July 2010: The 1st annual ND500 Road Rally Finally, here it is! The big news! The car has been sponsored by Ressler Subaru of Mandan, ND, to participate in the first ever (and likely first annual) ND500 Road Rally competition. The ND500 is a 4-day driving event that spans across 2,500 miles and four states. The rally will begin in Bismarck, ND and proceed through Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Yellowstone National Park before returning to Bismarck. Though the rally is a timed event, it is not intended to be a conventional race and is not a free pass to speed or break traffic laws. Teams will need to successfully navigate to assigned checkpoints without getting lost or breaking down, and minimizing gas stops, in order to be competitive. There will be awards for the fastest rally times. Professionally photographed by Action Plant Photography, and filmed by The Mob Theory (who will be making a DVD production around the event), the ND500 promises to be one of the biggest automotive events in the Upper Midwest for 2010. Iâ€™m excited to be a part of it, and whether I win or not, I hope to have a ton of fun with other car enthusiasts, spend some quality time with my co-driver/navigator (aka my fiancÃ©e Sami), and promote myself, my car, and of course, the awesome companies that have put themselves out there to back me up. Iâ€™ll be doing my best to update this thread during the event, but Sami and I will be focused on planning the best routes to the checkpoints and taking notes for use in the car the next dayâ€¦but there should still be plenty of time to post up some pictures and video! In the meantime, if anyone has any route-planning hints, feel free to send them my way! The ND500 begins officially on Thursday, July 29th, with a pre-rally event in Bismarck on Wednesday, July 28th. The pre-rally event includes a meet in which the team cars will be on display and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to come by and meet the teams. There will be vendor booths, food, and great fun for all, so if youâ€™re local, come on out and join us in having a good time! Stay tuned for pics, video, and more!