ProRally: STPR Schedule - Fast Facts

Event: Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally (STPR) - Round ...

Event: Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally (STPR) - Round #5 of the 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship. Race cars from around the world will compete at high speeds through the Pennsylvania State Forests near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

When: Friday - Sunday, June 5 - June 7, 1998 Schedule - Friday

noon - 8:30 PM - Competitor registration - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pearl Street - Wellsboro.

         noon - 4:30 PM, also 5:30 - 8:30 PM -
                          Worker registration - St.  Paul's

noon - 2:30 PM - Special Olympics rally registration - St. Paul's

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, also 6:30 - 9:00 PM - Scrutineering, Tioga County Fairgrounds

3:00 PM - Begin Special Olympics Rally

Schedule - Saturday

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Late worker registration - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pearl Street - Wellsboro. 9:40 AM - Start of Parc Expose - display of rally cars - at the Green in downtown Wellsboro.

11:01 AM - First car starts daylight section of STPR and Tioga Divisional Rally.

11:30 AM - First car reaches first spectator point

2:00 PM - Rotary Club Chicken Barbeque; St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hot Dog/Soda Booth - On the Green

3:05 PM - First car arrives for the start of the second Parc Expose.

4:46 PM - First car leaves for Evening Section of STPR; national divisional runoff competitors first.

6:15 PM & 9:00 PM - First car reaches the evening spectator point

Schedule - Sunday

1:30 AM - First car finishes STPR Rally - downtown Wellsboro, Bi-Lo parking lot. Where: Rally headquarters will be at the Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro. A list of public viewing areas for the rally is published in the rally program available at the Penn Wells Hotel, or the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, Main and Central Streets, in Wellsboro.

Duration: 145 stage miles, 344 total miles, 13 stages

Rank: Full National Rally, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and sponsored by Michelin Tire Company. Presented by the Finger Lakes Region of the Sports Car Club of America, with the cooperation of the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Local sponsor is Citizens & Northern Bank. Expected Top National Entries: Paul Choiniere - defending six-time overall national champion - has won this rally five of the last six years - in his Hyundai Tiburon; David Summerbell, from Kingston, Jamaica, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, won the most recent event in Palmdale, Calif.; Carl Merrill, with Ford Escort Cosworth, produces more than 400 hp - won STPR last year; Frank Sprongl, Canadian champion, in an Audi Quattro S-2, won three events in three tries in the series last year; Garen Shrader, in a Ford Sierra Cosworth; Mike Whitman, '96 Group 2 champion, in a Ford Sierra Cosworth Open class car; Cal Landau, fastest Pennsylvania racer (from Coraopolis), '95 Production GT champion, in a Mitsubishi Eclipse; Steve Gingras, won Production GT in Washington in April, in a Eagle Talon - defending PGT champion; Lee Shadbolt, current Production GT points leader, in a Subaru Impreza 4WD; Ralph Kosmides, in a new Toyota Supra twin turbo, currently leads Group 5; Bruce Newey, Toyota Celica, in his '98 Group 5 debut; Bill Malik, Volvo 240, top Group 2 contender; Jon Nichols, Canadian VW GTI, won Maine Rally in class last year; Chris Havas, VW GTI, up-and-coming Group 2 contender; Trevor Donison, from Vancouver, Plymouth Neon, currently leads Production.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Ralph Kosmides , Bill Malik , Frank Sprongl , Jon Nichols