Statement From The Canadian Association of Rallysport
Stouffville (Ontario), November 23, 2004.- Subaru Canada, presenting sponsor of the Canadian Rally Championship 2004, announced today that it will not be returning next year, as series sponsor or with its official Subaru Canada rally team. Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) wants to thanks Subaru Canada for its involvment in the sport for the past six years and to congratulate all the Subaru members for the major successes achieved with the rally team and their crew in the series. During those six years as sponsor of the Canadian Rally Championship, with Yokohama (1998 to 2003) and alone in 2004, Subaru has won a majority of events and titles. Subaru Canada involvment has been very valuable for the sport, helping the series rise to an higher level of achievement and increasing the visibility of the sport in the country.
CARS, as the sanctionning body for rally in Canada, also wishes to announce that there will be a championship in 2005. The series will consist of six events; all with very capable and experienced organizing committees. With the necessary financial ressources and a large body of skilled and committed competitors behind it, CARS is presently working to find partners for the development of the series, including new championship sponsors and a firm to head the commercial aspects of the series.
The Canadian Rally Championship has aired on major English and French-language sport networks across the country for the last ten years. It is the only national motorsports series that has been able to secure television visibility for an extended period of time. The Canadian Rally championship will be presented in 2005 for the forty-ninth year in a row.