Press Release

Contact: Ed Jacobs
Tel: (330) 644-7774
Fax: (330) 645-2045
Date: March 19, 1999


Wild West ProRally Postponed for Environmental Reasons

Shelton, Washington - The Wild West ProRally, initially slated to have been round three of the 1999 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship, has been postponed due to environmental necessities in the state of Washington. Originally set to take place April 9-10, the event has been rescheduled for June 18-19.

The area in which the rally will take place has been battered by an extremely hard winter that produced both all-time record snowfall and an all-time record for consecutive days of rain. The resulting runoff from the rain and pre-Spring snowmelt has produced extremely high silt contamination in waterways. Levels are so elevated that it was thought continued road use in the area could possibly increase silting to the point of interfering with the annual migration of salmon. With that in mind, organized activities in the area are being curtailed.

As if to underscore the decision, shortly after the process of notifying teams and other participants was underway, the Federal Government added nine varieties of Western salmon to the Endangered Species List.

With the postponement of Wild West, Rim of the World ProRally is now next on the schedule, set for April 30-May 1 in Palmdale, California.

Revised 1999 Michelin SCCA ProRally Schedule
Atlanta, Michigan
Feb. 19-20Ottey/McGarvey
Doo Wop III & IV+
Olympia, Washington
Mar. 13-14O'Sullivan/O'Sullivan
Rim of the World
Palmdale, California
April 30 - May 1Mike/Paula Gibeault
Susquehannock Trail ProRally (STPR)
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
June 4-5John McArthur
Wild West ProRally
Shelton, Washington
June 18-19Bob Grass
Maine Forest Rally
Rumford, Maine
July 30-31John Buffum
Ojibwe Forests ProRally
Bemidji, Minnesota
Aug. 27-28Beryl Ann Burton
Prescott Forest Rally
Prescott, Arizona
Oct. 1-2Jeff Hendricks
D&N Bank Lake Superior ProRally
Houghton, Michigan
Oct. 22-23Lynn Nelson
National events will be telecast on SPEEDVISION on a delayed basis; produced by Replica Productions of Cambridge, Mass. (617) 492-7444. Schedule to be announced.
+ The SNO*DRIFT and Doo Wop events are coefficient 3 rallies - National license-holders earn 60 percent of National points.

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Ed Jacobs, President
Wind River Group, Inc.
900 State Mill Road
Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-7774 - phone
(330) 645-2045 - fax - e-mail address

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