Skip to main content

Rally Sprint in a Box!

What is it?

This is a simplified rally, that runs in one day, on one road, that happens with minimal volunteer requirements, minimal overhead, and still gets you out racing on a real forest road. Considering something else? Want to do a compact or full multi-day rally? Contact a NASA Rally Sport Director!


7am - waiver signing and safety check starts 8-10 - recce (max 2 passes each direction) and stage set up 10-11 - stage setup completion 11:01 - first car off, two passes down and back for total of four passes 30 minute service/break two passes down and back for total of eight passes 20 minute service/break two passes down and back for total of twelve passes make up runs as needed (for the runs missed while volunteering) 6:30 - stage cleanup 7:30 - dinner

Unusual Exceptions to Normal Rally Procedures

This event is designed to work much like a rallycross in the field. It's cooperative, and it's expected that racers will be contributing as volunteers on the course.
  • Either you bring a designated volunteer, or you are a volunteer. You (or your designate) volunteers at some point during the day or you're DNF.
  • No transits. All service, registration, and tech is at the start of the stage.
  • Only one road.
  • No route books, no stage notes, no rally guide, no service pack, no nothin when you register. You get a wristband and that's it.
  • No log book issuing. Cars must be pre-approved to attend by the regional Chief of Scrutineering and tech is basic safety items only (like belts/helmets/suits/h&n/extinguishers).
  • No licenses or memberships issued, this must be taken care of before the event.
  • No novice school will be offered, this must be taken care of before the event.
  • The organizer is expected to compete.
  • The total non-racer personnel list is: medical and two HAM radio operators.

Other Interesting Differences for Organizers

  • You are freed from the burden of developing a web site. Each event will only have a single page on the server, and you can go nuts on Facebook or any other social media site.
  • You are freed from writing Supplemental Regulations. Each event uses the standard Rally Sprint In A Box Supp Regs and just changes the address of the roads and dates.
  • You are freed from generating forms. All the paper forms you'll need during the whole event are on this page.

Every Document You Need is Provided

Cool Idea! But I want to change X, Y, and Z...

So you want to organize one of these Rally Sprints in a Box, but you want to change some things? Maybe add some things? A second road? A formal awards ceremony? Great! Ambitious people with ideas make the best organizers. But let's make a deal...the first time, just follow the formula. Once you have that under your belt, we can work on growing and expanding. Walk, then run. Downshift, then heel-toe downshift. :)

Why? What is the point of this?

Organizing a rally can be a huge undertaking, with many complicated and moving parts. Anyone with brains can see that putting on a rally is a monstrous task. This program serves two purposes: it gets cars out racing and having fun, and it gives new organizers a framework to get started with and learn with. The idea is that the Rally Sprint In A Box is a starter package, and it's imagined that each event will evolve past the initial restrictions as time goes on.


Q: So, there's actually nothing new in here at all! A: This event structure is pretty much within the existing rules, although it is not a typical implementation. It could have been done before, with a few exceptions granted in the supps. Q: Are codrivers required? A: No. Q: Can multiple drivers drive one car? A: Yes. They could even all have the same codriver... if that person could stand it. Q: Are full cages needed? A: Yes. A normal rally car is required. Q: Are spectators allowed? A: Not in the traditional sense: everyone anywhere on stage has to be waivered. Q: Do these events count for points? A: They could, there could even be a series for them, but that's all in the future. Q: How long is the stage? A: Seven miles maximum. This is based on setup time, traversing time, staffing requirements, simplex range, and complexity of operations. Q: Won't 12 runs over one stage really tear it up? A: With 50 cars, yeah it would. With 12 cars, not as much. As the event grows, more roads can be added. Till then, racing on a road that gets a little beat up at the end of the day is way better than not racing at all. It really depends on the road. Maybe you only do 8 runs. Maybe use a paved road. Maybe it starts to rain lollipops... nothing in life can be predicted perfectly. :) Q: So how do you figure out the run groups? A: Two equally sized groups of all racers without volunteer delegates. The groups swap out after each section of four runs. The groups are sorted by when you paid your entry fee... pay first, run first. Q: What about bikes? A: Yes, you can include motorcycles. Just group them up so they all run together and put a sweep after that group. Q: Are you going to replace the existing rallies with these sprints? A: No, what we have already is fun and we want to keep those. The idea is to add to what we already have. Q: So, it's like a two-way hillclimb? A: Yes. You could even do one where they already do a hillclimb... and then race it up and down! Q: Could I organize one of these at a road race track, off in the back fields? A: Yes. That's pretty much how the HyperFest Rally Sprint works.