November 24, 2004

Subaru to withdraw sponsorship of Canadian Rally Championship

Stouffville, Ontario – Subaru Canada, presenting sponsor of the Canadian Rally Championship in 2004, announced that it will not be returning next year as series sponsor or with its official Subaru Canada rally team.

During the six years as sponsor of the Canadian Rally Championship, with Yokohama (1998 to 2003) and alone in 2004, Subaru won a majority of events and titles.

The Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), as the sanctioning body for rally in Canada, also wishes to announce that there will be a championship in 2005. The series will consist of six events. 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.

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