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Old 07-29-2000, 10:09 AM   #1
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Talking Friday Maine SCCA Rally results (press release)

Tom McGeer is in 2nd place and Pat Richard is DNF (tranny).

National Capital Subaru Club www.ottawasubaru.com

For immediate release 28 July 2000

SCCA ProRally Championship - Round #5 - Maine Forest Leg One Results, Key Notes

Hyundai, Subaru and Mitsubishi 1,2,3, more of each in Top Ten

Rumford, Maine; -- At 3:00 PM Eastern Time this the largest field to ever
start an SCCA ProRally Championship event began the 12th running of the SCCA
Maine Forest ProRally. The start time was 30 minutes earlier than originally
scheduled, to accommodate the huge field.

Key Notes & Quotes:
¨ At the Friday morning Press Stage, actor and road racer Perry King gave
his 2000 Hyundai Tiburon its first test, and came away with big smiles. "I
need to forget everything I know about road racing" commented King, "and
remind myself that when I feel things that aren't familiar, to know that the
car will pull me through." While this is King's first performance rally, the
actor does have considerable track experience, holding SCCA and CART licenses
since the mid 80's.
¨ Patrick Richard, perhaps earning the title of 'the hardest working man in
Performance Rally" - running full rally schedules in both the US and Canada,
got off to a bad start here in Maine - losing the transmission on his Subaru
Impreza during the morning's press stage. A new transmission was found, but
the team couldn't get it installed in time for the start, so Richard got a
tow across the start line by Lauchlin O'Sullivan to earn his 2 starting
points. Getting O'Sullivan to offer the tow was a bit of payback - Richard
stopped on-stage during April's Rim of the World event to offer a
high-centered O'Sullivan a tow. Lauchlin accepted, but the time it took to
get the car off the berm cost Patrick a class win at that event.
¨ Noel Lawler, the defending 1999 Champion is finally having a good day,
holding a slight edge over Canadian points leader Tom McGeer. Pleased with
the Cargotec/Snap-on Tools Hyundai's performance, Noel admitted to finding a
few rocks, but that it wasn't slowing him down: "It's been a long time, but
we're up on the field, and it feels very good." McGeer's strong 2nd place
finish puts Subaru in its highest position of the season, and with 2
additional Subarus in the top10, its strongest manufacturer showing of the
¨ The addition of Michael Fennell to the co-driver's seat on the Shrader's
Flash Market Mitsubishi Lancer team is already paying dividends, with Garen
Shrader holding a comfortable 5th place. "Like many of us, we hit a rock and
bent a rim, but we really are keeping it a little conservative to make sure
we are there at the end" noted Garen; It's really starting to come together,
and we're finding that rhythm."
¨ Special Stage 3 was, unquestionably, the roughest stage yet seen in 2000
season, with nearly every top team at the service having to check alignments,
replace bent control arms and rims, and deal with more punctures after this
single stage than has been seen all season.
¨ With the top 10 teams all within a 2 minute spread, and the next 15 cars
less than a minute and a half behind, the competition is fierce, and the
stage is set for a long and brutal day of competition tomorrow.
¨ Leg two of the Maine Forest ProRally begins at 8:30 AM, and concludes
with the now traditional fan favorite "Downtown Street Stage" in the center
of the Rumford business district at dusk tomorrow evening.

SCCAŽ Maine Forest ProRally Championship Round #5 28 July, 2000

Leg One Top 25 Finishing Order
start Finish Car# Time Class Driver Co-driver year Car
1 1 1 19:53 Open Noel Lawler Charles Bradley 00 Hyundai Tiburon
6 2 179 19:93 Open Tom McGeer Mark Williams 96 Subaru Impreza WRX
17 3 962 20:22 Open Keith Townsend Ian McEwen 97 Mitsubishi Lancer
Evo IV
2 4 2 20:34 Open Paul Choiniere Jeff Becker 00 Hyundai Tiburon
4 5 4 20:92 Open Garen Shrader Michael Fennell 95 Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo IV
9 6 61 21:01 FIA-N Karl Scheible Russ Hughes 98 Mitsubishi Lancer
Evo V
20 7 115 21:01 FIA-N Seamus Burke Frank Cunningham 98
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V
18 8 304 21:50 Open Lon Peterson Bill Gutzman 00 Subaru
Impreza 2.5 RS
10 9 6 21:53 FIA-N Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krolikowski 95
Subaru Impreza WRX-STI
5 10 3 21:67 Open Jon Kemp Gail McGuire 84 Audi 4000 quattro
16 11 123 21:91 FIA-N Vicente Frontinan Nicholas Pessoa 98
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V
34 12 64 21:96 Open Sylvester Stepniewski Adam Pelc 87 Audi 4000
22 13 168 22:00 GT Celsus Donnelly Paul Donnelly 90 Eagle Talon Tsi
25 14 71 22:12 G5 Bryan Hourt Tom Tighe 97 Honda Civic
26 15 83 22:25 G5 Mark Utecht Brenda Corneliusen 86 Dodge Omni GLH
64 16 104 22:25 GT Martin Donnelly Gavin Coyle 90 Eagle Talon
37 17 188 22:25 G5 Andrew Havas Malcom Swann 79 Mazda RX -7
7 18 52 22:26 Open Doug Shepard Ralph Beckman 00 Hyundai
41 19 51 22:40 G2 Jay Streets Bill Feyling 85 Toyota Corolla
48 20 565 22:43 FIA-N Russell Hodges Jimmy Brandt 95 Subaru
Impreza WRX-STI
49 21 950 22:43 PGT Shane Mitchell Damien Hynds 92 Eagle Talon
72 22 74 22:50 Open Ramana Lagemann Bill Washburn 91 Mitsubishi
Galant VR-4
33 23 175 22:52 Open Alex Erisoty Ben Greisler 89 Audi 90
62 24 971 22:53 GT Brendan Cunningham Paul McClean 90 Eagle Talon
38 25 166 22:70 G5 John Daubenmier Stanley Rosen 88 Chevrolet S-10

*complete results will be posted on the Maine Forest website: SCCA Maine
Forest ProRally: http://www.rallyracingnews.com/maine/index.html

SCCAŽ Maine Forest ProRallysm Championship Round #5 28 July, 2000
Confirmed Leg One Retirements

Car # Drivers Name Co-Drivers Name Class Year Make stage
Retirement cause (unofficial)
162 Patrick Richard Ben Bradley GT 98 Subaru N/A transmission
937 Patrick Farrell Shane McAleer Open 91 Mitsubishi SS2 Turbo
965 Oliver Muldoon Damian McAleer GT 91 Eagle SS2 Head Gasket
379 Jonathan Ryther Nick Taylor Open 00 Subaru SS2 Accident
8 Frank Sprongl Dan Sprongl Open 93 Ford SS2 Oil Pan
180 Chris Havas Eric Tremblay Gr 2 95 VW SS2 Halfshaft
12 Steve Gingras Bill Westrick GT 91 Eagle SS3 Transmission
110 Mark Nelson John Dillon FIA-N 97 Mitsubishi SS Accident
575 Jeremy Butts Kurt Winkelmann Gr5 88 Ford SS4 Oil pressure
951 Jose Vicente Eduardo Besada Open 88 VW SS4 Fuel
901 Gerry Brinkman Wil Sekella Open 87 Audi SS4 Tire puncture

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Old 07-29-2000, 11:54 PM   #2
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What a bummer for Pat and Ben.
That roll started a lot of trouble.
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