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NATION'S TOP RALLY DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN OLYMPUS RALLY Rugged Terrain, Unpredictable Weather Produce Exciting Action on Historic Course OLYMPIA, Wash., May 14, 2007 - The top rally drivers in the country will battle each other and the rugged...

NATION'S TOP RALLY DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN OLYMPUS RALLY
Rugged Terrain, Unpredictable Weather Produce Exciting Action on Historic Course

OLYMPIA, Wash., May 14, 2007 - The top rally drivers in the country will battle each other and the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest when the Rally America National Championship Series moves to Washington State for the Olympus Rally on May 19 and 20.

A demanding and technical course that winds through dense forest and over 125 miles of dirt and gravel roads in and around Olympia, Wash., the Olympus Rally is also known for the unpredictable -- and often inclement -- weather characteristic of the region. The constantly changing surface conditions produce hours of exciting racing action for competitors and spectators alike.

"The opportunity to race in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful experience for our drivers and our fans," said J.B Niday, managing director of Rally America. "The Olympus Rally is an exciting and historic event for our national and regional racers to compete in. With a deep field of competitors, racers will compete on a variety of road conditions as they challenge one another for valuable points."

Although a new addition to the Rally America schedule for 2007, the Olympus Rally was part of the first SCCA PRO Rally Championship in 1973 and was a World Rally Championship race from 1986-1988. Rally racing legends such as Rod Millen, Juha Kankkunen and American John Buffum have claimed victories at the famed event.

Rally America drivers compete in street-legal vehicles that are modified for safety. Six vehicle classes, ranging from stock to highly modified, compete under the Rally America banner. Eleven different automobile manufacturers are represented in Rally America events, led by Subaru, Mitsubishi, Dodge, Ford and Volkswagen.

Entering the Olympus Rally, the top four drivers in the 2007 Rally America standings are separated by just 10 points. After three of nine events, Ken Block and co-driver Alessandro Gelsomino lead the standings, followed by Tanner Foust and co-driver Christine Beavis. The 2006 Rally America national champions, Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom, are third, while Oregon Trail Rally winner Andrew Pinker is fourth.

In addition to the 2007 Rally America National Championship title, drivers are competing for entry into X Games 13. For the second consecutive year, rally racing will be featured in the Summer X Games, with the first five races of the 2007 Rally America season serving as qualifying events for the popular action-sport competition.

-credit: olympusrally.com

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Series Other rally
Drivers Travis Pastrana , Juha Kankkunen , Rod Millen , Ken Block , John Buffum , Tanner Foust