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I thought I'd copy these from the web site to put them here too...

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(These are the press notes from Andy Schupack, STPR Press Officer):

2005 Susquehannock Trail ProRally
June 2, 2005
Wellsboro, Penn.
Press Notes - Thursday night

1. Welcome to the 29th running of the Susquehannock Trail ProRally, round #3 of the Rally America Championship - a new championship for 2005 born from the Sports Car Club of America's withdrawal from ProRally at the end of last year. With last year's rally chair Debbi Segall retiring from the committee (although she has helped out with many aspects of this year's event), Meridith Croucher, former regional executive of the SCCA Finger Lakes Region, has taken over the top spot on the organizing committee - now known as the Finger Lakes STPR Motorsports, LLC to separate itself from the SCCA regional organization.

2. Lots and lots of former Pro Rally overall winners are running this weekend, including Paul Choiniere, seven-time STPR winner and eight-time national champion; Stig Blomqvist, 1984 World Rally champion; Pat Richard, defending national Pro Rally champion; Shane Mitchell, last year's STPR winner; Matt Iorio, current leader in both the United States Rally Championship and the Rally America Championship; and Tom Lawless, winner of the USRC event earlier this year in Tennessee.

3. Blomqvist is a particularly interesting story, as most drivers with his career would be long retired, but he answers simply "You have to do something," when questioned why he is still racing. He will be racing the David Sutton (Cars) Subaru Impreza Group N car which won the Rally America event earlier this year in Oregon. Blomqvist, who spends about half the year in his native Sweden and the other half traveling around, hadn't run in North America since a Canadian Rally in the '70s in Montreal until 1999, when WeeGee Smith offered him a ride in Carl Merrill's Ford Escort Cosworth for the Maine Forest Rally as a tribute to Carl. On that occasion, Blomqvist outlasted Frank Spongl and Paul Choiniere to win that event. As far as running rallies in the U.S., Blomqvist plans to run at least the next several events (Pikes Peak and Maine), and he enjoys running the U.S. rally circuits because of the variety of roads at the different events. It will be interesting to see how his Group N car fares against a strong group of faster Open class cars here.

4. Speaking of Merrill's Ford Escort Cosworth and WeeGee Smith, who bought the car from the Merrill family after Carl's death, the car, which won STPR in 1997, is racing here this weekend in the capable hands of Ramana Lagemann. Lagemann, who crashed the car the one other time he ran it in 2001, hopes to restore the classic rally car to its position at the top of the standings. For those of you who do not remember, Merrill, from Ogunquit, Maine, died from a heart attack while at the wheel of his rally car at the Prescott Forest Rally in October, 1998.

5. When we last saw Patrick Richard four weeks ago, he was winning the Rim of the World rally in Southern California, but with a very sore wrist which needed to be iced down after every stage. Sister and co-driver Nathalie has not seen Patrick since then, so when we talked to her at registration tonight, she could not give us an updated medical report. We will check back with the Richards tomorrow.


2005 Susquehannock Trail ProRally
June 3, 2005
Wellsboro, Penn.
Press Notes - Friday morning


6. Two topics of STPR conversation - the weather and the Stony Fork water crossing - need addressing this morning. The weather first. The last two years have been rainy for this event, with last year's STPR being a real washout. This year, Wellsboro has awoken on Friday morning to a spitting rain, the kind the competitors like to help keep the dust down. The problem is that this rain should continue most of the day and into tonight, possibly turning some of the roads from moist gravel to moister mud. Saturday's forecast calls for a drier day, but mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and temperatures in the 70's. That doesn't sound too bad (unless you are camping for the weekend), but there is a fine line between occasional and steady rain. The water crossing is very dry this year - so dry that the organizer will have to make sure there are no big boulders blocking the course of the cars. In past years, the creek would be too full, forcing the organizer to cancel the stage (former committee chair Rusty Campbell has a birthmark on his calf which was used for measuring the depth of the creek - approximately eight inches was considered the maximum height before it was considered too risky for cars to cross). This is the first stage of the rally, and has also been the last stage for inexperienced rallyists who have the adrenalin pumping for stage #1. DNFs have abounded here, including cars which have flown off the road into the trees on the steep, downhill approach to the crossing, "Bergeron's curve" - a blind right hairpin with a rocky outcropping and a culver on the inside of the turn, and too much cold water hitting a hot race engine when the cars splash across the finish in the creek. In the route book, the rallymaster warns "don't try to win the rally on stage #1."

