Subaru Enhances Popular Contingency Support Program in the 2018 American Rally Association
Subaru of America confirmed today the continuation of its rally contingency program in the America Rally Association with several key enhancements to better support Subaru rally drivers in the USA.
The program offers up over $10,000 per ARA national championship rally for the top three finishing Subaru drivers, with the top finishing Subaru earning $5,000 an event. The program also features over $21,000 in year-end cash prizes for the top three finishing Subaru drivers in the ARA Championship.
In an effort to encourage teams to utilize the latest generation Subaru WRX STI model there continues to be a “New Car Build” award which pays a one-time $5,000 payment to teams who build and enter a new 2015 or newer model year Subaru WRX STI in the ARA National Championship.
New for 2018 is a “Tow-Award” bonus payment of $5,000 for teams starting at least one west coast and one east coast event during the 2018 season*. The intent of the “Tow-Award” is to offset the travel expense of the long cross-country transit, supporting those teams who are committed to entering at least five or more 2018 ARA series events.
Also returning in 2018 is the most popular portion of Subaru of America’s rally support program; the entry-fee discount for Subaru drivers. The “Subaru Early Entry Fee” will be $500 below the event’s posted Early Entry Fee for a National entry, and $300 below the posted Early Entry Fee for a Regional entry. This entry fee credit is available to ANY class of Subaru entered.
Rules and restrictions apply, please review the complete rules located on these pages.
2018 Subaru Rally Support Program | Contingency Program Rules
1. Program Name
- 2018 Subaru Rally Support Program Contingency
2. Program Summary
- This is an optional contingency awards program: Signing up once automatically enters the driver’s name and car number for the 2018 season only.
3. Covered Events
- All 2018 National level American Rally Association Championship stage rally events.
4. Registration Requirements
- Registration is REQUIRED for this Subaru Rally Support Program prior to applicable event day(s).
- Registrants will remain on this program for the remainder of the calendar year.
- REGISTRATIONS AT AN EVENT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Only registrations using the below link will be accepted.
- All registrants will be required to provide their Social Security # or EIN in order to receive any award payouts. A representative from Vermont SportsCar will contact the Registrant for this information.
- Click Here to Register
5. Decal Requirements
- Registrants are required to affix decals to their registered competition car according to the decal layout guidelines found at the following link: DECAL LAYOUT GUIDE
- Decals must be placed neatly on the registered race vehicle prior to the official start of the event. Failure to do so will result in automatic forfeiture of any Subaru awards for that respective event
- Availability: One set of decals will be supplied at no charge to the registrant after their completed online registration is accepted. Additional decal sets may be purchased from Vermont SportsCar.
6. Vehicle Eligibility for Awards
- Eligible Subaru vehicles shall only include 2015 Model Year or newer Subaru WRX or Subaru WRX STI models
7. Class Eligibility for Awards
- Eligible vehicles must be entered in American Rally Association’s Open 4wd , Limited Open 4wd or Naturally Aspirated 4wd classes.
8. Award Information:
- Per event award payouts are for the top three finishing, registered drivers in eligible Subaru vehicles for each event (based on vehicle eligibility described in section 6 and 7), and paid out according to the payout schedule listed below.
- The participant’s finish position is based on his/her position in the official event results relative to all other registered and eligible Subaru participants in this program, in any class. For example, if a driver finishes 3rd Overall in the event’s overall standings, but is the highest finishing registered Subaru he/she will receive the position one (1) Subaru contingency event award payout.
- Any penalties, disqualifications, or class changes levied by series or event officials on any program entrant will be applied to finish classifications at the sole discretion of Subaru of America.
- Awards may be withheld if event results are not confirmed by series or event officials or a protest or inquiry is presented.
- The award check, in the appropriate amount, will be mailed to the address on record, payable to the registered driver. Award checks shall be mailed 10-15 business days after the conclusion of an event via and shall be mailed by USPS.
- NOTE: Any official factory supported cars of Subaru of America (Subaru Rally Team USA team cars) will not be registered in the program, and therefore will not be included in the finish positions for determination of awards for program participants.
9. Event Payout Schedule
|2015 or Newer WRX or STI||$5,000||$3,500||$2,000|
10. Subaru Tow Support
- Registered drivers shall earn a one-time ‘Tow-Support” payout of $5,000 after they start five (5) 2018 American Rally Association National Championship events.
