1 August 2004 - For immediate release
For more information, contact: John Dillon
Widget Rally Team
P. O. Box 1231
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358-0231
Widget web site: www.WidgetRacing.com
e-mail: John @ WidgetRacing.com
"I'm driving in championship mode," noted the driver, "so I didn't push so hard that I'd risk the car." The team faced another challenge when they got caught in the dust of Seamus Burke's car. Burke had stopped to change a tire on the stage and reentered the road right in front of the Widget car. Styles described the result: "We were stuck in Seamus's dust for 18 miles, which cost us at least a minute of time. Ultimately that minute meant we lost one position overall."
Nick and LeeAnn Korpal, owners of 7-24 AirX, the trucking company that transports the race car all around the country, insured the team's Mitsubishi arrived on time. "They went the extra mile and skipped their wedding anniversary to make sure we could race," observed Dillon. "That really is going above and beyond the call of duty! Leon told them we could forego Maine and race in Minnesota instead, but they replied that they honor their commitments to the team."
The team races a Mitsubishi Evolution, the same brand of car that won the 2003 national championship. "Frank Brown and John Tuner from Rhys Millen Racing gave us a solid car both days," said Styles. "We had only one mechanical issue all weekend, an anti-lag hose that failed at the start of the final stage."
With the points gap widening, thus making their championships more secure, Styles has opted to conserve resources and skip the next race, the Ojibwe Forest Rally, before returning to race in Colorado in September. On the other hand, Dillon hopes to hook up with another driver for the Bemidji, Minnesota-based event.
About the Sport
Rallying is the ultimate team motorsport where street-licensed cars are raced at high speed on dirt trails with two people in the car, a driver behind the wheel and a codriver describing every bend in the road. U.S. competitors are not allowed to pre-run the roads so they are racing "blind," navigating from a route book provided just hours prior to the event. Cars can reach speeds above 100 MPH as they snake between trees and along the edges of cliffs in this sport of strength and stamina.
About the Team
The Widget Rally Team, that "serious team with a whimsical name," is supported by 7-24 AirX, a domestic and international trucking and air cargo company; Worr Games (www.worr.com), manufacturers of tournament-quality paintball guns; Perforce Software (www.perforce.com), makers of high performance software for computer professionals; and Tombstone Paintball Park. The team insists on brakes by Porterfield Enterprises (www.porterfield-brakes.com) and utilizes the web services of Shults Dot Com (www.shults.com) for its internet needs. Satellite phones are provided by WCC Global Satellite Communications (www.wcclp.com).
Photo caption and credit:
Leon Styles and John Dillon finished in the top five at the Maine Forest Rally July 31st. The team has strengthened its lead in the Open class national championship.
Photo by Pete Kuncis of On A Limb Racing. If you'd like really high-resolution versions of these photos, please let us know.
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