What's Going On?
Chris & Alex are entered to compete in the most spectacular round of the World Rally Championship in Finland. Frequently referred to as the "Grand Prix of Finland," and the birthplace of modern rallying, the rally attracts more attention and prestige than any other round of the World Rally Championship with 500,000 people, or 10% of the country's population, attending the rally every year. That's more than 5 times more attendees than the last SuperBowl. Despite the famous stages and famous jumps, Chris & Alex will be the first American team to compete in the rally since 1973, the first year World Rally Championship was established. However, Chris & Alex are still a few dollars short of being able to compete.
"To make a small fortune in racing, start with a big one." Despite this stereotypical scenario in motorsports, Chris has been able to dominate 2 wheel drive rallying in the US for the past 5 years from middle class roots by pedaling inexpensive, underpowered cars to their limit with half the horsepower, half the drive train, and a fraction of the money of the top competitors in the series.
Chris got his start in rallying with a 1990 VW Golf he prepared at his house at the age of 18 and used it to win his first national championship in his class 2 years later. This year, Chris has finished in the top 10 overall in his 180hp Ford Fiesta in every event he's entered and currently leads the US national championship in the 2 wheel drive category, which allows cars with unlimited amounts of horsepower. In addition to the US championship, Chris is one of 10 drivers internationally competing in the World Rally Championshiop (WRC) Academy, a specific classification of the WRC aimed at finding the best driver in the world 25 or younger and is the only driver from North America competing in the championship. His outright speed and dedication have landed him a feature in the upcoming rally documentary, Easier Said Than Done, the first and only documentary focused on American rallying, as one of two featured drivers. And who's the other driver featured? None other than Ken Block (you may have heard of him). You can see the teaser here:
In the World Rally Championship, Chris is one of the most popular drivers as well, earning the "Spirit of the WRC Academy Award" for embracing the local community after his 6th place finish at the most recent round in Greece.
You can also read recent articles about Chris here (including how he saved a man from a burning car, true story!):
What We Need & What You Get
The Impact- Chris & Alex will represent the USA in the biggest rally in the world because of the American rally community.
And what about that other guy in the passenger seat the whole time?
Alex has been breathing rally (and rally co-driving) since early childhood. With a clear rally obsession, Alex taught himself map reading and the basics of co-driving to find spectator points with his dad at the closest national rally, starting at age 6. By 11, he was competing in navigational road rallies, and by the age of 13, he became nicknamed the "RallyBrat" after frequently hitching rides cross country with generous rally teams to shoot video. By 18, he had captured his first class national title and has been helping fast drivers go faster ever since.
Other Ways You Can HelpIf you can't contribute, no problem. All of us in rallying (including ourselves) understand what it means to be strapped for cash! If you can't contribute but would still love to see us go, please tell your friends or re-post on Facebook or Twitter as soon as possible to help spread the word!
Both of us (Chris and Alex) grew up within the rally community and owe a huge chunk of our success to the help and support the community has given us throughout our entire lives. THANK YOU ALL!
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