Maine Forest ProRally Round 6 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship July 30-31, 1999 Restart Order Pos Class Seed Car ...
Maine Forest ProRally Round 6 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship July 30-31, 1999
Pos Class Seed Car# Driver/Co-Driver Car ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Open F 5 Stig Blomqvist/Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth 2 Open F 141 Frank Sprongl/Dan Sprongl Audi quattro S2 3 Open F 2 Noel Lawler/Charlie Bradley Hyundai Tiburon 4 Open 1 80 Jon Kemp/Rod Hendricksen Audi 4000 quattro 5 Open 2 14 Garen Schrader/Doc Schrader Mitsubishi Evo IV 6 Open 2 120 Dean Panton/Michael Fennel Hyundai Elantra 7 Grp 2 1 142 Jon Nichols/Mike Koch Volkswagen Golf GTI 8 Open 3 99 Sakis Hadjiminas/Brian Maxwell Volkswagen Fox Kit Car 9 PGT 3 115 Seamus Burke/Mark Williams Mitsubishi Galant VR4 10 PGT 1 13 Cal Landau/Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse 11 Grp 2 1 10 Bill Malik/Christian Edstrom Volvo 240 12 PGT 5 168 Celsus Donnelly/Kevin Mullan Eagle Talon TSi 13 Open 4 188 Malachy Crawford/Finian Hannigan Mitsubishi Evo V 14 Grp 5 2 44 Henry Krolikowski/Cindy Krolikowski Dodge Shadow 15 Grp 5 2 82 Mike Hurst/Rob Bohn Mazda Rx-7 16 Open 3 64 Sylvester Stepniewski/Adam Pelc Audi quattro 17 Grp 2 4 71 Bryan Hourt/Peter Cardimen Honda Civic 18 Grp 2 2 108 Gerald Sweet/Stuart Spark SAAB 99 EMS 19 Prod 4 76 Ted Mendham/Lise Mendham Nissan Sentra SE-R 20 PGT 2 21 Chris Czyzio/Eric Carlson Mitsubishi Eclipse 21 PGT 3 27 Greg Healey/John MacLeod Subaru Impreza 22 Open 6 175 Alex Erisoty/Ben Greisler Audi 90 23 Grp 5 4 121 Mark Bowers/Duffy Bowers Mitsubishi Starion 24 Prod 5 36 Evan Moen/Tom Young Plymouth Neon 25 Open 4 116 Thomas Lawless/Brendan Lawless Volkswagen Golf GTi 26 Prod 4 119 Peter Malaszuk/Darek Szerejko Daewoo Nubira 28 PGT 5 109 James Frandsen/Todd Bourdette Audi 200 29 PGT 6 161 Thomas Brann/Brendan Bohan Subaru Legacy 30 Open 5 126 Arthur Wojcik/Charles Cox Mitsubishi Galant VR4 31 Prod 4 73 Nicholas Robinson/Carl Lindquist Honda Civic 32 Grp 2 5 199 Mike White/Mike Ronan SAAB 99 GLI 33 Grp 2 5 42 Eric Burmeister/Mark Buskirk Volkswagen Golf GTi 34 Grp 2 5 146 Walt Kammer/Jackie Adams Datsun 510 35 Grp 5 6 555 Colin McCleery/Jeff Secor Mercury Merkur XR4ti 36 Prod 3 61 Karl Scheible/Gail McGuire Volkswagen New Beetle 37 Open 6 59 John Rek/Constantine Mantopolous Audi S2 38 Grp 2 5 129 Scott Kreisler/John Bonasera Nissan 200SX 39 PGT 6 97 Paul Dubinsky/Yvon Dubinsky Eagle Talon 40 PGT 5 70 Kendall Russell/John Dillon Dodge Shadow 41 Open 6 159 Michael ZamikhovskyRon Norton Toyota Celica 42 Grp 2 6 173 Patrick Lilly/Mark McAllister Volkswagen Golf GTi 43 Grp 2 6 41 Art Burmeister/Jimmy Brandt Volkswagen Golf GTi 44 Open 5 901 Gerry Brinkman/Will Sekella Audi 4000 quattro 45 Grp 2 6 77 Robert Pao/Bob Barrell Volkswagen Golf GTi 46 PGT 6 19 Rod Dean/Nichole Dean Plymouth Laser 47 Grp 2 6 15 Brad Hawkins/Adrian Wintle Volkswagen Jetta 48 PGT 6 100 Donal Mulleady/John O'Reilly Mazda 323 GTX 49 Grp 5 6 112 Jens Larsen/Roger Sanderson Mazda Rx-7 50 Open 6 152 Wojciech Hajduczyk/Cezary Fidler Plymouth Laser 51 Open 6 186 Jerry Cuffe/Barry Cuffe Audi 80 52 Prod 4 143 Ilana Rosenshein/Jennifer Cote Suzuki Swift GT 53 Open 6 167 David Green/Mike Wilkerson Eagle Talon TSi 54 Prod 4 145 Bruno Laverdiere/Martin Duval Toyota Corolla 55 Open 2 135 Bill Driegert/Claire Chizma Subaru WRX 56 Grp 5 3 38 Lesley Suddard/Marc Goldfarb Dodge Charger 57 Open TBA 906 TBA/TBA TBA 58 Open 6 43 Carlos Arrieta Sr./Belen Arrieta Audi 4000 quattro 59 Open 4 969 Christopher Sanborn/Lou Datilio