FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raleigh, North Carolina, May 18, 2008
*Round Two of the Atlantic Rally Cup comes to Linden, TN
*More competitors this year
*Gas prices effecting entries
With the NASA Rally Sport's annual Perry County event, Rally Tennessee, only days away, it appears that this year will be another year of growth for the event. Especially with the current economy, this is a very good sign for the rally.
"So far it's looking very good." said Anders Green of NASA Rally Sport. "Last year we had thirty six entrants. This year, with a few last minute folks that aren't yet listed on the web site, I'm expecting a few more than that, maybe thirty eight total." The current listing of competitors list from the event's web site, RallyTennessee.com, list twenty two cars and fourteen motorcycles.
Green added that the high gas prices have a big effect on the amount of entries at rallies throughout the country. "Especially for the car guys, towing your race car you'll get maybe only ten miles per gallon. And when lots of the racers are making six to eight hundred mile trips, one way, that really adds up. The bikes have it a little easier, since they can fit so many more on a trailer and split the costs."
For the racers, the roads of Tennessee are one reason they are drawn here. Gregor Halenda, a competitor last year on a KTM motorcycle, said of the Hohenwold stage "The last stage was eleven miles of some of the fastest, most amazing banked turns you could imagine."
The other reason to make the long trek from the Atlantic Ocean past Nashville to Linden is the warm welcome that the racers get here. Most of the reputation of a rally is word of mouth from one racer to another, and the word is starting to get around that Linden is a fun place to come race.
There's still time to get involved with the rally. "Volunteering really opens up the door for a lot of folks." said Green. "We try to treat our volunteers as well as we can, free T-shirt, lunch, and of course they get to come to the awards ceremony too and hang out with all the racers. And that's on top of being right on the course for the rally all day long!" RallyTennessee.com has more information on volunteering, or contact Pat Vandenbosche at the Chamber of Commerce.
Rally Tennessee occurs in the town of Linden, in Perry County Tennessee.
The rally takes place on Saturday May 24th.
For motorcycles, Rally Tennessee is part of the Atlantic RallyMoto(tm) Cup, the only championship for motorcycles in a rally format in America, as part of NASA Rally Sport's trademarked RallyMoto™ program.
For cars, Rally Tennessee is part of the Atlantic Rally Cup and the United States Rally Championship.
For media support contact Anders Green: +1 919 697 5282 firstname.lastname@example.org