Media and Press Information
- Press Releases
- Event Schedule (unofficial)
- Stage Schedule (unofficial)
Get a Press Pass
A rally is a complicated event. During the Sandblast Rally, we will orchestrate ninety vehicles moving over 560 square miles with a precision of under one minute. What this means for members of the press is that if you just show up the day of the event and ask “How do I get to Turn 1?” you are likely to be disappointed with the quality of the answer and the coverage you can supply to your expectant audience. Therefore, we ask that you contact the rally organizer at least a week in advance so you can plan what you’re going to cover and we can make accomodations for you.
If your schedule prohibits any advance contact, then you will find that the highest quality coverage you can get will be by using the publicly available Spectator Guide, as it contains excellent directions and schedules. Spectator access will not require a Press Pass.
In order to qualify for a Press Pass, you must be a legitimate member of the press. At least one week before the rally, send the following documents to the rally organizer:
- the press pass application form ;
- a Letter of Assignment;
- a business card; and,
- a photocopy of your driver’s license
What you get with your Press Pass
The Press Packet consists of:
- a non-forgeable, customized Press Pass;
- detailed stage maps;
- a detailed stage schedule;
- a competitor entry list;
- a Rally Guide;
- a Spectator Guide; and,
- a copy of all press releases.
Press access includes:
- Public - Spectator Areas;
- Public - Service Areas;
- Public - Parc Expose;
- Extra - Scoring / Operations Center;
- Extra - Near (not inside) the Start and Finish controls, within defined press areas;
- Extra - Outside the tape at Spectator Areas (in pre-defined press areas); and,
- Extra - Several pre-defined Press-only areas on course (generally you will be locked in location for the duration of the stage).
At all locations, wearing of the “NASA RallySport Press” vest is required. You may be asked to present your Press Pass as identification at any time by any rally official.
Press are not allowed:
- inside any time control, start control, or finish control;
- to hike into the stage from the start or from the finish; or,
- to access locations on stage that are not defined as “press areas” or “spectator areas”.