Press Release

January 27, 2000
For more information, contact: Patrick Richard
Rocket Rally Racing

Rocket Rally Racing Blasts Off with a Full Rally Schedule

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Patrick Richard of Vancouver, B.C. is pleased to announce the formal naming and launch of Rocket Rally Racing, the first B.C.-based rally team in years to contest all the major rally events of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship.

"We wanted to kick off our first full National season with a great team name and image," said Richard, team owner/driver. "Rocket Rally Racing creates a targeted brand and opens up some new marketing possibilities for our current sponsors, Dragon Eyewear and Specialty Subaru of North Vancouver."

Richard and co-driver/navigator Ian McCurdy of Whistler, B.C. first entered the sport of performance automobile rallying in May, 1999 at the Rocky Mountain Rally in Calgary, Alberta. There, in their 1998 Subaru Impreza, they made a name for themselves as a team to watch for.

After finishing second overall in the Regional and following that event up with a string of wins and top-tier finishes, Richard was selected as one of the "21 Stars For The 21st Century" in Sports Car magazine. The team also captured a Sports Car Club of America Divisional Championship (NorPac Division for the Production GT class) and earned an invitation to the SCCA ClubRally National Championships in May.

The team begins its 2000 season this weekend, January 28 to 29, at the Rallye de Quebec in Quebec City and surrounding areas. This rally is the first event in the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship, the North American Rally Cup and the Coupe de Quebec Pole Position Championship. Rocket Rally Racing is looking forward to the event. "It's going to be a blast," said Richard.

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For media information contact:
(East Coast)
Nathalie Richard, Rocket Rally Team Manager
Phone 416-922-9222

(West Coast)
Patrick Richard, Rocket Rally Driver
Phone 604-803-6095
Fax 604-687-0029

Rocket Rally 1999 Season Results
SCCA Northern Pacific Division: 1st Production GT 

North American Rally Cup: 2nd Production GT

Rocky Mountain Rally - Calgary, Alberta May 28 & 29
Regional 1: 6th Overall
Regional 2: 2nd Overall  

Wild West ProRally/ClubRally - Shelton, Washington June 18 & 19
Regional 1: 3rd Production GT, 21st Overall
Regional 2: 1st Production GT, 12th Overall

Oregon Trail ClubRally - Tilamook, Oregon June 26 &  27
Regional 1: 1st Production GT, 5th Overall
Regional 2: 1st Production GT, 4th Overall

Rally of the Voyageurs - Parry Sound, Ontario (first national event) September 10 & 12
National: 2nd Production GT, 5th Overall 
Regional 1: 1st Production GT, 3rd Overall 
Regional 2: 1st Production GT, 2nd Overall

Prescott Forest ProRally - Prescott, Arizona October 2
National: 3rd Production GT, 8th Overall 
Regional 1: 2nd Production GT, 6th Overall 
Regional 2: 1st Production GT, 1st Overall  

Lake Superior ProRally - Houghton, Michigan October 22 & 23
National: 2nd Production GT, 11th Overall 
Regional 1: 2nd Production GT, 4th Overall 
Regional 2: 1st Production GT, 1st Overall 

Rallye Auto Charlevoix - Pte-au-Pic, Quibec November 5 & 7
National: DNF (suspension failure)
1st in Production GT on spectator special stage Ile aux Courdes

Rally of the Tall Pines - Bancroft, Ontario November 19 & 20
National: DNF (clutch failure)
1st in Production GT on Iron Bridge Run spectator special stage  

Rocket Rally 2000 Schedule (Subject to Change)
Jan 28, 29  CARS	Rallye de Quebec 		Quebec City, PQ
Feb 12, 13  CARS	Rallye Perce-Neige		Maniwaki, PQ 
Apr 14, 15  SCCA	Oregon Trail ProRally		Tillamook, OR 
May 5, 6    SCCA	Rim of the World ProRally	Palmdale, CA 
May 12, 13  SCCA	SCCA Championships		Minnesota, MN 
May 20, 21  CARS	Bighorn Rally			Edson, AB 
May 26, 27  CARS	Rocky Mountain Rally		Edson, AB 
July 7, 8   CARS	Rallye Baie des Chaleurs	New Richmond, PQ 
July 28, 29 SCCA	Maine Forest Rally		Rumford, ME 
Aug 25, 26  SCCA	Ojibwe Forests ProRally		Bemidji, MN 
Sept 15, 16 SCCA	Wild West ProRally		Shelton, WA 
Oct 1, 2    SCCA	Prescott Forest ProRally	Prescott, AZ 
Oct 20, 21  SCCA	Lake Superior ProRally		Houghton, MI 
Nov 3, 5    CARS	Rallye Auto Charlevoix		Pte-au-Pic, PQ 
Nov 24, 25  CARS	Rally of the Tall Pines		Bancroft, ON

CARS = Canadian Association of Rally Sport
SCCA = Sports Car Club of America
Note: SCCA events to be confirmed.

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