Simon Larkin, the director of the company WRC Promoter GmbH, the sponsor in charge of running the World Rally Championship (WRC), stated that the United States could rejoin the World Rally Championship in the 2026 season, because it has not yet it did. to raise all the necessary budget to host an event like the WRC.
The United States has hosted a WRC event five times in the past and 1988 was the last time the World Rally Championship visited the United States. In fact, this rally included dirt sections and was organized in two different cities (Detroit from 1973 to 1974 and Tacoma from 1986 to 1988). There was a lot of talk last year about whether the WRC would return to the United States, but so far nothing has been confirmed. However, a rally was held in September and Michele Mouton attended to see it up close. Another rally is scheduled for June 14 and 16, with similar characteristics to a WRC event, while there is speculation that a candidate event will be held next year with the aim of the US returning to the championship starting in 2026.
“The United States is not 100% ready for 2025,” Larkin told motorsport.com. “When we go to the United States, we want to do more than go there and make a rally. “We want to have an event that has an impact, because it is a market that is important, but we are not want to just go there and make numbers,” said the head of the WRC.
“We want to make sure that this is an activity with enough funding but also enough time to do the test. We have a lot of support from the state and regional governments in our potential housing there, but there are only a few pieces of financing that need to be implemented there,” he said.
Looking ahead to 2025, Paraguay, Ireland and Saudi Arabia have several options to be part of the WRC calendar.
Simon Larkin (WRC Promoter GmbH): “We remain absolutely confident that there will be a WRC round in the Middle East in 2025”