Press Release

February 6, 2001
Contact: Jon Ryther
VP of Operations, Driver
Phone: 909 355-5538

Knight Racing Adds Gingras/Westrick to Team

REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA -- Bolstered by an impressive debut season that included a 2nd and 9th place finish at the Prescott Forest Rally, the Knight Racing team will attack the 2001 SCCA ProRally Championship with the addition of a third team car. Steve Gingras and Bill Westrick will be driving a new Open class 2000 Subaru Impreza awd turbo for the Southern California-based team.

Gingras and Westrick are two-time SCCA Production GT National Champions and have been competing together for over 12 years. The East Coast experience of Gingras/Westrick will compliment the West Coast knowledge of existing team drivers Lon Peterson and Jon Ryther. The result is a well-balanced team capable of finishing at the top at every event.

The entire three-car Knight Racing team will start its season at Round #2 of the SCCA Pro Rally Championship at the Cherokee Trails International Rally, Chattanooga, TN on March 15th - 17th. There the team will debut the new ACT II sponsored Subaru Impreza for Gingras and Westrick, along with completely updated versions of last year's cars for Jon Ryther and Lon Peterson. After the season kick off at Cherokee Trails, Knight Racing will be competing in the rest of the SCCA ProRally Championship.

The Knight Racing team line up is now as follows:
Jon Ryther / Janice Damitio Subaru Impreza # 49
Lon Peterson / Bill Gutzmann Subaru Impreza # 48
Steve Gingras / Bill Westrick Subaru Impreza # 50

Gingras is a native of Marquette, MI, where he learned the basics of car control driving on snow and ice. In 1985 he purchased a VW Rabbit GTI and started rallying. Gingras' racing resume includes the above mentioned SCCA ProRally Championships, working as crew for the Dodge ProRally team, and ice racing experience as both crew and driver. He has competition experience with FWD, RWD and 4WD applications.

Westrick has been active in rallying since 1982, starting with local TSD style rallies and progressing up to Performance Rally. While attending Michigan Technological University, Westrick built his first rally car and began competing as a driver in 1986. In 1988 he made the jump to the right seat and took over the Co-Driving duties for Gingras.

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