FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2006
Contact: TPi Rally Team
Arlington, Texas -- TPi Rally Team driver, Jowi Odero-Jowi, returns from a six year sabbatical to an uneventful finish in the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally recently held in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. The team finished the event in 26th place out of 45 cars that started the National event. "It's been almost six years since I last raced" Jowi commented, "I'm a little disappointed with our overall position, but all things considered, we did well just to finish."
The 2006 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally attracted one of the most competitive entry fields seen in the United States in the past decade, a host of talented rally drivers trying to qualify for two spots for the upcoming X Games Rally. The X Games Rally will have only 12 Open Class entries, 8 drivers have been nominated by a selection committee, 4 drivers have to qualify into the event. The 8 nominated drivers include former World Rally Champion Colin McRae, eight-time U.S. rally champion Paul Choiniere, 2005 Rally America champion Patrick Richard, 2005 North America rally champion Matt Iorio, motocross superstar and Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana, D.C. Shoes founder and Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block, 2005 Rally America Production GT champion and stunt driver Tanner Foust, and drifter/ stunt driver/rally driver Rhys Millen. Two drivers, former Mitsubishi Rally Team USA driver Lauchlin O'Sullivan and former British and Spanish Rally Championship contender, Australian Andrew Pinker, qualified into the X Games at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally. Two qualifying spots remain, to be determined from the results of the upcoming Maine Forest Rally (July 21-22, 2006).
In an event that typically has a high level of attrition, a finish in a "new", untested, car is an accomplishment in itself. The TPi Rally Team open class Eagle Talon TSi rally car ran flawlessly all day. The only problem encountered was a flat tire. The engine is making good, reliable power thanks to Web Cam competition camshafts and tuning by Alamo Autosports. The power is transmitted to the driveline through a Clutchnet full-race metallic clutch disc and pressure plate that performed without a glitch. The Team's task was undoubtedly made easier by having veteran rally navigator Jimmy Brandt on board for the event. A group of volunteers provided service for the event - Brenton Moyer from Michigan, Chris Lowe, Chris and Caryn Griffin ("the three C's" a group of DSM enthusiasts) from Ohio. The TPi Rally Team owes them a great debt of gratitude!
Jowi hopes to secure funding to enable the TPi Rally Team to contest the Maine Forest Rally (July 21-23, 2006) and attempt to qualify for a position in the upcoming X Games Rally.
Team TPi is supported by Alamo Autosports of Arlington, Texas (import car performance products, dynamometer tuning and technical advice), Clutchnet USA (performance clutches), Web Cam, Inc. (racing camshafts & valve train products), driversselect.com (pre-owned vehicle sales outlets "where credit problems are no problem") Dave Thomas, Waxahachie, Texas (trailer & tactical advice), Steve Brannon, Arlington, Texas (motorsports enthusiast) and TPi Rally Team Fans/Supporters.
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