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Three Days of Rally Action at the Seventh Ramada Express International Rally USA December 9-12, 2004 in Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, NV (August 15, 2004)

Considered America’s toughest, richest rally, the Ramada Express International Rally VII again brings rally action to Nevada and northwestern Arizona, coming December 9-12, 2004. Unique forest and mountain competition stages wind through Arizona's western Grand Canyon in the Land of the Hualapai Indians. Its specially-designed Sunday SuperStage dual-action dirt course at the Laughlin Special Events Arena, is the perfect venue for exciting rally action, and is just a few steps from the Ramada Express Hotel-Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. The 2004 course includes a new 8.7-mile hill climb in the Cerbat Mountains of Arizona, and a revised schedule for competition.

The Ramada Express Hotel-Casino International Rally 2004, receives sanctioning from the United States Automobile Club (USAC) as an FIA-calendar event. It is the only American event incorporating the organization and procedures of the international motorsport commission, FIA. The rally weekend includes the Western States Rally Championship, California Rally Series Championship, and National Auto Sport Association (NASA Rally Sport West) events.

Ray Hocker, vice president for American Rally Sport Group (ARSG) and clerk of the course, says, "We find ourselves in the unique position of having one of the final endurance rally events in the world, and international interest and participation is unusually strong. Each year the best rallyists in the United States face some of the finest teams from other North American countries, as well as Europe, and Japan. Year after year, I think our event earns its reputation as America's toughest, richest rally."

"December’s changing weather always brings in an element of surprise," comments ARSG president, Roger Allison. To finish this three-day rally event is a true challenge for each and every International and American competitor."