SCCA ProRally Championship Round ...
SCCA ProRally Championship Round #10 - Lake Superior
DENVER, CO: Tenth and final round of the 2001 season. This year's Lake Superior event is one of it's largest ever, with well over 80 entries, continuing the record breaking entry level trend set at most events in this year's season. A fast, long event, with over 500 total miles in the route, this grand tour of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is a demanding test of endurance, with the fickle Lake Superior late fall weather nearly always playing a significant role in the events outcome. This performance rally event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and is presented by Hyundai and Subaru.
When & Where: 19-20 October 2001; Houghton and Calumet, MI; approx. 180 miles northeast of Duluth, Minnesota.
Complete Event Schedule: (subject to change)
Thursday, 18 October, 2001
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Entrant registration, 7th Floor Franklin Square Inn
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Scrutineering - ISD Auto Tech Center, Hancock - by appt. only
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Practice Stage - Houghton County Airport
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Worker Registration & Reception - 7th floor Franklin Square Inn
Friday, 19 October, 2001
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Entrant registration - 7th Floor - Franklin Square Inn
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Scrutineering - all entrants - ISD Auto Tech Center, Hancock
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Parc Expose - Sharon/Huron Center, Houghton
2:01PM Start of Lake Superior SCCA ProRally Leg One - Sharon/Huron Ctr
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Press operations at Kenton Service
2:00 AM (approximate) First car arrival - Finish of Leg One - Houghton
Saturday, 20 October, 2001
11:30AM - 12:15 AM Parc Expose - Sharon/Huron Center, Houghton
10:31 AM Start of Lake Superior SCCA ProRally Leg Two - Sharon/Huron Ctr
6:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival - Finish of Leg two - Houghton
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Reception - Franklin Square Inn
10:00 PM LSPR Event Awards Ceremony - 7th Floor - Franklin Square Inn
Sunday, 21 October, 2001
9:00 AM - 11:00AM SCCA ProRally Year-End Awards Brunch - 7th Floor - Franklin Square
This rally is a full-points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru and Mitsubishi) earn points towards overall and class Manufacturers' Championships.
Time zone at event: Eastern Time (GMT - 6 hours)
· SCCA ProRally: www.sccaprorally.org/
· SCCA Lake Superior ProRally: www.LSprorally.com/
Selected Entries, News:
Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon - The reigning 2000 Driver and Co-Driver champions will be saying goodbye to their titles this year - but they wont be doing it quietly. While the Overall Drivers Championship was decided at Prescott Forest, the Libra Racing duo is actually in a curious position of "helping" Subaru Rally Team USA this coming weekend. To win the overall MFG Championship, Subaru must at least finish a car - or Hyundai must finish ahead of the leading Mitsubishi.
Richard Tuthill - the independent from the UK that has won two of the four SCCA ProRally events entered this year in his privately funded Mitsubishi, will instead be adding to Mitsubishi's worries this weekend, piloting Noel Lawlers' Hyundai Tiburon. Tuthill, in only his fifth event of the year, is in a position to not just share in the event's champagne, but also has a mathematical shot at 3rd place overall for the year. Neither Choiniere nor Lawler, due to just plain hard luck, are in that position, so Tuthill has been brought in to help insure that a Hyundai is on the year-ending Podium.
Local favorites Steve Gingras and Bill Westrick return to LSPR with a steadily improving season behind them. The bugs finally worked out of their uniquely engineered Knight Racing Subaru, (the three car team is the only one in the world to rally Subaru's with custom built manual valve body automatic transmissions) Gingras has had several top ten charges late this season, and will be one to watch as he competes on his home turf.
As was the case last year, the Group 2 Championship is down to the wire. Class leader David White is hoping that he has a strong enough margin coming off his win at Prescott Forest to be able to sit out this round and take the trophy - but should the 2nd place challenger, Jon Hamilton, wins the class this weekend, he could take the year-end trophy by a single point. Eric Burmeister, who has 3rd place year-end points sewn-up going into this event, could be the big spoiler if he finishes his Mazda Protégé MP3 ahead of Hamilton's vintage Rabbit.