7. For those planning to spectate in the woods on Saturday, a must purchase is the 2005 Official Rally Program and Spectator Guide, available at registration, the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, and on the town Green (Saturday only). Put together by History and Records committee chair Carl Dresie, this program has detailed driving directions and stage descriptions on how to get to the various viewing points, and tips on what to look for from the race cars, as well as a lot of historical and trivia tidbits from previous STPR events. A couple of examples: John Buffum and his stepson Paul Choiniere have won STPR overall a total of 11 times between them (Choiniere also has a class win - in a two-wheel-drive Group 5 car last year with co-driver Cindy Krolikowski); Cal Landau, a Pittsburgh area resident, won the Production GT class at STPR three years in a row (1997-99) with co-driver Eric Marcus in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. His streak was broken by Celsus Donnelly in 2000, who had last year's STPR winner Shane Mitchell as a co-driver.

8. Speaking of the classes, here's a quick breakdown of the Rally America's classes. The cars are grouped in Open (Open, Group 5 and Group 2 - highly modified); Production (Production GT, Production and Rally Truck - very limited modifications); FIA (Group N - modified to international rules - competitive with the Open cars); and Historic (at least 25 years old - none entered here this weekend). A complete description and rules for each class are available on the Rally America web site at www.rally-america.com, or on page 16 of the STPR program available at the event.
 

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Will we get an accurate start list with the correct rally entered and class prior to tomorrow morning?


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>4. Speaking of Merrill's Ford Escort Cosworth and WeeGee
>Smith, who bought the car from the Merrill family after Carl's
>death, the car, which won STPR in 1997, is racing here this
>weekend in the capable hands of Ramana Lagemann. Lagemann, who
>crashed the car the one other time he ran it in 2001, hopes to
>restore the classic rally car to its position at the top of
>the standings. For those of you who do not remember, Merrill,
>from Ogunquit, Maine, died from a heart attack while at the
>wheel of his rally car at the Prescott Forest Rally in
>October, 1998.
>

Oh yeah! If there ever was a reason to stand out in the woods waiting for rally cars to come by, this is it. IMHO, still the coolest car to ever race in North America.

Dennis Martin
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>>4. Speaking of Merrill's Ford Escort Cosworth and WeeGee
>>Smith, who bought the car from the Merrill family after
>Carl's
>>death, the car, which won STPR in 1997, is racing here this
>>weekend in the capable hands of Ramana Lagemann. Lagemann,
>who
>>crashed the car the one other time he ran it in 2001, hopes
>to
>>restore the classic rally car to its position at the top of
>>the standings. For those of you who do not remember,
>Merrill,
>>from Ogunquit, Maine, died from a heart attack while at the
>>wheel of his rally car at the Prescott Forest Rally in
>>October, 1998.
>>
>
>Oh yeah! If there ever was a reason to stand out in the woods
>waiting for rally cars to come by, this is it. IMHO, still
>the coolest car to ever race in North America.
>
>Dennis Martin
>[email protected]
>920-432-4845

Hmm Dennis... I seem to remember a certain Olympus Rally in the late 80's during the Group B era... full on factory cars from Audi, Lancia and Pugeot (I know mike, I can't spell). I still remember flames shooting 30 feet from the back of the Audi on the Porter creek S curves.

