ProRally: Rim of the World: Round two preview

TOPEKA, KS Second round (of nine) for the 2003 season. SCCA Performance Rally cars and drivers from across North America and the world will compete on the demanding ridgetop and canyon dirt and gravel fire control roads tracing the line of the ...

TOPEKA, KS Second round (of nine) for the 2003 season. SCCA Performance Rally cars and drivers from across North America and the world will compete on the demanding ridgetop and canyon 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 drivers and manufacturers championship event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)

When & Where:
May 2-3, 2003; Palmdale, CA; approximately 50 miles (70 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.

<pre> Press/VIP/Fan Schedule:

Friday, May 02, 2003 9:15 AM - 12:00 Noon Invitation-only media event. See details below 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Press/VIP Registration at Holiday Inn, Palmdale Noon - 5:00 PM Scrutineering - America's Tire Company, Hwy 14 & Avenue J, Lancaster 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM Parc Expose - Pelona Vista Park, Palmdale 7:00 PM sharp Official Rally Start - Pelona Vista Park, Palmdale 9:30 PM Approximate first car arrival - Service - Pelona Vista Park, Palmdale Midnight Approximate first car finish of Day One - Holiday Inn, Palmdale

Saturday, May 03, 2003 9:00 AM - 10:00AM Late press & VIP registration, by appt*, Pelona Vista Pk 9:00 AM - Noon Parc Expose, driver autograph sessions, vendors, displays, Pelona Vista Pk 10:00 AM Subaru Owners Show; Charity Auction at 10:15 12:00 Noon sharp Official Day Two Rally Start - Pelona Vista Park 3:10 PM approx Short Service break - Lake Hughes Community Club 5:30 PM approx 2nd Service with dinner break, re-seeding - Lake Hughes Community Club 6:45 PM First car leaves Lakes Hughes Service - start of night stages 8:00 PM sharp Restart day two of rally - night stages - Lake Hughes Community Club 10:15 PM Approximate first car arrival - Finish of day two - Pelona Vista Park 11:15 PM Approximate winning car arrival - Pelona Vista Park - Palmdale 12:00 PM approx Provisional ProRally scoring posted - Holiday Inn 2:00 AM approx Press room closed

*Saturday morning press and VIP registration call 303.204.0375 to arrange for meeting location and time at Pelona Vista Park

SCCA ProRally Championship - Rim of the World - Selected entries (driver/co-driver):

2002 and Overall Drivers and Manufacturers Championship points leader David Higgins, with Daniel Barrett; Mitsubishi Rally Team USA Open Class Lancer Evolution

2002 Group 2 Driver and Manufacturer Champion Lauchlin O'Sullivan, with Christian Edstrom, Mitsubishi Rally Team USA Open Class Lancer Evolution

2001 Overall Driver and Manufacturer Champion Mark Lovell with Steve Turvey, and teammates Ramana Lagemann and Michael Orr, Subaru Rally Team USA 2003 Subaru WRXs.

2002 British Rally Driver Champion Jonny Milner, with Duncan McMath, 2002 Subaru WRX

2002 Group N runnerup Tim O'Neil with Alex Gelsomino, US AirForce Reserve SVT Focus

Additional news interest:

New Vehicles:

Subaru Rally Team USA will be debuting their all new 2003 Impreza WRX at this event. The culmination of several years of development with partner Prodrive, the cars bear a close visual resemblance to their World Rally Championship sister cars, but have unique to the SCCA ProRally Championship running gear - following rules that enable fully developed Open Class SCCA rally cars to be some of the most powerful yet demanding rally cars on the planet.

Dodge will be debuting new-look Neon SRT-4 (Group 5) and the Neon SXT (Group 2) with matching Mopar Performance livery and team apparel, an integrated part of their new grassroots motorsports and performance parts campaign that includes nearly all facets of auto and truck racing in the USA.

Event Rank:

This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event, and has long been a fixture of the championship. The 2003 event marks its 20th consecutive running.

Drivers earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Subaru, Mitsubishi, Dodge and Mazda) earn points towards overall and class MFG Championships.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Alex Gelsomino , Christian Edstrom , Mark Lovell , Tim O'Neil , David Higgins , Michael Orr