ProRally: Lake Superior start order, notes

Houghton Michigan: The final round of the 2000 SCCA ProRally Championship starts tomorrow afternoon from this mining and college town located in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula - a long finger of land that juts into the largest...

Houghton Michigan: The final round of the 2000 SCCA ProRally Championship starts tomorrow afternoon from this mining and college town located in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula - a long finger of land that juts into the largest fresh-water lake in North America.

The Rally starts at 4:00 PM, immediately following a one-hour downtown Parc Expose. An additional, one-hour Parc Expose is scheduled just prior to the Leg two restart of the rally on Saturday morning, at 9:30 AM. In addition to being the season-ending ProRally of the SCCA Championship, the event is also round 13 in the North American Rally Cup - a series of events that includes performance rallys in both the US and Canada.

· This weekend's event is the largest in the history of the Lake Superior ProRally, with nearly 80 entrants now on the list. Included are the Overall Championship winning Hyundai Tiburons of Choiniere/Lawler; a five-pack of hard-charging Mitsubishi Lancer Evos including the Group N Championship team of Scheible/Hughes (now running in Open class), and Open Class podium contenders Shrader/Fennell, and a 6-pack of world-class Subaru Imprezas, featuring a pair of turbocharged 2.5RSes Peterson/Ryther, and the return of the Krolikowski Group N Prodrive WRX-Sti.

· With the all-wheel drive dominated classes (FIA Gr N, Open, Production GT) championships fundamentally decided going into this event, the battles will remain focused on the 2nd and 3rd place podiums for those categories, and the tight races for Group 5, Group 2 and Production Class honors.

· Returning for a 'second shot' at Performance Rally is "Titans" television star Perry King, in a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon. No stranger to auto racing, King has successfully competed in numerous road-racing venues before, but his first crack at the sport of performance rally (at this summer's Maine Forest) ended with a up-close view of a tree. On-board with King will be Mark Williams, a seasoned competitor that currently leads the Canadian co-driver championship with Tom McGeer, and is one of the SCCA ProRally Championship's series bosses.

· The Lake Superior ProRally (LSPR) organizers will be attempting something new this year - "near real-time" stage time/score posting plus audio press notes (MP3 format) on the event website. See the link below. Postings should begin at approximately 9 PM, Eastern Time Friday night.

· "LSPR" is known for its fast but rocky stage roads, and it's always popular and crowd-pleasing Saturday "Brockway Mountain" tarmac stage - one of the very few such stages in the US Championship. Heading south and east of Houghton on Friday, the rally heads to the tip of Keweenaw Peninsula, due north of Houghton, on Saturday, starting in the historic town on Calumet.

· Weather forecast: Despite a 10 inch snowfall over much of the area last week, the weather prediction for this weekend is very good - clear skies and moderate temperatures are expected, which will play well for the two-wheel drive teams, making those battles all the more interesting.

· SCCA ProRally: http://www.sccaprorally.org/

· SCCA Lake Superior ProRally: http://up-plaza.com/lspr/home.html

<pre> Information regarding the start order list: Car # = number on vehicle. Car # under 200 are ProRally entries. Car # over 200 are generally ClubRally (regional) entrants, with first digit denoting their home division (2,3 = West coast, 5 = Central US, 8,9 East coast). Class = Open - fastest; are cars with considerable modifications; P (Production) - slowest; are cars very near showroom stock configuration. GR 5 - two wheel drive high HP cars; GR 2 - two wheel drive lower horsepower cars; GT - high horsepower production (stock) cars. Pro seed only shown for clarity. Cars with no seeding listed are entered in the ClubRally support events only.