And if memory serves, the Lancia Stratos ran at POR in the mid 70's.
 

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>Hmm Dennis... I seem to remember a certain Olympus Rally in
>the late 80's during the Group B era... full on factory cars
>from Audi, Lancia and Pugeot (I know mike, I can't spell).

P-E-U-G-E-O-T ;-)

No doubt that the coolest rally cars to spit gravel in this country have appeared at Olympus, POR and the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, especially in 1987 when the hillclimb boasted a works Grp B Quattro for Rohrl; three works Grp B Peugeot 205 T16s (Vatanen, Zanussi & Mehta all managed personally by Jean Todt); an AWD RX-7 (Millen); a Grp B Lancia Delta S4 (Allesandreini); a Grp B Ford RS200; a Grp B Metro 6R4 and even a twin-engined VW Golf (Kleindt).

Maybe the Escort is the coolest rally car that's run since Dennis started rallying ... :p }(

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>>Hmm Dennis... I seem to remember a certain Olympus Rally in
>>the late 80's during the Group B era... full on factory cars
>>from Audi, Lancia and Pugeot (I know mike, I can't spell).
>
>P-E-U-G-E-O-T ;-)
>
>No doubt that the coolest rally cars to spit gravel in this
>country have appeared at Olympus, POR and the Pikes Peak
>International Hillclimb, especially in 1987 when the hillclimb
>boasted a works Grp B Quattro for Rohrl; three works Grp B
>Peugeot 205 T16s (Vatanen, Zanussi & Mehta all managed
>personally by Jean Todt); an AWD RX-7 (Millen); a Grp B Lancia
>Delta S4 (Allesandreini); a Grp B Ford RS200; a Grp B Metro
>6R4 and even a twin-engined VW Golf (Kleindt).
>
>Maybe the Escort is the coolest rally car that's run since
>Dennis started rallying ... :p }(
>
>Halley ...
>Ready for PPIHC 2005
>http://www.realautosport.com

All time:

1) Stratos at POR w/Sandro Munari
2) Batmobile Audi at Olympus w/Hannu
3) Peugeot at Pikes Peak w/Ari (I know it wasn't a rally; so sue me)

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>Pete Kuncis
>(www.onalimbricing.com).

Does this mean that Pete is now covering drifting contests and import drags too? :p

Kent Gardam
 

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>>Pete Kuncis
>>(www.onalimbricing.com).
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>Does this mean that Pete is now covering drifting contests and
>import drags too? :p
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>Kent Gardam

Pretty sharp eyes for an old fart there, Kent! I had to look at that several times to realize what the heck you were talking about. Visit www.onalimbrAcing.com and you might find a ricey pic or two, but they are easily ignored thanks to the shapely models posing on or near ...

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>>Hmm Dennis... I seem to remember a certain Olympus Rally in
>>the late 80's during the Group B era... full on factory cars
>>from Audi, Lancia and Pugeot (I know mike, I can't spell).
>
>P-E-U-G-E-O-T ;-)
>
>No doubt that the coolest rally cars to spit gravel in this
>country have appeared at Olympus, POR and the Pikes Peak
>International Hillclimb, especially in 1987 when the hillclimb
>boasted a works Grp B Quattro for Rohrl; three works Grp B
>Peugeot 205 T16s (Vatanen, Zanussi & Mehta all managed
>personally by Jean Todt); an AWD RX-7 (Millen); a Grp B Lancia
>Delta S4 (Allesandreini); a Grp B Ford RS200; a Grp B Metro
>6R4 and even a twin-engined VW Golf (Kleindt).
>
>Maybe the Escort is the coolest rally car that's run since
>Dennis started rallying ... :p }(

Yup, that would be a better statement. Thank you once again Mad Mike for showing me the way.

Dennis Martin
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>Thank you once again Mad Mike for showing me the way.
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>Dennis Martin

I'd say something familially mushy but you already know why we give you crap most of the time ... ;-)

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