FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2002
Contact: Scott Putnam
Minneapolis, Minnesota -- CPD Racing will be moving up to Open class in the Sports Car Club of America’s ProRally Championship for the 2002 season. Last year the team, consisting of driver Doug Havir and co-driver Scott Putnam, drove a Subaru WRX in the Production GT class. This year they have made an arrangement with Prodrive, the company that builds the factory Subarus for the World Rally Championship, to provide and maintain a WRX for the SCCA Open Class.
"We learned a lot last year," said driver Havir. "It was our rookie season, but we took it carefully, learning how to drive the car, and had some respectable finishes."
"The new car will be quite a step up from the PGT Subaru," said co-driver Putnam. "We know we are up against a lot of experience in the Open class, so we’re concentrating on learning the car and finishing events to gain experience ourselves."
Havir competed in the SCCA’s Central Division ClubRally Championship during 2001, finishing third in class and seventh overall in his second event, the Paul Bunyan ClubRally in Bemidji, Minnesota. His best result for the year came at the final event, the Keweenaw ClubRally in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he won the Production GT class and was second overall.
CPD Racing’s new Subaru, currently under construction at Prodrive’s headquarters in England, is scheduled to arrive in the United States in February. For Sno*Drift in Michigan, Havir and Putnam will use the 2001 Subaru WRX that was driven at the start of last season by Mark Lovell, who went on to win the SCCA ProRally Drivers Championship in 2001. Lovell drove this same car to second overall at last year’s Sno*Drift, and to first overall at the Oregon Trail ProRally last April. Pat Richard drove the same Subaru at the Lake Superior ProRally last October and placed third overall.
CPD Racing Driver: Doug Havir, Golden Valley, MN Co-driver: Scott Putnam, Richfield, MN Sponsors: Bloomington Subaru, Subaru.net 2001 ClubRally Results PGT Overall 08/17 10,000 Lakes ClubRally 4th 14th Bemidji, MN (Co-driver: Al Kintigh) 08/18 Paul Bunyan ClubRally 3rd 7th Bemidji, MN (Co-driver: Al Kintigh) 09/07 Sou’Wester ClubRally 6th 25th Shelton, WA 09/08 Olympus ClubRally 3rd 5th Shelton, WA 10/19 Ottawa ClubRally 3rd 7th Houghton, MI 10/20 Keweenaw ClubRally 1st 2nd Houghton, MI
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