Subaru Canada Elevates 2014 CRC Participation

      --  Subaru Canada inks three-year partnership with Patrick Richard         and Rocket Rally Racing as official Subaru Rally Team Canada.     --  Rocket Rally Racing will custom build two all-new 2015 Subaru         WRX STI.     --  Highly decorated sibling team, Patrick and Nathalie Richard,         will compete with hopes of admirable podium finish.  MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) announced  today that they have established a three year agreement with Patrick Richard  and Rocket Rally Racing to continue their longtime Canadian Rally Championship  (CRC) participation. The new partnership will extend over three years and  solidifies Patrick Richard and Rocket Rally Racing as the official Subaru  Rally Team Canada. Rocket Rally Racing will custom build two all-new 2015 WRX  STI for use at the six annual events, as well as other special events and  public display.  "It is an honour to solidify having four time Canadian rally champion Patrick  Richard at the helm of our Subaru Rally Team Canada," said Ted Lalka, Vice  President of Product Planning and Marketing, Subaru Canada, Inc. "Mr. Richard  brings a wealth of knowledge in both building sound rally vehicles and being  behind the wheel of them, giving us confidence at each and every event we  participate in."  As Subaru Rally Team Canada competes for their tenth Canadian Rally  Championship, Patrick Richard is competing for his fifth Canadian Rally  Championship, while his co-driver and sister, Nathalie Richard, is competing  for her sixth Canadian Rally Championship and ninth Canadian Ladies'  Championship. Nathalie Richard is the most decorated co-driver in North  American history, but the bond she shares with Patrick is rooted much deeper,  giving them a level of communication while competing that other rally teams  can envy.  "I'm thrilled to be able to renew the relationship with Subaru Canada, as I've  been working closely with them over the last 13 years and think it's a  fantastic partnership for the sport of rallying within Canada," said Richard.  "The Rocket Rally team is going to be working hard over the next few months to  hopefully have the new 2015 WRX STI fully prepared for Rallye Baie Des  Chaleurs and I'm truly excited to get behind the wheel."  The next Canadian Rally Championship event, Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs, takes  place in New Richmond, QC, between June 28 - 29. Subaru Rally Team Canada  placed second at Rallye Perce-Neige, the first event of six through the  championship, which was held in February. The team is excited for the five  remaining upcoming events and can hardly wait to try the all-new 2015 Subaru  WRX STI on the grueling stages.  About Subaru Canada, Inc.  Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of  Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario,  the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories  through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more  information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow  @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.  About the Canadian Rally Championship:  The Canadian Rally Championship is comprised of six events held nationwide in  a season that extends from February to November. The series is presented by  Subaru Canada, supported by Yokohama Tire Canada and features a contingency  program from Subaru Canada. The Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) is  the official sanctioning body for rallying in Canada. A new 2014 season teaser  video has recently been launched.    SOURCE  Subaru Canada Inc.  Joe Felstein, (905) 568-4959, jfelstein@subaru.ca; Daniel Ponzini, (905)  568-4959, dponzini@subaru.ca; Amyot Bachand, Media Relations, Quebec Region,  (514) 691-9276, abachand@subaru.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/28/c1750.html  CO: Subaru Canada Inc. ST: Ontario NI: AUT  
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