12 Sep 2005 - 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
Scott racing web site: www.ScottRoofingCo.com
e-mail: John @ WidgetRacing.com
Linden, TN. Brian Scott of Scott Racing (Phoenix, AZ) and Widget Rally Team codriver John Dillon (Thousand Oaks, CA) tackled the first ever all-paved rally in the U.S.A., Rally Tennessee, September 3rd and 4th 2005. They had worked their way up to first in class (M2, for small displacement 2WD drive cars, similar to Group 2) in Brian's Ford Focus when, on the penultimate stage, the transmission siezed up in the middle of a chicane. Unable to continue or even move the car out of the way, the team was forced to retire. It was the first time the two raced together.
"Man, I loved these roads," said Scott. "They had a natural rhythm to them that was perfect for my driving style." The driver not only rallies his Focus, he races the car at places like Firebird Raceway and Phoenix International Raceway. "I'm sure my road racing experience helped here in Tennessee, but the stage notes were so good that even a new-to-tarmac rally racer could do well here and have a lot of fun."
"According to the event organizers, this is the first ever all-tarmac rally in the U.S.," reported Dillon. "I'll admit I worried that the g-forces would lead to nausea, but the roads were flowing and fast, and Brian's driving very, very smooth. I never felt a bit of discomfort." Like Scott, Dillon enjoyed the nature of the roads.
The entire team appreciated the hospitality of the local community. "The people of Perry County and the town of Linden were warm and welcoming everywhere we went," observed the codriver. "On the transit stages we saw lots of people sitting on the porch and waving to us. More folks, like youngsters Daniel and Jason Killian, came up to us in the service area and introduced themselves, old and young alike. I'm glad we were able to give them a good show out on the stages." Several hundred spectators were on hand at several of the designated viewing areas, cheering for the racers.
Though disappointed with the mechanical problem, the two are already preparing for their next rallies. Dillon heads to Colorado September 15th for the Cog Rally to codrive for Lauchlin O'Sullivan in a Group N Mitsubishi Evo VII, prepared by Cascade Autosport. Scott will repair his Focus in time to race the Prescott Rally in Arizona in early October. His company, Scott Roofing, is the title sponsor for this event set near the old western ghost town of Jerome and the surrounding Verde Valley.
Said the driver, "It's too bad we didn't finish but we learned a lot about tarmac rallying. We look forward to coming back next year."
About the Sport
Rallying is the ultimate team motorsport where street-licensed cars are raced at high speed on dirt trails (except for Rally Tennessee) with two people in the car, a driver behind the wheel and a codriver describing every bend in the road. Competitors are not normally 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 easily reach speeds above 100 MPH as they snake between trees and along the edges of cliffs in this sport of strength and stamina. Rally Tennessee is one of the few U.S. events where pre-race reconnaisance is authorized.
About the Team
The Widget Rally Team, that "serious team with a whimsical name," is supported by Perforce Software (www.perforce.com), makers of high performance software for computer professionals. 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. Scott Roofing sponsors the Scott Racing team.
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