Idaho Rally Group gears up for a weekend of racing in Boise County

Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 19:29:16-04

The best in the country will be in Boise County for a weekend of rally racing on the dirt roads in between Idaho City and Horseshoe Bend.

David Higgins is one of the best rally car drivers in the world and was in Centerville getting his car ready and testing out one of the many courses where races will happen this weekend.

The Idaho Rally Group has been hosting races for the last ten years and they welcome both rally cars and UTV's in several different classes to test their skills kicking up dust.

"These are my favorite roads out an any I've ever raced," said Daniel Rockrohr with the Idaho Rally Group. "I've been back east to California to Arizona and all over, these roads are awesome."

Three years ago Meridian native Kris Hamrick decided to build his own rally car, 18 months later he finished his 1996 Subaru Impreza and looks forward to this weekend.

"It's kind of like my Super Bowl, I look forward to this weekend all year long," said Hamrick. 

Rally car racing has multiple stages there will be 5-6 on both Saturday and Sunday, the best cumulative time all those stages wins, meaning that it's not just speed but also consistency that drivers need to master.

"You can't win a rally in the first race, but you can lose one," said Rockrohr. "You could be going 85 through some of these corners that are recommended for 35 miles per hour."

For this event, several roads will be closed down this weekend including Grimes Pass, the Meadow Creek Area and the Spanish Fork, however, local businesses welcome the economic boost the rally will provide.