FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2001
Contact: Brian Vinson
Team No Trees
Ferndale, MICHIGAN -- It was another disappointing weekend for Team No Trees as Brian Vinson and Richard Beels attempted to turn their rally season around by earning a good result at the SCCA Maine Forest Rally held in Rumford, Maine. Unfortunately, a slight miscommunication between Vinson and Beels resulted in an off road excursion that left their KRC Winter Driving School Toyota Supra Turbo high-centered on the side of the road, unable to continue.
"It was just one of those things that occasionally happens. This time it cost us more than usual", said Vinson. "We struggled a bit during Friday's stages with overheating and shifting problems that definitely cost us some time. The crew worked on the car overnight and it looked like Saturday was going to be much better." The team started out well Saturday morning by posting third fastest time in class but misfortune was just down the road:
"The car was finally running cooler giving us more power. Just over half a mile into Stage 5, there was a fast 90-degree right followed closely by a sharper left. Let's just say we went right, but didn't quite make the left", quipped Vinson. "And to make matters worse, a fellow competitor did not slow down for our incident and smashed into the left front of the Supra causing considerable damage to the car." The damage will most likely keep the team from competing in the Ojibwe Forest ProRally on August 17.
Despite the hardships, Team No Trees would like to congratulate Bryan Hourt and Team Honda Research on an excellent come from behind victory in Group 5. Speedvision's televised coverage of the event is scheduled for late August. Check their website, www.speedvision.com, for airtimes.
Team No Trees Performance Rally
1418 Northway Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220