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to the NASA Rally
bulletins will not comply with the specified requirements, rather
will follow previous Rims' format and procedures.
Supplemental Regulations will not include
• Entry fees and closing dates
• Route and speed schedule or route maps
• Seeding order
2.4.1 The entry
form will not be available at www.nasarallysport.com.
2.13 Rim will
use speed rankings (the larger of the RA or CRS speed ranking) and
vehicle class within a given speed ranking for determining the starting
Rim “Red Flag” will be “Red Cross”.
Rim “Halted” could mean stopped because of a blockage
in the road.
• Speeding penalties will be as follows:
over Speed Limit
16 to 20
20 to 25
penalty for jumping the start will be .04 min per second.
• The penalty for no warning triangle will be .50 min for
first offense, then 1.00 for second offense and 2.00 for the third
Event Steward (as the head of the protest committee) will write
the responses to protests.
• For Rim a black OK will be used
• The odo check will not be part of the route book.
• Transits will not be numbered.
• Instructions less than .12 miles apart will sometimes be
separated into separate instructions.
• Rim’s arrows and hazard markers will not conform to
the specifications listed.
• Stages will not be done in a different color.
• There will be as many as 7 instructions per page.
Special Alert -- Engine Coolant Requirements Still in Place
The U.S. Forest Service requires “the use of ethylene glycol
free (Raptor safe) anti-freeze in all water-cooled motorized vehicles
participating in USFS permitted motorized events on the four National
Forests at issue.” This means that all competitors must sign
a warrant that they are not using an ethylene glycol antifreeze
in their competitive vehicle. One alternative option is Sierra brand
antifreeze-coolant, a propylene glycol antifreeze with characteristics
similar to standard antifreeze. It is phosphate free and Water Wetter
can be added to it. Another option is distilled water and Water
Wetter (made by RedLine Oil). Water Wetter has rust and corrosion
preventive additives. It is currently used very successfully by
many rallyists and we have been told it actually cools better than
antifreeze and water. You can also add (propylene glycol) antifreeze,
10-15%, to this mixture if you are concerned about freezing.
rally will again be headquartered at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
The Fairgrounds will be the base for almost all event activities.
The event will again include the “Rally Expo” with a
vendor fair and displays inside the two large exhibit halls adjacent
to the service area. Other activities include an import auto show,
an autocross, vintage race car display, RC cars and a service crew
tire changing competition. The highlight of the event will be the
side-by-side Super Special Stage, which will be run four times during
the weekend in front of a 7,500 seat stadium grandstand. The final
stage of the rally will be a reverse order running on the Super
Special followed by the “Subaru Champagne Victory Ceremony"
in the Winners Circle in front of the grandstands.
will be the single service area location for the event offering
24-hour security and a well lighted black top service area. Teams
will have a chance to show off their entire service team and the
public will have an excellent chance to see and learn about our
or event credentials will be required for entrance to the Fairground
following registration. Each entry to the rally includes access
credentials for driver, co-driver, and four service/team members.
Additional crew members, family and friends will need to purchase
admission tickets for both Friday evening and Saturday ($5 for each
day), for everyone over the age of 5 years. The Antelope Valley
Fairgrounds charges a $3 per car parking fee for the public parking
area. Vehicle passes for access to the Service Area will be issued
to the competing vehicle and qualified service vehicles, including
ATV's or motorcycles parked in the team's service area.
Rim of the World will be Round #2 of the United States Rally Championship
(USRC) as well as double and triple points CRS Rallys. The Saturday
Rally will also count for Western States Rally Championship points.
in the Angeles National Forest:
This year RIM will not offer testing sessions, but will offer recce
(see below). No testing or practicing will be allowed anywhere in
the Angeles National Forest during the four weeks prior to RIM.
There will be a $500 fine for unauthorized practicing in the Angeles
Stage Notes from P-Sport will be available for $160 per set. These
can be Ordered
Online or from Donna
Hocker, (760) 375-3289, payment must be
received no later than May 1, otherwise we will not print your notes.
