February 26, 2021
In this episode we chatted with three of the youngest talents that competed at SnoDrift and all of them had podium results. Cian McCormack comes from a family with a strong rallying history and SnoDrift was his first national event. The youngest of the three at 17, Patrick Gruszka is the son of well known privateer Art Gruszka and is beginning to blaze his own path. We also had Patrick's co-driver Alison LaRoza to get her perspective on working with someone so new to the sport. And finally Andre D'orazio who first caught our attention last season doing amazing times when driving a Fiesta R1 and now in the higher performance Fiesta R2 is beginning to show national championship contending performance.
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February 22, 2021
Okay, maybe Winners and Binners is a bit harsh, but indeed that's what happened with the guests in part 1 of our Sno*Drift rally review. The father daughter team of Stephen and Katie Gingras have shown impressive performance at other events, but unfortunately the icy conditions caught out the #12 NA4WD Subaru. If it was slick for 4WD machinery, just imagine what it was like for a RWD Subaru BRZ! And that's exactly what our next guest Santiago Iglasias of Escudería Boricua Rally drove to a class win in Regional L2WD. Also at the top of their class was National NA4WD class winner Mark Piatkowski who said that the ice in Michigan is chemically different than anywhere else. Adding to the winners circle of this episode is the energetic Fabrizio Mirandola, driver of the fabulous Fiat 500 Abarth that claimed the regional O2WD class win. The car may be small, but it's quick, so quick it even claimed an overall class stage win vs. the nationals! We round out the episode with Ryan Booth's Sno*Drift experience that started out great in a solid 4th overall and leading the class of high performance R5 machinery, but then it all went wrong on the first stage in the second loop.
February 19, 2021
In this episode we speak with the Marketing Director of ARA Jeremy Meyer about their new changes including the addition of RallySafe and their media partnership with Dirtfish. We also chat with Dirtfish Media's Trevor Wert about their new role, and with Kelsey Steven's of Cooper Autoworks who's also going to be at Sno*Drift with a small media team. This is looking to be one of the best covered Sno*Drift rallies in ages!
And no, your ears do not deceive you. I apparently can't count, because in the intro I state that this is episode 95, when clearly it is episode 94 of the RallyCast!
February 15, 2021
In this episode we talk to a couple of grassroots competitors. Brothers James and Ryan Pryzbylkowski are newer to the sport from the competition side, but have been spectating rallies for several years until they had the opportunity and means to finally build cars of their own. It's a fun chat about how they first learned about rallying and what it's like to do that first event.
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January 17, 2021
In this episode we chat with one of our favorite WRC reporters, Colin Clark. Colin gives us his thoughts on the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally, what it's like to ride in one of the newest generation Hyundai i20 WRC's at speed, and the upcoming 2022 regulations. Be sure to also stick around for the end where we introduce a new segment we're calling "The View From the Right Seat" where this time we have a short chat with Alex Gelsomino about his years of rallying with Ken Block and the Ford relationship that has come to an end after 11 years.
January 1, 2021
Happy New Year listeners! In this episode Co-Driver Alex Kihurani chats with us about the challenges of their condensed 2020 WRC3 season, working with the FIA's new Rally Star driver program and how sim racing plays a part, getting used to the speeds of Rally2 machinery, and the exciting plans he and Sean have for the 2021 season which starts in just a few weeks. After what we heard, you'll definitely want to renew that WRC+ All Live subscription! We also have a brief chat with Scott Alderson of Scott Alderson Art who's seeking a little bit of sponsorship help to keep those really cool rally coloring books free.
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December 13, 2020
In this show Alex and Rhianon discuss their pandemic shortened 2020 season and how what started out as quite the blow to their business and livelihood, suddenly opened a new opportunity when Rhianon got the call co-driver for Travis Pastrana in the #199 Subaru. We also talk about how American rally rules encourage good sportsmanship vs. other places in the world, and how Alex and Ken used that to their advantage in their early years competing in an Olsbergs Fiesta. We also chat about the crazy contraption Subaru came up with for Rhianon to use to wipe the windscreen in front of Travis while traveling at high speed, and we even chat a bit about the WRC and their past experiences at the Monza Rally Show. So kick back and grab a cold one while you listen to the latest edition from our virtual rally pub.
December 6, 2020
In Part 2 of our Olympus review show, we conclude our interview with Regional overall winner Dave Clark, and then provide some thoughts and insight from our commentary crew which includes our host Mike Shaw, rally photographer Tedrick Mealy, and recently announced 2020 Eastern Regional Open 2WD champion co-driver, Kelsey Stephens of Cooper Autoworks.
November 28, 2020
In this episode we welcome a man who's smile we didn't think could get any bigger, but then he won the overall regional in his BMW E36 M3. It isn't often a 2WD car can make it to an overall podium, let alone an all out win, especially in the dumping rain and slippery conditions that Olympus 2020 had on offer. Mike Shaw and guests hosts Kelsey Stephens and Tedrick Mealy find out how he was able to pull if off and how he got started doing this crazy little sport that we all love.
September 12, 2020
In this episode we welcome back friend of the RallyCast Preston Osborn. After toasting to his new role as ARA's new Series Competition Director, we chat about what interested him in taking up the new position, areas he plans on focusing first, and what his recent skills as a team manager and competitor at O.D.D. Racing can bring to the sanctioning body's management team. From there we delve deep into a review of the Ojibwe Forests Rally and learn why everyone should keep an eye on a kid named Andre D'Orazio.
Also, check out our full written review from the event, including fantastic pictures from David Cosseboom of iHeartFast