For Immediate Release
Carlisle Events Racing Introduces Audi Rally Race Team
Blasting off the start line at the All-tarmac Rally New York USA 2009 - April 3-4
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Carlisle Events Racing is proud to announce the formation of a rally race team, racing in their inaugural race at the All-tarmac Rally New York, April 3-4 in the southern Catskill Mountains of New York, 90 miles northwest of New York City. Carlisle Events Senior Manager, Bill Miller III and co-driver Constantine Mantopoulous will drive an Audi A4 1.8t Quattro, built by Jose Vicente of Quattrohaus Motorsports, in the Production All-Wheel Drive Class.
Rally racing, also known as rallying, is a form of racing that takes place on all surfaces and in all conditions: asphalt (tarmac), gravel or snow and ice. In addition to racing on all surfaces and in all conditions, rallying is unique to other forms of auto racing because of the format in which it is raced and clocked. Rally racing is not run on a circuit, but rather in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points (stages) leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. Rallies may be won by pure speed within the stages or by driving to a predetermined ideal journey time within the stages.
The All-tarmac Rally New York is the first event in the 2009 United States Rally Championship and will also be the first rally race for driver Bill Miller III. Miller has an extensive motorsports resume, having won many regional and national races and titles in road, hill-climb and endurance racing. The most widely publicized event for Miller actually came in a 1996 race from which he was disqualified for driving his Mustang Cobra R too fast! In the mid-2000s, with the help of Tim and Todd Sprinkle from Mechanicsburg Sports Car Center, Miller began racing almost exclusively Audis. Last year, Miller broke the ITE Class record at Duryea Hill Climb in Reading, PA and was awarded the performance of the year from The Blue Mountain Region SCCA.
Making the switch to rally racing will prepare Miller for one of his ultimate racing goals, which is to race Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Rally racing will be a new and exciting challenge for me. With many new aspects to learn, I am looking forward to taking on the challenge. The most different part of rally for me will be working with and trusting a co-driver. Fortunately, I will be racing with Constantine Mantopoulous, a long-time rally co-driver.”
Having grown up in the ‘70s in Australia and Europe, Manatopoulous was witness to many legendary rally races and drivers that infected him with the “rally virus.” It wasn’t until he had moved stateside in the late ‘80s that Manatopoulous was able to get behind the wheel and begin his winning career. Over the past 15 years, he has switched seats in rally cars, playing the part of both driver and co-driver. As a driver, behind the wheel of an Audi Quattro, Manatopoulous has performed respectably over the years recording four overall wins in Divisional (or Club) rallies, numerous class victories and high placings, a Rallycross Championship, various Rallysprint victories and more recently an impressive win on the ice against many veteran ice-racers. As a co-driver, he has seen even more success - clinching the North American Championship in the P-GT class in 1995 with driver Selcuk Karamanoglou and the Eastern States Rally Championship in Open Class with driver Scott Gardner. In 1999, Constantine decided to combine his hobby and profession founding Quattromotion in Newark, New Jersey. An independent VW/Audi/Porsche service center and successful rally-prep shop, Quattromotion builds, preps and services numerous rally cars for both novice and experienced rally teams.
Following the All-tarmac Rally New York, the Audi A4 1.8t Quattro rally car will be showcased as part of the Racecar Paddock display at the Carlisle Import/Kit-Replicar Nationals, May 15-17 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
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