|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
January 27, 2000
|For more information, contact: Patrick Richard|
Rocket Rally Racing
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.
For media information contact:
Nathalie Richard, Rocket Rally Team Manager
Patrick Richard, Rocket Rally Driver
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
DATE SERIES RALLY LOCATION 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.