More details of Rally USA’s WRC candidate event emerge

Tennessee Rally USA next month will run to ARA regulations but take the form of a WRC event


America’s bid for a round of the World Rally Championship will take another step forward at next month’s Tennessee Rally USA.

Based out of Chattanooga, the June 14-16 event will include 14 stages and 109 competitive miles. The rally will run in the form of a WRC round, with Saturday and Sunday comprising two loops of three stages split by service and concluded with a single run around a spectator stage close to the city.

The event, which is capped at 45 entries – open now – runs in compliance with ARA regulations, but is not a scoring round of America’s premier rally series.

Olympus Rally Tacoma (USA) 23-26 06 1988

Miki Biasion's Lancia Delta Integrale was victorious when the United States last hosted the WRC in 1988

A Friday evening ceremonial start and parc expose will be held at AT&T Field, the home of local baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Service on both days is at Polk County High School, with the finish alongside Chattanooga Choo-Choo, a train named after the famous Glenn Miller song.

Tennessee Rally USA follows an initial WRC demonstration event hosted by the town of Reliance last April.


Choo-Choo will greet the winners on Sunday, June 16

The progression from demonstration to exhibition rally is a precursor to a further test which could move Chattanooga into a position to host America’s first WRC round since 1988.

Rally USA is not expected on the WRC calendar before 2026.