Press Release

January 30, 2000
For more information, contact: Patrick Richard
Rocket Rally Racing
1409 Pendrell Street
Vancouver, BC V6G1S3

Spectators Help Carry Rocket Rally Team to Strong Finish

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC -- Rocket Rally Team finished this weekend's Rallye de Quebec 10th overall out of 54 cars, and 3rd in its Production GT class. The team couldn't have done it without a little help from the fans.

Teammates Patrick Richard and Ian McCurdy started Saturday's stages well, running as high as 6th place overall, but they made a wrong turn on a transit between the two afternoon stages. After turning onto what they thought was a road, their Impreza RS sunk in the snow down to its frame. They realized it was not a road they were on, but a snowmobile track! They ran 1.5 km back to the previous stage and recruited a snowmobiler and a dozen eager spectators, who ran back to the car and helped carry it out of the snow. With this help, the team was able to make it to the next stage on time.

"After going off the road and losing some valuable time, we were left in an all-day battle for 8th place," said McCurdy, Rocket Rally Navigator. "It was a really close race. Just 10 seconds separated 8th overall from 10th."

Despite the off-road adventures, the team was happy with its first winter rally and with the fans. "The fans in Quebec are amazing! This is by far the best place to rally, anywhere, period," raved Richard, Rocket Rally Driver.

Rallye de Quebec was held January 28 and 29 in Quebec City and surrounding areas. This rally was the first event in the Subaru Canadian National Championship, the North American Rally Cup and the Coupe du Quebec Pole Position Championship. The Rocket Rally Team, sponsored by North Vancouver's Specialty Subaru and by Dragon Eyewear, will be heading to Rallye Perce-Neige February 12 and 13 in Maniwaki, Quebec.

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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

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