I am Keanna Erickson-Chang, the only full-time female rally car driver in the USA... AMA! 😊
I'm Keanna and I currently compete in stage rally here in the States, as well as in France.I drive a M-Sport-built Ford Fiesta R2T (a 2018 JWRC car) here and a Renault Clio R3T in a single-make trophy in the CFR.I just finished the Southern Ohio Forest Rally and am headed off to the Oregon Trail Rally tomorrow.
Apart from stage rally, I've competed in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in Morocco; am a former endurance racer, ice racer, short course autox competitor, track day enthusiast, and student; and I am the lead judge of Land Rover 4x4 in Schools, and I judge F1 in Schools here in the USA.
AMA! I'll be back at 9 to start answering questions!
8:17 - Okay, I'll start now! So many questions already... 😊
12:33 - Quick break!
12:45 - Change of scenery and a outlet and I'm back!
Upvote q's you want answered... this is massive and I'm doing my best to keep up!
14:47 - Break time! I need to get home and pack for my next rally, I'll keep answering throughout the afternoon and in transit tomorrow... Thank you all for being here!!!
06:03 - I’ll be working on getting some more questions answered today. Sorry if I haven’t gotten to yours!
(If you have no idea what stage rally is, you're not alone... but you should know about one of the most obscure kinds of racing in our country, it's one of the coolest (and most insane)! These are the basics...
TL;DR We drive as fast as we can on dirt roads while our passenger tells us where to go and we occasionally jump things
>>Rallies consist of a crew (driver and co-driver) and a series of special, and super special, stages. These stages are segments of road, anywhere from a mile to over twenty miles long, which have been closed to the public. In the USA, these are gravel, but tarmac rallies exist elsewhere. (The French rallies we compete in are tarmac).The stages are separated by transit or liaison sections, which is just a fancy way of saying that the crews drive along the normal road, which remains open to the public.One-by-one, the crews start the stages (typically in one minute intervals) and drive as quickly as possible to the finish. Each crew receives a time for that stage, and all of that crew's stage times (plus any penalties) are added for a cumulative time, which decides the winner of the rally. There are also a handful of different classes to enter, depending on your car.>>Meanwhile, the co-driver must read a book of pacenotes, which tell the driver massive amounts of information about the road: corners, straights, crests, road position, and more! The crews have only one or two passes of driving down the roads before racing on then, and there can be around 200kms of stages at some rallies. The driver creates pacenotes with the co-driver on the reconnaissance passes, to be read later during the race. These allow the driver to drive as quickly (and safely) as possible.)