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Old 01-20-2003, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Patrick Richard goes to the big leagues!

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

Patrick Richard and Subaru Canada, Inc. partner to create "Team Canada"
challenge for the 2003 World Rally Championship

JANUARY 20, 2003, Vancouver, BC - Patrick Richard and Subaru Canada,
Inc., the reigning Canadian and North American Group N rally champions,
announced today a strategic partnership which will see Subaru Canada,
Inc. provide product and technical support for Richard's
recently-announced 2003 World Rally Championship campaign. Richard is
the first Canadian to ever be accepted into a World Rally Championship,
and this announcement marks the first Canadian team entry into the WRC.

The program will see Richard contest the 2003 FIA World Rally
Championship for Production Cars in a Subaru Impreza WRX, prepared and
maintained by the Subaru Rally Team Canada. Starting at the Swedish
Rally on February 7th, the championship includes additional stops in New
Zealand, Argentina, Cyprus, Germany, Australia and Corsica. Subaru
Canada, Inc.'s and Richard's 2003 program will include defending their
Canadian Rally Championship (CARS) title, and also competing in selected
North American (CNAR) events. The core staff and team management for all
events will be the same individuals who have won over a dozen Canadian
and North American rally titles for Subaru Canada, Inc.

"This is a new venture for us," noted Brian Hyland, Director,
Sponsorships for Subaru Canada, Inc. "One we are proud and anxious to
participate in. Together with Patrick, we will be putting the World
Rally Championship in the eyes of Canadians. We will be representing
Canadian and North America rallying on the world stage. We've been
supporting rallying in Canada for the past 10 years, so this
announcement is a natural progression of our sponsorship of the Canadian
Rally Championship, which we will also continue in 2003."

"This partnership guarantees that firstly, Patrick will be contesting
the World Rally Championship in a Subaru, the car that he has
successfully won with here in North America," explained Mike Hurst,
marketing manager for Richard's management company, Rocket Rally Racing.
"Secondly, as a technical and product marketing partnership, it
strengthens our team yet doesn't preclude us from obtaining other
corporate partners. This means that together we can exploit additional
marketing opportunities within our WRC program."

Completing the all-Canadian effort, veteran Canadian co-driver Martin
Headland joins the team for its 2003 WRC debut. Headland, one of
Canada's most celebrated and experienced co-drivers, adds over 25 years
of co-driving experience to the team. Having won multiple overall and
class championships in both Canada and the USA, Martin is one of the few
Canadians able to bring World Championship experience to the team.
"Martin comes from a strong background and is arguably the Canadian
co-driver with the most reconnaissance and pace note experience,"
explained Richard. "He's a serious competitor and I am sure that we will
work well together."

"Being able to take the team and the car that I know to the WRC is a
major step forward for the sport back at home," commented Richard.
"People can identify with the program that Subaru Canada are supporting,
and it should create a visible path for other aspiring North American
drivers. Most importantly, I can count on my team 100%, which will make
the difference between finishing in the points versus just finishing."

Richard, born in Quebec and now residing in Vancouver, began rallying in
mid-1999. Although a relative newcomer to the sport, his rapid rise to
success since then includes 3 North American and 3 Canadian class
championships, including the 2002 Overall Canadian Rally Championship
and the 2002 North American Group N Championship with the Subaru Rally
Team Canada. He recently returned from competing in his first ever WRC
event, the Rally of Great Britain in Wales, where he set some top Group
N times despite encountering mechanical difficulties. Richard departs
early next week to begin tire testing in advance of Rally Sweden, to be
held February 7th to 9th.

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For more information contact:

Mike Hurst, media@rocketrally.com
+1 604 619 1583
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Old 01-20-2003, 01:21 PM   #2
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Cool... I was hoping to see an all Canadian team.

It's not exactly clear in that release, but I think they'll campaign the same Group N Impreza he drove last year in the CARS championship...?

-Jeff
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Old 01-20-2003, 05:38 PM   #3
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Finally factory backing for Pat's WRC adventures. Congrats!!
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Old 01-22-2003, 08:54 PM   #4
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Shaweet! So now when we watch WRC......we can say "Hey, i know that guy!"

heheh
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:42 PM   #5
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Congrats to Pat. Fuggin eh rights!

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Old 01-22-2003, 11:49 PM   #6
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That's awesome, now a Canadian boy to cheer for in the WRC!!!
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Old 02-03-2003, 12:46 PM   #7
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Game On!

Round 1 for Group N cars is this weekend's Rally of Sweden. Monday to Wednesday are recce, Thursday- shakedown, Fri-Sun rally.

You can follow progress live via several web sites. rally-live.com and wrc.com probably have the most reliable coverage.

Good luck Pat.
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Old 02-03-2003, 02:54 PM   #8
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Ever wanted to price out your very own Grp N car?

http://www.prodrive.co.uk/uploadedFi..._N_Options.xls

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Old 02-03-2003, 04:18 PM   #9
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How can I make a quick 54,693.64?
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Old 02-03-2003, 04:24 PM   #10
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+ duties + taxes

Your donor car needs to be a recognized VIN so that you can register it on the road.

For just a little more than BGP 700 (per week) you can lease this thing... www.wrcsales.com
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:10 PM   #11
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So Peter, someone obviously has considered this a little more seriously than myself.
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Old 02-03-2003, 06:12 PM   #12
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Old 02-09-2003, 05:44 PM   #13
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Looks like Patrick finished 42nd overall and 18th in his class.
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:02 AM   #14
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Any chance we can get a VIC sticker on that rally monster?
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:01 AM   #15
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I want one of his team logo sticker!!
Pat, is there any??
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Old 02-18-2003, 04:20 PM   #16
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yes thats a great idea it would be cool to see a VIC sticker on his rally mobile and I would put one of his on my ride fo-sure
has any one seen pat yet on speed or WRC, I think I saw him in the back ground at the starting line
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Old 02-18-2003, 04:25 PM   #17
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In June you can go see Pat, the car and the stickers in person.
My car will be better looking though, you wait and see
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Old 02-18-2003, 05:24 PM   #18
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why you getting a new one?
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