Notes can be picked up at the start of Recce or during the registration
FOR THIS YEAR - Recce:
This year we will be offering a single pass, caravan style recce
in street vehicles for all teams. Recce will be done on Thursday
(May 5), starting at 8 AM from the A.V. Fairgrounds parking lot
. The recce will be controlled with a lead car and sweep car. Recce
outside of this group will not be allowed. Contact Paula
Gibeault, (760) 375-8704 by May 1 if you want to participate.
Insurance Limits Verification:
Insurance limits need to be verified for both the rally
and all service vehicles at registration. The minimum insurance
requirements if written using "Split Limits" are $100k
for Bodily Injury Liability (each person), $200k for Bodily Injury
Liability (each accident), $50k Property Damage (each accident);
OR (as may be shown on some policies) "Combined Single Limit"
of $200k. These limits apply to BOTH your rally and service vehicles.
Bring paperwork that shows this to registration.
If you have entered early and withdraw from the event prior to April
30 you will receive a complete refund less a $30 processing fee.
Those who withdraw between April 30 and the close of registration
will receive a refund less a $60 processing fee. There will be no
refunds after the close of registration.
CRS membership is not required, however you must be a CRS member
prior to the event to receive CRS championship points. You can join
CRS online at http://www.californiarallyseries.com
You will be allowed to run the car number that you already have
on the car. If you do not have a car number we recommend that you
contact Al Kintigh, to
get a Rally America car number assigned (this way you can use one
car number for both NASA and Rally America events).
This year tech inspection will be in Lilac Pavilion. Log books are
required, however we will accept log books from other sanctioning
bodies. If you do not have a log book you can get one at the event
by prior arrangement. Contact Ray
Hocker, (760) 375-33289 prior to April 14.
Decals from other sanctioning bodies will be allowed on “CRS
/ WSRC Only” vehicles, but they must be smaller than 50 square
inches each. Decals from other sanctioning bodies will not be allowed
on vehicles running the USRC event.
In general the starting order will be based on speed ranking and
then by class (within the same speed ranking). To reduce the advantage
of being first car on the road on Friday night we will be taking
two steps. First we will be running a two (2) minute spacing between
all cars on Friday. Second, we will be rotating the first car among
those drivers with speed rankings of .95 or higher. At the start
of Messenger Flats West and Magic Mtn. West, the first car
to finish the previous stage will be moved to the back of the group
and the second car to finish the previous stage will become the
new first car on the road. The moving of the first car
will be handled between the ATC and the Start. The standard ATC
procedures will be unaffected by this process. As is normal, if
the running order should happen to change within the group (for
whatever reason) the new order will remain. The table below illustrates
how the rotation would take place if there were 5 drivers with a
speed ranking of .95 or higher. For these drivers there will be
a draw for “choice of start order” at the Subaru Media
Stage on Friday morning. In the example below, the first driver
drawn will get to pick position A, B, C, D or E. Each subsequent
driver that is drawn will then pick from the remaining positions.
Stage Lane Choice:
Choice of lanes on the Super Stage will be by means of a coin flip.
The winning driver gets to pick his or her lane.
FOR THIS YEAR - Service Crew Challenge:
Service crews will be given the opportunity to compete in a tire
changing competition in front of the grandstands on Saturday at
the fairgrounds. The competition will consist of two 2-person teams
competing against each other in an elimination format (winner moves
on to the next round). Sixteen teams will compete in eight heats
immediately after Super Special II. The remaining eight teams will
compete in four heats immediately after the completion of Super
Special III. The final four teams will compete in three heats just
before the beginning of the final Super Special. All competing teams
will receive two pairs of Mechanix Wear gloves (a $50 value).
Teams will be two people. Teams will only be allowed to use the
contest supplied tools. A jack will be positioned under the car
by the contest staff prior to the start of each heat.. Each team
will begin at the starting line with their spare tire. At the starting
signal the team will take the tire to their car, jack up the car,
change the tire, tighten the lug nuts to the minimum required torque,
put the car back on the ground and take the tire that was on the
car back to the starting line. The first team to get both people
and the tire back to their starting line will win the heat and move
on to the next level. If the team should fail to meet the our minimum
torque requirement of 45 ft-lbs (factory spec is 85-100), they will
be disqualified and the win will go to the other team. If neither
team meets the torque requirement, the first team to finish will
be declared the winner of the heat. The decisions of the officials
will be final.
