Rally Racing, American Style

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Course Reconnaissance
In rally racing, the driver only gets to run the course a couple times before the actual race. We spoke with Craig Drew — David Higgins’ co-driver/navigator — who explained how it works. “A couple of days before the event starts we have recce, which is reconnaissance, where we drive a standard street car on every stage twice. [On the] first pass of the stage David will make notes and basically narrate the road to me, and on the second pass I read those notes back to him.” Teams usually shoot video of the stage and go over it afterwards. The next time they set eyes on the course will be during the race itself.

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