The 18th running of the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR), the “Oldest, Toughest and Meanest Rally on the Rally Circuit,” is happening this Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, 2012. The LSPR is a sanctioned race by Rally America as one of many national and regional rally races. The 2011 LSPR Champions, Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze (#425) of Houghton, are going for a repeat in their home territory. It appears there are 35 entries in this year’s rally, including a handful of teams from the Upper Peninsula.
|Car #||Vehicle||Drive / Co-driver||Hometown|
|425||2007 Subaru WRX STI||Adam Yeoman|
|377||2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI||Mason Moyle|
John A Hall
Sherwood Park, AB
|50||1995 VW Jetta||Allan Dantes|
|128||1987 Mazda RX-7||Mychal Summers|
|540||1994 Rally DSM||Tim Smigowski|
|810||1992 VW Jetta||Bradley Hayosh|
Here’s a little more info for anyone else who isn’t familiar with rallying according to the extensive Wikipedia page on Rallying.
“[Rally racing] is distinguished by running not on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points (special stages), leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points.”
And according to the California Rally Series’ website…
“‘Stage rally’ requirements for cars and trucks are a co-driver and fully prepared vehicle (rollcage, safety harnesses, etc.). Teams use a ‘routebook’ with mileages to follow the course and usually use turn-by-turn stage or pace notes as well. They range from simple ‘coefficient 1’ local events of less than 30 stage miles, to longer ‘coefficient 2’ rallies with 30 miles to under 65 miles, to ‘coefficient 3’ events with at least 65 miles of stage road. Larger rallies such as those in one of the national championships usually include 100-150 miles of stages over two days.”
As for the LSPR, the first rally car leaves from Country Inn and Suites in Houghton at 2:15 p.m. Friday, following a Parc Expose (fans and spectators can see and meet the cars and drivers) at the Country Inn and Suites that begins at 1:00 p.m. The excitement will last through the late night until early morning as the cars return to Houghton after their backroads trek around Houghton County.
Saturday will begin with a Parc Expose in downtown L’Anse near the marina in the public parking area from 9:30am to 10:30am. The first rally car will leave the marina area at 10:30am.
The results will be announced at Dee Stadium in Houghton on Saturday, and we’ll follow up with the results here!
#425 Yeoman and Shulze
#377 Moyle and Hall
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