RallyCross, sometimes known as Rodeo Cross, is an American version of auto racing competition on public roads, usually sponsored by Sports Car Club of North America. It is an open, timed competition which involves single vehicle driving on dirt or asphalt and is typically considered “autocrossing on the street.” The race is usually held on a Saturday night in a public parking lot and the winner receives a trophy.
SCCA rallycross competition is held in many different venues throughout the country. Most events are organized and run by the association, but some competitions are privately operated by individual drivers or companies. The event is run on a closed loop course, and the vehicles are usually modified to allow for speed and maneuverability. Typically, the course is either road/off-road and features obstacles such as mud and oil, sand traps, and turns.
RallyCross cars are designed to be able to accelerate, corner, and stop quickly. They typically have higher power than normal automobiles and high horsepower engines. Since many rallycross events are held on open tracks, many rallycrossers drive “stock” cars; however, others opt to modify their cars and use parts from rallycross competition to customize their vehicle to perform better on a public course.
Although rallycross is not classified as a racing class, it is organized as one by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). This classification is given to the sport by the governing body, the Sport Compact Car Association (SCCA). Since the SCCA is the governing body for all racing events, the association recognizes the competition as a recognized sport. Most of the races which are recognized as such have national and international classifications. However, there are private races that are recognized as class one events and are run on private tracks in different areas.
Many companies sponsor rallycross competition; however, it is not sponsored by the SCCA. Instead, these sponsors provide sponsorship to a variety of individuals who are involved in the rallycross racing scene. Many of the sponsors are well known car manufacturers, but others are smaller and less well known, but produce a wide variety of performance vehicles.
Most rallycross cars are powered by a high horsepower vehicle engine. A number of different modifications are available to improve horsepower and reliability, including suspension, chassis, cooling systems, transmission, exhaust, and battery systems. There is also a wide range of aftermarket parts available for a variety of racing vehicles. In addition to these, most car racers will replace tires and suspension systems with stock versions. Since the competition is generally held on a closed track, drivers may customize their vehicles with graphics to make them look more competitive.
Some people who are involved in the SCCA rallycross community choose to attend a rallycross event rather than attending regular SCCA races. These people enjoy participating in rallycross events because they are more intense and competitive than regular SCCA events and may only compete in a limited number of SCCA races. Often these people participate in these events to get experience and compete at a higher level of competition and develop skills that can benefit them in other aspects of their life.
The competition is very competitive and the competition level is very high, which is one reason why many people choose to participate in rallycross competition over regular SCCA events. racing. Many of the events held by the Association of SCCA rallycross Events are recognized as national level events.
The SCCA rallycross circuit includes two classifications: Open and Elite classes. Open class competition consists of drivers who have little experience and those who drive stock vehicles. Elite class competition consists of those who drive high-powered vehicle engines or those who race high-end rallycross vehicles. These types of participants generally have some type of professional racing background.
The SCCA has an online database of drivers' history, which includes past races, driving records, photos, and a brief history of the driver. Drivers are allowed to leave their personal information on this site and allow other individuals to contact them if they have any questions. The SCCA also has an official website where drivers can search for specific SCCA rallycross events, view photographs, and post comments on their own personal profiles.
In addition to racing cars, drivers must also learn how to race in an open-air setting. The SCCA rallycross events include a variety of challenges and obstacles that require speed and agility to successfully complete. These courses are usually found in wooded areas. This is the reason that rallycross is known as an oval racing.