The 2022 NORRC Series National Championship title may be earned by racers competing and receiving a scored time in any timed class at any of the four participating US-based ORR events.
Every competitor must also drive at least one leg in each ORR event they wish to apply time variance scores from to be eligible to compete for the National ORR Championship title.
Also for 2022, the NORRC Series will allow one score from any of the four currently participating ORR events on the schedule to be dropped from each competitors overall season time variance for the purposes of overall National Championship title scoring. Those dropped scores may include any DNF, DNS, DQ, or UNL from any one of the current four participating ORR events.
This change allows racers who wish to run Unlimited in one race per season to still be able to compete for a title based on their timed class runs from any other three events on our schedule. It also allows our competitors a chance to recover from a bad result, vehicle breakdown, cancelled class timed score from a red flag, getting stuck on an entry wait list, weather delays scrubbing events, and perhaps most importantly, will allow for an untimely work/family/life event that all too often causes many racers to miss participating in an event each season.
The NORRC Series will continue to score competitors based on each individual’s cumulative time variance results, achieved by competing in three of the four currently participating ORR events within a single season.
In summary, to compete for a NORRC Series National Championship title, a racer may be a combination of both driver, co-driver, or navigator, but must drive in at least one leg in at least three of four participating ORR events in a single season to be eligible to win the NORRC Series National Championship title. Each drivers best three eligible time variance results per season will be used to determine who wins the National Championship title.
Please note, the NORRC Series is not in charge of official timing and scoring results calculated and published by each individual ORR organization. Nor do we control, nor have any input, on selection of race entries in each ORR event. However, we do utilize the officially posted event results from these organizations for our cumulative scoring model, based on individual participant scored times posted from each racing event.
These individual event timing and scoring results are then cumulatively compiled by the NORRC Series, and used only for the specific purpose of determining our NORRC Series National Championship rankings.
For 2022, NORRC Series competition includes official scoring results from the following four participating ORR events: Nevada Open Road Challenge (NORC), Loup 2 Loup Open Road Challenge (L2L), Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC), and the Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC).
Of special note, the owner of the ORR event(s) held annually in west Texas, who initially claimed to support our series, has repeatedly denied numerous requests for discussion with their Board surrounding series inclusion, even publicly declaring “our events are not part of the NORRC Series.” Unfortunately, things have further deescalated to the point where some of our NORRC Series regulars have repeatedly been denied entry into their events over the past two years.
Thus, in an honest effort to both honor that race owners’ publicly stated wishes, and to protect the all-inclusive competitive spirit of our series, and our competitors, beginning in 2022, we will no longer be including any timing or scoring racers earn in those Texas events as part of our competition for a National Open Road Racing Championship Series title. We sincerely apologize for any past or future inconvenience this may cause anyone, especially our fellow racers.
Previous NORRC Series Scoring Methods
From 2016 – 2019, the National Open Road Racing Championship (NORRC) Series awarded two official Open Road Racing (ORR) series titles following the conclusion of each season. Our overall National Open Road Racing Champion title was awarded to the racer who achieved the lowest cumulative combined time in all four ORR events in a single season, regardless of division or class entered in each event. Our Best 3 of 4 title winner was for those who competed in and received an official timing score in 3 of 4 ORR events per season.
2020 threw the world of motorsports a curve ball, and the NORRC Series was no exception. Ultimately, we decided to award one overall National Championship title to the driver who turned in the lowest cumulative combined time from the only two ORR events held during the season, the SORC and L2L races in Nebraska.
In an innovative effort to help our sport move forward, adding more events to our race schedule, while continuing to make our series available to a wider range of racers desiring to compete for a national title, we decided to make some exciting new changes to our NORRC Series title scoring format.
Beginning with the 2021 season, the NORRC Series began awarding only one National Championship title. The National Championship title went to the racer who achieved the lowest cumulative combined time variance across at least three of five ORR events in a single season, regardless of division or speed class entered in each race event.
In perhaps the biggest game changer for the 2021 season, the NORRC Series allowed up to two scores from any of the five ORR events on the schedule to be dropped from each competitors overall season time variance for National Championship title scoring. The dropped scores may include any DNF, DNS, DQ, or UNL in up to two of the current five ORR events.
This change allowed racers who wish to run Unlimited in one or two races per season to still be able to compete on timed class runs from any other three events on the schedule. It also allowed our competitors a chance to recover from a bad result (or two), vehicle breakdowns, cancelled class time scores from red flags, getting stuck on entry wait lists, weather delays scrubbing events, and perhaps most importantly, will allow for those untimely work/family/life events that all too often cause many racers to miss events each season.