ProRally: Doo Wop ProRally Press Notes 2

Crazee Espresso Doo Wop ProRally Press notes Page 2 7.) Following the press stage yesterday, Janice Damitio reported that her Open Class Crazee Espresso Toyota Celica AllTrac was well down on power. The crew worked on the car through the night...

Crazee Espresso Doo Wop ProRally Press notes Page 2

7.) Following the press stage yesterday, Janice Damitio reported that her Open Class Crazee Espresso Toyota Celica AllTrac was well down on power. The crew worked on the car through the night but isn't sure that the problem is solved. 8.) Six-time overall series champion Paul Choiniere is here this weekend for his first series outing of the year. He's driving the same Hyundai Tiburon he piloted last year, but this will be his last time in it. He has a new car set to make its debut in what is now the next event on the calendar. That will be the April 30-May 1 Rim of the World ProRally, which will be based in Palmdale, California. Teammate Noel Lawler will take over the current car from Choiniere for the rest of the year. 9.) One car that is making its debut here is the striking new Toyota Celica AllTrac being driven by Nao Hirato. Not only is it the car's first event, it's also Hirato's first ProRally. He will compete in the Production GT class. 10.) A late entry has added Neville Green and Chuck Wiles in a Group 5 Mercury Merkur ZR4ti. The heavily subscribed class is beginning to look though it may be the most competitive in this event. 11.) Three cars are entered on Silverstone rally tires. These Japanese tires are little known in America, but apparently are quite popular in the Pacific Rim countries. The three Silverstone-equipped cars have been entered by the rallying Tabor family. There's Production Class Nissan Sentra for Jon and navigator Kevin Poirier, a Production GT Class Mazda 3233 GTX for Matt and Kristen, and Group 2 Toyota Corolla for Matt and navigator Chris Hoke. 12.) A total of 40 cars were entered for this event, but two have been scratched: The Group 2 Saab 99 of Nate Tennis and Nat Tharrington-Snow, and the Open Class Mazda 323 GTX of Doug and Sue Robinson. 13.) Defending Group 2 champions Dave White and navigator David Watts will not be taking the class victory here this weekend. Watts may go home with a trophy, but White will not. An infection in his right hand serious enough to require IV antibiotics has forced him to step aside for this rally. Friend and car-builder Guy Light will be taking his place. Light was a long-time frontrunner when he was active as a driver full-time. So this will be a combination to watch. 14.) Event chairman Ray Damitio is stepping down at the end of the weekend. Damitio founded this long-running series of rallies, now in its 11th iteration, and has built it into very popular group of events for Northwest rallyists. Diane Duran is expected to become the new chairperson.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Nate Tennis , Dave White