ProRally: Sno*Drift ProRally preview and general information

Event: SCCA ProRally Championship -- Sno*Drift ProRally; first round (of nine) for the 2000 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America will race on demanding snow- and ice-covered roads at the northern tip of Michigan's...

Event: SCCA ProRally Championship -- Sno*Drift ProRally; first round (of nine) for the 2000 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America will race on demanding snow- and ice-covered roads at the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

When & Where: January 28-29, 2000; Atlanta, Michigan

Schedule: Friday, January 28, 2000 12:30 PM - 10:00 PM Registration -- all parties -- at Senior Center 12:30 PM - 9:30 PM Technical Inspection (scrutineering) Saturday, January 29, 2000 9:15 - 9:50 AM Parc Expose (ProRally & ClubRally cars on display) 9:50 AM sharp First car starts Sno*Drift ProRally 2:20 PM - 4:50 PM Dinner Break 9:00 PM First car finishes Sno*Drift ProRally 10:00 PM Awards ceremony

Format: Events in the SCCA ProRally Championship consist of flat-out racing, in any weather, on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads. SCCA Performance Rally events follow a basic rally format similar to that used around the globe. However, USA events do not allow for on-course practice (recces). Competitors generally see the course for the first time as they race it. Racing takes place only on "special stages," using demanding back roads closed by local authorities for the event. "Transits" connect the "special stage" sections together and are driven at normal highway speeds, with teams fully subject to all traffic laws. SCCA Performance Rally vehicles are production-based cars and 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 hazards ahead. 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.

Selected entries (driver/co-driver): * 1999 Overall Manufacturer, Driver & Co-Driver Champions Noel Lawler & Charles Bradley; Open Class Hyundai Elantra * Seven-time US champion Paul Choiniere and multi-time co-driver champion Jeff Becker; Open Class Hyundai Tiburon * 1999 Rim of the World winners Garen and Doc Shrader; Open Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV (FIA WRC-type supercar) * 1999 Production Class Driver Champion Karl Scheible with Russ Hughes; FIA Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V (FIA WRC-type supercar) * 1999 Group 2 Driver Champion Bryan Hourt (co-driver TBA); Group 2 Honda Civic * 1999 Production GT Driver Champion Gail Truess with co-driver Pattie Hughes; PGT Mazda 323 GTX * 1998 Sno*Drift Production GT winners Chris Czyzio and Eric Carlson; PGT Mitsubishi Eclipse * Seamus Burke & Frank Cunningham -- FIA Group N 98 Subaru Impreza WRX

* Very strong Open Class field -- 2 factory Hyundais, 4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, plus the USA debut of a privately entered FIA group N US-Spec STi Subaru Impreza WRX

* The entire Sno*Drift event is held in one day, and uses the Atlanta, MI headquarters for all services during the day.

* The 2000 season marks the return of globally recognized, FIA classed, performance rally vehicles to the USA. The FIA cars will run under full FIA technical regulations, and compete for a separate yearlong, FIA cars only championship.

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The Sno*Drift ProRally is a full-points round for both Drivers and Manufacturers in the SCCA ProRally Championship. This is the first time this rally has achieved this status.

-SCCA/PRORALLY-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham