23 November 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
e-mail: John @ WidgetRacing.com
Thousand Oaks, CA. Brian Scott (Phoenix, AZ) and John Dillon (Thousand Oaks, CA) announced today their plans to challenge for the overall title in the 2006 United States Rally Championship series. The two raced together at the 2005 Rally Tennessee in a 2WD Ford Focus classified in Group 2, but will be stepping up to an Open class AWD Subaru WRX STi for the new season. The car is being built by Andy Brown of Tech Sport Racing (www.TechSportRacing.com). Brown, who was involved with the ProDrive World Rally Championship team for many years, has a solid reputation for building fast, reliable cars, including the Subaru that took David Higgins to the 2002 US national championship. Scott is an accomplished racer on both the rally and road racing side of things, and Dillon earned the 2004 national Open codriving championship, codriving for Leon Styles.
"I've been thinking about chasing a national title for quite a while," noted Scott. "I want to measure myself against the best, so it's time I stepped up to the plate. With Andy's skills in the service area, John's codriving talents, and my driving ability, I think we have a solid chance for the 2006 title."
His codriver added, "It won't be easy, but we're going to give it our best shot. Though the other teams haven't announced their intentions for 2006 yet, it looks like we'll be racing against the likes of Tom Lawless, Seamus Burke, and maybe Matt Iorio, so we'll have to push hard every step of the way. Still, that's what makes the competition so gratifying--measuring yourself against the best the sport has to offer."
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. For the USRC, competitors race nearly "blind," navigating from a route book provided just hours before to the event, with no practice and only a single reconnaisance run allowed on the stage roads prior to the start. Cars can easily reach speeds above 100 MPH as they snake between trees and along the edges of cliffs in this extreme sport of strength and stamina.
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. Satellite phones are provided by WCC Communications.
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