Defending three-time RallyAmerica Central Region Group 2 Champion Chris Greenhouse scored his second National podium of 2011 with a second place finish at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri. The Cincinnati-based driver now sits in third place in the National Championship points after an all-out attack on the fast stages in and around the Mark Twain National Forest. Driving a non-turbo Plymouth Neon, he and co-driver Brian Johnson thrilled the Missouri crowds with a display of fearless, flat-out driving and netted his second podium finish in as many starts this year.

“The event went well for us, and I’m pretty satisfied with the result,” said Chris. “We struggled with an intercom problem through most of day 1 which made communication difficult on the stages. We were down on power a little bit on day 2 with a nagging exhaust leak, but we still pushed very hard and I’m very happy with a second place finish. I would like to especially thank all of our fans who were out there making some noise for us and the #319 Plymouth Neon.”

The event wasn’t without drama for the Weasel RallySports team as an overly optimistic fuel schedule nearly ended the rally early on day 1. The team finished the first four stages and transited back to the service parc only to run out of fuel at the Regrouping Control. “We had to push the car through the time control and then push it back after service was completed. Only then were we permitted to refuel the car and continue the final night stage on Friday. We wanted to return to service nearly empty on fuel, but we just cut it a little too close and very nearly had our rally come to end because of it. We will certainly need to play a more conservative fuel game in the future.”

Chris normally competes in RallyAmerica Regional events but this year has opted to also run in selected National 2WD events. So far, his non-turbo, Group 2-spec Neon has climbed the podium twice this year in a class where turbocharging and engine power are unrestricted. A third place finish at Sno*Drift Rally back in January means that Chris is now in third place in the 2WD National Championship series points.

Chris and the Weasel RallySports team would like to thank EBC Brakes, Angry Sheep Motorsports, JayRacing, EZ Auto Accessories, and Silco Fire Protection for their continued support during the 2011 season.

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