FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2001
Contact: Eric Burmeister
DETROIT, MI -- The Burmeister Rallysport team will be heading to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania this week to run in one of the fastest rallies in North America. The Susquehannock Trail ProRally, or STPR as it is known to the rally community, will host teams from around the world to compete on the mountain roads and switchbacks of north central Pennsylvania. It is the fifth round of ten in the SCCA ProRally Championship.
The team is currently in second place for the Group 2 Championship. "We decided not to go to Oregon or California this year and fell to second in the points," explained driver Eric Burmeister. "I hope we can make it up and regain the lead in Pennsylvania."
Change is abound in the Burmeister Rallysport team. Burmeister will be campaigning a different vehicle for this event. His father, Art, has graciously offered his VW GTI rally car, as the team is "between cars" right now.
"I sold my old car and my new one is being built," said the 29 year old Burmeister, "so Dad is really helping me out. I have to admit, though, I have to drive more conservatively with other people's equipment."
There will also be change inside the car. Eric's long time co-driver, Mark Buskirk of Kentwood, MI, is stepping out of the right seat as he starts his career as a driver. Mark has done well in his first rallies and promises to be a threat in his own car.
"Mark has been a great co-driver and crew member with me," said Eric, "but most of all he has been a great friend who can tell it like it is. He will always be a part of the Burmeister Rallysport team." In fact, Buskirk will be a part of the crew at STPR.
Tackling co-driving duties for the team this weekend will be Rob Dupree of Chicago, IL. Rob has experience as a co-driver and a driving instructor with the Audi Quattro Club of America.
The SCCA ProRally series is a "stage" or "performance" rally series that stretches across the nation. Sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and televised on SPEEDVISION, this form of motorsport is growing by leaps and bounds in the United States. Competitors race flat out against the clock for hundreds of miles on a course of backroads closed to public usage. A co-driver or navigator tells the driver where every jump, dangerous turn or other obstacle is to the hundredth of a mile.
Watch for the televised Susquehannock Trail ProRally on SPEEDVISION-- Monday, June 25 at 8PM EST.
For information on the SCCA ProRally series, check: http://www.sccaprorally.org
For information on the Susquehannock Trail ProRally, go to: http://www.stpr.org Burmeister Rallysport can be reached at: (313)792-2397 or e-mail Eric Burmeister at: email@example.com
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