ProRally: Sno*Drift start order, late news

Atlanta, Michigan: The season opening round of the 2001 SCCA ProRally Championship starts tomorrow morning with record setting field of performance rally cars from the US, Canada and abroad. The Rally starts at 9:00 AM Saturday morning,...

Atlanta, Michigan: The season opening round of the 2001 SCCA ProRally Championship starts tomorrow morning with record setting field of performance rally cars from the US, Canada and abroad. The Rally starts at 9:00 AM Saturday morning, immediately following a Parc Expose of all the rally cars at the Montmorency County Tribune building.

Tomorrow's event is the largest in the history of the Sno*Drift SCCA ProRally, with 60 entrants on the start list. Along-side the Championship dominating Hyundais of Paul Choiniere and Noel Lawler; are seven Mitsubishi Lancer Evos including Open Class podium contenders Garen Shrader and Michael Fennell, and a 7world-class Subaru Imprezas, featuring four UK built WRX-Sti.

The season is starting with plenty of intrigue and last-minute preparations, and more than its share of bad kharma for Team Hyundai. To offset the onslaught of Mitsubishis and Subarus, Libra Racing boss John Buffum had planned to run 3 Hyundais at Sno*Drift. Last week, new team member Doug Shepard's Elantra was withdrawn with engine management woes. Yesterday, after a short, and completely successful test session, the brand-new motor in Noel Lawlers' Tiburon locked up. Still listed on this morning's start-order, the team is hopeful that this is just a temporary deep-freeze glitch, and they will be able to get Noel back in top shape for tomorrow's start.

After months of Internet rally newsgroup speculation, it's official - Prodrive is here. Announced this morning, Vermont SportsCar owner Lance Smith confirmed his company has forged an alliance with the world-renowned Prodrive Ltd, constructors of FIA World Rally Championship Subaru automobiles. Fielding two Subaru Imprezas, the cars will be entered in all 10 SCCA ProRally Championship events this season. Entered in two classes, 2000 SCCA ProRally Group N champion Karl Schreiber will be at the helm of the Prodrive Gr N specification car, and former British national Rally Champion Mark Lovell will be piloting the teams SCCA Open class entry.Brian Maxwell, of Toronto, Canada will co-drive with Scheible, and Steve Turvey, also from the UK, will co-drive with his long-time rally partner Lovell. Further confirming Prodrive's serious attack on the championship, the team's support truck was shipped in from the UK, and there will be no less than 17 Prodrive crew members on hand to handle any service situation.

The Saturday afternoon and evening schedule has been revised slightly from the media alert sent last week. The dinner break is now set at 1:30 - 4:30(1/2 hour earlier) and the first car finish time is now set at 9:11 (approx 20min earlier). See the event website listed below for complete details.

Weather forecast: The aptly-named Sno*Drift The forecast for the event is "classic northern Michigan": bone-chilling, high-humidity, well below freezing temperatures, coupled with light breezes and nearly constant snow flurries throughout the day and night will keep crews shivering and drivers on their toes. Without any significant snowfall in over three weeks, most of the roads are hard packed snow and ice.

Information regarding the start order list:
Car# = number on vehicle. Most Cars with numbers under 200 are Pro entries. Cars numbered over 200 are generally Club Rally (regional) entrants, with first digit denoting their home division (2,3 = West coast, 5 = Central US, 8,9 East coast). Class = Open - fastest; are cars with considerable modifications; P(Production) - slowest; are cars very near showroom stock configuration. G5 - two wheel drive high HP cars; G2 - two wheel drive lower horsepower cars; GT - high horsepower production(stock) cars. Pro seed only shown for clarity. Cars with no seed listed are entered in the Club Rally support events only. <pre> Sno*Drift SCCA ProRally Championship Round #1 27 January, 2001 Start Order (subject to revision)

