“I have a serious neurological illness believed to have been caused by a series of head injuries.”
Subaru’s frontman in the Canadian Rally Championship has been forced to retire due to a “serious neurological illness.”
Squamish, BC native Patrick “Rocket” Richard stated on Facebook the illness, which he does not describe in detail, landed him in the hospital for two months but he is now at home.
From Patrick Richard’s Facebook page:
By Pat ‘Rocket’ Richard
Yes, I have to retire from competitive driving.
I have a serious neurological illness believed to have been caused by a series of head injuries. Although I am now out of the hospital after a two-month stay, I am mostly confined to my home. I’m hopeful I’ll recover fully but it’s really unlikley I’ll be driving competitively again.
This has been a very difficult decision to make but it’s for the best. Huge thanks to Subaru Canada for an entire career’s worth of support, to the well-respected and hard-working posse at Rocket Rally, and to everyone involved in the sport — you guys have all made it a great ride !
Subaru Rally Team Canada and the Rocket Rally crew will most definitely be at Rallye Defi; though I won’t be driving I’m still involved with the team and I’ll be supporting them from a distance.
I hope to get to a rally soon to start my new career as most annoying know-it-all service crew guy ever.
(And in case you’re trying to get a hold of me, a warning/reminder: sorry but it’s really difficult for me to get on Facebook.)
We wish Patrick the best in his recovery and hope to see him at CRC events in the near future.
Patrick’s car will be piloted by former PWRC champion Martin Rowe and navigated by Patrick’s sister Nathalie Richard.