ProRally: Prescott Forest Preview

Prescott Forest ProRally; Round 8 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA Pro Rally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the demanding forest roads of central Arizona. Prescott Forest ProRally is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club...

Prescott Forest ProRally; Round 8 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA Pro Rally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the demanding forest roads of central Arizona. Prescott Forest ProRally is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

When & where: October 1-3, 1999; Prescott, Arizona

Headquarters: Best Western Prescottonian Motel; Prescott, Arizona; 520.445.3096

Schedule: Friday, October 1 7:00-10:00 p.m. Registration & Tech Inspection; Best Western Prescottonian Motel; Prescott, Arizona

Saturday, October 2 7:30-8:00 a.m. Parc Expose; Yavapai County Fairgrounds; Prescott, Arizona 8:00 a.m. First car starts Prescott Forest ProRally; Yavapai County Fairgrounds 7:00 p.m. First car finishes Prescott Forest ProRally; Best Western Prescottonian Motel

Sunday, October 3 9:00 a.m. Awards Breakfast (For competitors, crews, media)

Format: Events in the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship consist of flat-out racing, in any weather, on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads. No practice is allowed. Competitors generally see the course for the first time as they race it. Racing takes place only on "stages," demanding roads closed by local authorities for the event. "Transits" connect racing sections and are driven at normal highway speeds, with teams fully subject to all traffic laws. ProRally vehicles are production-based cars (and some 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. Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course and advises the driver of any hazards ahead. This role is as critical as the driver's skill, since the team is traveling at full racing speeds over roads they have never before seen, in any type of weather.

Selected entries (driver/co-driver): * Overall points leaders Noel Lawler and Charlie Bradley; Wild West and Ojibwe winners, in an Open Class Hyundai Tiburon * Seven-time US champion Paul Choiniere and multi-time co-driver champion Jeff Becker; Susquehannock Trail winners in another Open Class Hyundai Tiburon * Rim of the World winners Garen and Doc Shrader, in an Open Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV World Rally Championship-type supercar * Doo Wop winners Lauchlin and Farina O'Sullivan, in an Audi 4000 quattro * West Coast fliers Tony Chavez and Ken Cassidy, in a Mitsubishi Galant VR4 * Pacific Northwest hotshoes Paul Eklund and Dave Jameson, in a Subaru Impreza * Group 5 points leaders Ralph Kosmides and Joe Noyes; class winners at Rim of the World and Wild West in a Toyota Supra Turbo * Sno*Drift, STPR, Maine Forest and Ojibwe Group 5 winners Henry and Cindy Krolikowski, in a Dodge Shadow * Doo Wop Group 5 winner Carl Jardeval and Amity Trowbridge, in a Volvo 740 Turbo * Group 2 points leader Bryan Hourt and Pete Cardimen, STPR and Ojibwe winners in a Honda Civic * Maine Forest Group 2 winner Bill Malik, and Erik Tremblay, in a Volvo 240 * Production GT points leader Gail Truess and Pattie Hughes, Doo Wop and Wild West PGT winners, in a Mazda 323 GTX * Rim of the World Production GT winners Lee Shadbolt and Claire Chizma, in a Subaru Impreza * 1999 Production driver and co-driver champions Karl Scheible and Gail McGuire; Sno*Drift, STPR, Wild West and Ojibwe class winners, in Volkswagen New Beetle * Rim of the World Production winner Mark Brown and Ole Holter, in a Toyota * Production Class challengers Peter Malaszuk and Darek Szerejko, in a factory-backed Daewoo Nubira

* The overall series driver and co-driver championships are likely to be decided at this event. Points leaders Noel Lawler and Charlie Bradley need only a good finish to clinch their titles. * The rally will open with a short stage at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Event rank: Prescott Forest is a full-points round of the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Bill Malik , Paul Eklund , Amity Trowbridge , Ken Cassidy , Peter Malaszuk , Ole Holter