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SCCA ProRally Championship Round #9 - Lake Superior
DENVER, CO: Ninth and final round of the 2000 season. This year's Lake Superior event is one of it's largest ever, with well over 70 entries, continuing the record breaking entry level trend set at most events in this year's season. A fast, long event, with nearly 500 total miles in the route, this grand tour of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is a demanding test of endurance, with the fickle Lake Superior late fall weather nearly always playing a significant role in the events outcome. This performance rally event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America.
When & Where: 20-21 October 2000; Houghton and Calumet, MI; approx. 180 miles northeast of Duluth, Minnesota. <pre> Complete Event Schedule: (subject to change) Thursday, 19 October, 2000 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Press Stage Entrant & Media registration, 7th Floor Franklin Square Inn 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Scrutineering - Press Stage cars only - CCISD Learning Center 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Press Stage - location TBA - caravan leaves Franklin Square at 4:45 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Press Reception - Press Room - 6th floor Franklin Square Inn Friday, 20 October, 2000 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Entrant & Media registration - 7th Floor - Franklin Square Inn 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM Scrutineering - Press Stage cars only - CCISD Learning Center 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Parade & Parc Expose - D&N Bank, CenturyTel parking lots, Houghton 4:01PM Start of Lake Superior SCCA ProRally Leg One - D&N Bank 7:15 PM - 12:00 Midnight Press operations at Kenton Service 1:00 AM Press Room open - Franklin Square Inn 2:00 AM (approximate) First car arrival - Finish of Leg One - Houghton 3:00 AM (approximate) Press room closes Saturday, 21 October, 2000 9:30AM - 10:30 AM Parc Expose - D&N Bank - Calumet 10:31 AM Start of Lake Superior SCCA ProRally Leg Two - D&N Bank - Calumet 6:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival - Finish of Leg two - D&N Bank - Hancock 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Reception MTU Memorial Union Building - Houghton 8:30 PM Buffet dinner and Awards Banquet - MTU Memorial Union Building
Event Rank: This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Subaru and Mitsubishi) earn points towards overall and class Manufacturers' Championships.
SCCA ProRally: http://www.sccaprorally.org/ SCCA Lake Superior ProRally: http://up-plaza.com/lspr/home.html
Selected entries (driver/co-driver):
Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon - Multi-time overall SCCA ProRally National Champions Choiniere and Becker arrive at Lake Superior with five overall wins in the 2000 season. The dynamic duo wrapped up their bid for the Overall Drivers and Co-Drivers Championship at Prescott last month, as well as securing the Overall Manufacturers Champion title for Hyundai. For this unstoppable team, this is an 'icing on the cake' event.
1999 Overall Manufacturer, Driver and Co-Driver Champions Noel Lawler & Charles Bradley; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon. A season filled with triumph and heartbreak, last months DNF at Prescott ended Lawler and Bradley's bid for a repeat Drivers and Co-Drivers Championship.
1999 Rim of the World overall winner Garen Shrader with 1998 overall co-driver champion Michael Fennell; SCCA Open Class 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV. Shrader and Fennell are going from strength to strength, with another strong podium finish at Prescott. While not in contention for overall Driver's Championship, Shrader does have shot at the 3rd place overall podium position, so expect the team to apply pressure to Lawler/Bradley right from the start.
Canadian hotshoe Patrick Richard returns to the US to complete the American half of his two-nation championship season, with veteran navigator Ben Bradley back in the co-drivers seat. Bradley will be protecting his GT Co-Drivers championship bid from Bill Westrick, in Steve Gingras' Eagle Talon.
Group 5 duelers Bryan Hourt and Mark Utecht will be at it again at LSPR, with Utecht back in his rebuilt Dodge Omni GLH turbo, and Hourt back with long-time co-driver Jay Kowalik. Tied for first place class points after Prescott's battle of the variables, with Utecht in an unfamiliar car, and Hourt with an unfamiliar co-driver, this will be one of the races to watch.
Also in the must watch viewfinder is the Group 2 battle between the local favorite team of Bob Nielsen and Brett Corneliusen, who lead the class by a mere 1.8 points over Californians Jay Streets and Bill Feyling. Streets totaled his Toyota Corolla at Prescott, and has built another just for this event, as has Nicholas Robinson, who also destroyed his very quick Honda Civic at the Arizona event.