2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

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    2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    Up in Northern Michigan, the rally action is as furious as ever. Join us below for our mega gallery of what can only be described as Michigan's great motorsport secret.



    Snowmobiles and 4x4 trucks aren't just a convenience in Atlanta - they're a necessary facet of life. Good thing we were locked, stocked and two smoking cameras while rolling in our Roush Propane-powered F-150. This time we were pushing giant steamroller tires on chrome wheels as the factory hides met a smokey demise at an earlier date.

    The rally went down as a classic snow rally with plenty of snowbank-Plinko and lots of off-course sliding. Spectators were quick to jump in and assist when drivers chose to jam their cars firmly into the stout, powdered walls. Our rookie favorite of last year Kyle Sarasin was stuck in an old front wheels-driven Mitsubishi Eclipse after his previous yellow Subaru-wielding team was disbanded. The title of Most Jalopnik Rally Car of this event was taken by Greg and Tom Woodside in their turbo 1987 Dodge Shadow.


    After a short battle with Travis for the lead, Ken Block was knocked out in the first day with a mechanical failure as a result of a minor crash. Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom secured the first place finish while Tanner Foust and Co-driver Chrissie Beavis locked in the second rank in their Hyundai Tiburon. Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard and Marc Goldfarb snuck into third place after fighting against some handling problems in their Mistu Evolution IX. BMX baddie Dave Mirra pulled in a strong 6th-place finish.

    Keep an eye on our RallyAmerica tag as we'll soon be following up with an exclusive behind the scenes look at Subaru's Rally Team, a full HD video of Sno*Drift and Travis and Ken's In-Car video. We're stuffing our hatchbacks in preparation of the 100 Acre Wood rally in a few weeks time located in Salem, MO. Press on regardless!

    A bunch of great photos at link!: http://jalopnik.com/5149732/2009-sno...orsport-secret
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    Re: 2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    I think Rally racing is one of the most exciting forms of auto racing! I wish they would put more of it on tv!!

    On a side note - i still wish GM or Ford would make a STi/Evo competitor!!
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    Re: 2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    I love rally racing.

    Maybe I can enter the Silverado!

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    Re: 2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    Quote Originally Posted by GMusa View Post
    I think Rally racing is one of the most exciting forms of auto racing! I wish they would put more of it on tv!!
    I agree...I had a great time on my snowmobile watching the event.
    I'll be there again next year for sure!

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    Re: 2009 Sno*Drift Rally: Michigan's Great Motorsport Secret

    Quote Originally Posted by GMusa View Post
    On a side note - i still wish GM or Ford would make a STi/Evo competitor!!
    What I've always thought. Would be great for the new "niche" Pontiac. Ford actually does make an EVO/Sti competitor in Europe. They have a 300 horsepower AWD car. I think it's the Focus RS. It competes successfully in rallying there.

    It's a good time to enter that field. The Evo X is one step forward, one step back and has hit and miss styling. The new STi is slower and more cumbersome, and uglier than the old one.
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