Rim of the World PRO Rally Round ...
Rim of the World PRO Rally Round #4 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Palmdale, California Notes #5 - Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM PDT
As mentioned before, the wet ground and cold temperatures caused fog that was so bad that, according to Mitsubishi Eclipse driver Vartan Samuelian, "I couldn't see my co-driver." The national drivers bumbled through stage #1, but more often stuck together for cumulative use of candlepower than for sheer speed competition.
--Ralph Kosmides/Joe Noyes Toyota Supra went off the course early in the stage and bent its light bar - a fatal mistake in the soup-like fog. Kosmides got back on the road, and hugged the bumper of the Dave White/David Watts VW GTI to find its way, but White got going too fast and lost Kosmides around a corner. Ralph had to pull over to wait for the next "seeing-eye" competitor, and finally finished the stage.
--By the time the nationals finished stage #1, and it was time for the divisional competitors to run, it was so foggy that the rest of the stage was cancelled and cars transited through. Stage #2 was cancelled for everyone, and everyone ran stage #3 - so the divisional cars only ran one stage for their coefficient 2 event.
The only national DNF was the Bill Malik/Christian Edstrom Volvo 240, which broke a driveshaft on stage three. The Coffee Fresh crew replaced it overnight, and Malik will run the divisional today.
The Rim of the World event is also known for its non-racing entertainment as well, and this year's event is no exception. A set of Michelin tires was awarded yesterday at America's Tire Company location in Lancaster - the host for tech - from a raffle which raised money for the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services Food Pantry (S.A.V.E.S.) and the Antelope Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council. More money was raised for both charities this morning when both national drivers and divisional competitors gave rallysprint rides to the public for a minimum $20.00 donation - an event which raised more than $1,000.00 in less than 90 minutes.
Friday night divisional awards yielded prizes from MSAS Cargo International ($500 cash); UniFilter, Inc. ($100 cash); Del Taco ($100 cash); Yarman Drivelines ($100 cash); Susquehanna MotorSports ($50 gift certificate); A.V. Sport Truck and Off-Road Center (set of Explorer Lights); GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS Magazine (subscriptions and t- shirts); Torco Racing Gas (cases of 10-40 Torco Racing Oil). This was all just for Friday night divisional competitors. Other Rim contingecy sponsors included Coffee Fresh U.S.A., DUSTY TIMES Magazine, Valvoline Oil, Budweiser/Antelope Valley Distributing, Reybestos Brake Parts and Rallysport Motorsports videos and books.
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