FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2004
Contact: Matthew Kennedy
Rocky Road Racing
Web: www.RockyRoad Racing.com
Shillington, Pennsylvania -- Coming off their best ever result in their home event, the Rocky Road Racing team took their WRX powered Steve Moyer Subaru, KAM Specialties sponsored 1996 Subaru Impreza to the Gaspé Bay peninsula town of New Richmond, Quebec with hopes finishing even higher in the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs.
"We finished 13th overall at STPR (in Wellsboro, PA), and I was really beginning to feel comfortable with the car, so I was hoping we could finish even higher, and we did" said owner/driver Don Kennedy. Even after an "agricultural excursion" into a field at the end of a 100+mph straight, the team finished 10th overall, a mere two seconds ahead of the next team. Don added "those were some of the best roads I’ve ever rallied, if not the best!" And the finish of the famous Camp Brûlé spectator stage showed his enjoyment.
"The crowd seemed to go nuts every time through that last jump, I think we got more hang time than Michael Jordan," said navigator Matt Kennedy, with a big grin on his face. With three jumps along the quarter mile straight leading to the finish it was no guts no glory; and although the team talked about backing off the last time through to ensure finishing in one piece, adrenaline took over when the moment came. "Looking at the final gap between us and Bill & Peter (Bacon & Watt, who finished in 11th), I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t back off at the end"
Crew chief Keith Kennedy’s weekend started off relatively boring. "There wasn’t much to do to the car other than adding a couple of cans of gas, that is until Saturday’s firtst service." After bouncing through a ditch and into a field the team managed to escape with only a torn out hood pint and slightly bent upper radiator mount support, the latter of which was readily fixed with a few strokes of a sledge hammer. The hood pin on the other hand, took a little work and some quick improvisation in order to fix the problem and get the team out of service without incurring a late penalty. At the same time all of this was going on, the crew was helping to service another US team that had no crew. "Many thanks go to the rest of the crew, Nancy Kennedy, Greg Healey, and Mark Johnson. In fact, with all the help, we even found some time to spectate."
At this point the Rocky Road Racing team plans on sitting out the Maine Forest Rally to ensure that the car is intact and ready to race in Duryea Hillclimb, held in August in their hometown of Reading, PA. To find out more about this weekend’s events, including results, check their official web site: http://www.rallyebdc.com. For more on rallying in the US check out www.SpecialStage.com or www.rallyracingnews.com. Also, for photos, videos, and more information about Rocky Road Racing, as well as rallying in general, be sure to stop by our web site: www.RockyRoadRacing.com.
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