ProRally: Ojibwe Forests SCCA ProRally preview

A record seventy-nine cars are entered in the 16th running of the Ojibwe Forests SCCA ProRally Championship event. All four Championship manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Subaru and Mitsubishi) are well represented, featuring the hugely...

A record seventy-nine cars are entered in the 16th running of the Ojibwe Forests SCCA ProRally Championship event. All four Championship manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Subaru and Mitsubishi) are well represented, featuring the hugely successful Hyundai Tiburons, 8 Mitsubishi Lancers, and 10 Subaru Imprezas, in both FIA Group N and several SCCA specification categories. The two-day event will be held on Minnesota forest roads in the area south and west of Bemidji. The Rally starts tomorrow afternoon, Friday 25 August from the Northern Inn headquarters hotel adjacent to the Bemidji/Beltrami Airport at 5:30 PM CDT.

Selected late entries, news: The controversial finish of last month's Maine Forest event was finalized by the SCCA's National Court of Appeals yesterday afternoon following an extensive investigation, with the court ruling in favor of the teams that lodged the protest. The top five Overall Driver's Championship points going into this weekend's event will now read as follows: Scheible - 77; Choiniere - 63; Lawler - 34; Lahm - 33 and Shepherd - 27. The overall Manufacturers' Championship points are: Hyundai - 82, Mitsubishi - 70; Subaru - 64; Toyota - 47. 1999 Group 5 Champions Henry and Cindy Krolikowski are quickly learning their ProDrive Gr N Subaru WRX-Sti, working closely with tech support from Prodrive at the Maine Forest ProRally in July. Expect a good show from the couple here, their "home" rally. West Coast teams are making a strong showing for Ojibwe this year, in many cases traveling nearly 2000 miles each way. Included in that list is George Plsek; with new-to-the-team co-driver Alex Gelsomino. Gelsomino brings European rally experience to the Tato Motorsports entry, having participated in numerous tarmac rallys in Italy. Also from the west coast is the debut of another new Subaru Impreza, a 99 model driven by fast rising west coast star, and former motocross champion Eric Eaton. Previously, Eaton has been driving a Mazda 323 GTX. This event has a good history for Hyundai and team boss John Buffum's Libra Racing, winning the last three in a row for the manufacturer. Overall, Libra Racing has won the event a total of nine times. Mitsubishi has one win here, in 1996 with the team of Henry Joy and Michael Fennell in a Lancer Evo II.

<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. Class = Open, FIA A & N - fastest; are cars with considerable modifications; P (Production) - slowest; are cars very near to showroom stock configuration. G5 - two wheel drive high HP cars; G2 - two wheel drive lower horsepower cars; GT - high horsepower production (stock) cars.

