FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, HAVERHILL, MA (07/26/2006) — New England-based motorsports team Trunkmonkey Racing successfully completed Maine Forest Rally 2006 which hosts River Valley Rally and Bethel Rally of the Rally America Eastern Regional Championship. Competing in Production GT class, driver Sean Sosik-Hamor and co-driver Andrew Hobgood piloted the 762 PGT Trunkmonkey Pink Impreza to take 3rd in class at River Valley Rally and 2nd in class at Bethel Rally over the two days of competition and 78 miles of Special Stages.
Trunkmonkey Racing has been extremely active in the New England motorsports community for the past five years both competing in and organizing Rallycross, Ice Racing, Road Rally, and New England Subaru Impreza Club gatherings as well as marshaling and crewing at various ProRally and ClubRally events. The team’s second running of Maine Forest Rally, this year marked the anniversary of the Trunkmonkey Pink Impreza’s 2005 debut and showed the car’s and service crew’s ability to stand up to punishment under pressure.
Said Sean Sosik-Hamor, “This year has proven that Trunkmonkey Racing is about teamwork and the support of friends and family, especially my wife Kelly who has supported me since the start of my racing career six years ago. Like all other events, Maine Forest Rally was a learning experience, and I feel confident that we will be even better prepared in the future to handle unexpected situations as they arise on course and in service.”
Remarked Andrew Hobgood, “This year’s event was a lot faster and smoother than last year, while a reliable car and well-tuned service crew really let us push the limits with MFR’s notoriously sparse route book. A clean finish and some fast stage times were the main goals for the event, and we definitely achieved them.”
Team crew chief Sabrina Vollers also added, “We were better equipped and more organized than last year which really paid off in efficiency and overall confidence of the team. Everyone was so dedicated and took their responsibilities very seriously, but it didn’t stop us from having fun with makeshift tarp tents during the passing rain and toting our obligatory inflatable monkey to spectate Mexico from the top of an RV.”
As always, the Trunkmonkey Racing service crew was the backbone of the team with Kelly Sosik-Hamor in charge of team amenities and Sabrina Vollers acting as crew chief while Brian Knapp and James Mackey took care of repairs and maintenance at service. Team member Brian Batty, Manchester Subaru technician Mike Rowe, SubaruProParts.com, and Town Fair Tire were also instrumental in preparing the Trunkmonkey Pink Impreza during the weeks leading up to Maine Forest Rally.
Many thanks also go out to Pepper Computer for providing the team with an EVDO to Wi-Fi Access Point for wireless Internet access in the backwoods of Maine. In addition, a pre-production Pepper Pad 3 Handheld Computer was supplied by Pepper to store PDF versions of Rally America rulebooks and bulletins as well as all required Subaru Impreza factory service manuals, addenda, and reference documentation.
Trunkmonkey Racing would like to thank their 2006 sponsors and partners:
Finer Touch Auto Body: 118 Maple St., Manchester, NH (603-668-4713)
RallyHo Motorsports: http://www.rallyhomotorsports.com/
Wicked Big Meet: http://www.wickedbigmeet.com/
North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club: http://www.nasioc.com/
Pepper Computer: http://www.pepper.com/
Town Fair Tire: http://www.townfairtire.com/
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Photos Copyright (c) 2006 Pete Kuncis
Trunkmonkey Racing has been hard at work preparing the Trunkmonkey Pink Impreza for Maine Forest Rally 2006, Round 5 of the Rally America National Championship. The team will again be competing at the Regional level in Production GT and has made many improvements to the car and service vehicles to make life easier for the Driver, Co-driver, and Service Crew.
Sean Sosik-Hamor and Andrew Hobgood will again team up to traverse the Special Stages while Sabrina Vollers has stepped up to the plate as Crew Chief to coordinate team logistics and Service Crew movements. Chris Brenton, Brian Knapp, James Mackey, and Kelly Sosik-Hamor will join Sabrina as Service Crew to help keep the Trunkmonkey Pink Impreza running smoothly over the two days of racing.
We’d like to thank our sponsors for the 2006 season:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, HAVERHILL, MA (07/31/2005) — New England-based motorsports team Trunkmonkey Racing successfully completed Maine Forest Rally which hosts River Valley Rally and Bethel Rally of the Rally America Eastern Regional Championship. Competing in Production GT Class with their 1996 Subaru Impreza 2.2 L, the team placed 3rd in class at Bethel Rally and 5th in class at River Valley Rally. Over the two-day event driver Sean Sosik-Hamor and co-driver Andrew Hobgood traversed 88 miles of special stages and 260 miles of total distance through the picturesque landscape of Maine.
Last weekend we spent all day in the woods up in Vermont doing recce for Trunkmonkey Run for the Border, Trunkmonkey Racing’s second New England Region brisk TSD road rally event. I finally got around to putting together Pepper Hacks, a knowledgebase for hacking Pepper Computer’s Pepper Pad. Speaking of which, the Pepper Pad is now on sale at Amazon.com! And now I go back to work…
I’m confirmed and paid up for the Team O’Neil Rally School 2-Day Advanced Winter Driving Clinic the weekend of February 19th. For the low, low price of just $600 (normally $1,650) I’ll get to toss Chris Brenton’s WRX STi around on the snow-covered rally circuit with a professional instructor sitting shotgun. I won’t be driving the rally car since a back seat is required for passengers.
This will be my third year at Team O’Neil, and the course has saved my ass on more than one occasion. Tim O’Neil’s mantra of Lift, Turn, Accelerate repeats itself over and over again in my head whenever I’m racing or driving in inclement weather.
After surviving Maine Forest Rally this past weekend, I started looking into antenna options so the service truck could talk to the rally car. I checked out Radio Shack for CB antenna options and, on a whim, asked the clerk if they had any 102″ whip antennas in stock. Turns out that Radio Shack are liquidating all of their 21-905 Fiberglass CB Whip Antennas for free!
- Fiberglass CB Whip Antenna (21-905)
- Chrome-Plated Spring CB Antenna Mount (21-1118)
- Ball Mount (21-1115)
- 20 Ft. RG-58 Coax Cable Assembly (278-966)
Be sure to dig deep into the rack for vintage dusty packaging. In addition to the free anteanna, I managed to find hardware with old price tags and got quite a few bucks taken off the final bill! Now all I have to do is see if Ham Radio Outlet has any 2.4 GHz mobile antennas and I’ll be ready to rock!
According to Alexa Traffic Rank, Trunkmonkey.com has shoved its way into the top 100,000 sites on the Web! We debuted on the list today at 71,071. Sure, Alexa’s demographic is Windows users running Alexa Toolbar, but whatever. It still makes me (and my Google AdSense account) feel all warm and fuzzy.