ProRally: Round 1, Atlanta, Michigan Fact Sheet

Event: Sno*Drift ProRally; Round 1 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA Pro Rally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the snow-covered forest roads of north-central Michigan - both in daylight and at night. When: Feb....

Event: Sno*Drift ProRally; Round 1 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA Pro Rally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the snow-covered forest roads of north-central Michigan - both in daylight and at night.

When: Feb. 19-20, 1999

Where: Atlanta, Michigan

Headquarters: A Wins-Sans Motel; Atlanta, Michigan

Sanction: Sno*Drift is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)

Schedule: Friday, Feb. 19 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m. Driver registration; A Win-Sans Motel

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Press registration; Atlanta Seniors' Center

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Media action video/photo opportunity (press stage); Assemble at Atlanta Seniors' Center by 1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Scrutineering (technical inspection); Suiter's Total/Mobil

Saturday, Feb. 20 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Parc Expose (rally vehicles on display); A Wins-Sans Motel

10:01 a.m. Start - first vehicle begins Sno*Drift ProRally; A Win-Sans Motel

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Lunch break; Atlanta, Michigan

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner break; Atlanta, Michigan

10:30 p.m. Finish; Elks Lodge; Atlanta, Michigan

11:00 p.m. Thank you party for event workers; Elks Lodge; Atlanta, Michigan

Format: Events in the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship consist of flat-out racing -- day or night, in any weather condition - on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads. No practice is allowed. Competitors generally see the course for the first time as they race it.

ProRallies are made up of roads designated "stages" and "transits." Racing takes place only on the stages, which consist of demanding roads closed by local authorities for the event. Transits connect the racing sections and are driven at normal highway speeds, with teams fully subject to all traffic laws. ProRallies have a minimum of 100 stage miles.

ProRally vehicles are production-based cars (and some trucks) from manufacturers around the world. They compete both for the overall victory and wins within a class structure that groups together vehicles with similar performance. Each vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver/navigator. Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course and advises the driver of any approaching hazards noted in the route book. This role is as critical as the driver's skill, since the team is traveling at full racing speeds over roads they have never before seen.in any type of weather, day or night.

Sno*Drift will be 253 miles long, with 16 stages, totaling 106 miles. The longest stage will be more than 15 miles in length. There will be 147 transit miles.

Selected emtries: Two Mitsubishi Evo IV supercars of the type used in the World Rally Championship are expected, one for the son-and-father team of Garen and F.R. "Doc" Shrader, the other for Peter Lahm and Matt Chester. They will compete both for the overall victory and the Open Class win.

In the Production GT Class, a pair of Mazda 323 GTXs driven by Gail Truess and Pattie Hughes, and Tom Ottey and Pam McGarvey, will square off against a pair of Mitsubishi Eclipses driven by Cal Landau and Eric Marcus, and Chris Czyzio and Eric Carlson.

Among those slugging it out in the Production Class will be the Plymouth Neon ACR of Evan and Ronald Moen and the Mitsubishi Mirage LS of Edward Mucklow and Mark Bowers.

Group 2 contenders include the Suzuki Swift of David S. and David L. Cizmas, and the Saab 99GL of Tim Winker and Brenda Corneliusen.

Among those competing for the Group 5 win will be the Toyota MR2 of Mike Moyer and Chris Gilligan, and the Dodge Omni of Mark Utecht and Diane Sargent.

Event rank: Sno*Drift is a Coefficient 3 event in the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship. SCCA National license-holders will receive 60 percent of National points.

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