One for the record books
ATLANTA, MI. (Feb 1, 2016) – Round One of the Rally America National Championship was one for the record books. As so aptly said by so many, six tenths of a second won this event. Car #94 driven by Peter Fetela with co-driver Dominik Jozwiak won Sno*Drift Rally by such a small amount of time that Rally America Officials reviewed, compared and reviewed again just to be certain the outcome was correct. Together with the winners, Troy Miller and Steven Harrell racing car #22 were extremely patient during a very emotional time of any rally, the finish. Brenten Kelly and Niall Burns in car #989 stayed in the hunt, keeping the pressure on the two teams in front of them. Henry and Cynthia Krolikowski driving hard in car #44 never let up in their pursuit of the podium as well.
All rally classes carried the competition right to the end of the event. Super Production was a close race with car #90 Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnam piloting the lead car until a single snowbank on SS13 changed their fate allowing #22 Troy Miller/Steve Harrell the go ahead win. Removing car #90 from the overall win, placed them in a battle for second place in Super Production with Agatino Fortunato and Randy Biehl in car #61. Another very small time differential separated second and third place. The two competitors reviewed times with RA officials at the podium and agreed together on the final results, O’Sullivan and Putnam would take second place and Fortunato and Biehl third.
Two wheel drive was equally competitive and exciting with Cameron Steely and Preston Osborn winning in car #824. Second place in two wheel drive was won by first time Rally America competitors Ryan Millen and Christina Fate in their 2015 Toyota RAV 4 #99. Jordan Guitar and Brian Penza kept the 2015 Honda FIT #735 on the road in some slick conditions to reach the two wheel drive podium in third place. Jordan Guitar, in the Maxxis Tire sponsored Honda FIT, will campaign the entire 2016 season with co-driver Penza.
B-Spec first place was earned by Jordan Guitar and Brian Penza #735 while first time Rally America competitor Keanna Erickson-Chang drove her new 2016 Ford Fiesta ST #721 into a solid second place. She had strong co-driver experience in Ole Holter calling out stage notes. Keanna is already signed up to compete at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, Round 2 of the Rally America National Championship.