Speed News February 2016

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R A L LY S P O R T NASA Rally Sport Wraps Up 2015 at Prescott The 2015 Prescott Rally was the culmination of the local California Rally Series Championship, the points battle for the Pacific Rally Cup, and the winner-take-all NASA National Rally Championship. With that as a starting point for the competition, it was going to be a real challenge to capture any of those 2C winnings. Teams from all over the country traveled to take part in the event, and this offered a unique opportunity to see just how fast the 2WD competition in the Southwest is. Our supporters, Team O'Neil Rally School and Streetwise Motorsports, believe that starting with 2WD is the best path to future success in the sport and they encourage competitors to master these skills before upgrading rally machinery. Local competitor Brian Scott took his historic rally machine off the display floor of the local Nissan dealership and right onto the leader board for stages one and two. This gorgeous Datsun 240Z has all the trimmings of a modern rally car and is an instant hit with spectators. In the right seat, Brian's long-time experienced co-driver John Dillon made this team hard to catch at their home event. On day two however, the team broke the throttle cable — no doubt pushing it to the max — and was out of the fight. Brad Morris had helped to arrange travel for himself and the AWD team of Eric Wages from South Carolina to take on the NASA National Rally Championship. Brad has driven and won this event in the past, and along with local co-driver Doug Nagy, the team was looking for the win. Setting a fourth fastest time on SS1 the team charged into the second stage. They suffered a hit to the right front of their Mitsubishi Lancer, which caused two flats. With only one spare, they limped into the first service. On Saturday they did well to climb back up into the top spots, but a broken axle would end their event on the very last stage. Brent Lee had to scramble a bit to find a co-driver for Prescott, as his mentor John Dillon would be riding in the Datsun. Experienced Northwest First place: Ryan Millen and Christina Fate. 86 MATTHEW T. STRYKER

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