Lucas Oil Products Inc. back for an incredible tenth consecutive year as major sponsor of Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (January 16, 2018) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce that Lucas Oil Products Inc. has reaffirmed its commitment as the major sponsor for the tenth consecutive year of Targa and second year for Bambina Newfoundland. Lucas will once again be the official motor oil of the internationally renowned tarmac rally.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the North American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions on all levels.  Envisioning a need for better lubricants in the industry, the Lucas people went to work again with the result bringing a line of high-performance engine and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

“Our relationship with Lucas Oil” said President of Targa Robert Giannou, “is much more than just an event supporter.  It has become a personal relationship with a shared belief in the excitement and value of bringing a truly unique and world-class motorsports event to the racing community in North America.”  John Coyle for Lucas Oil Products in Atlantic Canada states, “Lucas Oil Products, more than any other lubricant company, recognizes the importance of sponsoring all forms of racing, from the grassroots level all the way to Targa and everything in between, it has been good for the brand and for our loyal customer base.  I look forward to another successful event with many new stages and locations!”

“The challenge is to maintain strong, with long-standing sponsors who have a direct connection with either Targa or motorsports in general,” explains Robert Giannou.  “The fact that Lucas has stood by us, not just for nine years, but nine consecutive years, clearly shows that they have a very strong faith in our event and our place within the motorsports community.  Our work with Lucas Oil specifically with John, not only has produced a business partnership but also a friendship that we have both treasured to this day…

So….Welcome Back Lucas Oil to our Seventeenth Targa Newfoundland Event!”  Lucas Oils is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry.  This premium line of oils, greases, and problem-solving additives have helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace. “These types of unique motorsports events are a perfect place for Lucas Oil Products,” states Tom Bogner, Director of Motorsports Administration for Lucas Oil Products.  “We have the opportunity to reach so many different unique and powerful cars such as Ford Shelby GT 350’s from new to classic, to the very best that Europe has to offer such as Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and the list goes on.  We are very proud to be partnered once again in 2018, and wish all the competitors the greatest of success this season.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 16th and concludes back in the capital on September 22nd.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou 709-722-4213       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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New Grand Touring class announced!

ST. JOHN’S (December 28, 2017) Starting with the 2018 Targa Newfoundland, the Grand Touring division will have a new class added to increase competition amongst competitors that have classic vehicles. The Grand Touring Vintage (GT-V) class will be created to have vehicles from 1981 and older compete in their own class, which should increase the fun level and competition for those older vehicles in GT. Competitors with older vehicles have stated their models simply cannot keep up with the newer MINI’s and Mustangs that have been entered the last couple of years, which puts them at a serious disadvantage.

A request was made to introduce a Vintage class so that these competitors can still be included in the GT division, yet have their own class to battle it out for top spot amongst themselves. It would also mean less wear and tear, and less preparation regarding adding a rally computer or other technical equipment to beat the more modern entries. “The idea is one that really makes sense,” explains Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou. “Trying to have a balanced field for GT can be difficult with the technological advancements in recent years. Vintage models just don’t have the speed or technology available to them to keep up. With the GT Vintage (GT-V) class, we feel this should eliminate this disadvantage and give those willing to enter their older vehicles a chance to compete and enjoy themselves at the Targa Newfoundland.”

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A minimum of four GT Vintage (GT-V) entries must be entered for the class to officially commence for 2018. That number will at least make it worth wild for those entered to battle each other, and allow for adequate timing separation for the classes to be released in their own group.

When registering for the event, the determination will be made at that time regarding what class in Grand Touring the entry will be entered. The option is there for Vintage vehicles to still run against the newer GT entries if they so choose, but if the vehicle is 1981 and older, the competitor will be directed towards the GT Vintage (GT-V) class.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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Bambina and Targa Newfoundland events approved for 2018 in Marystown

ST. JOHN’S (November 23, 2017) – Targa Newfoundland has once again been invited to run stages in Marystown next year for both the 2nd annual Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina and the 17th annual Targa Newfoundland events. They occur in July and September, respectively.

The events were given recommended approval from the Tourism and Special Events Committee, which is made up of members of the general public, town officials, and members of Council from Marystown.  Formal approval to have closed-road stages for both events was given unanimously by the Marystown Council soon after the Committee had delivered their recommendation.

Marystown historically has been one of the more popular stages in the eyes of Targa competitors, management, and fans, was held off the Targa schedule for the past four years due to the previous Council’s unwillingness to give the approval to use the town’s roads for the event.

The loss of the Marystown stages, public car show, an overnight stop for competitors was a disappointment to many residents of Marystown.  The economic impact was also felt by local businesses that took in tens of thousands of dollars from the influx of competitors and Targa personnel to the area.  The approval for both events will provide an even bigger economic impact to businesses in Marystown and throughout the Burin Peninsula.

Gary Myles, Deputy Mayor and Tourism and Special Events Committee Chair, voiced his support for both events and is glad to have it back in Marystown.

