ProRally: Rim of the World preview

SCCA ProRally Championship - Rim of the World Fourth round (of ten) for the 2001 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and the globe will compete on demanding ridgetop dirt and gravel fire control roads tracing...

SCCA ProRally Championship - Rim of the World

Fourth round (of ten) for the 2001 season. SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and the globe will compete on demanding ridgetop dirt and gravel fire control roads tracing the line of the infamous San Andreas Fault in the Angeles National Forest in southern California. Regarded as the toughest rally in the USA, it is often compared to the Acropolis Rally in Greece for its relentless, car-pounding roads.

This event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and is internationally listed by the FIA.

When & Where: May 4-5, 2000; Palmdale, CA; approximately 50 miles (70 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.

Headquarters Hotel & Friday/Saturday Press Room; Event and Media registration (Friday afternoon): Holiday Inn - Palmdale, 38630 5th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551, =20 661.947.8055 main, press room direct: 661.266.1639 - hotel located at junction of Hwy 14 and Palmdale Blvd (press registration will be in the main entrant registration area near the rear of the hotel.) <pre> Schedule: Friday, May 04, 2000 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon Media press event. See details below 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration at Holiday Inn 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Scrutineering - America's Tire Company, Hwy 14 & Avenue J, Lancaster 6:00 PM Competitor group photography session - poolside - Holiday Inn 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Parade Lap - lot adjacent to Holiday Inn, Palmdale 7:00 PM sharp Official Rally Start with Spectator Stage - lot adjacent to Holiday Inn 11:55 PM approx First car finishes Day One of rally - Holiday Inn, Palmdale

Saturday, May 05, 2000 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fund raising RallySprint event for local charity ($20US donation for rides) Parc Expose runs concurrently with this activity 11:15 AM Prize giving for Friday ClubRally winners 12:00 PM sharp Official day two Rally Start - Holiday Inn - includes Spectator Stage 3:10 PM approx Short Service break - Lake Hughes Community Club 5:30 PM approx Service and dinner break, re-seeding - Lake Hughes Community Club 8:00 PM sharp Restart day two of rally - night stages - Lake Hughes Community Club 10:00 PM approx First car finishes day two of Rim of the World ProRally - Holiday Inn 12:00 PM approx Provisional ProRally scoring posted - Holiday Inn 2:00 AM approx Press room closed

Sunday, May 06, 2000 8:00 - 10:00 AM Awards Breakfast - Holiday Inn - no press activity scheduled </pre> Selected entries (driver/co-driver):
* Overall Drivers Championship points leaders Seamus Burke and Frank Cunningham, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

* 2000 Overall Champions and 2001 Sno*Drift winners Paul Choiniere & Jeff Becker; 2000 Hyundai Tiburon * Two-Wheel drive specialists and crowd pleasers Carl Jardevall (Volvo 740) and Bill Malik (Volvo 240)

* 2000 SCCA Production GT Champion Patrick Richard with Ben Bradley; Open class Subaru Impreza

Additional news interest:
Both the Manufacturers Championship, and the Overall Drivers Championship points races are the tightest they have been in years, making just surviving this grueling event exceedingly important. Keeping good pace during Friday's night stages, and seeing who is left in the morning will keep team plans in constant flux throughout day one, and could result in a flat out sprint race near the finish, as the survivors vie for maximum points. * This year's Rim of the World will mark the world competition debut of the new-style Prodrive Subaru Group N Impreza WRX, driven by Karl Scheible, and the US competition debut of a WRC class Subaru Impreza WRX driven by Fredrick Dor. Mark Lovell's WRX is also all-new, marking a complete re-vamping of the works Subaru team fleet. Overall, current bodystyle Subaru product makes up nearly 1/3 of the Pro field. * In the Hyundai camp, damage to Noel Lawler's Tiburon was so severe from his huge off at Oregon Trail, the car wont be ready until Susquehannock Trail in June. Lawler will be driving the team's back-up Elantra, last seen in action at the 2000 Ojibwe Forest event, where the Hyundai team made its first ever 1-2-3 podium sweep.

Event Rank:
This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event, and has long been a fixture of the championship, the 2001 event marks its 18th running. 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.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Bill Malik , Carl Jardevall , Seamus Burke , Mark Lovell , Patrick Richard