Audi 4000 quattro 60 Open 6 104 Martin Donnelly/Peter Cunningham Eaqle Talon 61 Open 6 905 John Carrara/Philip Ho Dodge Shadow 62 Grp 5 6 990 Charles Sprigg/Andy Jones Volkswagen Golf GTi 63 Grp 5 6 907 Frederic Carpenter/Joshua Bessem Alfa Romeo Milano 64 Grp 5 6 921 Howard Richards/Joel Richards Mitsubishi Eclipse 65 TBA 6 461 TBA/TBA TBA 66 PGT 6 902 Marty Allen/Stewart Allen Mazda 323 GTX 67 PGT 6 913 Janusz Jastrzebski/Marcin Korneluk Subaru Impreza 68 Grp 2 6 912 John Cassidy/Travis Smith Honda Civic CRX 69 Grp 2 6 910 Matthew Lewis/Tony Lumino Pontiac LeMans 70 Grp 2 6 522 Jonathan Butts/Garry Butts Dodge Omni
Good morning and welcome to day two of the Maine Forest ProRally, Round 6 of the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship. It’s partly cloudy, warm and humid here in the dense woods of western Maine. It’s uncomfortable outside, but nowhere near as unbearably hot as yesterday…at least not yet. 46.) Restart time today is 9:30 a.m., and cars are moving down highway US 2 to the restart point, a large unoccupied commercial complex a half-mile from the headquarters hotel. It has a huge parking lot that is ideal for staging such a large field of cars. 47.) In addition to the second day of the ProRally, today we have the Mead Paper ClubRally running together with the Pro event. It will run the same roads. Teams running both the Pro and Club events will stay in their positions based on where they finished yesterday. Those competing in only the Club event will be added at the end of the Pro field. 48.) With day one’s attrition (54 cars remain from yesterday’s 70 starters) and today’s added Club entries, we will start about the same size field today. 49.) Yesterday’s observation that the heavy early morning rainstorm had very effectively ended the likelihood of dust problems proved correct -– but only so far. The rain did not cover as large an area as had been thought. As a result, Stages 1-4 were just fine. However, Stage 5 turned out to be a dust bowl, and Stage 6 would have been one also, had it not been cancelled due to spotty communications. So much for relying on weather canoes for forecasting. (More later.) 50.) The dust was so severe on Stage 5 that Charlie Bradley says he and Noel Lawler lost a full 40 seconds to the Sprongls, who were ahead of them on the road. 51.) Like everyone else, Dean Panton and Mike Fennell lost a fair amount of time to the dust on Stage 5. However, according to Panton’s father (who is checking in periodically from his home in Jamaica)they also had a turbo hose come adrift on the stage, leaving the car seriously down on power. In addition, he said that the car apparently was somewhat down on power on other stages. 52.) Before they retired last evening, Chris Havas and Eric Tremblay were flying in their six-speed Group 2 Volkswagen Golf GTi. They were the fastest two-wheel-drive car, and were running about eighth overall. 53.) Seed 6 driver Alex Aristoy and veteran navigator Ben Greisler were flying, too, in their Open Class Audi 90; and they still are. Yesterday they moved up a whopping 31 places. 54.) One of the front-runners who is not here this weekend is Paul Eklund, whose screaming-yellow Open Class Subaru Impreza finished sixth overall at Rim of the World and third overall at Wild West. Limited budget has forced him to pass up this rally. However, he is aiming to make all of the remaining events. 