Press Release

June 26, 2000
Contact: Skip Morgridge
SCCA Washington, D.C. Region
Performance Rally Chairman
Phone: 703.978.4720

Sports Car Club of America Announces Performance Rally Orientation

Burke, Virginia -- Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Washington, D.C. Region (WDCR) is holding a Performance Rally Orientation Day in Burke, VA on Saturday, 15 July, from 2-6PM. Location will be in the Burke Centre-Hechinger Plaza parking lot, next to the Hopsfrog Tavern, on Burke Centre Parkway. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) organizes and sanctions three level of performance rallies throughout the United States: RallyCross, ClubRally and ProRally. Each successive level covers a greater racing distance and demands a higher level of vehicle preparation and competitor licensing. Entry-level RallyCross events can be run by anyone with a state drivers license and a car; no special car preparation is required. Performance rallies are flat-out races over several hundred miles of rural roads that are closed to the public for the duration of the race. The driver strives for fastest time under all sorts of road and weather conditions -- snow, ice, mud, dirt, gravel, pavement, day, night, rain and fog -- while the co-driver reads course-following instructions from a routebook.

Several local-area Performance Rally teams will we present with their race cars and service trucks to to talk about this most extreme form of motorsport and to answer questions.

* ProRally driver/owner Carlos Arrieta, Sr., with co-driver and daughter Belen Arrieta, (Alexandria, VA) will display Car #43, an Open Class Audi Quattro. This turbo charged all-wheel drive car has competed at numerous events throughout the eastern US and Canada. Carlos, Sr. has been driving competitively since 1963.

* ProRally driver/owner Grisha Trepetin and co-driver/wife Sonia Trepetin (Gaithersburg, MD) will display Car #171, a Group 5 Class Honda Prelude. This state-of-the art car carries some of very latest performance enhancements available from Honda Racing.

ProRally co-driver/owner Mark Williams (Gaithersburg, MD) and driver Dick Casey (Fairfax Station, VA) will display a Historic Class V-8 Falcon Sprint. This car is an exact replica of the Falcon that competed in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964. It has competed internationally at Historic Rallies in Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Mark is also member of the SCCA Performance Rally Board -- the governing body in the United States for all performance rally competition.

* ClubRally driver/owner Nui Srisook (Beltsville, MD) with co-driver Dave Shindle (Vienna, VA) will display Car #15, a Group 5 Class Mazda RX-7. This 1st generation RX-7 has been a rally car since it was new and its log book shows its competitive history since it was first built. Nui Srisook is originally from Thailand and has been racing since he was a teenager.

* ClubRally driver/owner Carlos Arrieta, Jr. (Falls Church, VA) with co-driver Sumit Panjabi (Alexandria, VA) will display Car #169, a Group 5 Class Saab 900. This beautiful turbocharged car rides on a very special suspension.

Rally videos will be shown, both inside and outside Hopsfrog Tavern.

Model Rally Cars will be displayed by Paul Schuh (Silver Spring, MD).

Free posters of the 1999 ProRally National Champions, Paul Choiniere and Noel Lawler will be given away to the first 100 attendees (courtesy of Libra Racing).

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