STACY, MINNESOTA Mayhem Racing's points lead in the Sports Car Club of America's ProRally Production GT class is such that they may need to place in the top three on only one more event to take the championship. The team of Mark Utecht and...
STACY, MINNESOTA Mayhem Racing's points lead in the Sports Car Club of America's ProRally Production GT class is such that they may need to place in the top three on only one more event to take the championship. The team of Mark Utecht and Brenda Lewis took second place in the PGT class at the Ojibwe Forests ProRally (in Bemidji, Minnesota) this past weekend in their 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. That effort extended driver Utecht's lead over second place driver Gail Truess to 30, and moves Lewis into a commanding 61 point lead in the co-driver's championship over Pattie Hughes-Mayer.
"We ran a steady event because these are the roads where I have run the most rallies," said Utecht, who placed first overall at the Headwaters ClubRally held in the same area this past May. "We slowed a little on Stage 1 because the nature of the roads was giving Brenda motion sickness, a common malady for co-drivers on that stage. Our HID (High-Intensity Discharge) driving lights didn't work on one of the first night stages on Friday, but that was quickly repaired by replacing a fuse.
"Our biggest problem came on Stage 6, the final Friday stage, when the car hit something, bent a right front control arm, and the tire began to rub the inside of the fender. We made it back to Bemidji and the crew made repairs prior to the Saturday stages. We had an alternator failure on Saturday, but were coming into service when it happened so it did not affect our stage times."
The PGT win went to Nat Stow and Amity Trowbridge of Washington, in the ProRally debut of Stow's Subaru Impreza WRX. Gail Truess finished 3rd in the class, with Jeff Secor as co-driver. Utecht and Lewis finished 10th overall in the final results.
Utecht and Lewis have two wins and three seconds in five ProRally starts this season, and lead the Production GT class in the SCCA ProRally Championship with 95 points apiece. Gail Truess holds second in Drivers points with 65, while Pattie Hughes-Mayer is second in Co-drivers points with 34. No other drivers or co-drivers have sufficient points to win this year's PGT title.
Mayhem Racing will skip the next rally on the schedule, Wild West in Washington, and will decide whether to run the Prescott Forest Rally in Arizona based on the points situation after Wild West. Production GT is considered a "stock" class, allowing few modifications other than for safety.
Utecht and Lewis won the SCCA ProRally Group 5 driver and co-driver titles in 2000 aboard a Dodge Omni GLH. In addition, they were awarded the Jon Woodner Cup, presented to the most successful two-wheel drive competitors in the ProRally series.
Sponsors of the 2001 Mayhem Racing ProRally effort include:
* Morrie's Subaru - Minnetonka, Minnesota
* FirstCom - business telephone communications
* ProGraphics - custom vinyl lettering for business and racing
* SpecialStage.com - on-line newsletter covering the sport of Performance Rallying.
* Warranty Solutions - warranty claims processing and consulting for automobile dealerships.
Mayhem Racing is based in Stacy, Minnesota, just north of the Twin Cities. Team manager is Mark's wife, Mary Utecht. J. B. Lewis is Chief Mechanic on the team's 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX.
<pre> Mayhem Racing's 2001 ProRally and ClubRally Results Date Event PGT Overall 1/29 Sno*Drift, Atlanta, Michigan 1st 6th Sno ClubRally 1st 1st Drift ClubRally 1st 1st 3/15-17 Cherokee Trails, Chatanooga, Tennessee Did not enter 4/7-8 Oregon Trail, Tillamook, Oregon 2nd 13th 5/4-5 Rim of the World, Lancaster, Calif. Did not enter 5/12 Headwaters ClubRally, Park Rapids, MN 1st 1st 6/2 Susquehannock Trail, Wellsboro, PA 1st 12th 7/27-28 Maine Forest, Rumford, Maine 2nd 16th 7 Islands ClubRally 2nd 5th Mead Paper ClubRally 1st 5th 8/17-18 Ojibwe Forests, Bemidji, Minnesota 2nd 10th 10,000 Lakes ClubRally 2nd 2nd Paul Bunyan's Ride ClubRally 1st 2nd 9/7-8 Wild West, Olympia, Washington 10/5-7 Prescott Forest, Prescott, Arizona 10/19-20 Lake Superior, Houghton, Michigan
2000 SCCA ProRally Season results: Mark Utecht: Jon Woodner Cup Driver SCCA ProRally Group 5 Driver Champion Central Division ClubRally Group 5 Driver Champion Land O' Lakes Region Rally Driver of the Year
Brenda Corneliusen (Lewis) Jon Woodner Cup Co-driver SCCA ProRally Group 5 Co-driver Champion Central Division ClubRally Group 5 Co-driver Champion Land O' Lakes Region Rally Co-driver of the Year
The team finished 10th overall in SCCA ProRally Championship points for 2000.