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The Lake Superior Region Car Club, hosts of the Lake Superior Performance Rally, was recently impacted by the recent US Federal Government shutdown that forced the closure of Federal lands used in the rally racing event scheduled for October 18-19th in Houghton, MI. As a result, organizers have constructed an alternative two-day event schedule that will operate roads not affected by the Federal closure.
 
LSPR organisers had permission to use the Ottawa Forest roads located near Kenton, MI for Friday's competition, but were recently advised by the USFS-Kenton Office that the issued permit was invalid as long as the Federal Government remained unfunded.

Australians Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino (formerly Smyth) will contest the event in a Ford Fiesta, hoping to win the Rally America 2WD Championship. (See separate story)
 
The new LSPR event schedule will reuse Saturday's stages for a total of 96 stage miles, a decrease of 29 stage miles compared to the original plan. Friday service will still take place first at the Copper Country Mall then in Covington, MI.
 
"The roads being used are unique as they are up hill and down sandy and hard surface on both Friday and Saturday," said Dean Rushford, LSPR Chairman. "They offer what many Rally drivers over the years consider some of the most challenging in the country. For over thirty years rallying has been running in the Houghton and Baraga Counties and we know the roads continue to delight both the competitor and the spectator alike."
 
LSPR is the concluding chapter of the seven-round Rally America National Championship. Over the course of the season teams battled at the previous rounds across the United States, but an overall championship Rally America victor has yet to emerge. The LSPR Rally became the site to decide who will be crowned champion in the overall, Super Production and Two-wheel Drive categories.
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