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New U.S. Rallycross Series
Rally America and New Jersey Motorsports Park have joined forces to create the Rally America U.S. Rallycross Series, with the first event being held May 19.  The U.S. Rallycross Series will consist of at least four events at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, with other venues to be added later in the year.

The U.S. Rallycross Series marks a return to the Rally America schedule after a taking a year off from the sport. Rally America introduced Rallycross to the U.S. for the first time in 2010 with a four-event series at New Jersey Motorsports Park and also worked closely with ESPN to introduce Rallycross competition to the very popular X Games.

Adding to the fan excitement each of the four Rallycross events will include motorcycle stunt performances by TC Freestyle Entertainment Motorcycle Stunts featuring Tony Carbajal.

The family-oriented day of Rallycross and Supermoto racing will also include monster truck rides, a mechanical bull, a Kids Zone and more located within the Lightning Course Paddock.


This is an open invitation to join us at New Jersey Motorsports Park as Rally America brings
back European-style rallycross to the Lightning course. This invitation is not only extended to
the rally community, but anyone who would like to participate in this exciting sport.
These events are open to 4WD and 2WD cars and new for 2012, we’re including Supermoto
Sprint for 250cc, 450cc, and Open class motorcycles.

Event Dates:
• May 19, 2012
• July 21, 2012
• October 20, 2012
• November 17, 2012

Rallycross: Any driver from Rally America or any recognized sanctioning body (e.g. SCCA or
NASA) is welcome to participate. Novice drivers are subject to approval by Rally America on
a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be purchased from the Rally America office. The cost
of a rallycross license is $150. If you already have a current Rally America rally license, you
do not have to purchase a separate rallycross license. For more information regarding
licensing, send an E-mail with your questions to: licensing@rally-america.com

Supermoto: Riders must demonstrate that they hold a valid competition license for the class
of bike entered from a recognized sanctioning body. There is no license fee and,
consequently, no participant accident insurance for Supermoto riders.

Rallycross Classes:
Both 4WD and 2WD will have “Super” and “Limited” classes (see below). Please read the
2012 Rally America rallycross rule book carefully for detailed class information: HERE

In general terms, the four rallycross classes are as follows:
4WD Super: International Division 1 cars with some modifications.
4WD Limited: Rally America Open and SP stage rally cars with some modifications.
2WD Super: Large displacement and turbo cars.
2WD Limited: Smaller displacement (up to 3.0 liters) and non-turbo cars.

Weekend Schedule of Events:
The number of entries will determine the schedule of events. Friday afternoon / evening will
be load-in, registration, and scrutineering. There will be a full race schedule on Saturday
beginning at 8:30am and ending before dusk.

Anyone not completing registration and scrutineering on Friday will be subject to a $100
penalty. There will be no exceptions.

Rallycross Competition Format:
Practice: 3 laps per session, one session.

Qualifying: 2 laps, the fastest lap will determine heat race grouping.

Heat races: 3 heat races of 4 laps for each competitor, each grouped by qualifying time; 5
slowest in the first heat, followed by the next five slowest, until there are less than ten cars
left, which are split evenly for the last 2 heat races.

Drivers are assigned points based on their time for the completed race in a heat (not
finishing position). The fastest driver receives 1 point, next fastest 2 points, etc. A DNF
receives 80 points, DNS 85 points, and DSQ (black flagged) receives 95 points.

The sum of the driver’s two best (numerically lowest) scores will determine their placing in
the main events.

Main events: The 20 drivers with the lowest scores advance to the 5-lap main events, with
1-5 in the A main, 6-10 in the B main, 11-14 in the C main, and 15-20 in the D main. The top
2 finishers from the D main advance to the C main, the winner of the C main advances to the
B main, and the B main winner advances to the A main.

Supermoto Sprint Competition Format:
Practice: 3 laps per session, one session.

Heat races: 2 heat races of 4 laps for each competitor. Grouping will be determined based on

Main events: The top x riders in each class will advance to the A Main the next y will
advance to the LCQ with the top z in each class advancing to the A Main. The numbers for x,
y, and z will be in a competitor bulletin closer to the event and based on the number of entries.

Length: Approximately 950 meters / .59 miles (standard lap)
Approximately 1,060 meters / .66 miles (includes Joker section)
Width of Start: 13.5 meters / 44.29 feet, Maximum width: 20 meters / 65.62 feet,
Minimum width: 10 meters / 32.8 feet
The course is defined by a mix of temporary and permanent barriers.

Start Line:
Rallycross Heat races will start 5 abreast and Main races will have a staggered 2-2-2 start.
Supermoto Sprint race format will be in a competitor bulletin closer to the event and based
on the number of entries.

Joker Section:
There will be an alternate element adding approximately 2 seconds to a given lap time
(“joker”), which may be taken on any competition lap, but must be taken only once per heat
race or main event. The joker will not be used during qualifying, but may be used during

Timing / Scoring (Rallycross):
Transponders will be used for timing and scoring of rallycross and will be required.
Transponders will be available for rent or purchase. Any compatible transponders may be
used from any source. Teams are encouraged to provide their own transponder. All
transponders will be tested at scrutineering.

Rough Driving:
Some contact is inevitable in wheel-to-wheel racing, but rough or bad driving will not be
tolerated, and will result in a black flag (DSQ) for that heat or race, or disqualification from
the event. The judge’s decisions are final; there is no provision for protests or appeals.
Drivers who are consistently rough or deemed to be unqualified may not be permitted to
enter future events solely at Rally America’s discretion.

Entry Fees for and other information for May event:
See supplemental regulations posted on Rally America’s web site HERE

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