RAmer: Sno*Drift Rally pre-race notes

RALLY AMERICA SLIDES INTO THE 2007 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES At The SNO*DRIFT RALLY BUCKLE UP And CATCH 2006 NATIONAL CHAMPION TRAVIS PASTRANA In ACTION In Michigan ATLANTA, Mich., January 12, 2007 - Put on your gloves and boots and seize...

RALLY AMERICA SLIDES INTO THE 2007 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES At The SNO*DRIFT RALLY

BUCKLE UP And CATCH 2006 NATIONAL CHAMPION TRAVIS PASTRANA In ACTION In Michigan

ATLANTA, Mich., January 12, 2007 - Put on your gloves and boots and seize the opportunity to view the first race of the 2007 Rally America season. Celebrating its 41st anniversary, Sno*Drift Rally will be taking place in the North Eastern Lower Michigan regions on January 26 and 27 on the ice and snow courses. Competitors involved in the Sno*Drift Rally will be vying for a chance to be selected to compete in ESPN X Games 13.

Motorsport enthusiasts will not want to miss the best drivers in the world driving Real cars, Real fast on Real roads. From dirt to ice, sleet and slush, the talented Rally America racers take on any road to compete in rain or shine conditions. The Rally America racers are some of the most talented racers in the world as they compete on various road and weather conditions throughout Montmorency County during this race weekend.

"Sno*Drift is our only winter rally, so preparation is unique," said J.B Niday, Managing Director of Rally America. Montmorency County is excited to have us back regardless of the road conditions. The new season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons to date as teams have committed to participate in the entire season. Last year's champion, Travis Pastrana, will have his work cut out for him at each event."

New and old Rally America fans will enjoy several great spectator locations to watch the excitement pass right in front of them as they cheer on their favorite competitors. Cars competing in the rally are street-legal vehicles modified for safety. The cars are separated into six classes ranging from stock to highly modified. There are currently 11 different makes of automobiles registered in Rally America, lead by Subaru, Mitsubishi, Dodge, Ford and Volkswagen.

Previous winner includes Andrew Comrie-Picard, who won the 2006 Sno*Drift Rally in his Mitsubishi Evo 4 continuing the Canadian dominance as four of the past five winners of this event have been Canadian drivers. Travis Pastrana and his co-driver Christian Edstrom had an exceptional year in 2006 as they captured the 2006 Rally America National Championship and the inaugural X Games gold medal in Rallycar racing.

The 2007 Rally America National Championship series consists of ten exciting events throughout the country in many different weather and road conditions spanning the forest logging roads in Minnesota, the high-altitude Yampa River Valley in Northwest Colorado to the Pacific Northwest forest and coast paths.

Exciting coverage from all the Rally America events will be broadcasted on ESPN2 this year as well as highlights on the Rally America website. Rally America and ESPN reached a multi-year agreement in 2006 and will have at least five shows highlighting all the fast paced 2007 Rally America action.

-credit: www.sno-drift.org

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Series Other rally
Drivers Christian Edstrom , Travis Pastrana , Andrew Comrie-Picard