ProRally: STPR National Results

79 CARS - BEST U.S. RALLY ENTRY IN THE '90s - BRING GOOD LUCK TO CANADIAN BROTHERS; DEFENDING CHAMP CHOINIERE BOWS OUT IN CRASH WELLSBORO, Penn. -- June 7 -- The largest field of national PRO Rally race cars inspired Canadian ...


WELLSBORO, Penn. -- June 7 -- The largest field of national PRO Rally race cars inspired Canadian champions Frank and Dan Sprongl to their fourth straight U.S. win in their Audi Quattro S-2 at the latest Michelin PRO Rally event - the Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally.

The Sprongls, who had won two events in Maine and one in Michigan dating back to August, 1996, outclassed the field after early threats from the Paul Choiniere/Jeff Becker Hyunda Tiburon and the David Summerbell/Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV. Both were DNFs, with the Jamiacan Summerbell running out of gas and defending champ Choiniere doing three rollovers after hitting a stump at 80 mph.

Second overall - and now first in the point standings after round five of the Michelin series - was the Carl Merrill/Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth, while Choiniere's old car, the Hyundai Elantra, driven by Noel Lawlor/Charles Bradley, was third.

Other class winners included the Rick Davis/Ben Greisler BMW 320i (Group 5); the Cal Landau/Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse (Production GT); the Jon Nichols/Mike Koch VW GTI (Group 2); and the Jay Kowalik/Scott Embree Honda Civic CVT (Production).

Merrill now leads the Michelin PRO Rally point standing with 49 points, while Summerbell has 42 and Choiniere 36. This was Sprongl's first U.S. event in 1998, so he has 22 points.

Besides Choiniere, several pre-rally favorites did not finish the event, including the Ralph Kosmides/Joe Noyes Toyota Supra twin turbo (electrical); the Steve Gingras/Bill Westrick Eagle Talon (fuse junction); the Chris Havas/Eric Tremblay VW GTI (transmission); and the Jamaican team of Dean Panton/David Watkins in their Hyundai Elantra (exhaust).

The 1998 STPR event will be telecast on ESPN2 on Tuesday, June 30, at 6:30 PM Eastern time.

The 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship consists of eight events, is sponsored by Michelin Tire Corporation and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). PRO Rally information, as well as scores, updates, membership, or other SCCA material can be found on the SCCA web site at <>.

1998 Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Entry List Round #5 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship National Results Car Time/ Num. Driver/Home Town Navigator/Home Town Vehicle/Tires Class -------------------------------------------------------------------------

5 Frank Sprongl Dan Sprongl Audi Quattro S-2 Open Misissauga, ONT Mississauga, ONT Yokohama 140.94

3 Carl Merrill Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth Open Ogunquit, ME Colchester, VT Michelin 144.54 34 Noel Lawlor Charles Bradley Hyundai Elantra Open Manchester, VT Ardmore, PA Michelin 149.57 20 Jon Nichols Mick Koch VW Golf GTI Group 2 Baie d'Ulfe, PQ Nepean, ONT BFGoodrich 149.84

43 Mike Whitman Paula Gibeault Ford Sierra Cosworth Open Farmington, NM Ridgecrest, CA Michelin 151.03

25 Jon Kemp Gail McGuire Audi 4000 Quattro Open Attica, NY Avon, NY Michelin 151.88

77 David Summerbell Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Open Kingston, Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica Evolution IV/Michelin 154.67

