Originally posted by osunick
US laws are probably a big part of why there isn't a US stage of the WRC. If you haven't noticed, the WRC cars are road legal in the European Union, you can see that they all have license plates and actually drive on public roads from stage to stage. It's actually a part of the competition, and you are penalized twice as much for being early to a stage as you are for being late, you can get busted at a random checkpoint along the way between stages, which means that drivers have to go the speed limit without going over or under, instead of racing to the next stage and waiting 100 feet from time control.
All cars on a Stage Rally ae licensed for use on a public road, that is not the issue.
And insurance has not got that much to do with it. Yes the SCCA just dumped Stage Rallying for what they said was insurance reasons, (cost of insuring stage rallying was driving the cost for other forms of racing up to much).
However Rally America has taken over Stage Rallying in America and are doing a fine job.
Also years ago the WRC did come to both Canada and USA. Look for The Olympus Rally in the late 80's, this was the USA event.
The real issue asa to why American's do not watch rallying is simply that you can not go somewhere and sit in one spot and watch it. Also the winner is not always the first guy to get to the end and you may have to wait an hour while they determine the winner.
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