I am Keanna Erickson-Chang, and I’m back! I’m a female stage rally driver in the USA - Ask Me Anything
Keanna here. My last AMA was a couple of years ago. With the Olympus Rally 🇺🇸 and WRC Rally Croatia 🇭🇷 happening today, I’ve made the impulsive decision to do another.
Rallying in America is blowing up. (Even if it's one of the lesser known forms of motorsport in the country.) I’m so excited to see necessary safety systems being implemented, DirtFish taking over media, overseas competitors, and so much more. I’m actually starting to miss the American scene instead of feeling like it’s lacking.
After my 2019 JWRC debut at Wales Rally GB, my plans were to compete in the championship in 2020. Cut to this year, this weekend, and another season is starting...
Thoughts, Feelings, Opinions? AMA. As always, I love the topics of women in motorsports or STEM/F1 in Schools. I may pop in on Clubhouse later to converse while I answer and who the hell knows what else?
Cheers, Keanna x
8:09 EST - I'll be back at 9 to start answering.
12:34 EST - I'm still here! Hopping off for a bit now, but I'll be back on and off throughout the day and answer as much as I can.
5:09 EST - Just about done here for the day. I'll pop back on once more later this evening. Thanks for joining!
What is stage rally? A form of motorsport where crews (driver and co-driver) compete on closed road “stages,” using liaison/road sections or “transits” to travel between the stages. Cars start (usually) every minute. Co-drivers read pace notes during the race, which detail the road ahead for the driver. Pace notes are unique to their drivers. They are an annotated language for all the the corners, straights, and more. The winner of the rally has the lowest cumulative time from all of the stages. Of course, it’s a lot more complicated than this. If you want to know more, well, just ask!