There will be a $20 entry fee, which will be used to form a prize
fund for the top two teams (100% payback). Service Crew Teams wishing
to participate in the competition should contact Kengo
Takahashi. Entries will be accepted on a first come first served
basis. Please include the names of the two team members and the
rally team you are servicing for.
Penalties, Timing and Notice Board
Lateness at Arrival Time, Main Time, Regrouping Time, Parc Expose,
and Parc Ferme controls will be penalized at 20 hundredths per minute.
for Blocking an ATC:
The roads at RIM can be narrow, which can create problems clocking
into an ATC. Any competitor who passes another competitor on a transit
and then blocks the entrance to the ATC will be subject to a 1.00
after the Super Stage:
All Super Stages (except the last one) will be followed by a forest
stage. After competitors finish the Super Stage they will not be
allowed to return to the service area. The penalty for re-entering
the service area after a Super Stage will be 10.00 minutes per occurrence.
related to the service area:
See the Service Area section below for penalties relating to improper
service area parking, improper handling of service area spills and
having fuel containers in the service area.
Clarification for FIA competitors:
Rim does not require you to clock in on your minute at MTC controls
(either MTC IN or MTC OUT). We will not be using the “yellow
clock face” for these controls. Basic guideline is: if you
see a yellow clock face (at ATCs), check in on your minute. If there
is no yellow clock face (MTC IN and MTC OUT) you can go ahead and
pull right up to the red clock face and declare the time that you
This year we will again be using NCR time cards (either 2 or 3 pages
per set, one set per stage) for most controls. When leaving an MTC
out you will get a 2 page set. The first (yellow) page will be kept
by the ATC crew, and the competitor will be returned the second
(hard) page for their records. At each ATC, you will also get a
new 3 page set for the coming stage (make sure your car number is
written on it). At the end of the stage the finish control will
take the top page (white), the next ATC or MTC will take the second
page (yellow), and the competitor will be returned the third (hard)
page for their records. The only cards that will not be NCR will
the Super Stage clock in card (which will only have the ATC clock
in time). Competitors may wish to bring an envelope to hold their
copies. Time cards will be 8.5” x 5.5” in size.
This year we will have Pete Soper, Rick Hintz and Jim Gill acting
as Competitor Relations Officers. They will tend to be at ATCs and
at the fairgrounds.
The Official Notice Board will be located in the Poppy Pavilion
at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Servicing, Fueling and DNFs
Servicing will only be allowed in the service area at the Antelope
Valley Fairgrounds. Service locations will be assigned by the organizers
about 10 days before the event, with an attempt to place crews near
to each other as requested on the entry form. The service area will
open for parking of service vehicles at 8:00 AM. on Friday Morning.
All motorized vehicles (including quads and motorcycles) in the
service area will be required to display the car number(s) of the
vehicles that they service for.
Area trailer parking:
To reduce service area overcrowding and maintain a professional
appearance, competitors are asked to park their trailers in the
designated trailer parking area along the fence on the southeast
portion of the Fairgrounds parking lot. Trailers up to 25 ft long
can be accommodated in this area. Longer trailers will need to be
parked elsewhere. A map will be provided in the Service Crew packet.
Because the service area is open to the public, a strict 15 MPH
speed limit will be enforced for BOTH rally cars and service related
vehicles. If a person riding or driving a vehicle (including motorcycles
and quads) associated with a service crew is speeding, all teams
serviced by that person will receive the penalty. The Service Area
will include all of the area between the Fairground’s arrival
MTC and the ATC for the Super Special Stage. See the penalties for
Area parking penalties:
All competitors and their crews are asked to be considerate of others
and park only in their team’s assigned service area. Penalties
for violations are as follows: 50 hundredths of a minute for the
first infraction, 1.00 minute for the second, 2.00 minutes for the
This year’s service area is entirely on black top. Service
crews will be required to place a tarp under their rally car anytime
it is located in the service area. Service crews will be responsible
for cleaning up any spills in their area. Penalty for not using
a tarp under the rally car will be a warning for the first infraction,
$50 for the second and $100 for the third. Penalty for draining
fluids onto the ground or asphalt: 50 hundredths of a minute for
the first infraction, 1.00 minute for the second. Violation will
be based on the judgment of a rally official.
