Rally car racing roars into area

Rally West Virginia will return to Snowshoe Mountain Resort for its sixth running and brings the thrill of motorsport action to the Potomac Highlands area this weekend.

Top grassroots teams from across the eastern United States will gather to race production-based cars, motorbikes and ATVs that have been modified for speed and safety on some of the most challenging gravel roads in West Virginia. These skilled teams will compete for victory in what is the fourth round of the NASA National Rally Championship’s Atlantic Rally Cup series.

The two-day endurance test competitors will face lasts 167 grueling miles on Plum Creek Timber lands spread out over 14 separate racing segments called “Special Stages.” The event also encompasses another 347 miles throughout Pocahontas, Webster, Greenbrier and Nichols counties and the towns of Marlinton and Richwood, which teams will have to transit in order to reach the competitive Special Stages. Rally West Virginia also will feature a Hill Climb competition based at Snowshoe Mountain Resort to run alongside the main event.

Rally West Virginia and the Hill Climb are open for the public to attend free of charge.

Rally West Virginia begins with opening ceremonies at 8 p.m. today at Parc Expose in the Snowshoe Village. Parc Expose gives fans free access to see the race vehicles up close, meet the drivers/co-drivers and riders, and get autographs signed. Local country/pop music singer Erica Rebinski will be performing a free concert at Parc Expose.

Designated race viewing areas for spectators will be available over the weekend at the Middle Road, Straight Creek and Mountain Hillclimb stages. The racing begins Saturday morning and is scheduled to finish Sunday evening. The rally’s Service Park will be open over the weekend and is located at the “Top of the World” parking lot at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

For more information about Rally West Virginia please visit www.RallyWV.com.