Press Release

June 1, 1999
  Contact: Mark A. Williams


Three-time and current reigning Mexico National Rally Champion Gabriel Marin will drive a Lance Smith prepared Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V at STPR, partnered by veteran U.S. co-driver Mark Williams.  Marin, well on his way to a 4th consecutive National Championship with overwhelming wins in Mexico's first 2 national events this year, carries sponsorship from Quaker State Mexico and Bridgestone Mexico. Visit for further details.

This event marks the debut for both Marin and this particular car in US PRO Rally competition.

Mark Williams has enjoyed considerable success himself south of the border In addition to a number of Divisional and National Championships from 16 years of rallying experience.In 1992 Williams won the prestigious La Carrera Panamerica in Mexico and in 1995 he partnered U.S. rally legend John Buffum to victory in the Caminos del Inca rally in Peru. In recent years Mark has spent the bulk of his rally efforts in Europe and Scandinavia chasing the European Historic Rally Trophy in his 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint. See for more information.

Williams comments on the extra challenge he and Marin face at STPR: "not only is Gabriel accustomed to running with pace notes which are not allowed in the United States, but I've also never before given route instructions in Spanish".

For additional information call Lance Smith at (802) 655-3354 or e-mail

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