Wild West ProRally September 6-7, 2003 Olympia, Washington Round 8 of the SCCA ProRally Championship Mitsubishi's team driver O'Sullivan still battling for second in overall driver's standings Cypress, California (August 29, 2003) Even though...
Wild West ProRally
September 6-7, 2003
Round 8 of the SCCA ProRally Championship
Mitsubishi's team driver O'Sullivan still battling for second in overall driver's standings
Cypress, California (August 29, 2003) Even though Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) locked up the Sports Car Club of America ProRally Championship with David Higgins' overall victory at last weekend's Ojibwe Forests ProRally in Minnesota, that doesn't mean he and teammate Lauchlin O' Sullivan will slow their pace for the remainder of the season. The duos' Michelin shod, all-wheel-drive, 400-plus-horsepower Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions will be challenging for season win number seven during the two-day, 150-mile-long Wild West International Rally.
Wild West will be run over Washington State forest roads near Olympia, Washington, next weekend (Sept. 6-7). Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America has captured six wins out of the seven, with all the victories at the hands of Higgins, who repeats as ProRally Champion of the nine event national series.
Higgins and co-driver Daniel Barritt also captured Driver/Co-Driver of the year honors with the Minnesota victory-the rare double double of ProRally. This is Higgins' second-consecutive John Woolf Cup, handed out to the Overall Top Driver of the SCCA ProRally Championship. O'Sullivan is in a close points battle for second place overall with rival Tim O'Neil giving battle in a specially built all-wheel-drive Ford Focus. If O'Sullivan finishes the grueling rally ahead of O'Neil, the ground will be flooded with champagne again as Team Mitsubishi could celebrate a one-two in the national championship series.
With two Open Class Lancer Evolutions at the top of the SCCA ProRally standings, Mitsubishi is proving the high performance sports sedan's superiority in its first year of sales in the U.S.
"The SCCA ProRally Championship is the only U.S. motorsports series that takes cars off showroom floors, modifies them for maximum speed and safety, and then races them at enormous speeds on all kinds of treacherous road surfaces and in extreme outdoor elements," says Richard Kelley, manager of motorsports for Mitsubishi Motors North America.
"To win under these harshest of circumstances is testament to a car's ultimate engineering and technical superiority; to have such a dominating season and a national championship speaks volumes for the Lancer Evolution's vast capabilities."
"Our SCCA ProRally Lancer Evolutions are so consistent, they have hardly put a wheel wrong all season," says Kelley. "Just as with our street version Lancer Evolution, they validate the concept of a performance car as a complete overall system with equal parts power, control and dependability. "Even better," says Kelley, "U.S. consumers can experience much of this great balance and exciting spirit in the two newest members of the expanding Lancer family - Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart when they reach showrooms later this all."
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is responsible for all of the North American operations of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. As a single company consolidated on January 1, 2003, MMNA and its subsidiaries manufacture, distribute, finance and market Mitsubishi brand coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport-utility vehicles through a network of nearly 700 dealers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mitsubishi Motors sold its first vehicle in the U.S. in 1981, and began building cars here in 1988 at its manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill. For more information, call the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at 888-560-6672.