ProRally: Prescott Forest SCCA ProRally preview

DENVER, CO: Eighth round (of nine) for the 2000 season. This year's Prescott Forest event features new roads that promise a less punishing and faster ride for the drivers than in years past, but will still feature the spectacular scenery in...

DENVER, CO: Eighth round (of nine) for the 2000 season. This year's Prescott Forest event features new roads that promise a less punishing and faster ride for the drivers than in years past, but will still feature the spectacular scenery in the high desert and mountains surrounding Prescott and historic mining town of Jerome, AZ. This performance rally event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. <pre> When & Where: 29-30 September 2000; Prescott, AZ; approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Phoenix, Arizona

Complete Event Schedule: (subject to change) Friday, 29 September, 2000 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Entrant and Media registration, Scrutineering - Prescottonian 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Parc Expose - The Prescottonian * 4:30 PM Start of Prescott Forest SCCA ProRally Leg One - The Prescottonian 5:30 PM Press Room open - The Prescottonian 10:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival - Finish of Leg One - The Prescottonian 1:00 AM (approximate) Press room closes Saturday, 30 September, 2000 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Parc Expose - The Prescottonian * 8:00 AM Press Room open, Late Press Registration 9:00 AM Start of Prescott Forest SCCA ProRally Leg Two - The Prescottonian 4:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival - Super Special - County Fairgrounds - Prescott * 10:00 PM First car arrival - Finish of Leg Two - The Prescottonian

Sunday, 01 October, 2000    
9:00 AM     Awards Breakfast - Prescottonian Hotel - credentialed Press &  VIPs invited *

Event Rank: This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Subaru and Mitsubishi) earn points towards overall and class Manufacturers' Championships.

Selected entries (driver/co-driver):
· 1999 Overall Manufacturer, Driver and Co-Driver Champions Noel Lawler & Charles Bradley; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon. Newly rejuvenated with his first win of the season at Wild West, Lawler and Bradley's repeat driver and co-driver championship hopes are equally revived. Expect to see an absolutely flat-out run to the front from these fierce competitors.
· Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon - Multi-time overall SCCA ProRally National Champions Choiniere and Becker come to Prescott with four overall wins in the 2000 season under their belts, and thanks to a strong second place finish last week, in first place for Overall Drivers and Co-Drivers points. With the surprise finishing and non-finishing order situation at Wild West, what could have been a 'cake-walk' weekend for Choiniere is now an important one of the first magnitude for the team.
· 1999 Rim of the World overall winner Garen Shrader with 1998 overall co-driver champion Michael Fennell; SCCA Open Class 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV. With Shrader's first podium in over a year (3rd overall at Wild West last weekend), the energized team is headed to Prescott with high hopes. Currently 4th in the Championship points, a top podium finish could put the team in striking distance of the championship at the season-ending Lake Superior event in October.
· Group 5 duelers Bryan Hourt and Mark Utecht wil be at it again in Prescott, with a few more variables thrown into the mix. Hourt will be with a new, as yet un-named co-driver, and Utecht, following the total loss of his Dodge Omni GLH turbo at Wild West, will reportedly be in the 1999 Group 5 championship winning Dodge Shadow turbo, borrowed for this event from its new owners.


· The Hyundai points generating steamroller gathered even more speed at Wild West with a convincing 1-2 podium finish, and are now 20 points ahead of chief rival Mitsubishi. Thanks to a solid 3rd place finish by Shrader and Fennell, Mitsubishi is not out of the hunt, however. Subaru, while having one of its best weekends of the season at Wild West, failed to generate the much needed overall win it needed to be a contender for the Overall Manufacturers Championship. The manufacturer did however, secure its Production GT Manufacturers title thanks to Patrick Richards strong finish at Wild West.
· Karl Scheible and Russ Hughes, following their dismal weekend at Wild West, which effectively removed them from contention for a dual SCCA Drivers' Championship, has withdrawn their entry at Prescott. The Vermont Sports Car based team will be at the Lake Superior SCCA ProRally event in late October, in their bid for North American Rally Cup top honors.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Patrick Richard