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Introduction to Rallycross

Subaru Impreza RS competing in Rallycross. Photo by Sunny.

It's early in the morning as you're huddled around with other spectators enjoying a warm cup of coffee. Standing on an open snow covered dirt field with a distinct dirt track lined with orange traffic cones.

Zip! An old 1997 Subaru Impreza RS enters your field of view, kicking up dirt and debris as it flies through the dirt track. You watch the ancient relic navigate through the twisty dirt track, cheering and encouraging the driver to go faster and faster. The driver completes the course, everyone is cheering for the driver. Everyone's attention turns to the next driver in line, they roll up the starting line. 3, 2, 1 and they're off.

This is Rallycross. You stare in amazement at the speed and agility of these rallycross vehicles and wonder, could I do the same? You absolutely can.

Simply put, rallycross is a form of motorsport where participants race for the best lap times around a designated course. Most rallycross events take place on dirt, gravel, mud, or snowy surfaces. This makes makes rallycross a unique motorsport in the sense that participants have to have a clear understanding of the different types of road surfaces.

To get you started, the Sports Car Club of America, or SCCA, has created a resourceful guide to help you figure out if rallycross is the right sport for you. The website is packed full with information on what the sport is all about and all the rules and regulations associated with rallycross. They have also compiled a list of upcoming rallycross events so that you can stay up to date on any events near you.