“The Town of Marystown is extremely pleased to, once again, be a host town for Targa Newfoundland in September 2018, and with the addition of the Bambina event on the Canada Day weekend, we look forward to the excitement, entertainment, and opportunities it brings,” stated Myles.  “The Town will be working closely with organizers to ensure a successful partnership moving forward, and we encourage residents and businesses alike to take full advantage of this world-class event.”

Preliminary schedules for Bambina and Targa will be released in the near future.  Marystown is scheduled to host stages, public car shows, and overnight stops for both events.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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Revving up for Targa Newfoundland 2018 – sign up for the event of the year!

A Message from Robert Giannou, President of Targa & Bambina
 
Since the 2017 Targa Newfoundland event there has been talk of a possible change in management and ownership. I am writing to clarify that we are and always have been committed to the successful continuance and preservation of Targa Newfoundland.
 
There is no other racing event like it on earth because of the unique and rugged beauty of Newfoundland, the wonderful, welcoming people of our province, our supportive sponsors, and the energy, skill and dedication of our drivers and their teams.
 
We wish to assure everyone associated with Targa Newfoundland, in particular the competitors, sponsors, surrounding communities and volunteers, that we are focused on continuing to make this event memorable and a resounding success!
 
We are committed to improving both Targa and the Bambina and their associated Familiarization Schools. I am pleased to report that we are making excellent progress in our talks with the City of St. John’s, and the towns of Marystown and Carbonear, as well as some 25 other communities about their future participation in Targa Newfoundland and the Bambina. Plans for exciting new and challenging set stages and much improved courses for both the Targa and Bambina events are well underway.
 
If you have any questions or would like to register your team while we have the Halloween Spooktacular Sale (now extended to midnight, November 5th, 2017), you can contact the office at 1-877-332-2413 or call me directly at 1-709-682-7900.
 
Thank you,
 
Robert

Targa 2018 All-In Pricing

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Check out the ad here -> Targa 2018 All In. For specifics or general questions about All-In Pricing, contact joanneb@targanl.com.

Targa Newfoundland 2018 Dates & Rates (revised)

Update: Date for Targa 2018: September 13th through 22nd (Motorsports School 13th-14th, Registration/Tech 15th, Prologue 16th, Competition 17th-21st, Gala 22nd).

Hotel availability in overnight locations and ferry crossings have forced the event to push deeper into September. Targa has once again made hotel blocks for competitors should they wish to utilize them for September. Marine Atlantic will continue its Argentia ferry service with the last boat leaving Argentia to North Sydney scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd.

2018 Entry Forms are available on the Targa website at http://targanfld.com/rates/ along with entry fee pricing. Only two levels of entry fees this year instead of four, so please take note of the deadline dates.

Main website will be updated with 2018 information, logo, etc. over the coming weeks.

The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland concludes in exciting fashion

ST. JOHN’S (September 17, 2017) – Friday was the conclusion of the five days of competition for the annual tarmac rally. It was an action-filled day with lead changes on the last stages in Brigus deciding winners of classes and divisions.

In Grand Touring division, first place went to the Hume Team Media Inc. team of John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI G.P., second place to teammates Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario, in their 2013 MINI Countryman, and third place to brothers Paul and Mark Dennis of Ontario, in their 2017 Subaru BRZ.

In Targa Classic division, first place went to Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp of Indiana, in their 1965 Ford Mustang, second place to Bryan Bursey of Texas and Martin Cadieux of Quebec, in their 1991 Mazda Miata, and third place to Michael Wilson of New York and John Stanescu of New Jersey, in their 1990 Ford Mustang.

In Targa Modern division, first place went to another Hume Media Inc. entry, John Hume Jr. of Ontario and Justin Crant of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 2004 BMW M3, second place to Mike Humphreys and Rahim Kahn of Switzerland, in their 2004 Porsche GT3 RS, and third place to the remaining Hume Media Inc. entry of Jon Riddell and Briar de Lange of Ontario, in their 2002 BMW M3.

And in Targa Open division, first place went to Josh Collins and Matt Collins of Newfoundland and Labrador, in their 1995 Acura Integra, second place to Mark Rittenhouse of Ontario and Mark Laitenberger of New York, in their 2008 Mitsubishi Evo, and third place to Richard Clark and Andrew Prill of the United Kingdom, in their 2003 Subaru Impreza.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413           rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

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Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

Battles will continue right into the final stages of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 14, 2017) – With one more day of competition remaining, pressure is building for all who are looking to win their classes and divisions in the annual tarmac rally. Thursday’s stages separated competitors in one division, but brought others even closer together.

In Classic division, Targa veterans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp have opened up a 48 second lead on second place Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This lead will be tough to close on Friday, but Bursey and Cadieux will try their best to do that.

In Modern division, first and second are separated by only two seconds, while third is only 20 seconds back of that.  The battle between the team of Targa veterans John Hume Jr. and Justin Crant and rookie driver Kirk Jones and Targa champion Corey Prosser will certainly be entertaining to watch.

