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Palmdale, California, May 10, 1998 -- After two no starts due to delays in vehicle preparation (at the DOO WOP III & IV and the Wild West PRO Rally) Team TPi Rallying finally made its National PRO Rally debut at the Rim of the World Rally, an event that lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest in the Michelin-SCCA PRO Rally Series. The team also announced its latest sponsor - Front Wheel Drive Supply, Inc. of Hurst, Texas.

Driver Jowi Odero-Jowi and navigator Farina O'Sullivan were lying second overall in the Production GT class and were poised to take the lead when they were forced to retire when the engine in their 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX overheated and blew the cylinder head gasket as a result of an intermittently inoperative auxiliary radiator cooling fan.

The event started off slow for the team as the car did not have the optimum lighting setup for the dense fog on the first competitive stage. Team TPi set the fastest stage time in the Production GT class on two stages and the second fastest time on one out of the five stages they completed.

Team TPi considers its debut a success despite not finishing the event. The car ran well and was competitive in the Production GT class until the intermittent electrical problems set in.

The engine response and performance was exceptional for a Production class vehicle thanks to the Thermal Research & Development 3-inch free-flowing, mandrel bent exhaust system. The GAB suspension system performed flawlessly, as did the Front Wheel Drive Supply quality remanufactured drive axles.

Jowi attributes the teams' good showing to the talent and experience of navigator Farina O'Sullivan. "As a first-time National rally driver, I was very fortunate to have such a talented navigator. Farina's National rally experience and local knowledge served us well. She paced me and kept me out of trouble...Thanks Farina!"

With product support from Thermal Research & Development (performance exhaust systems), GAB/Wings Corp., USA (suspension components), Earl's Performance Products (competition plumbing) and Front Wheel Drive Supply of Hurst, Texas (drive axles, bearings & hubs, rack & pinion steering racks), the team looks forward to a successful year and hopes to attract major sponsors. Team TPi's Internet media services and website are courtesy of AIRS, Inc. (online real estate foreclosure information systems serving Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX).

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