Erika Detota to announce 2013 Rally
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The other female driver also comes with a rally
racing background. Erika Detota from Passaic, NJ
joins Team Broken Racing with boyfriend William
Petrow, who has also entered the Rallycross event.
Erika plans on piloting her usual rally car that
won 1st place at the International Rally New York
and competed at the 2009 New England Forest
Her amazing pace at learning such a tedious and
male dominated sport is largely in part to her
coach and navigator Jason Smith. Its
great to see a woman excel in rally. She is tasting
the success of all her hard work which is well
deserved, says Jason.
Throughout her first season Erika has donated
space on her car to the organization Keep A
Breast which strives to educate and prevent
breast cancer through awareness- A female piloted
rally car has become a medium to discuss and draw
attention to the growing disease. To find out more
about the organization please visit:
www.keep-a-breast.org or find Erika at this
weekends Rallycross events.
Erika looks forward to racing with Kristin,
having more than one woman racing is always a
treat and it is happening more and more. There are
a handful of promising young woman who are
surfacing in the sport which is so awesome to
Chute, Kristin - rallycross driver, first
Amercian female Rallycross competitor with co-racer
Erika Detota to announce
2013 Rally Season
Ruges Subaru will increase support of female
rally teamRhinebeck, NY, March 6th, 2013: Erika
Detota and her sponsors are ready to announce their
plans for 2013 starting with a reveal of the
upgrades to the Ruges Rally car on March 22nd
at the Ruges Subaru dealership.
Since the end of last season, the team has been
busy upgrading their race car. The project has been
no small undertaking and will be unveiled to the
public at Ruges Subaru in Rhinebeck, NY on
March 22 at 8pm. A few items from the reveal is a
more powerful 2.5l RS motor with ExedyPerformance
Clutch transferring the power have been installed.
This will be a big jump in power for me,
hopefully about 60 horsepower, says
In addition to a fresh car, the team has gained
Mary Warren, who has joined to co-drive the season.
Mary has various experience in the sport from car
prep, crew and most notably co-driving, the team is
confident she will prove to be a great
addition.This season will be Erikas first
time focusing on racing in NASA Rally Sport events,
which kicked off its season March 2nd in
South Carolina at Sandblast Rally. NASA will have
two championships that the team will participate
in, the Atlantic Rally Cup and if qualification is
obtained the NASA National series.
The teams first event will be Empire State
Performance Rally on April 20-21 in Rock Hill, NY,
about 90 miles from New York City and races on all
tarmac roads. The event is largely based on a
special rally to Erika, as her home event she says:
We need to do well at ESPR, because we missed
the first event and hope to catch up in points for
the championship at my favorite rally. The
additional rallies confirmed on the schedule are
Rally West Virginia, July 27-28th and Black River
Stages, September 14-15th.
Erika Detota is supported by Ruges Subaru
of Rhinebeck, NY, Tonys Mufflers, Keep a
Breast Foundation, Exedy Racing Clutch, Hawk
Performance and Rally Armor.
International Rally New York
Finale of the season
The final round of the 2011 United States Rally
Championship was held last weekend in the foothills
of New Yorks Catskill Mountains. Teams from
as far away as Colorado came to test their mettle
on some of the roughest roads in the series.
Defending USRC 2WD National Champion, Erika Detota
and her co-driver, Brian Johnson, were among those
battling to reach the finish.
Day one took its toll on the team. First a flat
tire on the second stage slowing them down followed
by a sheared drive axle on the seventh stage left
them stranded and out of contention. The new
roads were awesome, but the traditionally run
stages took a beating from the rainy fall weather.
They were very rocky and ultimately cost us the
day. Were hoping to get the car repaired
tonight in order to take advantage of the Super
Rally rules and restart tomorrow morning said
Detota. USRC Super Rally rules allow teams who
suffer repairable mechanical failures to fix them
and re-enter on the next day of the race.
When day two began anew the team was quick from
the outset, netting a pair of 2nd fastest stage
times while moving their way back up the standings.
By days end, Detota and Johnson were well
ahead of their 2WD competition in the regional
portion of the rally. However, their inability to
finish the first day left the them unable to hold
onto any chance of retaining the USRC 2WD title
that Detota held for the 2010 season with co-driver
Jason Smith. For 2011, Detota received 3rd place in
the championship with 1st going to past winners
Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien.
Co-driver Johnson said after the event,
Erika drove her best at this rally and I
think that was evident to her fans. With a brand
new livery and sponsors, Erika wanted to make sure
to give maximum effort, which she did, even after
the goal of winning the championship was no longer
Continuing her partnership with the Keep A
Breast Foundation, Erikas new light blue car
also welcomed some additional supporters. Grand
Prix NY, a local go kart track joined for the event
and Rally Armor made a pink decal mud flap with
proceeds going to the Keep A Breast Foundation.
It is really fun to bring together my
sponsors for breast cancer awareness month
said Detota, I am looking forward to teaming
up with more companies to further spread awareness
Erika would like to thank her partners and
supporters, Keep-A-Breast.org, Grand Prix NY, Rally
Armor, Broken Motorsports, Big Boulder Park, Exedy
Racing Clutch and media partner Flat Out Promotions
for their generosity, time and product support.
Erika Detota uses Rally
Car Races to Educate Youth on Breast Cancer
We are so excited rally car driver Erika Detota
donated her time to influence the lives of her fans
at the New England Forest Rally. The press stage
prior to the race was set up at the rally for
journalists and media related attendants to
accompany a driver for a ride on an actual race
stage for what is called shakedown or
practice stage for the drivers to get re acquainted
with the conditions. Erika decided that instead of
taking press around that she would take Caitlin
Riviere on her first rally ride experience, and
educate her on how to lower her risk for breast
I got to go for a ride in a female driven
rally car and received some great information on
Keep a Breast! What more could I ask for?
said Caitlin after her ride with Ms. Detota.
The rally went well for Erika, setting some
impressive stage times and in a great position
going into Day 2. A few miles into a very long
rough stage Erika got a flat tire and lost a great
deal of time getting to a safe place to change it.
Her co-driver and coach Jason Smith is happy to
report success at their first gravel event
together. The team is competing in the United
States Rally Championship this year where they are
in first place in the 2-Wheel Drive class. Expect
to see more of Erika her car will be the one
on the track with the KAB stickers racing September
6-7 at International Rally New York!
Erika Detota posts solid finish to kick off the
2011 RallyCar Championship season.
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2wd National United States Rally Champion 2010
and first woman to achieve this feat.
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