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Mixed Results for Nowicki on Sno*Drift

Our Facebook moment for former SCCA Pro Rally champion Steve Nowicki had mixed results at the Sno*Drift Rally weekend. Steve finished both regional events on Friday and Saturday. He didn't damage the vintage Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste/Plymouth Fire Arrow.

But "I forgot how hard rallying was," Nowicki said on the drive home Sunday afternoon. "Maybe when I get home and chill a bit I'll feel different."

Chill might be the wrong choice of words after running in sub-freezing tempertures on glare, polished ice all weekend at Sno*Drift. more...

A Happy Yet Uncomfortable Moment at Sno*Drift

A story from the Sno*Drift Rally you didn't hear this weekend involves the Lauchlin O'Sullivan/Scott Putnam 2003 Mitsubishi Evo that finished second in the Super Production category Saturday night.

O'Sullivan, from San Francisco, and Putnam, from Minneapolis, both have considerable rally experience.

Lauchlin has been a rally driver for 10 years. In 2002 and 2003 he was a professional driver for Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America, and the top American driver in the SCCA Pro Rally Championship. more...

CrazyLeo Loses Sno*Drift Podium After Penalty

Event Officials have handed driver CrazyLeo Urlichich a time penalty of 8 minutes and 34 seconds for a violation of 'Article 10' of the Rally America Championship regulations.

We've learned that Stewards determined CrazyLeo's 2007 Subaru Impreza STI did not have a catalytic converter.

Article 10.1.F of the Rally America rules states: "For all vehicles in all classes for all Performance Rally events, a functional catalytic converter shall be installed. Functionality shall be determined by a visible and complete grid within the catalytic converter." more...

Hanson Comments on Winning SP

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2011 American Super Producion champion Travis Hanson opened his defense of that title with a powerful statement winning the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan with a double-digit margin.

Hanson and his father/co-driver Terry won the Super Production category by approximately 15 minutes! He was a bit disappointed, though, that two mistakes on the final two stages saw Canadian CrazyLeo Urlichich move back ahead to get the final spot on the overall podium. more...

Higgins Comments on His Victory

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2011 American rally champion David Higgins has opened defense of his championship with a decisive victory in the Sno*Drift Rally in and around Atlanta, Michigan.

Higgins won 15 of the 24 stages in the two-day event, the season opener to the North American rally season. Second was 2010 American champion Antoine L'Estage who challenged Higgins Saturday morning but succumbed to Higgins' pressure and was forced to settle for second.

Here's a comment from Higgins at the Sno*Drift Podium: more...

Higgins Wins the Sno*Drift Rally

Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew win the 2012 Sno*Drift Rally and draw first blood in the battle for points against Championship rival Antoine L'Estage.

Their victory on the season opener did not come easily as icy road conditions in Atlanta, Michigan made traction inconsistent. Higgins, the defending American champion, took control of the rally from the outset winning the opening five stages and creating a buffer of nearly 2 minutes between himself and L'Estage by the end of Day One. more...

Higgins Dominates Sno*Drift Super Special

Subaru factory driver David Higgins has won both passes of the Thayer Mazda-sponsored Super Special Stage on Day Two of the Sno*Drift Rally.

Higgins was 5.2 seconds faster than rival Antoine L'Estage on the first pass of the .08 mile sprint and 4.4 seconds faster than him on the second run. The defending champion also picked up wins on both of the two stages run in between each pass of the Super Special, Meaford/Mills (SS19) and Camp 83 Again (SS20).

He now heads into the final three stages of the rally with a lead of 1 minute and 32.3 seconds over L'Estage. more...

Duplessis Set for Class Win at Sno*Drift

2010 American 2WD champion Chris Duplessis and his co-driver Karl Atkinson are poised for a class victory on the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan. They're solidly in tenth overall after Stage 21.

The next fastest 2WD team, 2009 North Amerian rally champion Andrew Comrie-Picard and his co-driver Jeremy 'Worm' Wimpey, are in 13th overall with more than 5 minutes back.

2009 National 2WD champion Dillon Van Way and co-driver Jake Blattner are third in the class, 32.2 second behind Comrie-Picard. Duplessis and Van Way are in 2011 Ford Fiestas. Comrie-Picard is driving a 2011 Scion xD. more...

Hanson Back in Podium Position

2011 American Super Production champion Travis Hanson is ignoring his pre-Sno*Drift engine problems and has positioned himself to score an overall podium.

Privateer Hanson and his father/co-driver Terry Hanson won Sno*Drift last year on their way to a great season and the SP title.They've set the tone for class yet again with a lead of over 10 minutes to the next fastest SP crew on Day Two. more...

L'Estage Gains Ground on Morning Loop

Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard have cut away almost half the lead held by defending champion David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew on Day Two of the Sno*Drift Rally.

L'Estage slashed his 1 minute and 34.2 second deficit on this morning's loop of stages winning four of the five tests. L'Estage said his largest gain came from the rally's longest stage, the 15 mile East Branch Long Stage (SS15).

L'Estage went out on snow tires this morning and a wrong tire choice by Higgins gave him the advantage he needed to claw back some time. more...


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