Start Order (subject to revision) start Car# Seed Class Driver Co-driver year Car 1 2 FIA Open Paul Choiniere Jeff Becker 00 Hyundai Tiburon 2 1 FIA Open Noel Lawler Charlie Bradley 00 Hyundai Tiburon 3 61 FIA Open Karl Scheible Russ Hughes 98 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 4 52 1 Open Doug Sheperd Peter Gladysz 92 Mitsubishi Eclipse 5 4 1 Open Garen Shrader Michael Fennell 95 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 6 6 1 Gr N Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krowlikowski 95 Subaru Impreza WRX-Sti 7 12 1 GT Steve Gingras Bill Westrick 94 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 8 16 1 GT Gail Truess Patti Hughes 88 Mazda 323 GTX 9 148 2 Open Lon Peterson Bill Gutzmann 00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 10 162 1 GT Patrick Richard Ben Bradley 98 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 11 115 2 FIA-N Seamus Burke Frank Cunningham 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 12 71 1 Gr 5 Bryan Hourt John Dillon 97 Honda Civic 13 21 2 GT Chris Czyio Eric Carlson 90 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 14 94 2 GT Brian Pepp Jerry Stang 90 Eagle Talon 15 168 2 GT Celsus Donnelly Barry Smith 90 Eagle Talon 16 82 2 Gr 5 Mike Hurst Rob Bohn 93 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 17 83 2 Gr 5 Mark Utecht Brenda Corneliusen 86 VW Golf GTi 18 567 2 Gr 5 Steve Nowicki David Stone 85 Mazda RX-7 19 51 2 Gr 2 Jay Streets Bill Feyling 85 Toyota Corolla GTS 20 116 2 Gr 2 Thomas Lawless Lawless 93 Honda Civic 21 107 3 Open Tim Paterson Scott Ferguson 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 22 501 3 Open Todd Jarvey Richard Faber 92 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 23 551 3 Open Mark Sarnecki Rick Hansen 98 Subaru Impreza 24 971 3 GT Brendan Cunningham Paul McClean 90 Eagle Talon 25 122 3 Gr 5 John Daubenmier Stanley Rosen 88 Chevrolet S-10 26 73 3 Gr 2 Nicholas Robinson Carl Lindquist 97 Honda Civic 27 97 3 GT Paul Dubinsky Ivon Dubinsky 92 Eagle Talon 28 98 3 Gr 2 Robert Nielsen Brett Corneliusen 87 VW Golf GTi 29 165 3 P Dennis Chizma David Weiman 73 Porsche 911 30 55 3 P Brian Vinson Richard Beets 88 VW Golf GTi 31 33 4 Open James Warren Charles Binder 83 Audi quattro 32 132 4 Open Robert Burtis James Burtis 85 Audi coupe quattro 33 950 4 GT Shane Mitchell Paul Donnelly 90 Eagle Talon 34 601 4 Gr 5 Michael Halley Emily Burton-Weinman 87 Dodge Ram 50 35 65 4 Gr 5 Don Rathgeber Jimmy Brandt 87 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 36 42 4 Gr 2 Eric Burmeister Mark Buskirk 86 VW Golf GTi 37 512 4 P Jouni Pohjolainen John Matikainin 91 Nissan NX 2000 38 59 5 Open John Rek Robert DuPree 95 Audi S2 39 104 5 Open Martin Donnelly TBA 90 Eagle Talon 40 149 5 Open Jonathan Ryther Janice Damitio 00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 41 173 5 Gr N Patrick Lilly Mark McAllister 95 Subaru Impreza 42 232 5 GT Mark Tabor John Elkin 89 Mazda 323 GTX 43 555 5 Gr 5 Colin McCleery Jeff Secor 85 Merkur XR4ti 44 15 5 Gr 2 Brad Hawkins Adrian Wintle 96 VW Golf GTi 45 58 5 Gr 2 Roland McIvor TBA 93 Nissan Sentra 46 84 5 Gr 2 J.B. Niday Al Kintigh 86 VW Golf GTi 47 137 5 Gr 2 Phil Smith Dallas Smith 68 MGB GT 48 937 6 Open Patrick Farrell John O'Reilly 91 Eagle Talon TSi 49 914 6 Gr N Noel Nash Farrell 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 50 TBA 6 GT Aidan McCormack Edna McCormack 90 Mitsubishi Eclipse 51 194 6 Gr 5 Wiktor Biegalski Marcin Kornellik 90 Mitsubishi Eclipse 52 575 6 Gr 5 Jeremy Butts TBA 88 Ford Mustang GT 53 904 6 Gr 5 John Drislane TBA 87 Mitsubishi Mirage 54 69 6 Gr 2 Charles Sherrill Chris Rea 89 Honda CRX Si 55 41 6 Gr 2 Art Burmeister Bob Martin 87 VW Golf GTi 56 967 6 P Perry King Mark Williams 00 Hyundai Tiburon 57 133 6 P Tom Young Jim LeBeau 95 Dodge Neon ACR

Start Order ClubRally support event (subject to revision) start Car# Seed Class Driver Co-driver year Car 58 527 Open Chris Gilligan Joe Peterson 92 Mitsubishi Eclipse 59 553 Gr 5 Jerry Brownell Jim Windsor 83 Chevrolet Citation X-11 60 505 Gr 2 John Hamilton Josh Westhoven 81 VW Rabbit 61 507 Gr 2 Micah Wiitala Josh Prusi 92 Saturn SC2 62 522 Gr 2 Jonathan Butts Gary Butts 85 Dodge Omni GLH 63 557 Gr 2 Damien Crane Stephanie Adams-Graf 90 VW Jetta 64 544 Open Dan Malott Matt Malott 90 Eagle Talon 65 518 Open Dennis Martin Chris Plante 90 Mitsubishi Eclipse 66 217 Open Michael Reeves Don Reeves 91 Toyota Celica All-trac 67 531 GT Steve Nielsen Doug McCready 92 Plymouth Laser 68 563 Gr 5 Gary Starr Bill Tifft 86 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo 69 548 Gr 5 John Zoerner John Shepski 85 Dodge Omni GLH turbo 70 528 Gr 2 John Adleman Jason Lajon 85 VW Golf GTi 71 546 Gr 2 Steve Irwin Phil Schmidt 87 Toyota MR2 72 591 Gr 2 Peter Beaupre Tim Ballon 91 Suzuki Swift 73 550 Gr 2 Aaron Hatz Brendan Higgins 89 VW Golf Gti 16V 74 574 Gr 2 Mark Kleckner TBA 74 Dodge Colt 75 571 Gr 2 Kurt Winkelmann Drew Ritchie 89 Pontiac Fiero 76 568 P Phil Macy John O'Neil 97 Plymouth Neon 77 573 GT Terry Lahti Connie Karpinen 90 Eagle Talon 78 558 P Jim Cox Kaar Cox 89 Chevrolet S-10

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Jay Streets , Bill Feyling , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham , Mark McAllister , Shane Mitchell , Patrick Lilly , Eric Burmeister , Doug Sheperd , Roland McIvor , Rob Nicholas , Jerry Brown , Tom McGeer , Patrick Richard , Jeff Secor , Martin Donnelly , Art Burmeister , Adrian Wintle , Mark Williams , David Stone , Jimmy Brandt , Scott Ferguson
Teams Williams