RALLY: ProRally: CPD Racing Sno*Drift report

CPD Racing a DNF at Sno*Drift ProRally Minneapolis, Minnesota The CPD Racing Subaru WRX was a non-finisher at the first Sports Car Club of America ProRally of 2002, a victim of the extremely slippery conditions that claimed several of the front...

CPD Racing a DNF at Sno*Drift ProRally

Minneapolis, Minnesota The CPD Racing Subaru WRX was a non-finisher at the first Sports Car Club of America ProRally of 2002, a victim of the extremely slippery conditions that claimed several of the front running cars. Driver Doug Havir and co-driver Scott Putnam managed to get their car through much of the rally in Montmorency County, Michigan, but completely lost traction on Stage 14, only two stages from the finish. Their Prodrive prepared Subaru became high-centered on a stump after sliding wide on a particularly slippery corner.

"The road conditions were downright treacherous," said Havir. "Temperatures were above freezing so the surface of the road became sloppy, slippery muck, filling the tire treads and resulting in almost no traction. In the shaded areas where the snow had not completely melted it was either ice or slush, so it was a constant battle to stay on the road."

"We were 31st on the road of the 62 cars that started the rally," said Putnam, "so by the time we were on the stages the roads were churned into a consistency like thick greasy soup. We slid off the road quite a few times, and we passed a lot of other cars that had slipped off the road as well."

The Sno*Drift ProRally was won by Canadian brothers Frank and Dan Sprongl in a Hyundai Elantra. Mark Lovell and Steve Turvey placed second in the Subaru Rally Team USA WRX maintained by Prodrive. Among the front runners who slid off the road and out of the rally were Rhys Millen and Garry Cowan in the factory sponsored Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5, who became stuck on Stage 2; former ProRally champions Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker in the factory Hyundai Tiburon, who broke a ball-joint; and former British rally champion David Higgins and Calvin Cooledge in the AV-Sport Subaru WRX, who struck a tree head-on.

CPD Racing is having a new Subaru WRX built by Prodrive in England, the firm that builds the World Rally Championship cars for Subaru. It is scheduled to arrive in the United States in February. Havir and Putnam expect it to be ready for the Cherokee Trails International Rally in March. For Sno*Drift, Havir and Putnam used the 2001 Subaru WRX that was driven at the start of last season by Mark Lovell, who went on to win the 2001 SCCA ProRally Championship.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Mark Lovell , Rhys Millen , Doug Havir , David Higgins