ProRally: Doo Wop ProRally Press Notes 4

Crazee Espresso Doo Wop ProRally Press notes Page 4 28.) Also on Stage 3, the Group 2 Volkswagen Golf GTi of Mike Mailman and Shelly Kruse found its way into a ditch. Sweep towed the car out and they rejoined the rally, running last; but the ...

Crazee Espresso Doo Wop ProRally Press notes Page 4

28.) Also on Stage 3, the Group 2 Volkswagen Golf GTi of Mike Mailman and Shelly Kruse found its way into a ditch. Sweep towed the car out and they rejoined the rally, running last; but the driver-side front suspension is badly bent and it seems questionable whether they will continue. 29.) The Reeves & Reeves RX-3, which went off on Stage 3, has a broken rear axle and has withdrawn from today's event. They have a spare, which they will install overnight, and will run in Doo Wop IV tomorrow. 30.) Defending Group 5 champion Ralph Kosmides and navigator Joe Noyes are getting half the fuel mileage they got last year, apparently due to a change of rear-axle ratios. Kosmides, however, is making a bit of a fashion statement with his Toyota Supra, running chromed wheels. 31.) The Rick Hintz/Marc Swalley Datsun 240-Z, which sports number 240, was missing its hood after Stage 3, as well as second and third gears. This historic car is a former Carrera Panamericana race car. 32.) A few times reported after Stage 2 show that Paul Choiniere was fastest, and was the only driver under seven minutes. Surprisingly, Carl Jardevall and John Elkin were second-fastest with their Group 5 Volvo 740T, edging past Rui Brasil and Carlos Tavares in their Audi S2 quattro and Laughlin and Farina O'Sullivan in their Audi 4000 quattro. 33.) The rain that has been on-again, off-again throughout the day returns as teams head to service after Stage 5. Kurt Spitzner reports that the Seattle-area crowd has pronounced that it now "officially" pouring, because the rain is falling so hard that it is bouncing six inches off the pavement. 34.) On Stage 5, Jeff Call and Brent Dille wound up on their roof in their Group 2 Volkswagen Golf GTi. While upside down, they lost all of their coolant. After sweep rolled the car back on its wheel, they refilled the radiator from a nearby stream and got back in action. 35.) Also on Stage 5, the Noah Third/Jason Lane Group 2 Volkswagen Rabbit nosed into a ditch and partially blocked the road. Sweep pulled them out and they, too, continued. 36.) The crew of the Mike Mailman/Shelly Kruse Golf, which went off on Stage 3 and damaged its left-front suspension, has replaced the bent parts. The team is continuing. 37.) Todd Hartmann and Peter Yeeles have retired their Group 2 Volkswagen Golf GTi after Stage 5. Differential failure is the cause. 38.) The big drama of the event so far took place at the end of Stage 5, as Paul Choiniere appeared at service on the end of a tow rope behind Rui Brasil's car. Choiniere stopped after completing the stage, and Brasil gave him a tow back to service.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Rick Hintz , Todd Hartmann , Jason Lane , Carlos Tavares