ProRally: Rim of the World Preview

Event: Rim of the World; Round 3 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the demanding mountain and desert roads of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. When: ...

Event: Rim of the World; Round 3 of the 1999 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship. ProRally cars from across North America will race on the demanding mountain and desert roads of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California.

When: April 30-May 1, 1999

Where: Palmdale, California

Headquarters: Holiday Inn; 38630 5th Street West; Palmdale, California; (661) 947-8055

Sanction: Rim of the World is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)

Schedule: Friday, April 30

8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Press Stage and media luncheon, sponsored by Toyota Racing Development. Meet at Holiday Inn inPalmdale (Highway 14 at Palmdale Blvd.) for caravan or ridesto press stage. Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley media to meetat Wendy’s on Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, at 8:30a.m.

1:00-5:30 p.m. Registration; Holiday Inn; Highway 14 and Palmdale Blvd.; Palmdale

1:00-5:30 p.m. Technical inspection; America's Tire Co.; Highway 14 and Ave. J; Lancaster (next to Circuit City). Drawing at 5:00 p.m. for a set of Michelin tires to benefit South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) and Healthy Start program

6:30-7:00 p.m. Parc Expose — rally vehicles on display; Holiday Inn; Palmdale

7:05 p.m.                   Start of Rim of the World ProRally; Holiday
Inn; Palmdale; rally                                 vehicles race a short dirt course
before heading for the mountain                                 stages

11:55p.m. First car finishes Friday section; Holiday Inn; Palmdale; Raybestos Brakes/Monte's Auto Parts Chili Party; scores posted; re-seeding

Saturday, May 1 7:00-9:30 a.m. Racer's breakfast; Holiday Inn; Palmdale

9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Charity Rallysprint; Holiday Inn; Palmdale; rally-car rides for charity, to benefit SAVES food pantry and Healthy Start program in Palmdale schools Parc Expose -- rally cars on display; sponsor displays, refreshments

12:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony for Friday stage winners, special awards

1:00 p.m. Re-start Rim of the World ProRally; Holiday Inn; Palmdale

4:15 p.m. Score card exchange, short service break; Lake Hughes Community Club

6:30 p.m. Service halt and dinner break; Lake Hughes Community Club; re-seeding

8:00 p.m. First car starts Saturday night section

9:30 p.m. First car finishes Rim of the World ProRally; Holiday Inn; Palmdale

11:00 p.m. National scores posted (provisional)

12:00 midnight ClubRally scores posted (provisional)

Sunday, May 2

8:00-10:00 a.m. Awards Breakfast, presented by Subè Sports; Holiday Inn; Palmdale

Format: Events in the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship consist of flat-out racing -- in any weather condition -- on challenging forest, mountain or desert roads. No practice is allowed. Competitors generally see the course for the first time as they race it.

ProRallies consist of roads designated "stages" and "transits." Racing takes place only on the 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 noted in the route book. 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): * Seven-time overall series champion Paul Choiniere and multi-time overall co-driver champion Jeff Becker, plus teammates Noel Lawler and Charley Bradley; both crews in Open Class Hyundai Tiburons; first '99 ProRally series event for Lawler/Bradley * Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Farina O’Sullivan, in an Open Class Audi quattro; surprise overall winners of last ProRally * Rui Brasil and Ola Lysenstoen, in an Open Class Audi quattro; missed overall win in last ProRally by one second * Pete Lahm and Matt Chester, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV; strong team in World Rally Championship-type supercar * Son and father Garen and Floyd "Doc" Shrader, in another strong Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV * Defending Group 5 champions Ralph Kosmides and Joe Noyes, in a Toyota Supra * Gail Truess and Pattie Hughes, in a Mazda 323 GTX; Production GT Class winners in last ProRally * Lee Shadbolt and Claire Chizma in a Production GT Class Subaru Impreza Brighton; Shadbolt was runner-up in '98 class championship * Group 2 runners-up in '98 Bill Malik and Christian Edstrom, in a Volvo 240 * Carl Jardevall, third overall in last event, with Amity Trowbridge navigating, in a Group 5 Volvo 740 * Defending Production Class champion Trevor Donison and co-driver Katherine Rosso, in a Production Class Plymouth Neon * Karl Scheible and Gail McGuire, in a Production Class Volkswagen Beetle; US rally debut for New Beetle

Additional news interest: A Charity Rallysprint benefiting South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food pantry and Healthy Start program in Palmdale schools will be held at the Palmdale Holiday Inn prior to the start of Saturday’s activities. Rally car rides will be available for a $20 donation to the charities. Helmets provided. Rides start at 9:45 a.m. and will sell out quickly. Rally cars will be on display in a Parc Expose; refreshments, items for sale.

Event rank: Rim of the World 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 , Carl Jardevall , Amity Trowbridge , Christian Edstrom