The WRC Is Getting Serious About Doing A U.S. Rally

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I just got this email from Jalopnik.

Jalopnik: The WRC Is Getting Serious About Doing A U.S. Rally

The World Rally Championship hasn’t held a round on U.S. soil in 33 years, but personnel within the series and particularly the M-Sport Ford team are keen to bring the sport back to our shores.

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It won’t happen overnight, though. First, the WRC is exploring trialing a non-championship event of some type, like a “roadshow or candidate rally,” according to Motorsport.com. If all goes according to plan, that’ll hopefully lead to an actual U.S. rally on the calendar. And although nobody’s talking about specific locations yet, it’s quite possible it could return to the grounds of the Olympus Rally outside Shelton, Washington, which currently plays host to the ARA Rally, but used to function as a WRC event in the ’80s.

“For sure America is something we are working quite hard on,” [FIA Rally Director Yves] Matton told Motorsport.com.
“We want to have an event in the close future in North America. We will try to something in 2022, for sure it will not be an event that is part of the calendar but we will try to achieve something in 2022 to go there.
“We can have a lot of things. We can have a roadshow we can have a candidate event any form of event which could become the first step in North America with the WRC without being involved in the championship as a proper event.
Ford is reportedly one of the primary instigators behind all this, which makes sense given that Ford is the only American constructor active in the WRC. The Blue Oval’s WRC program is operated by M-Sport, and M-Sport Team Principal Rich Millener leaves no ambiguity that the automaker is interested in boosting its sporting profile in the U.S.

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It really would be cool...Olympus Rally up in the Seattle area has been working on this for a while behind the scenes I believe and being "local" to Dirtfish may help a bit as well...Canada is better run than most US events but I don't the country carries the cache that the US does.
 

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that would be great. Never could figure out how all the global and international racing programs never, or for very long raced in the US.
 
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