LAX Blogging. Operation:Rally Day 2 “press, blocks, puppies, & Fox”

Day 2 of the Ol’ Operation:Rally was mild as far as action is concernd. In the afternoon The Pheonix Bar & Grill opened up and threw a sweet little party. First thing that caught my eye was Mark Fox’s Animal style ride from the National Guard & Vermont Sports Car. I heard it was the Winter Oneil winning car. Mark said it was insane with power and had a dogbox which he was a little unfamiliar driving with. Check out the sweetness.
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and the other side.
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A small group of drivers were doing some hot laps on the press stage with local media personal. Top Gear featured athlete Ken Block stayed in the mix while SRTUSA crew gettin some.

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Wazoo crew gettin um on all 4.
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Don’t call it a come back. Bob Olsen making a mid season return.
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These 2 drivers will be joining me @ Team Oneils after the Rally, Jon and Donny Conley
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Finally the lil dog that was saved by Espn in car commentator, Jen Horsey, made his way out to Maine….Its Missy!
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This post was written by mattox3 on July 30, 2009

Making the Trip to the NewEnglandForestRally Operation:Rally 1

OPERATION:RALLY Begins in Highland, CA 4 hours before my flight to New Hamptur departs. Im heading out on a voyage of all things rally. First stop will take me to the New England Forest Rally and Second to the Team Oneil Rally and Car Control school. The NEFR is one of the best stops on the Rally America tour and a Favorite of most racers. Im stoked to get out of the city.
Pack it up. I like an assortment of pimp DC T’s(thanks Mr. Block), shoes, and socks with a bunch of shout out digs for the homie representing(Thanks Matt, Worm, Nitro, & TSOM)
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I got an Email from Oneils suggesting thin shoes for the easy Left Foot Braking. I felt my DC chican’s were the right shoe but my Cat (Harley) was using them for bed.
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When I travel, I try to avoid as much High Fructose Corn Syrup as possible. Needless to say ive become a fan of Honest Ade.
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First sweet shots of New Hampshire drive to Maine.
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Your guess is as good as mine. “Where are we going again?”
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My info book and a sweet view from an interstate piss stop.
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The Arrival spot is at the Sunday River south Ridge Lodge in Bethal, ME.
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First in for Registration. Mr. Alan Moody of Team On’Neil.
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DVW “the Excitement” shows up with the New rig and an old friend. Josh Knott returns as Co-Pilot of the 600 Ford.
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Pimpin’ this 280z will be the team of Healy and Johnson.
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After roaming the empty hallways for a moment Bob and I bounce off to check out what will be stages. Oh Look Paul Bunyan…
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Sweet Maine, Damn!
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Sweet Damn, in Maine
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Paper Mills are a big hit out here. Almost like Walmarts.
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I know California people but I was in Mexico New Hampshire here.
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In Route Back to Sunday River we find our selves in Traffic…Ahh just like home, but better view.
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To end this Blog post I give you the Best Point of Sale Material from Maine.
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This post was written by mattox3 on July 27, 2009

X Games Rally driver Johnson eBays title sponsorship good for 1.4 million views

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 ESPN X Games Rally car competitor Matthew Johnson languishes in poor economy – despite early invitation, he struggles to find funding to compete at ESPN’s premier action sports event, X Games 15, in Los Angeles next week, and he looks at eBay as an option.

 July 24, 2009 – Following an impressive 9th place finish in the prestigious international Rally of Nations in Leon, Mexico two weeks ago, American rally driver Matthew Johnson reached an impasse. With no agreements for support and having borrowed money for diesel fuel needed to get his box truck and rally car across the country from New Jersey to LA, it was time to get creative – or get on eBay. “It’s every driver’s dream to compete at X Games in Los Angeles – we’ve got a golden ticket, and we’re sitting on the east coast and can’t get there,” said Johnson.

 Matthew has been rallying for years in premier Rally America Series, and placed 6th at X Games last year – good enough to be on the early invite list. “Last year we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the car, it was very close to what we were competing in the Rally America series in. This year, RalliSpec has put a ton of work into building a car that is very specific to the X Games race, the mixture of tarmac and dirt, and the huge jump. Plus the car will have a great deal of power. Some good driving and a little luck will get us on the podium,” said Johnson.

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This post was written by admin on July 26, 2009

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Chris “The MAN” Duplessis bust out some Press

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Duplessis/Woods win the second round of Max Attack! at New England Forest Rally

Bethel, Maine (July 21, 2009)

Racing in his hometown of Bethel, Maine, Chris Duplessis and co-driver Catherine Woods finished 1st overall in the Max Attack! 2WD drive championship this past weekend. The pair also won both regional rallies, the Drive To Your Future Rally and the Berlin Regional Rally, held in conjunction with the New England Forest Rally.

On Friday night of the event, the famous Concord Pond special stage was run and Duplessis stunned thousands of spectators with the 7th fastest time of the night on the stage. The duo beat many highly powered, all wheel drive cars on the stage even though Duplessis’ 2 wheel drive Volkswagen Golf only has 140 HP. Also competing during the weekend was Subaru Rally Team USA’s, Travis Pastrana, Ken Block and Dave Mirra.

Duplessis’ goal for the weekend was to not have to jack-up the car during the rally. As a testament to Chris’ fast but safe driving, only fuel was added to the car. No tires were changed or rotated. The service crew only had to perform minimum work to keep the rally car on the road to victory.