- Two (2) of the five (5) rounds must include either Olympus Rally or Oregon Trail Rally, AND either New England Forest Rally or Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally.
- The award check, in the appropriate amount, will be mailed to the address on record, payable to the registered driver. Award checks shall be mailed 10-15 business days after the conclusion of the 5th entered event, mailed via USPS.
11. New Car Build Start Bonus
- Registered program entrants who start an ARA NATIONAL event with a 2015 model year or newer WRX or WRX STI will earn a one-time $5000 start bonus.
- This is a one-time payment and will be tied to the vehicle, via it’s VIN, not the driver. The vehicle may not earn a second Start Bonus with another driver or team at any future events under any circumstances.
- Vehicles that may have received this Start Bonus Payout from a previous season (ie: 2017 or earlier) are ineligible for any Start Bonus Payouts.
- The award check, in the appropriate amount, will be mailed to the address on record, payable to the registered driver. Award checks shall be mailed 10-15 business days after registrant supplies confirmation of vehicle VIN, scan of ARA logbook, and confirmation of event start.
12. Year-End Award
- To be eligible to earn the Year-End Awards a participant must enter five (5) or more 2018 American Rally Association National Championship events.
- Participant must utilize an eligible Subaru vehicle at all entered events (based on vehicle eligibility described in section 6 and 7). NOTE: Entering five rounds in an eligible Subaru and then entering one or more rounds in a non-eligible Subaru will disqualify participant from receiving any year-end payout award.
- Year-End Finish position is based on entrant’s position in the official ARA overall points standings respective to all other registered and eligible Subaru program entrants.
- The award check, in the appropriate amount, will be mailed to the address on record, payable to the registered driver. Award checks shall be mailed 10-15 business days after the ARA season results are confirmed and posted.
|Year End Payout Schedule||
|2015 Model Year and Newer||$10,000||$7,500||$4,000|
Subaru Entry Fee Discounts
Each national event organizer of the 2018 American Rally Association will make available a “Subaru Early Entry Fee” to the first ten (10) paid Subaru teams in the National and the first (ten) 10 paid Subaru entries in the concurrent Regional rally, should one exist.
The “Subaru Early Entry Fee” will be $500 below the event’s posted Early Entry Fee for a National entry, and $300 below the posted Early Entry Fee for a Regional entry. This entry fee credit is available to ANY class of Subaru.
The credit is handled entirely between the event organizer and the entering team. Teams shall receive the credit when they pay their entry to the event organizer.
- The first 10 Subaru National entries, any class or model year, receive a $500 credit off the Event’s respective National Early Entry Fee at all 2018 ARA National level events.
- The first 10 Subaru Regional entries, any class or model year, receive a $300 credit off the Regional Early Entry Fee at Regional ARA events which run concurrent to an ARA National event. The entry fee discount does not apply to any stand-alone ARA Regional level rally events.
- After an Event’s respective “Early Entry Deadline” passes there are no credits provided. Each event organizer may dictate the terms and details of the entry deadlines.
- The Event’s standard Early Entry Fee is dictated solely by the respective Event Organizer and this program will only reduce that fee by the above stated amounts for Subaru drivers. Event Organizers shall list this reduced fee as “The Subaru Early Entry Fee” or other mutually agreeable name.
- The early entry fee credit is ONLY available at the rounds that comprise the 2018 American Rally Association National Championship.
- Subaru drivers do NOT need to pre-register with Vermont SportsCar to receive this credit. However, the participants’ contact information may be provided by the Event Organizers to Vermont SportsCar.
competitor does not start a USA based ARA national event in the 2017 the registrant forfeits any early entry credit earned at a Canadian round.
Q: What if an entrant drops out of the event and requires a refund?
A: Event Organizer refunds the entry fee, in accordance with the event’s own refund policy and may apply the applicable Entry credit to the 11th entered Subaru who paid an Early Entry fee, in the form of a check or credit card refund. This is at the discretion of the event organizer.
Q: What if an entrant receives the Early Entry Fee Credit but does not start the event in a Subaru? (such as a change of vehicle after initial registration)
A: Event Scrutineers will be aware of which participants received the Subaru Early Entry Fee. If a participant changes vehicles and is no longer entering the event with a Subaru he/she will be charged the difference in entry fees before being allowed to start the event.
Q: What if there are less than 10 Subaru entrants who receive the Subaru Early Entry Credit in either National or Regional?
A: Unused credits will not be transferred or utilized.