ProRally: Oregon Trail preview

SCCA ProRally Championship Round 3 - Oregon Trail Third round (of ten) for the 2001 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America will compete on demanding gravel roads along the mountainous terrain of the northwestern ...

SCCA ProRally Championship Round 3 - Oregon Trail

Third round (of ten) for the 2001 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America will compete on demanding gravel roads along the mountainous terrain of the northwestern Oregon shoreline. This event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and presented by Silverstone Tyres. The SCCA ProRally Championship series is presented by Hyundai Motor America and Subaru of America.

When & Where: April 7-8, 2001; Tillamook, Oregon; approximately 65 miles (90 km) west of Portland, Oregon

<pre> Schedule:

Friday, April 6, 2001 11:00 AM Press & VIP Stage Gathering Point: Tillamook Cheese Factory (1/2 mile north of the Shilo Inn. Company representatives on-site, refreshments served) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Press & VIP Stage (Location and directions disclosed at the gathering point) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Registration all parties - Wilson River Room - Shilo Inn 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration all parties - Wilson River Room - Shilo Inn 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Welcome Party for entrants, Media & VIP - Shilo Inn

Saturday, April 7, 2001 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Late Media & VIP Registration only - Shilo Inn Press Room 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Parc Expose (ProRally & ClubRally cars on display) Tillamook Air Museum - Blimp Hanger (open to public) 11:30 AM sharp First car starts Rally - on-site Spectator Stage - Tillamook Air Museum 9:30 PM approx First car finishes day one of Oregon Trail ProRally - Shilo Inn

Sunday, April 8, 2001 9:00 AM sharp First car starts Day two - Oregon Trail ProRally - Shilo Inn 1:30 PM approx Final Spectator Stage - Tillamook Air Museum 2:00 PM approx First car finishes Oregon Trail ProRally - Swiss Hall

</pre> competition, in any weather, on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads. SCCA Performance Rally events follow a format similar to that used around the globe. Rally competition takes place only on "special stages," using challenging back roads closed by local authorities for the event. "Transits" connect the "special stage" sections together and are driven at normal highway speeds, with teams fully subject to all traffic laws.

SCCA Performance Rally vehicles are production-based cars and trucks from manufacturers around the world. They compete both for the overall victory and wins within a class structure that groups together vehicles with similar performance.

Each vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver/navigator.  In a role     
as critical as the driver's, the co-driver uses a detailed, event       
organizer supplied route book and a rally computer, keeping the team    
on-course and advising the driver of any hazards ahead.                 

Selected entries (driver/co-driver): * Cherokee Trails overall winner Richard Tuthill and John Bennie, Open Class 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV * 1999 Overall Manufacturer, Driver & Co-Driver Champions Noel Lawler & Charles Bradley; Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon * Eight-time US champion Paul Choiniere and seven-time co-driver champion Jeff Becker; Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon * 1998 Group 5 Driver Champion (and 1999 runnerup) Ralph Kosmides with co-driver Joe Noyes; FIA Gr N 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX-sti * Local favorites and crowd-pleasers Carl Jardevall and Amity Trowbridge; Group 5 1983 Volvo 740 turbo, Paul Eklund and Scott Huhn, 1995 Subaru Impreza turbo

Additional news interest: * The Knight Racing Team makes their season debut with three 2000 model SCCA Open class Subaru Imprezas, two equipped with radical-to-performance rally automatic transmissions, designed specifically to better harness the power of the 2.5 litre turbocharged motors. This event also marks the debut of Steve Gingras and Bill Westrick to the team. * At press time, at least 17 entries in this event will be vying for Manufacturer Championship points. With works teams from all three participating manufacturers, the 2001 season of the SCCA ProRally Championship is the most brand-competitive in well over a decade.

Event Rank: Oregon Trail became a part of the 10-event SCCA ProRally Championship in 2000, and this year has earned full points status for both Drivers and Manufacturers. Drivers at this event earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Hyundai, Subaru and Mitsubishi) earn points towards overall and class MFG Championships. This event will be recorded for telecast on Speedvision.

The entire Oregon Trail event is held within easy access of both Tillamook and Portland. The hotel/press room, Blimp Hanger display/start area, scrutineering location and awards luncheon location are all within 3 miles of each other on the same road (Main Street/Route 101) in Tillamook.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRally-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Richard Tuthill , John Bennie , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Paul Eklund , Carl Jardevall , Amity Trowbridge