September 6, 2005

Chevrolet SSR to pace Targa Newfoundland 2005

St. John’s, Newfoundland – The Chevrolet SSR, the vehicle that set the pace for the 2003 Indy 500, will lead the field at the 2005 Targa Newfoundland international rally, organizers have announced.

The Bermuda Blue Metallic SSR will pace the largest field yet of international historic, classic and modern sporting cars when the fourth annual Targa Newfoundland leaves St. John’s on Sept. 11, 2005, on its six-day, 2,100 kilometre odyssey through central and eastern Newfoundland. Competitors from around the globe will fight it out in the five separate competitions that comprise Canada’s longest and toughest motorsports event.

The SSR was provided by General Motors of Canada and a display of the history of Chevrolet in motorsport will be part of the event. General Motors of Canada is also the sponsor of the popular gala awards banquet that takes place at the conclusion of the rally.

The fourth annual Targa Newfoundland covers 2,100 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of the island of Newfoundland over six days, including more than 500 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out 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 Ultimate North American Motorsport Adventure. The rally starts in the capital city of St. John’s with registration and technical inspection on Saturday, September 10 and finishes back in St. John’s a week later.

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