Ojibwe Forests SCCA ProRally Championship Round #6 25-26 August, 2000 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 52 FIA Open John Buffum Mark Williams 00 Hyundai Elantra 4 61 FIA FIA-N Karl Scheible Russ Hughes 98 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 5 4 1 Open Garen Shrader Michael Fennell 95 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 6 52 1 Open Doug Shepherd Peter Gladysz 92 Mitsubishi Eclipse 7 44 1 Open Peter Cunningham Jim Gill 99 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 8 10 1 Open Pete Lahm Matt Chester 95 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 9 6 1 FIA-N Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krolikowski 95 Subaru WRX-STI 10 12 1 GT Steve Gingras Bill Westrick 91 Eagle Talon 11 5 1 Gr 5 Ralph Kosmides Ken Cassidy 96 Toyota Supra 12 32 2 Open Paul Eklund Scott Huhn 95 Subaru Impreza 13 160 2 Open Eric Eaton Kenny Almquist 99 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 14 304 2 Open Lon Peterson Bill Gutzman 00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 15 20 2 Open George Plsek Alex Glesomino 90 Audi Quattro 90 16 35 2 FIA - A Lee Shadbolt Bob Sherman 97 Subaru Impreza 17 115 2 FIA-N Seamus Burke Frank Cunningham 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 18 21 2 GT Chris Czyzio Eric Carlson 90 Mitsubishi Eclipse 19 162 2 GT Patrick Richard Nathalie Richard 98 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 20 168 2 GT Celsus Donnelly Mark McAllister 90 Eagle Talon Tsi 21 83 2 Gr 5 Mark Utecht Brenda Corneliusen 86 Dodge Omni turbo 22 63 2 Gr 5 Tad Ohtake Bob Martin 98 Ford Escort ZX2 23 39 2 Gr 5 Carl Jardevall Amity Towbridge 83 Volvo 740 turbo 24 71 2 Gr 5 Bryan Hourt Tom Tighe 97 Honda Civic 25 107 3 Open Tim Paterson Scott Ferguson 95 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 26 398 3 Open Kurosh Jahromi Tony Lumino 93 Ford Escort Cosworth 27 175 3 Open Alex Erisoty Ben Greisler 89 Audi Quattro 28 565 3 FIA-N Russell Hodges Jimmy Brandt 95 Subaru WRX-STI 29 51 3 Gr 2 Jay Streets Mark Tabor 85 Toyota Corolla 30 73 3 Gr 2 Nicholas Robinson Carl Lindquist 97 Honda Civic 31 165 3 P Dennis Chizma Claire Chizma 73 Porsche 911 32 55 3 P Brian Vinson Richard Beels 88 VW Golf GTI 33 501 4 Open Todd Jarvey Richard Faber 92 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 34 132 4 Open Robert Burtis James Burtis 85 Audi quattro Coupe 35 589 6 Open Alec Ellsworth Steve Kaczkowski 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 36 86 4 GT Mark Larson Kelly Cox 96 Eagle Talon 37 97 4 GT Paul Dubinsky Yvon Dubinsky 92 Eagle Talon 38 601 4 P Michael Halley Emily Burton-Weinman 87 Dodge Ram 50 39 187 4 G5 John Shirley James Hurley 79 Triumph TR7/V8 40 98 4 Gr 2 Bob Nielsen Brett Corneliusen 87 VW Golf 41 42 4 Gr 2 Eric Burmeister Mark Buskirk 86 VW Golf 42 540 5 Open Scott Carlborn Dale Dewald 92 Jeep Comanche 43 59 5 Open John Rek Jeff Secor 95 Audi S2 44 6 Open Harry Anderson Mark Anderson 90 Eagle Talon TSi 45 110 5 FIA-N Mark Nelson John Dillon 97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 46 19 5 GT Rod Dean Nichole Dean 92 Plymouth Laser RS 47 70 5 GT Kendall Russell Dave Weiman 94 Dodge Shadow 48 913 5 GT Janus Jastrzebski Tomasz Zaremba 96 Subaru Impreza 49 56 5 Gr 2 Douglas Davenport Lea Davenport 85 VW Golf 50 932 5 P Dmitri Kishkarev Dave Shindle 90 VW Golf 51 131 5 P Jon Tabor Kevin Poirier 92 Nissan Sentra SE-R 52 74 6 Open Ramana Lagemann 91 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 53 379 6 Open Jonathan Ryther Nicholas Taylor 00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 54 511 6 Open Mark Sarnecki Rick Hansen 98 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 55 84 6 Gr 2 J.B. Niday Al Kintigh 86 VW Golf GTi 56 512 6 P Jouni Pohjolainen John Matikainen 91 Nissan NX 2000 57 533 6 P Tom Young Jim LeBeau 95 Dodge Neon ACR 58 967 6 P Larry Webster J. Jon Wickens 00 Hyundai Tiburon

Start Order ClubRally support event (subject to revision) start Car# Seed Class Driver Co-driver year Car 59 117 2 Open Ken Stewart Floyd Shrader 86 Chevrolet S-10 60 527 3 Open Christopher Gilligan Joe Peterson 92 Mitsubishi Eclipse 61 522 3 G2 Jonathan Butts Gary Butts 85 Dodge Omni GLH 62 545 3 P Eric Seppanen Jake Himes 92 Nissan Sentra SE-R 63 537 4 GT Paul Peters Robert Anderson 86 Subaru GL 64 531 4 GT Steve Nielsen Doug McCready 92 Plymouth Laser 65 553 3 G5 Jerry Brownell Jim Windsor 83 Chevrolet Citation 66 582 4 G5 Doug Dill Tyler Dill 84 Mazda RX-7 67 546 4 G2 Steve Irwin Phil Schmidt 87 Toyota MR2 68 535 4 G2 Jason Anderson Jared Kemp 86 Dodge Omni GLH 69 550 4 G2 Aaron Hatz Brendan Higgins 89 VW Golf Gti 16V 70 528 4 G2 Jason Lajon John Adleman 85 VW Golf 71 557 4 G2 Damien Crane John Adams-Graf 90 VW Jetta 72 597 4 G2 Paul Moormann Diane Sargent 69 SAAB Sonnett 73 539 4 P Ryan Brooks Shanti Traskowski 95 Acura Integra GS-R 74 518 5 Open Dennis Martin Kathy Freund 92 Eagle Talon 75 507 5 G2 Micah Wiitala Josh Prusi 92 Saturn SC 2 76 542 5 G2 Daniel Moore John Hopponen 89 Suzuki Swift Gti 77 563 6 G5 Gary Starr Bill Tifft 86 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo 78 831 6 G2 Brian Pilczuk Richard Pilczuk 87 VW Golf Gti 79 6 Jeff Hayford Heidi Hayford 91 Ford Escort

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , George Plsek , Alex Gelsomino , Ralph Kosmides , Paul Eklund , Scott Huhn , Carl Jardevall , Jay Streets , Mark Nelson , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham , Ken Cassidy , Mark McAllister , Peter Cunningham , Mark Anderson , Eric Burmeister , Dave Russell , John Shirley , Rob Nicholas , Larry Webster , Jerry Brown , Nathalie Richard , Jeff Secor , Dave Shindle , Dmitri Kishkarev , John Buffum , Mark Williams , Jimmy Brandt , Scott Ferguson
Teams Williams