FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2005
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Last Ditch Racing
Bangor, Maine, USA -- Last Ditch Racing, Maine's premier performance rally team is set to compete in The Rocky Mountain Rally, Round 2 of the 2005 Canadian Rally Championship.
Set in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies West of Calgary, Alberta, the fast and flowing stages will challenge the team as they return for the second season in a row. With stages such as, Blackfoot, Powderface, Beaver-Sharples, Skyline-Sharples and Heath-Burke, the crew will be constantly challenged over the two day event.
Driver and Bangor native John Cassidy and co-driver Dave Getchell of Camden, Maine will be making the trek to capitalize on the momentum they created at the end of the 2004 season. "Dave and I worked hard to build our speed throughout last season and we're looking to extend that progress in 2005."
Said driver John Cassidy, "Dave and I had a learning experience at last year's event. We're used to the technical and twisty roads here in the East, and the fast, high altitude flowing roads at Rocky were a new experience." Both the altitude and an undiscovered boost leak conspired against the team last year, hindering their progress. "It was a great experience last year, but rallying nearly 3,000 miles from home is an enormous logistical challenge - one that we're better prepared for this year."
2004 saw the team steadily gain speed and further develop their Open Class Subaru WRX. Most recently, the team has partnered with F1-Dyno, New England's premier tuning and performance shop. "Access to the type of facility that F1-Dyno has is key to our progression as a professional team," said Cassidy, "and it has helped us identify issues with the tuning of the engine management system of the car. At this point, the tune is the best it's been in the history of the car and we're very confident that we power to get the job done."
The team is coming off a strong 7th place finish at both the Rallye Perce Neige and the Challenge Sur Glace Ice race in Quebec. The team is excited to be back on gravel and eager to see if they can better their position from 2004's event.
The team is pleased to announce that New England fans will be able to follow the team's progress on Mainely Motorsports TV, a show focusing on motorsport in Maine and seen on Adelphia Cable. Television coverage is in addition to the team's heavily trafficked website hosted by Mainehost.com, another Maine based business. Both Cassidy and Getchell have strong feelings about partnering with Maine businesses. "With Mainehost.com, F1-Dyno and now Mainely Motorsports TV on board, we're realizing a goal of partnering Maine's top rally team with Maine's top businesses for the benefit of all involved."
Last Ditch Racing would like to thank their 2005 team partners for their support!
For more information on Last Ditch Racing, please visit: www.lastditchracing.net
For more information on the Rocky Mountain Rally, please visit: www.rockymountainrally.com