A renowned FIA World Rally Championship competitor To Advise Rally New York USA
Monticello, New York (February 7, 2006) Nicky Grist, a renowned FIA World Rally Championship competitor, will advise Rally New York USA and has agreed to serve as one of the Stewards for the event that will take place in Monticello, New York on April 7 -- 8, 2006.
As well as a Steward, he will also conduct a one-day "Nicky Grist Codriving Course" which will be held on Wednesday, April 5, the day before the start of reconnaissance. The Rally New York USA starts on Friday and finishes on Saturday. There will be no time to rest for the Welshman, as there will be an autograph session at the event with Nicky and in cooperation with Rally World Magazine (www.rallyworldmagazine.com), the newly appointed official publication of the FIA World Rally Championship.
"I am looking forward to assisting this experienced promoter as well as US rallying in their efforts to attain World Rally Championship status for their rally. It has been a long time since the World Rally Championship visited these shores and as long as the organizers can meet the FIA standards, then I am sure they stand a very good chance of achieving their goal" said Nicky before departing for Rally Norway, an event he also worked for, which is a candidate for being included in the World Rally Championship in 2007.
Ivan Orisek, President of Rally New York, Ltd., confirms: "We are delighted and honored to have been able to secure assistance of a person of Nicky Grist's experience and stature given his other commitments and busy schedule. We are looking forward to a long-term successful relationship with Nicky."
Nicky Grist has incredible twenty-one FIA World Rally Championship victories to his credit as a codriver. He has co-driven for a host of professional drivers. More notably, he has worked alongside Juha Kankkunen in the Toyota Team Europe factory team, co-driving Juha to his fourth World Rally Championship title in 1993. He also and still sits alongside the 1996 World Rally Champion Colin McRae, firstly at Subaru then Ford and very recently the Skoda factory team notching up seventeen World Rally Championship victories together.
Only four months ago at the World Rally Championship Telstra Rally Australia, they were fighting for second place in a Skoda Fabia World Rally Car. With just three stages to the finish a routine clutch change went horribly wrong and they went over the time limit. This would have been Skoda's best ever result in the World Rally Championship. More information about Nicky Grist can be found at www.nickygrist.com.
Rally New York, Ltd. is the promoter of Rally New York USA and International Rally New York, two of the events being held in the 2006 United States Rally Championship. The United States Rally Championship, America's premier rally championship, consists of Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) internationally listed events sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC) and presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).