ProRally: Maine Forest press notes #1

Maine Forest PRO Rally Round ...

Maine Forest PRO Rally Round #6 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Rumford, Maine Press Notes #1 - Thursday, July 30 - 9:00 AM EDT

1. Welcome to the River Valley region of Southern Maine, and the 11th running of the Maine Forest PRO Rally. This event started in 1991, with two feet of snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures, and ran once a year in December until 1994, when the July event was added. The July, 1994 event was a coefficient 3 divisional (regional rally) where the national drivers could score 60 percent of their normal points, and the summer rally became a full national event in 1995. In 1996, the Sports Car Club of America's PRO Rally Board decided that the rally that ends each season should vary by location so drivers from all over the country would have a chance to attend the year-end banquet. This means that the Maine winter event happens only every couple of years as the schedule calls for West and Midwest year-end events (1996 - Olympia, Wash. and 1998 - Houghton, Mich.).

2. The weather promises to be reasonable this weekend, considering the heat that has been present over the Northeast over the past month. Partly sunny and warm, with temperatures in the low 80's during the day and the low 60's at night. Humidity should be below 70 percent, with only a chance of afternoon thundershows both Friday and Saturday - not completely bad news as a brief shower would keep the dust down.

3. Replica Productions, of Cambridge, Mass., producers of the rally coverage on ESPN2, have announced air dates for the Maine Forest PRO Rally. They are:

Tuesday, September 8, at 6:30 PM Eastern Wednesday, September 9, at 3:30 AM Eastern

4. An important note for those who plan to attend the Lake Superior PRO Rally - the last event of the season - in October. Organizer Lyn Nelson has asked that we put out the following message: Forest service requirements have restricted the entry for the D&N Bank Lake Superior PRO Rally to 50 cars total limit (national and divisional). I'm concerned that with the tight point spread and so many new people we have to get the word out REALLY early so people can make their plans for the next few events. We're not setting a quota between national and divisional cars. Looks like we'll be basing it on postmark date! Our registrations will be out by the end of August...much, much earlier than last year. If you have any questions, please contact me via phone or e-mail.

Lyn Nelson, event organizer <lnelson@mail.portup.com> (906) 249-3392 - home (906) 228-2072 - work

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