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2012 Lake Superior Performance Rally Race

Lake Superior Performance Rally

This is a guest post from our friend and fellow Yooper Ashley Bovin, she’s from Gladstone and you can follow here on Twitter @ashleyruthless.

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
Jordan Schulze
Hancock
Hancock
377 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Mason Moyle
John A Hall
Houghton
Sherwood Park, AB
50 1995 VW Jetta Allan Dantes
Matt Solka
L’Anse
Houghton
128 1987 Mazda RX-7 Mychal Summers
Ryan DesLaurier
L’Anse
L’Anse
540 1994 Rally DSM Tim Smigowski
Christina Smigowski
Chassell
Chassell
810 1992 VW Jetta Bradley Hayosh
Oliver Cooper
Brighton, MI
Hancock

Photos and videos like these show it’s an experience charged with adrenaline and just how close you can get to the action.

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Roll Over

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.

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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!

Check out Fy Racing (Adam and Jordan), car #425, and Mason Moyles, car #377, on Facebook, and support them as a spectator if you can!

FY Racing
#425 Yeoman and Shulze
Moyle Rally Team
#377 Moyle and Hall

Spectator Maps (pdfs):
www.lsprorally.com/files/LSPR2012SpectatorFridayKenton.pdf
www.lsprorally.com/files/LSPR2012SpectatorSaturday.pdf
www.lsprorally.com/files/LSPR2012SpectatorStage1.pdf

More information on spectating:
www.lsprorally.com/spectating.html

More information on LSPR and rallying:
www.rally-america.com
www.lsprorally.com


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