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9.22.2000  Media Alert

SCCA ProRally Championship Round #8 – Prescott Forest DENVER, CO: Eighth round (of nine) for the 2000 season. This year’s Prescott Forest event features new roads that promise a less punishing and faster ride for the drivers than in years past, but will still feature the spectacular scenery in the high desert and mountains surrounding Prescott and historic mining town of Jerome, AZ. This performance rally event is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. 

When & Where:
29-30 September 2000; Prescott, AZ; approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Phoenix, Arizona
Headquarters Hotel – Friday/Saturday Press Room; Event and Media registration 
Best Western – Prescottonian; 1317 East Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Hotel Main: 520.445.3096

Complete Event Schedule: (subject to change)
Friday, 29 September, 2000 
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Entrant and Media registration, Scrutineering - Prescottonian - Prescott
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Parc Expose – The Prescottonian – Prescott *
4:30 PM Start of Prescott Forest SCCA ProRally Leg One – The Prescottonian
5:30 PM Press Room open – The Prescottonian
10:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival – Finish of Leg One – The Prescottonian
1:00 AM (approximate) Press room closes

Saturday, 30 September, 2000 
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Parc Expose – The Prescottonian *
8:00 AM Press Room open, Late Press Registration 
9:00 AM Start of Prescott Forest SCCA ProRally Leg Two – The Prescottonian
4:00 PM (approximate) First car arrival – Super Special – County Fairgrounds – Prescott *
10:00 PM First car arrival – Finish of Leg Two – The Prescottonian
Sunday, 01 October, 2000 
9:00 AM Awards Breakfast – Prescottonian Hotel – credentialed Press & VIPs invited *
* Recommended time and location for media interviews.

Event Rank:
This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the national championship, and supporting manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Subaru and Mitsubishi) earn points towards overall and class Manufacturers’ Championships.

Press Credentials:
Event Press/Photo credentials will be available at registration on Friday. Access to press-only photo areas, and to the post event awards breakfast will require a press pass. Credentials are available only to members of the working press. Identification and/or work assignment required. 

Visuals, Interviews & Media information:
During the event, action photography will be possible from spectator and select press-only viewing areas along the rally course. Drivers, co-drivers and crew will be accessible throughout the event, including the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning Parc Expose. Media relations will be able to provide driver and co-driver interviews, event results and other information via telephone and Email. 

SCCA ProRally Championship Round #8 – Prescott Forest

Contact: Kurt Spitzner - SCCA ProRally Championship Marketing and Media Manager
Pre-event: 303.779.6622 (country Code: 1)
direct inquiry Email: werace4u@aol.com
Press Room: 29-30 Sept only. Call the Hotel and ask for Press Room. 
Time zone at event: Mountain Standard Time (GMT – 8 hours)
· SCCA ProRally: http://www.sccaprorally.org/
· SCCA Prescott Forest ProRally: http://www.prescottforestrally.com

Selected entries (driver/co-driver):

· 1999 Overall Manufacturer, Driver and Co-Driver Champions Noel Lawler & Charles Bradley; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon. Newly rejuvenated with his first win of the season at Wild West, Lawler and Bradley’s repeat driver and co-driver championship hopes are equally revived. Expect to see an absolutely flat-out run to the front from these fierce competitors.

· Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker; SCCA Open Class 2000 Hyundai Tiburon – Multi-time overall SCCA ProRally National Champions Choiniere and Becker come to Prescott with four overall wins in the 2000 season under their belts, and thanks to a strong second place finish last week, in first place for Overall Drivers and Co-Drivers points. With the surprise finishing and non-finishing order situation at Wild West, what could have been a ‘cake-walk’ weekend for Choiniere is now an important one of the first magnitude for the team.

· 1999 Rim of the World overall winner Garen Shrader with 1998 overall co-driver champion Michael Fennell; SCCA Open Class 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV. With Shrader’s first podium in over a year (3rd overall at Wild West last weekend), the energized team is headed to Prescott with high hopes. Currently 4th in the Championship points, a top podium finish could put the team in striking distance of the championship at the season-ending Lake Superior event in October.

· Group 5 duelers Bryan Hourt and Mark Utecht wil be at it again in Prescott, with a few more variables thrown into the mix. Hourt will be with a new, as yet un-named co-driver, and Utecht, following the total loss of his Dodge Omni GLH turbo at Wild West, will reportedly be in the 1999 Group 5 championship winning Dodge Shadow turbo, borrowed for this event from its new owners. 

Additional news interest:

· The Hyundai points generating steamroller gathered even more speed at Wild West with a convincing 1-2 podium finish, and are now 20 points ahead of chief rival Mitsubishi. Thanks to a solid 3rd place finish by Shrader and Fennell, Mitsubishi is not out of the hunt, however. Subaru, while having one of its best weekends of the season at Wild West, failed to generate the much needed overall win it needed to be a contender for the Overall Manufacturers Championship. The manufacturer did however, secure its Production GT Manufacturers title thanks to Patrick Richards strong finish at Wild West.

· Karl Scheible and Russ Hughes, following their dismal weekend at Wild West, which effectively removed them from contention for a dual SCCA Drivers’ Championship, has withdrawn their entry at Prescott. The Vermont Sports Car based team will be at the Lake Superior SCCA ProRally event in late October, in their bid for North American Rally Cup top honors.

9.09.2000     Scrutineering for Production Class competitors

      Participants entering vehicles which they feel are eligible for production classes (appendix P) should be prepared to meet all requirements of the class at scrutineering. Particular attention will be given to Appendix P (3,5.C, and 5.D)

8.26.2000     Prescott Forest Rally entry field limited to 55...

     As per our Forest Service permit, we have had to limit the field to 55. Over the past few years entries have averaged in the mid to high forties. With the points race heating up, and Rally's setting new attendance records all year, we look forward to a packed house in on September 29th. We expect to be very close to the limit this year, and will keep you posted if it looks like we will go over...

7.19.2000    Arizona RallySport Association becomes Chief Organizer of The Prescott Forest Rally

     In an effort to assist in the organizing of the 13th annual Prescott Forest Rally, the 8th event on the SCCA National ProRally calendar,  the Arizona Rallysport Association (ARA) has been appointed Chief Organizer.  Michael Taylor will still play an important role in this year's Rally, but cannot commit the countless hours needed to be the primary organizer, due to other commitments this year. The ARA would like to thank him for the extensive documentation from previous events, that will make this year's rally go off without a hitch. Along with Michael , Sharon Anderson, present PR person will join us again this year to assist with the Rally. 

    Arizona Rallysport Association (ARA)  is a privately held company, in the process of filing as a class C corporation in Arizona. The ARA's sole purpose is to organize The Prescott Forest Rally (PFR) and The Great Snowbowl Tarmac Hillclimb (scheduled in 2001), as well as local Rallycrosses. ARA executives include Bill Barfoot, Shenandoah Bennett and Steve Westwood. Steve brings his experience of volunteering at PFR since 1992 and being Team Owner/Driver for Arroyo Racing.

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