Black Box driver Alvin Fong is looking to contend the 2012 United States Rally Championship with a solid finish at the upcoming Prescott Rally. Fong and co-driver Billy Machin will challenge the predominantly Open AWD class field of championship contenders in a Laengworks’ Production AWD Evo rally car. A Production AWD car is essentially a stock car with minimal modifications for safety. Despite having significantly less power than their open class competitors, Fong is optimistic about the event: “I think we showed at Gorman Ridge that we could be competitive in a Production class car when we took first in AWD Overall. Especially for Prescott, with the stakes so high, you can be sure that we’re going to drive flat out!”.
Although the team had an almost 200 point lead in the United States Rally Championship going into Prescott, the cancellation of Rally Delaware and International Rally New York caused the organizers to enact a provision in the rules to level the playing field for the final round at Prescott.
This caused the points from one of Black Box rally team’s events, to be dropped. The new standings reflect a 3-way tie for first amongst Black Box rally team, Joseph Burke, and Byron Garth. Undettered, Co-driver Billy Machin said: “Never before has MANKIND been privy to such an event; the coming forth of the fury of THE FONG in this distinguished week’s end will be one of great tribulation, honor, and GLORY. We will wage war with the dirt! We will be as the wind: flowing over the golden sand with constant and persistent subtle force. We will go forth in a stampede of unbridled determination. Fear will not inhibit us. COURAGE will be our counselor. Valor will be our vanguard. We shall SUCCEED.”
This is Black Box rally team’s first full season of stage rally. The team’s first rally was International Rally New York last October 2011, where the duo finished 1st in class and 2nd overall. Since then, the team has taken many class wins in addition to overall AWD wins at this year’s Hyperfest, Gorman Ridge, and Black River Stages.
Prescott rally will take place September 28-29, starting out of Tim’s Subaru in Prescott, AZ. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Prescott Rally, a rally known for some of the fastest and longest stage roads and largest elevation changes in US rally. The event consists of approximately 120 miles over 10 stages, and takes place over two days.
You can follow the results of the rally here: http://www.prescottrally.com