The dates for the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally are set for April 21-23.
The rally will begin with the traditional Friday night stages at Portland International Raceway, followed by two days of rally racing east of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge.
New for 2017, the Oregon Trail Rally will partner with American Rally Association (ARA) to sanction the event.
Newly formed American Rally Association (ARA), a member-driven nonprofit organization based in New Hampshire, will establish their first-ever ARA National Championship series in 2017.
Oregon Rally Group President Dylan Hooker was excited to announce the transition to a new sanctioning body which he feels will strengthen rally racing in the USA and help the Oregon Trail Rally to reach new heights.
“Over the last sixteen years the Oregon Trail Rally has grown into a premier Northwest motorsport event and one of the top rally events in the country. Our past sanctioning bodies have provided a stable platform with a high level of safety and competitiveness from which to run our event. We are confident that the new American Rally Association will continue this work and help our sport grow”, Hooker said.
For a tenth consecutive year the Oregon Trail Rally will return to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge region. Oregon Trail Rally Chair Rebecca Ruston is excited about this new partnership. “Each year we continue to grow and improve our event, making it a competitor and fan favorite while providing an economic benefit to the local community. I look forward to working with the ARA team and feel confident that together we will deliver another great rally for both participants and spectators in 2017.”
The inaugural 2017 ARA National Championship series currently consists of five rallies: Oregon Trail Rally in Portland, Oregon dates TBD, the Olympus Rally in Shelton, Washington in May, the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro, PA in June, the New England Forest Rally in Newry, Maine in July, and the Ojibwe Forests Rally in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in August. Additional events and the fully event calendar for 2017 will be announced later this fall.
Additional news and event dates for 2017 will be posted on the event’s web site, www.OregonTrailRally.com, and Facebook Site, www.facebook.com/OregonTrailRally as the event draws closer. Information on the new American Rally Association and the inaugural 2017 ARA National Championship series can be found on their site – www.AmericanRallyAssociation.org