The young team of Duplessis and Woods are hoping to make the trek out to Bemidji, Minnesota to compete in the last event in the Max Attack! series. The competition at the Ojibwe Forest Rally will be fierce with Duplessis looking forward to going head-to-head against Laughlin O’Sullivan, winner of the first round of Max Attack! at Rally Idaho.

Duplessis is the reigning two wheel drive National Champion and has won six Regional and National championships over the past three years.

For more information please check www.rally-america.com , www.max-attack.com and www.ojibweforestrally.com

Photo: Neil McDaid

Contact:
Catherine Woods
Catherine.e.woods@gmail.com

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 22, 2009

Follow Matt Johnson, Chrissie Beavis, and the Crew down south – Team USA ROTN

His Face book –

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/matthewjohnson46?ref=nf

His Twitter.

http://twitter.com/mjons

Keep it real. Vote for pedro

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 6, 2009

Where in the world is Matt Johnson

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Just snagged from his Facebook. MJ is in route to the Rally of the Nations in Mexico this weekend. As you can see His and Kenny Bartrams rides are ready to roll out America style…A little tid bit of info: Chrissy Beavis will be riding shot gun with Matt out at this Mexico event and not worm.

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 6, 2009

XGAMES DRIVERS LIST- Who the F*** is Kenny Brack

Finally the 12 drivers to compete in Xgames 15 Rally Car are announced… This list shows that Kyle Sarasin is out (evidently he didn’t start enough races this year) and Andi Pinker(who we haven’t seen compete in a minuet)…

Travis Pastrana
Tanner Foust
Ken Block
Dave Mirra
Andrew Comrie-Picard
Matt Johnson
Andi Mancin
Piotr Wiktorczyk
Arkadiusz Gruszka
Jimmy Keeney
Brian Deegan
Kenny Brack

Obvious crowd favorites will be KB, Deegan, Mirra, TP, ACP, and Foxy, BUT I will be rooting for MJ, Piotr, and the polish slaughterhouse….

Oh and who is this Kenny Brack you ask…well mr. youtube:

Kenneth “Kenny” Bräck (born March 21, 1966 in Arvika, Värmland) is a race car driver from Sweden. Until his retirement from racing, he competed in the CART, Indy Racing League and the IROC series. He is the winner of the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and the 1998 driving champion of the Indy Racing League.

Welcome to Rally America Dogg!

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 6, 2009

I would almost say this Top Gear episode is better than the Infomercial

and its KB’s Rally Car

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 6, 2009

Moro and Wiktorczyk team up to make Team USA

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Columbus, OH, June 25th 2009: Rally America’s latest event (STPR) Super Production class podium finishers, will team up to compete as Team USA at the upcoming Corona Rally Mexico – Rally of Nations. Moro and Wiktorczyk will both drive Group N Subarus against world rally stars like Didier Auriol and Harri Rovanperra.

The Corona Rally Mexico will be held in Guanajuato from July 9th till 12th, under a completely innovative format called “Rally of Nations,” where a large number of rallying stars will convene for this unique competition that will take place in the same facilities and along the same route that have hosted the World Rally Championship for five years now.

One of the highlights of this innovative rally is its scoring system, whereby points are tallied for each driver individually, as well as by country. At the end of each day, the points are posted on a scoreboard, so the time difference does not matter. The scoreboard sets the opening positions for the following day and so on, until the awards ceremony on Sunday, where extraordinary prize purses will be awarded per driver and per country.

Ole Holter will be navigating for Patrick Moro of Columbus OH, while Martin Brady will make a long commute from Dublin Ireland to guest co-drive for Piotr Wiktorczyk. Both teams competing regularly at Rally America National Series in Super Production class, will prepare their vehicles to be complaint with FIA Group N specs.

Driver of car one Patrick Moro commented, “We are truly honored to be able to represent United States at this prestigious rally event and go against all these great rally drivers. A great opportunity was presented to us and we were very glad to accept it. To see all those guys in Group N cars, all under equal terms is just amazing and we can’t wait for the start of the first stage.”

Team mate Piotr Wiktorczyk adds, “I’m so excited to be invited to compete in Rally of Nations and be a part of “TEAM USA”. Even thou the news of having this opportunity came in last minute and we are still far from being ready, we will do our best to put in a good effort. With PPD Motorsport preparing a Group N car to be at the FIA standards, it’ll be a challenge, but I know they’ll make it happen. Now, I just have to find my passport!”

For more information about the event go to http://www.rallyofnations.com/
For more information about the team go to www.PPDMotorsport.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/PPDMotorsport
Facebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Barrington-IL/PPD-Motorsport/78603096902

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This post was written by mattox3 on July 3, 2009

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Matthew Johnson fields Team USA

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Popularity of Rally Car racing propels ESPN X Games Rally driver Matthew Johnson into prestigious International Competition representing a United States entry – Team USA.

July 1, 2009 – Matthew Johnson has accepted his invitation race on roads known to many on the World Rally Championship as Corona Rally Mexico. As a non-WRC year, the rally organizers have assembled national teams in a new format, Rally of Nations, and attracted rally stars from Finland, Spain, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru and, of course, the United States.

DENVER, COLORADO – Days before the Fourth of July, Matthew Johnson pours over his lists of to-dos. He’s added the international Rally of Nations to his normal Rally America Championship and ESPN X Games rally calendar. While get ready to celebrate America’s independence, Matthew has two cars and a service truck to watch over; a two car trailer to find, and pile of sponsorships to chase down for the X Games Rally competition just weeks after the Mexico event is over.

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This post was written by admin on July 2, 2009

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