March 15, 2005

Chevrolet named chief sponsor of Targa Newfoundland 2005

Toronto, Ontario – The Targa Newfoundland international rally has named Chevrolet as the event’s “Honoured Marque” for 2005, rally officials have announced. It is the first time a domestic manufacturer has been names the lead sponsor.

“From drag racing to oval racing to road racing, from off-road and desert competition to monster trucks and offshore powerboats, the Chevrolet ‘bowtie’ has been synonymous with racing success for decades,” said Targa organizer Robert Giannou.

The event will feature images of Chevrolet competition cars in literature and promotional material, and on the event’s website, Giannou said, and will extend a discount to competitors entering Chevrolet vehicles. Competitors will be encouraged to create their own displays at the evening cars shows along the route, honouring Chevrolet’s colourful competition history.

Porsche and BMW/MINI were the Honoured Marque at the 2003 and 2004 events, respectively.

The 2005 event begins in St. John’s on September 10, 2005, and finishes back in that city on September 17 after more than 2,000 kilometres of competition, including nearly 500 kilometres of special closed-road Targa stages.

Competitors have come from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Holland, the Bahamas and the U.K. for the first three editions of Targa Newfoundland. The rally starts with registration and technical inspection on Saturday, September 10, 2005.

Targa Newfoundland is owned and organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).

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