Subaru To Add Contingency Support For 2002 Impreza
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (December 18, 2001) - SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd. has finalized a contingency program with Subaru of America for the 2002 SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge season. The program will award teams in both the GT and Touring Car Championships campaigning current Subaru Imprezas.
Subaru will distribute up to $8,000 in bonuses for the top-three overall finishing positions; $5,000 for first, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third.
If a Subaru does not finish in the top-three, the contingency program will pay out based on the highest-finishing Subaru Impreza; $1,000 for highest, $500 for second-highest and $250 for third-highest.
"We are very pleased with the addition of Subaru to the 2002 World Challenge Championships," said Mitch Wright, Vice President and General Manager for SCCA Pro Racing. "Subaru's involvement and initiative are sure to generate an increase in the development and participation of the Impreza 2.5 and WRX for 2002 and beyond."
The Impreza has been making waves on and off the track in recent years. In 2001, the Impreza WRC won the FIA World Rally Drivers' Championship. With that, the Japanese marque collected its fifth FIA World Title.
"We're excited to support the initial foray of the Impreza into the Speedvision World Challenge," said Jeff Walters, Brand Strategy Manager for Subaru of America. "The performance and All Wheel Drive traction of the Impreza WRX is a proven commodity in rally racing worldwide. We're looking forward to bringing the Impreza to a new racing venue."
With the new program, Subaru joins Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Porsche, Saleen and Toyota in providing manufacturer support or having corporate member status for the 2002 World Challenge Championships.
The 2002 World Challenge Championships, with 11 events across North America, begin their 13th seasons in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series at the 50th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, at Sebring International Raceway, March 13-15.