10 Cal Landau Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX PGT Coraopolis, PA Dayton, OH Michelin 154.84

26 Rick Davis Ben Greisler BMW 318i Group 5 West Chester, PA Exton, PA Michelin 155.43

13 Bryan Pepp Jerry Stang Eagle Talon PGT Marquette, MI Marquette, MI Michelin 155.44

51 Sylvester Stepniewski Adam Pelc Audi 4000 Quattro Open Keansburg, NJ Brooklyn, NY Michelin 157.43

8 Bill Malik Christian Edstrom Volvo 240 Group 2 Burbank, CA Los Angeles, CA Michelin 157.54

83 Mark Utecht Paul Schwerin Dodge Omni GLH Turbo Group 5 St. Paul, MN Coon Rapids, MN Michelin 157.88

22 Chris Czyczio Eric Carlson Mitsubishi Eclipse PGT Flushing, MI Oregon, WI Michelin 158.34

33 Tom Ottey Pam McGarvey Mazda 323GTX PGT Columbus, OH Columbus, OH Michelin 160.49

27 Jim Anderson Martin Dapot Honda Prelude VTEC Group 5 Dublin, OH Reston, VA Michelin 160.72

14 Garen Shrader Floyd "Doc" Shrader Ford Sierra Cosworth Open Memphis, TN Memphis, TN Michelin 160.78

47 Eric Schroeder Jennifer Mynhier VW Jetta GLI Group 2 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN 160.91

19 Mike Hurst Rob Bohn Porsche 911 Group 5 Pendleton, IN Noblesville, IN Michelin 161.77

7 Bruce Newey David Payne Toyota Celica Group 5 Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA Michelin 162.18

93 Vinnie Frontinan Frank Cunningham VW Corrado Group 5 Somerville, MA Boston, MA Michelin 163.68

15 Jay Kowalik Scott Embree Honda Civic VTEC Prod. London, OH Dublin, OH Michelin 164.00

67 Damien Hynds Jimmy McGrath VW GTI Group 2 Yonkers, NY Yonkers, NY Michelin 164.14

30 Sakis Hadjiminas Brian Maxwell VW Fox Kit Car Open Floral Park, NY Port Hope, ONT Michelin 164.91

54 Michael Burke Tony Lumino Audi 4000 Quattro Open Columbus, OH Westbrook, ME Michelin 165.04

31 Dean Fry Donald Kennedy Subaru Legacy Open Temple, PA Shillington, PA Michelin 165.05

29 Greg Healey John MacLeod Dodge Ram 50 Pick-up Prod. Saugerties, NY S. Easton, MA Michelin 165.63

52 James Kuhn, Jr. Jennifer Logel Audi 4000 Quattro Open Machias, NY Orchard Park, NY Michelin 165.73

117 Ken Stewart Jim Dale Chevy S-10 Pickup Open Grove, OK Conway, AK Cooper 166.01

38 Lesley Suddard Mark Goldfarb Dodge Charger Group 5 Wilmington, DE Atkinson, NH Michelin 167.09

50 Kendall Russell Lynn Dillon Dodge Shadow PGT Knoxville, TN Indianapolis, IN Michelin 168.48

42 Charles Langan Hughie Langan Ford Escort Prod Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA Michelin 169.21

48 Scott Kreisler Keith Kreisler Nissan 200-SX Group 2 Boyertown, PA Clifton Park, NY Michelin 169.68

63 Ted Mendham Lise Mendham Nissan Sentra Prod. Lyndeborough, NH Lyndeborough,NH Michelin 170.08

62 Douglas Davenport Al Kintigh VW GTI Group 2 Indianapolis, IN Brooklyn Park, MN Michelin 171.48

64 Padraig Purcell Michael O'Sullivan Ford Escort Prod. Yonkers, NY Nanuet, NY Michelin 182.81

21 Trevor Donison John Allen Plymouth Neon ACR Prod. Vancouver, WA Bainbridge Island, WA Michelin 190.56

65 Brian Vinson Richard Beels VW GTI Prod. Ferndale, MI Ferndale, MI Michelin 191.89

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Did Not Finish 1 Paul Choiniere Jeff Becker Hyundai Tiburon Open Shelburne, VT Great Neck, NY Michelin

6 Steve Gingras Bill Westrick Eagle Talon PGT Elk River, MN Orion, MI Michelin 11 Ralph Kosmides Joe Noyes Toyota Supra Group 5 Newport Beach, CA Bothell, WA Michelin

28 Chris Havas Eric Tremblay VW Golf Group 2 Richmond, VT StJean Chrysostone, PQ Michelin 32 Dean Panton David Watkins Hyundai Elantra Open Kingston, Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica Michelin 23 Greg Trepetin Dick Casey Honda Prelude VTEC Group 5 Gaithersburg, MD Fiarfax Station, VA Collway

35 Kurt Thiel George Thompson VW GTI Group 2 Rochester, NY Rochester, NY Michelin

36 Mike Villemure Reny Villemure VW Beetle Group 5 Westland, MI Flat Rock, MI Michelin

39 John Daubenmier Stanley Rosen Chevy S-10 Pick-up Group 5 Dexter, MI Milford, MI

40 Walter Kammer Jackie Adams Datsun H510 Group 2 Williamsville, NY North Collins, NY Yokohama

41 Wayne Prochaska Annette Prochaska VW Golf Group 2 Lake Orion, MI Lake Orion, MI Michelin

45 Craig Kazmierczak Diane Sargent Mazda RX-7 Group 5 Ann Arbor, MI Saginaw, MN Bridgestone

46 Michael Curran Joe McGirl Eagle Talon PGT Yonkers, NY New York, NY Michelin

49 Bill Driegert Hashin Shim Mitsubishi Esclipse PGT Arlington, TX Dallas, TX Michelin

71 Brian Hourt Brian Shanfield Honda Civic Group 2 Raymond, OH Hilliard, OH Michelin

68 Thomas Lawless Sean Devine Eagle Talon 0pen Maspeth, NY Maspeth, NY Michelin

56 Miroslaw Babinski Piotr Madrzejewski Toyota All-trac Open Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Michelin

58 Carlos Arieta, Sr. Carlos Arieta, Jr. Audi 4000S Quattro Open Alexandria, VA Falls Church, VA Michelin

59 Darek Bosek Kazimeerz Pudelek Eagle Talon Group 5 Arlington Heights, IL Chicago, IL Goodyear

24 Celcus Donnely Frank McAllister Mazda 323GTX PGT Bronx, NY Bronx, NY

60 Ted Grzelak Christopher Plante Mazda RX-7 Group 5 Clinton Township, MI Green Bay, WI Michelin

75 Robert Pao Thomas Brann VW GTI Group 2 Bridgewater, NJ Mahopac, NY Colway

61 Paul Kelbel Damon Meyers VW GTI Group 2 New York, NY Taunton, MA Michelin

96 Robert Wagner David Bruce Saab 96 Group 2 Brooklyn, NY New York, NY Hakkapelitta

44 Ken Kovach Mark Rinkel Ford Escort GT Group 2 Cleveland, OH Hinckley, OH Michelin

66 Roland McIvor Brendan Bowan Nissan Sentra Prod. Ft. Myers, FL Hopewell Junction, NY Michelin

18 John Shirley Phil Barnes Triumph TR-7/V-8 Group 5 Knoxville, TN Cortland, NY Michelin

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Bill Malik , Christian Edstrom , Frank Cunningham , John Allen , Brian Shanfeld , Ted Mendham , Roland McIvor , John Shirley , Lance Smith , Frank Sprongl , Jon Nichols , Donald Kennedy , Keith Kreisler , Kurt Thiel , Brian Maxwell , Lise Mendham , David Watkins , Greg Healey , Jim Anderson
Teams Williams