55.) Dean Fry and Don Kennedy had been expecting great things from the new engine in their Open Class Subaru Legacy, but had a rather short event. They retired on Stage 1 with two broken rocker arms. Because the engine is a four-valve type, and because the broken arms were on different cylinders, the engine ran quite well after the failures. In fact, they couldn't even tell anything was wrong until they completed the stage and could hear the noise from the broken parts. 56.) Only in wonderful Maine Dept.: Maine, of course, is very famous for lobster. The McDonald's just down the road from the headquarters hotel features lobster rolls on its menu. Just try ordering one of them in your local McDonald's. (They're about four dollars, and won't win any awards; but they're not bad.) 57.) Last night, Ramana Lagemann and Bill Washburn swerved to miss a large rock in the dust on Stage 5, went off the road and into a culvert. The car wasn't badly damaged, but they retired their Production Class Volkswagen Golf GTi on the spot with a holed fuel tank. 58.) Earlier, we thanked Andy Schupack and press assistants Bowie Gray and Matt Johnson. We also should point out that Craig Zurhorst of Mead Paper has been the human dynamo behind Mead's efforts to make the rally happen. He's been everywhere, doing just about everything - coordinating people and equipment, moving and setting up audio equipment, helping us set up and run the media/VIP stage yesterday, and doing his regular job. On behalf of the entire rally, thanks, Craig! 59.) Peter Malaszuk and Darek Szerejko have been running well in the factory-backed Production Class Daewoo Nubira. However, on Stage 4, as they landed after a jump a large rock wedged itself between the skid plate and the right-front control arm. The result was a mangled control arm, which was replaced in the next service. They’re back running well. 60.) Karl Scheible and Gail McGuire will not get their third-straight Production Class victory for the Volkswagen New Beetle. Suspension problems have taken them out of the hunt; but they still will run in the ClubRally. 61.) The fresh-cut flowers in the New Beetle’s bud vase for this rally are geraniums. 62.) Now, about the weather canoes: We’ve been using an old backwoods Maine guides’ trick for determining weather conditions. The technique depends on the upturned bottom of a canoe, and works like this: If the canoe is wet, it’s raining. If light is reflecting strongly off the canoe, it’s sunny. If it’s summer, you can’t see the canoe, and all you can see is white, it’s foggy. If it’s winter, you can’t see the canoe, and all you can see is white, it’s snowing. If you can’t see the canoe and all you can see is black, it’s night. And so on. 63.) First reports from the field indicate that things are going along as before at the front of the field. After Stage 8, Blomqvist/Smith have more than a two-and-a-quarter minute cushion over the Sprongls. Lawler/Bradley are about 75 seconds back from there, with the Shraders a bit less than four minutes further back. 64.) Malik/Edstrom (Volvo 240) have about two minutes on Gerald Sweet and Stuart Spark (SAAB 99EMS)in Group 2, and they’re running in the top 10. 65.) In Group 5, Henry and Cindy Krolikowski (Dodge Shadow) are about a minute ahead of Mike Hurst and Rob Bohn. Hurst and Bohn have a hot new peripheral-port 13B engine in their Mazda Rx-7, and it seems to be running very well. 66.) In Production GT, early leaders Cal Landau and Eric Marcus are reported out of the event. They’re said to be limping along a short distance of a time in the crippled Mitsubishi Eclipse, but the cause of their problem is not known. 67.) Chris Czyzio and Eric Carlson have assumed the PGT lead in their Eclipse. They are about 30 seconds ahead of Greg Healey and John Macleod, in their new Subaru Impreza.