Press Release

December 15, 1999

Primitive Racing Announces New Co-Driver and 2000 Schedule

Olympia, Washington -- Primitive Racing is pleased to announce that Scott Huhn of Seattle, Washington has joined the team as co-driver for a push to win the Open Class Championship of the SCCA ProRally Series and the North American Rally Cup in 2000. Huhn is a veteran co-driver and is eager to help get the team to seven of nine upcoming National events and two Canadian Rally Series events. More on Scott to follow.

The Primitive Racing Impreza USX 2.2 Turbo is being rebuilt with more horsepower and new suspension for the upcoming season. Here are the results from its first season of racing, marking Paul Eklund's return to driving ProRally after winning a co-driver National Championship in 1998:

6th OverallRim of the WorldPalmdale, CAMay 1999National ProRally
3rd OverallWild West RallyShelton, WAJune 1999National ProRally
6th OverallOregon Trail RallyVernonia, ORJune 1999Regional ClubRally
3rd OverallTrail's End RallyVernonia, ORJune 1999Regional ClubRally
1st OverallORV RallySprints1Olympia, WAAugust 1999Regional ClubRally
1st OverallORV RallySprints2Olympia, WAAugust 1999Regional ClubRally
DNF-enginePrescott Forest RallyPrescott, AZOctober 1999National ProRally

Paul Eklund also won the Seattle National Tour and the SCCA SOLO II National Championships driving a Toyota Celica in E-Stock class. This marked his second consecutive National Championship in SOLO II. He also was awarded the "Most Inspirational Driver Award" for Oregon Region in 1999 for his efforts in successfully crossing the boundaries between ProRally, SOLO II, ClubRacing and RallyCross.

Thanks to sponsors such as Royal Moore Subaru, Taylor Made Labels and Morrie's Subaru and with contingency posted by Subaru of America, the team plans to compete in even more events in the upcoming year:

Alcan 5000 RallySeattle to Prudoe BayFebruary 2000Adventure Rally
Oregon Trail ProRallyTillamook, ORApril 2000National ProRally
Rim of the WorldPalmdale, CAMay 2000National ProRally
Bighorn RallyHinton, ABMay 2000Canadian National Rally
Rocky Mountain RallyEdmonton, ABMay 2000Canadian National Rally
Susquehannock Trail ProRallyWellsboro, PAJune 2000National ProRally
Rosecup RacesPortland, ORJune 2000ClubRacing
Rally USADenver, COJune 2000FIA Asia Pacific-Tentative
Maine Forest RallyRumford, MEJuly 2000National ProRally
Seattle National TourSeattle, WAJuly 2000SOLO II
Ojibwe Forest RallyBemidji, MNAugust 2000National ProRally
Wild West ProRallyShelton, WASeptember 2000National ProRally
Prescott Forest RallyPrescott, AZOctober 2000National ProRally
Lake Superior ProRallyHoughton, MIOctober 2000National ProRally
Ramada Express RallyLaughlin, NVDecember 2000American RallySport Group

This is a major program undertaking and could not even be attempted without the help and support of Karen Price, Hairpin Racing (Lee and Tamara Shadbolt), Richard Buckner, Jason Grahn, Vance Walker, Bill Maley, Jeff Price, Mark Mattson, Dave Jameson, Phil Pausmer, Scott Putnam, the Tabors and a host of others who have stepped forward and offered help and assistance along the way. To all of them I offer my sincere thanks. Happy Holidays to all and have a wonder filled New Year!


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