Chattanooga Embarks on a Journey to Bring The FIA World Rally Championship Back to the U.S.

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Chattanooga will host Rally Tennessee, a two-part event series, to position Chattanooga and Tennessee as a potential host location to welcome the FIA World Rally Championship back to the United States for the first time in 35 years.

FIA World Rally Championship


  • OtherSport LLC, Chattanooga Tourism Co., American Rally Association (ARA), and partners throughout Hamilton, Bradley, and Polk counties.


  • Chattanooga will host Rally Tennessee, a two-part series that includes a demonstration event in April and a test event in September. If successful, both Rally Tennessee events will position Chattanooga, and Tennessee, as a potential host location for a future Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC) event. It would be the first WRC event in the U.S. in 35 years.
  • Rallying is a competition of street-legal vehicles run entirely or partly on roads regularly open to traffic. Rallies consist of single or several itineraries, competitive elements, special stages, and events, all of which determine the event's classification.
  • Chattanooga was selected to host the demonstration and test events after nearly 2 years of local, regional, and international partners working together. A few components that enticed event organizers included Chattanooga’s outdoor assets, quality of racing roads, and the ability to fulfill logistic needs.
  • WRC events currently take place in 13 countries around the world, including Mexico, Chile, Kenya, Monaco, and Japan. Hosting a WRC championship event is expected to have an economic impact of $34 million, the largest impact for any event supported by the Tourism Co.


  • April 7-8, 2023 / Rally Tennessee Demonstration Event
  • Sept. 2023 / Rally Tennessee Test Event


  • Various locations throughout Hamilton, Bradley, and Polk Counties, including the Chattanoogan Hotel, Station Street, and the Cherokee National Forest.


About the Chattanooga Tourism Co.     
The Chattanooga Tourism Co. serves the community by using visitor-generated funds to inspire people to visit and connect them with authentic Chattanooga experiences. Visitor spending contributes to the quality of place, resident savings, thriving local businesses, job creation, capital investment, and public services, including education and safety. The 700+ Tourism Co. partners represent a variety of industries, including lodging, dining, food and beverage, attractions, manufacturing, finance, government, healthcare, retail, and more.     

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