Car# Start Seed Class Driver Name Co-Driver Car 1 1 0 Open Garen Shrader Michael Fennell 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 3 2 0 Open Noel Lawler Charles Bradley 2000 Hyundai Tiburon 1 3 FIA Open Paul Choiniere Jeff Becker 2000 Hyundai Tiburon 2 4 0 N Karl Scheible Brian Maxwell 2000 Subaru WRX STi 6 5 1 Open Peter Lahm Matt Chester 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 5 6 1 Open Doug Shepherd Pete Gladysz 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 14 7 1 N Mark Lovell Steve Turvey 2000 Subaru WRX STi 115 8 1 Open Seamus Burke Frank Cunningham 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 44 9 1 N Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krolikowski 1995 Subaru WRX-STi 71 10 1 G5 Hourt Bryan Ritchie Drew 1999 Honda Civic 116 11 2 G2 Thomas Lawless Brendan Lawless 1993 Honda Civic 160 12 2 Open Eric Eaton Kenny Almquist 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 107 13 3 Open Tim Paterson Scott Ferguson 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 76 14 1 GT Gail Truess Pattie Hughes-Mayer 1988 Mazda 323 GTX 83 15 2 GT Mark Utecht Brenda Lewis 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 21 16 2 GT Chris Czyzio Eric Carlson 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 82 17 2 G5 Mike Hurst Rob Bohn 1988 Pontiac Sunbird turbo 63 18 2 G5 Tad Ohtake Bob Martin 1997 Ford Escort ZX-2 43 19 3 Open Kurosh Jahromi Tony Lumino 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth 64 20 3 Open Sylvester Stepniewski Adam Pelc 1987 Audi 4000 Quattro 551 21 3 Open Mark Sarnecki Rick Hansen 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 928 22 3 Open Dean Fry Greg Usavage 1990 Subaru Legacy 565 23 3 N Russ Hodges Jimmy Brandt 1995 Subaru WRX-STi 971 24 3 GT Brendan Cunningham Paul McClena 1990 Eagle Talon 992 25 3 GT Bruce Perry Phil Barnes 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 950 26 4 GT Shane Mitchell Paul Donnelly 1992 Eagle Talon 55 27 3 G5 Brian Vinson Richard Beels 1997 Toyota Supra turbo 151 28 4 Open Carlos Lopez John Atsma 1990 Eagle Talon 185 29 4 Open Jon Bogert Daphne Bogert 1988 Toyota Celica 589 30 4 Open Alec Ellsworth Steve Kaczkowski 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 42 31 4 G2 Eric Burmeister Mark Buskirk 1986 VW Golf GTi 559 32 5 Open John Rek Bob DuPree 1995 Audi S-2 173 33 5 N Patrick Lilly Eoin McGeough 1995 Subaru Impreza 555 34 5 G5 Colin McCleery Jeff Secor 1991 VW GTI 15 35 5 G2 Brad Hawkins Adrian Wintle 1996 VW Golf GTI 41 36 5 G2 Art Burmeister Randy Moore 1988 VW Golf GTi 84 37 5 G2 J B Niday Allan Kintigh 1987 VW Golf GTi 505 38 5 G2 Jon Hamilton Josh Westhaven 1981 VW Rabbit 540 39 5 P Scott Carlborn Dale Dewald 1992 Jeep Comanche 942 40 5 P William Tremmel Peter Coleman 1986 VW Jetta GTI 904 41 6 N John Drislane Declan Heagerty 1997 Mitsubishi LancerEvo IV 594 42 6 G5 Wiktor Biegalski TBA 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse 553 43 6 G5 Jerry Brownell Jim Windsor 1983 Chevrolet Citation X-11 526 44 6 P Ken Kovach Dave Bruce 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 539 45 6 P Ryan Brooks Shanti Traskowski 1995 Acura Integra 518 46 6 Open Dennis Martin Chris Plante 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse 502 47 6 Open Paul Dunn Rebecca Dunn 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV 583 48 6 Open Michael Reeves Donald Reeves 1991 Toyota Celica All-Trac 930 49 6 G2 Greg Gilfeather Don DeRose 1974 Porsche 914 811 50 6 G2 Matthew Johnson Eric Adams 1988 VW Golf GTI 533 51 6 P Tom Young Jim LeBeau 1995 Dodge Neon ACR

Start Order Club Rally support event (subject to revision) 527 52 O Chris Gilligan Joe Petersen 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 519 53 GT Scott Harvey Jr Jeff Hribar 1990 Eagle Talon 544 54 O Daniel Malott Matt Malott 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 548 55 G5 John Zoerner John Shepski 1985 Dodge Omni GLHT 578 56 G5 Anthony Grinnell Kim Young 1991 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ 546 57 G2 Phil Schmidt Steve Irwin 1987 Toyota MR2 569 58 O Mike Purczycki Marc Searight 1982 Jeep Scrambler 976 59 G2 Russell Rosendale Robin Winter 1987 VW Golf 558 60 P Jim Cox Kaarii Louise Cox 1989 Chevrolet S-10

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Seamus Burke , Mark Lovell , Shane Mitchell , Patrick Lilly , Jon Bogert , Bruce Perry , Eric Burmeister , Eoin McGeough , Matthew Johnson , Jon Hamilton , Steve Schmidt , Steve Ellsworth , Jerry Brown , Jeff Secor , Scott Harvey , Art Burmeister , Adrian Wintle , John Buffum , Pete Shepherd , Brian Maxwell , Jimmy Brandt , Scott Ferguson