Fueling at the Fairgrounds:
Since we will have the public in the service area we will not be
allowing fuel containers or fueling in the service area. All fueling
and storage of fuel containers will be in the fueling area adjacent
to the start of the super stage. We will have someone to “check
in” your fuel containers on Friday when you arrive. We will
mark and arrange the fuel containers so that it will be easy for
you to get your containers when you need them. Think of it as “the
fuel container library.” The area is fenced and will be locked
when not in use. The fuel area will be open from Noon to 9 PM on
Friday and from 7 AM to 9 PM on Saturday. Penalties for having fuel
containers in the service area after 5 PM on Friday are: warning
for the first infraction, .50 minute for the second, 1.00 minutes
for the third. In addition C.L. Bryant will have VP fuel available
for sale in the same area (see services below).
procedures required by the U.S. Forest Service:
Locations where refueling in the forest is allowed will be noted
in the route book. The Fueling Stewards will transport fuel cans
to these areas and be on hand during refueling. In all cases the
following procedures must be followed: a tarp will be provided to
place under the filler as well as an absorbent “Pig Mat”
to catch any spills. A special hazmat cleanup kit will be on site
and must be used if any fuel is spilled. Per Forest Service requirements
containers must be no more than 90% full for vapor expansion. Forest
Service personnel are likely to be present to make sure we follow
procedures; please ask the Fueling Service Steward (on site) if
you have any questions about what is required.
At the fairgrounds ham radio operators will track DNFs and have
that information available. They will post DNF information (cause
of DNF, maps, schedules etc) at Rally Information (where registration
was located) in Poppy Pavilion. Service crews are encouraged to
take advantage of this service if their team DNF’s. Contact
Rally Information to find out the best way to reach your team, then
let the radio workers know when you arrive at the stage what your
plans will be for extricating your car. In most cases the Sweep
Vehicles will tow DNF's to designated drop-off points that are easily
reached with a trailer.
where trophies will be awarded, the top 40% of the teams will receive
trophies down to a maximum of five places. For the USRC event all
USRC classes will be awarded trophies. For the CRS events all CRS
classes will be awarded trophies (both Friday and Saturday not combined
results). For the WSRC event (Saturday only) all WSRC classes will
be awarded trophies. Teams that qualify for a trophy will receive
a single plaque for the weekend (driver and co-driver) with an action
photo of their car taken during the event. Separate engraved plates
will be placed on these plaques indicating finishing positions.
Racing Fuel: Will award one case of Havoline Racing Revolution Synthetic
Oil and a 5 gallon can of fuel to the top qualifying finisher in
each of the seven USRC classes and each of the four CRS classes
(two days combined scores). In order to qualify vehicles must display
two decals either on the front fenders or the rear quarter panel.
Decals will be included in your registration packet.
Bryant will be selling VP Racing Fuels at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
from 1 to 6 PM on Friday and from 7 AM to 6 PM on Saturday. VP Offers
a wide range of racing fuels. Octane ratings available for unleaded
fuels are 87, 100 and 103 while leaded fuel will be available at
110 octane. To insure that your requirements for fuel and any other
products are met, pre-ordering is strongly recommended. Call Erica,
(800) 399-4176. Deadline for pre-ordering is April 29.
Lodging and Car Rental:
Lodging and car rental information is available at: http://www.rimoftheworldrally.com/lodging.htm
John Fletcher of Fletcher's Fire Protection in Lancaster will be
available (by appointment only) at the A.V. Fairgrounds on Friday
afternoon. He can recharge your dry chemical extinguisher ($15 for
any size dry chemical), or sell you a new one (dry chemical). In
addition, he can recertify your extinguishers (dry chemical or Halon
1211). You may call him at (661) 274-7607 before the event or Friday
Early and Express Registration:
Early Registration will available on Thursday from 7 to 9 PM in
Poppy Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for teams participating
in the Subaru Media Stage Friday morning. In addition, at the same
time, Express Registration will be offered for those teams that
have provided copies of their membership cards, licenses, vehicle
registration, insurance info, and Service Crew Registration form.
Registration will take place in Poppy Pavilion at the Antelope Valley
Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon (Noon to 4 PM), based on seed (see
schedule below). An Express Registration line will be open for teams
meeting the requirements (see paragraph above). Tech Inspection
will be in Lilac Pavilion at the Fairgrounds.
