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TEAM HONDA RESEARCH


Ojibwe Forests National PRO Rally

10,000 Lakes Divisional PRO Rally
Paul Bunyun's Ride Divisional PRO Rally


THR Summary: 1998 Ojibwe Forests PRO Rally
Bemidji, MinnesotaAugust 27-28, 1998
Class:Production NationalGroup 2 Divisional
Car:1996 Civic HX CVT #261997 Civic 3 door 'Rallywagon' #71
Driver:Jay KowalikBryan Hourt
Co-driver:Scott EmbreePete Cardimen, Mike Dunn (yes 2!)
Crew:Pete and Mike when they were not in the car, Joe & Monty Hourt, Steph

OJIBWEEEEEEEEEE!!! WHAT A RIDE!
Kowalik/Embree Make It Three in the THR CIVIC CVT!
Hourt/Cardimen, Hourt/Dunn Having All Kinds of Fun in the THR Rallywagon!

The CVT ran quick and consistent all day. We finished 8th overall (our 1st National top 10) with only the Group 2 winning Malik/Edstrom Volvo ahead of us, winning the fastest 2wd prize. We won Production by 6 minutes. Our consistency placed us ahead of all the top Group 5 competitors (Supra, RX-7, Prelude) overall. The CVT has won Production Class in all 3 National events entered in 1998.

The Rallywagon with Hourt at the wheel also accomplished its mission. They finished the Divisionals 8th overall out of 23 and 25 starting, 4th in under 2 liters with 2 different 1st time co-drivers in a virtually new car, and Hourt's first rally after an intense incident at STPR. Pete and Mike are the 10th and 11th THR team members to experience rally from the cockpit. The Civic 3dr Rallywagon ran without incident all weekend. Well Done.

The THR Showroom Stock Civic went to Road America this same weekend and finished 2nd in class, with Brian Shanfeld driving in his first National event! Mechanical problems forced retirement before running the second National.

ESPN2 WILL AIR A HALF-HOUR OJIBWE FORESTS RALLY HIGHLIGHT SHOW ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 6:30p.m.

THR needs to thank the following for their continued support:

Honda Motor CompanyBenderís Race Cars
Hella Inc.Red Line Oil Inc.
Transportation Research CenterSusquehanna Motorsports
Snap-On Tools

E-Mail: Team Honda Research


Honda R&D Americas, Inc.21001 State Route 739, Raymond, OH 43026


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