Hopefully, Mike will be a true advocate for ClubRally interests within the SCCA organization. (Even when they conflict with ProRally.) Those who know him seem to have every expectation that he will.
What's good for ProRally is not necessarily good for ClubRally; and I don't think the aspriations of the ProRally membership have changed very much even though the Manufacturers have mostly pulled out. It will take some time for ProRally to get comfortable with less hype and fewer dollars. So there is still plenty of opportunity for organizational conflict between Pro and Club. With any luck, Mike will be able to keep SCCA's attention properly focused on ClubRally and prevent it from being relegated to the back of the bus again.
Hmmm...another elevatee to 'Powers-That-Be' status that has scarred knuckles and grease under his nails...since when did SCCA start appointing people who knew their exhaust manifold from a hole in the ground?
Notice to potential Club Rally rallymasters...if ya talk to him real nice, think there's a certain fire-breathin' Mustang available for 'official's transport' around the circuit?
Good luck, Mike..."blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall catch hell from both sides."