Noble Star Rally Lives Life Flat Out with Brakim Racing at LSPR

Preparation is underway for the 2015 Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) held in Houghton, Michigan which takes place on October 16th and 17th. The Noble Star Rally (NSR) team will be accompanied by Brakim Racing for the weekend, presenting a three car fleet for the event.

Brakim Racing and NSR joined forces during the 2015 Black River Stages (BRS) just last month, when Ian Kessler and Amanda Skelly piloted the 1995 Brakim Dodge Neon.

The Dodge Neon, was previously owned and built by 2WD National Championship driver Chris Greenhouse, and then ran by Brandenburg and Wyatt Knox in 2012, earning a few more podiums in the G2 class. Kessler and Skelly posted 3rd in class by the end of day one at BRS and 7th overall in 2WD.

“I wasn’t sure if I would like driving the car, but after the first stage, I found that I really enjoyed driving the Neon at BRS. It has a lot more power than what I have competed with in the past and proper suspension. I am looking forward to getting more seat time in the car next weekend and my goal is to finish the event,” said Kessler.

Kessler and Skelly will be running the Neon again in just one week at LSPR, another home away from home event for the Michigan based team.

“It’s amazing, we live in Michigan and yet this event is further for us than the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally!” jokes Skelly. “Kidding aside," she adds, “I am really excited to co-drive for Ian again and to see him have a chance to be back out on stage. He is an amazing driver and seeing him chase after his dream and passion makes me incredibly happy. “

Kessler, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, DNF’d at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally due to engine failure on day two. The two hope to pass through the flying finish to end their rally season with Rally America success.

Matt Peterson, driver for NSR, who is sponsored by Pro Comp Customs of PA, will be also be returning to LSPR to also compete in the G2 class in his Honda Civic. Peterson also attended BRS with the team and was running a strong event maintaining a strong 4th place, until he had engine failure on day two. He is currently rebuilding the engine and is scheduled to attend LSPR with team co-driver Andrew Tuten returning to his seat after being absent for a few events.

“With as much machining as we had to do, either this engine is going to perform flawlessly and I will look like a genius, or it will blow up and I will look like an idiot. I’m comfortable with either outcome, but obviously I want it to work because I just want to be able to race!” concludes Peterson.

Currently Brakim Racing and NSR preparations on all three cars are heavily under way with less than two weeks until the teams have to make their way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula!

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