ProRally: Susquehannock: Team Mopar preview

Choiniere To Pilot Mopar Dodge SRT-4 at STPR, Pikes Peak Center Line, Mich. (June 2, 2004) - Team Mopar's SCCA ProRally warriors will pick up a compatriot at this weekend's Susquehannock Trail Pro Rally event (STPR), which winds runs through ...

Choiniere To Pilot Mopar Dodge SRT-4 at STPR, Pikes Peak

Center Line, Mich. (June 2, 2004) - Team Mopar's SCCA ProRally warriors will pick up a compatriot at this weekend's Susquehannock Trail Pro Rally event (STPR), which winds runs through Pennsylvania near Wellsboro.

Eight-time Overall SCCA ProRally champion Paul Choiniere is scheduled to jump behind the wheel of the No. 53 Mopar Dodge SRT-4, marking the first time he will have competed in a 2WD machine in over 20 years.

Choiniere said he hopes to give Team Mopar veterans and defending Overall 2WD and Group 5 champions Doug Shepherd and co-driver Pete Gladysz a run for their money, while competing in one of the classic stage rallies in the United States. Veteran co-driver Cindy Krolikowski will read the notes for Choiniere.

"When you drive at this level, you need to feel really comfortable with the potential of the car," Choiniere said. "I'll try to work up to running with Shepherd. Hopefully, I'll be up to his level by the late stages of the first event.

"I tend to be a pretty adaptable driver," he continued. "But there's a big difference between driving a car at 90 percent of its capability and 95 [percent]. You're not going to get that straight away, but I'm looking forward to this test and getting back into ProRally competition."

Choiniere is very familiar with the roads through Pennsylvania; he has won the overall championship at STPR seven times, including five in a row in the early 1990s. The Vermont native is also scheduled to drive the No. 53 Mopar car at the famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Round Five of the SCCA ProRally Championship Presented by Hot Wheels® later this month.

Shepherd and Gladysz have no plans of letting Choiniere drive around them; the pair has championed Group 5 in their SRT-4 for five straight events dating back to last season.

"Doug and Pete have definitely proved the potential of the SRT-4," Choiniere said. "I'm looking forward to driving it because Doug tells me it's a very exciting, very fun car to drive.

"The two-wheel-drive shouldn't be much of a disadvantage at the events that I'll be competing at with the SRT-4," Choiniere added. "The events are smooth and quite quick, so traction won't be a big problem."

-scca pro racing-

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