible vehicles and minors without guardians to sign waivers. This is the sort of material that share on your region’s long-form mediums, such as web sites, forums, and MotorsportReg event information pages. Link your audience to these announcements via brief, luring posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.
Shared below is a rough annotated template. Feel free to adapt the text below to your event:
Name of RallyCross Event
Date: Month, Date, Year
Location: Name of Venue, City, State, link to map
[link to mapping site with coordinates or address]
Teaser text example: “Get ready to RallyCross with Ozark Mountain Region SCCA. Our first event of the year will be held on the smooth dirt at Lebanon Midway Speedway a short drive up I-44 from Springfield, MO.”
[Teaser text: this is a quick snapshot of your event that highlights RallyCross, this event, the site, etc. This is the “hook” that entices people to read more, sign up, and attend.]
- Click here to register online. [Link to the event’s online registration page]
- View instructions on how to sign up using MotorsportReg. [Link or briefly explain how to use your registration system]
- Online pre-registration helps us know the headcount and plan the event, and it saves you time during registration at the event.
- $XX per person for non-SCCA members
- $XX per person for SCCA annual members
- $XX per person for SCCA annual members who pre-register online
[Some regions may offer a discount to members who pre-register — totally up to you]
Non-members will receive a weekend membership in the Sports Car Club of America and a $15 discount towards annual membership in the club.
[What payment forms are accepted? Online or in person? Make note.]
- 8:00 AM - Registration opens, check-in for pre-registered entrants.
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Vehicle tech inspection, course open for walking.
- 10:00 AM - Registration closes, drivers’ meeting starts.
- 10:30 AM - First heat begins
- 12:30 PM (approximately) - Lunch Break
- 3:30 PM (approximately) - Site cleanup and awards
We will run rain or shine, unless lightning or other extreme weather prevents safe operation of the event. If the event must be postponed, announcements will be made to those pre-registered on MotorsportReg and via [insert links to home page, Facebook, Twitter, etc. here].
RallyCross is a self-worked, volunteer-run sport in which competitors have to work a heat opposite their run heat. Prepare to be outdoors all day, and dress and prepare accordingly.
- RallyCross novice guide if you have one [Or link to this one]
- Current RallyCross Rules (PDF) link [Visit SCCA.com/downloads to get the link]
- RallyCross section at SCCA.com
- Example video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or picture gallery of events at previous event or similar site
- Where to contact an event official with questions
- Regional schedule, web site, Facebook page, etc.
What is RallyCross?
RallyCross is like our "Solo" autocross program, but on an open field or dirt. Drivers attempt to set their best time on an agility course marked by cones, and cars are grouped in classes based on capability and level of modification. Courses are a little more open and speeds are a little lower that autocrosses, but the emphasis on accessibility, safety, affordability, and fun is the same as SCCA Solo.
RallyCross differs from stage rally that many have seen on television. There are no jumps or ditches, and roll cages are not required. Drivers preview the course by walking it or going on a low-speed lead-and-follow lap, rather than following the pace notes of a navigator. SCCA RallyCross also differs from European-style rallycross, where drivers race wheel-to-wheel on a track. Our events are strictly one-at-a-time competitions against the clock.
RallyCross doesn't take the best single run like in Solo, but is a combination of multiple runs.
What kind of car do I need?
No special rally car is needed. Any fixed-roof vehicle passing a basic safety inspection is fine, so your daily-driven sedan on street tires is perfect for Rallycross. For safety reasons, rollover-prone vehicles such as SUVs, 4x4's, and many full-sized trucks will not be allowed to compete. If you have any questions about the eligibility of your vehicle, please ask an event official well before the event. [include a link to contact the event chairperson or safety steward]
From the SCCA RallyCross rules:
A RallyCross event is open to any fixed-roof production based vehicle (including convertibles with a factory hardtop attached, targa types with factory panel in place, t-tops with factory panels in place) that can pass safety inspection. If the Event Chairman after consultation with the Event Safety Steward determines at his discretion that a vehicle cannot safely negotiate the course, it may be excluded.
What You’ll Need
- Entry fee.
- Valid driver's license. Anyone under age 18 on the site, participant or otherwise, must have their parents/guardians sign a SCCA minor waiver on site, or in the presence of an regional RallyCross committee member, board member, or notary public. Anyone with a restricted or learner’s permit must follow the requirements of the state where issued. If an adult passenger is required, it must be a parent/guardian or approved instructor. [modify as applicable to your state laws and SCCA RallyCross Rules]
- Safe vehicle per technical inspection guidelines.
- Must wear an approved helmet during competition. We have a limited number of loaner helmets available. If you bring your own, it must meet one of the standards below (DOT rating alone is not sufficient). [cite current standards allowed, like the example below]
All helmets meeting the latest or two immediately preceding Snell Foundation standards (SA2010, SAH2010, SA2005, SA2000, M2010, M2005, M2000, K2010, K2005, K98), SFI standards 31.1, 41.1, 31.1A, 31.2A, 41.1A, 41.2A or British spec BS6658-85 type A/FR are acceptable.
Cars & Classing
RallyCross has a simple classing structure.
- Stock: FWD (SF), RWD (SR), and AWD (SA) - upgrades are limited to items such as cat-back exhaust, brake pads, clutch and pressure plate, and wheels and DOT-legal tires that are near stock dimensions.
- Prepared: FWD (PF), RWD (PR), and AWD (PA) - adds specific allowances for upgraded intake, exhaust, suspension, differential, wheels, etc.
- Modified: FWD (MF), RWD (MR), and AWD (MA) - almost any production car or logbooked racecar is allowed, with drivetrain and suspension being unrestricted.
If you are sharing a car, only two entrants may drive a car in a given class. A maximum of four entrants in a single car is allowed for the entire event. For example, two drivers could compete in a Prepared AWD Impreza, and up to two more could use the car to compete in Modified AWD during the opposite heat. This balance of drivers helps us keep the event flowing smoothly.
Review the SCCA RallyCross Rules and ask an event official before the event if unsure about where your car is classed. On the day of the event, your car number and class letters must be present on both sides of the car so that workers may identify the driver. [cite minimum requirements, tape numbers allowance or not, contrasting color, etc — a good example picture is worth a thousand words].
Items to Bring
[List what to bring beyond the bare minimum for registration — copy from my RallyCross Packing List if you’d like. Make weather-specific reminders. Heat stroke, tick-borne illnesses, frostbite, etc., are no fun.]
“We’ll see you there!”