Competitors who are on one of the waiting lists should register
and tech with their normal seed group. At 4:15 PM on Friday in the
Registration area at the Fairgrounds, any no-shows will be filled
from the appropriate waiting list. Teams on the waiting list must
have a representative present at that time and location to be added
to the start list. A similar process will be followed at 1:15 AM
on Saturday morning at the Rally Information area for those on the
Saturday Only Waiting List.
8 and Beginners' Licensing Seminar:
The Beginners' Licensing Seminar will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday afternoon,
at the Fairgrounds (check the notice board at registration for details).
All previously unlicensed competitors who have not completed a recognized
Performance Rally School will be required to attend.
There will be a mandatory inspection for all CRS Performance Stock
and CRS GT cars at 4:00 P.M. in the southwest corner of the parking
lot at the Fairgrounds (adjacent to the trailer parking area). Look
for Michael Taylor.
Meeting and Group Photo:
Time cards will be handed out at 6:00 P.M. in front of the grandstands
at the A.V Fairgrounds, followed by a group photo of all drivers
and co-drivers (please wear your driving suits).
This year has seen a much higher than average amount of rain to
date and most of the roads have sustained substantial damage. As
such we have had to alter the route to use those roads that can
be repaired prior to the rally. This will result in some roads being
used twice, which will probably lead to degraded road condition
on the second pass.
For those competitors
that have not run RIM before, there are lots of waterbars to test
your car's suspension and your driving skills. Waterbars are dips
purposely placed across the road so that drainage can be controlled.
As such waterbars tend to be deeper on the cliff side of the road
than on the bank side.
Night Mid-Rally Chili Party
The first car will finish the Friday night section around 10:30
PM at the A.V. Fairgrounds. The Habitat for Humanity Team will prepare
the Mid-Rally Party for all to enjoy, providing drinks, snacks,
and a delicious pot of chili to go along with the bench racing!
A re-seed (dropping the worst stage) for all competitors will be
done based on the Friday night stages prior to the re-start on Saturday
as well as during the first Saturday service at the Fairgrounds
based on all the stages completed to that point. A complete re-seeding
(no stages dropped) will be done during the second Saturday service
break at the Fairgrounds.
Friday CRS Rally Results:
The Friday CRS Rally Results will not become provisional until the
Saturday CRS/WSRC Rally Results become provisional (probably around
11:30 PM Saturday night).
Any teams that DNF’d on Friday night and want to run Saturday’s
CRS/WSRC Rally must so state to the Chief of Scoring (Mike Gibeault)
at the Scoring office located in the foyer of Poppy Pavilion at
the Fairgrounds by 1:00 AM Saturday morning.
At the finish time control the cars will be directed to the turn
around area, please stay in order. Scores will be available in the
turnaround area. Once all of the cars have arrived, the cars will
pull up to the start in the same order that they finished and start
times will be assigned.
There will be three service stops at the Fairgrounds on Saturday
each starting respectively at approximately 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM and
6:20 PM (Note that the Saturday stage schedule may vary due to road
availability). Each service stop will be followed by a running of
the Super Special Stage.
The top three overall finishers are to proceed to the Winner’s
Circle in front of the grandstand with their vehicles immediately
following the final Super Special Stage. All competitors and their
service teams are invited to gather around the Winner’s Circle
in front of the grandstands for the Champagne Victory Ceremony presented
Party and BBQ:
Subaru is hosting a tri-tip BBQ for all competitors, registered
service crew members, and volunteers to enjoy as you congratulate
(or commiserate) and watch rally videos at the Post Rally Party.
This event is open to everyone. Guests are welcome to enjoy the
tri-tip BBQ for a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity. Provisional
and final scores will be posted at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Scores from all events should be provisional by 11:30
The Awards Breakfast for both the USRC Rally and the CRS/WSRC Rallies
will take place on Sunday morning at the Park Plaza Hotel (Doors
open at 7:30 AM, Awards 8:30 – 9:30 AM). Two tickets to the
breakfast will be included in each team's packet. Additional tickets
will be available at the door for $15 (includes tax and gratuity).