ProRally: Maine Forest Summer Rally Schedule Fast Facts

Event: 1998 Maine Forest Summer Rally, round ...

Event: 1998 Maine Forest Summer Rally, round #6 of the 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship. Race cars from all around the U.S. and Canada will compete at high speeds on the challenging logging roads of the Mead Paper Co., the International Paper Co. and the Seven Islands Land Co., near Rumford, Maine.

When: Thursday - Saturday, July 30 - August 1, 1998


Thursday, July 30

4:00 PM - Registration - River Valley Chamber of Commerce Fun and Wonder TSD Road Rally - Linnell Motel - Route 2 5:01 PM - First car starts - Fun and Wonder Rally 7:30 PM - First car finishes - Fund and Wonder Rally 9:00 PM - Early PRO Registration - Madison Hotel, Rumford

Friday, July 31

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Registration, Madison's Hotel, Route 2, Rumford 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Scrutineering, AutoTech Garage, Rumford 3:00 PM - Parc Expose - display of cars - Congress Street, downtown Rumford 4:00 PM - Start, Maine Forest Rally - Congress Street, downtown Rumford 7:00 PM - Start of stages through the streets of downtown Rumford 8:00 PM - Rally car wash - Falls Hill information booth - $5.00 to benefit Meroby Elementary School Playground Fund 9:00 PM - Information scores posted - Madison's Hotel Saturday, August 1

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Late registration/scrutineering for divisional competitors, Madison's Hotel 8:30 AM - Start, Day 2, Maine Forest Rally - Madison's Hotel 1:00 PM - Lunch break/service - Oquossoc 6:00 PM - Finish of divisional rally - Oquossoc 8:00 PM - Finish of Maine Forest Rally - Oquossoc 9:00 PM - Post Rally party begins - American Legion Hall - Rumford 10:00 PM - 25th anniversary celebration begins - American Legion 11:00 PM - Provisional scores posted - American Legion midnight - Start of awards presentation Where: Rally headquarters will be at the Madison's Hotel, Route #2, Rumford, Maine 04276 (207) 364-7973. Maps guiding spectators to viewing areas are available at the River Valley Chamber of Commerce, or at Madison's starting Thursday, July 30.

Duration: 108 stage miles, 260 total miles, 13 stages

Rank: Full national PRO Rally, with one coefficient 3 divisional PRO rally to run 80 stage miles with the national event. The Maine Forest Rally is presented jointly by the New England Region of the Sports Car Club of America and the Blue Mountain Region of the SCCA. The National PRO Rally series is sponsored by Michelin Tire Corporation and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America.

Television: The event will be produced by Replica Productions, of Cambridge, Mass., and telecast - August dates to be announced. Call the ESPN programming hotline (860) 585-2236 for up-to-date information. Expected Top National Entries: Paul Choiniere - defending six-time overall national champion - in his Hyundai Tiburon; David Summerbell, from Kingston, Jamaica, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV - leads series after win at Rim in May; Carl Merrill, with Ford Escort Cosworth tht produces more than 400 hp - only contender from Maine; Frank Sprongl, Canadian champion, in an Audi Quattro S-2 - won both Maine rallies last year, plus the most recent event in '98 in Penn.; Noel Lawler, veteran Irish rallyist, in Choiniere's '96 championship Hyundai; Mike Whitman, top five finisher, in a Ford Sierra Cosworth; Group 5 leader Ralph Kosmides from California in a new Toyota Twin-turbo Supra - 325 hp; Cal Landau, '95 Production GT champion, in a Mitsubishi Eclipse; Steve Gingras, '97 Production GT champion, in an Eagle Talon; Chris Havas, top Group 2 contender, in a VW GTI; Bill Malik, Volvo 240, currently leads Group 2. Expected 25th Anniversary winners: Eric Jones, John Smiskol, Dan Goodwin, Guy Light, Taisto Heinonen, Jim Walker, Tim O'Neil, Dick Corley, J.P. Perruse, Doug Shepherd, Bruno Kreibich, Carl Merrill, Paul Choiniere, John Buffum, Frank Sprongl, Chad DiMarco.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Ralph Kosmides , Bill Malik , Eric Jones , Tim O'Neil , Frank Sprongl