In Open division, Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger lead Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 11 seconds going into the final stages Friday.  This division is certainly up for grabs over the final stages Friday.

In Grand Touring division, John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner are battling it out with teammates Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins for the title.  All teams received penalty times Thursday so the chance for changes in those standings is quite possible on the final day of the Targa.

Friday’s stages include John Curran Memorial (Colliers and Conception Harbour), Marysvale, Turks Gut, and Brigus.  The official finish will occur on George Street in St. John’s with a car show on the street from 7pm – 9pm.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa veterans take the lead on the third day of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 13, 2017) – As expected, mid-week of Targa usually means changes at the top of the leader board. This year’s event is no different with Targa veterans leading in each of the four competitive divisions.

However, the day started off with an unusual incident.  One of the course safety vehicles went off the road on a challenging crest that leads into a turn in the community of Lethbridge.  No injuries to the two crew members occurred.  This same corner has been the location of other incidents during previous Targa’s and is known as the place to watch the event in the community, since something exciting usually happens.

The rest of the days stages proved to be fairly entertaining and provided opportunity for changes in the standings from the previous day.

In the Grand Touring division, the former second place team of Ruth and Andrew Thorogood has retired from the event due to mechanical issues.  This now allows their teammates on the Hume Media Inc. team of Craig MacMullen and David Jenkins to move into second and only two seconds behind leaders John Hume Sr. and Christina Kroner, also of the Hume Media Inc. team.  However, third through fifth place are within striking distance and can still move up the standings with two days of competition ahead.

The Open division of Targa has veterans Mark Rittenhouse and Mark Laitenberger leading the local team of Josh Collins and Matt Collins by 16 seconds.  Third place pairing from the United Kingdom of Richard Clark and Andrew Prill are over one minute back but still quite capable of moving up the podium.

Modern division has another Hume Media Inc. team in the lead.  John Hume Jr. and Newfoundlander Justin Crant are tied for first place with Targa rookie Kirk Jones and two time Targa champion navigator Corey Prosser, plus the Swiss team of Mike Humphreys and Rahim Khan.

Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp are still tied for the lead in Classic division with Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux.  This division looks to go down to the wire, with the next two days of stages being critical for each team.

Thursday’s stages are focused on Conception Bay North, specifically the communities of Harbour Grace and Carbonear.  Four stages will occur in each community through the morning and afternoon hours.  A noon car show will occur outside the Stone Jug in Carbonear while competitors enjoy a meal in the historic building.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Exciting second day of competition at 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 12, 2017) – After two days of competition at the annual tarmac rally, the standings are beginning to take shape as to which teams will be contenders by the end of the event. With several lengthy stages on Tuesday, several teams were able to utilize their speed and driving skills to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

In Grand Touring, the Hume Media Inc. team is on top of the podium with the 2013 MINI G.P. of John Hume Sr. and navigator Christina Kroner of Ontario leading, be it by only three seconds, over their teammates Andrew and Ruth Thorogood of Ontario, in their 2006 MINI G.P.  Only nine seconds back is the 2013 MINI Countryman of Craig MacMullen of Nova Scotia and David Jenkins of Ontario.  This division will certainly have changes before the end of the week and is one to watch in the Targa.

In Classic division, the tie for first between Jack Rogers and navigator C.J. Strupp and the team of Bryan Bursey and navigator Martin Cadieux will continue into Wednesday.

In Modern division, a tie between the teams of John Hume Jr. and Kirk Jones for first has occurred, with the team of Harold Vanderschee only one second behind first place.  The top five teams are separated only by twelve seconds and will continue to be an exciting division to watch.

In Open division, the team of Mark Rittenhouse is tied for first with the Newfoundland team of Josh Collins.  These two teams have opened up a gap over the rest of the Open competitors, and they hope that continues with Wednesday stages.

The southern Bonavista Peninsula will be the location for stages on Wednesday, with stages occurring in Lethbridge, Brooklyn, Georges Brook, and Burgoyne’s Cove.  The event will then move to the Conception Bay North area of the province for Thursday’s stages.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Wet and wild first day of competition for 16th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (September 11, 2017) – Heavy rain and high winds welcomed the competitors to the first competitive stages of the 16th annual tarmac rally. The challenging conditions played havoc with the teams as they tried to battle it out for early leads in their classes and divisions.

The Classic division currently has a tie for first place, with the 1965 Ford Mustang of Americans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp and the 1991 Mazda Miata of Canadians Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux on top of the standings.

The Modern division also has several teams tied for first place, but the bigger story is the fan favourite 2006 Lotus Exige of Stan Hartling and Andy Proudfoot is out of the Targa due to mechanical issues.  The team is extremely disappointed to be finished so early into this year’s event.

In Open division, the 2005 Lotus Elise of American brothers Scott and Mark Knott had a major engine failure which means an early exit for the Targa regulars.  The team is discussing options to potentially return in another vehicle to finish the event.  Several competitors are currently tired for first place in this highly competitive division.

The Grand Touring division has already had some separation, with the leaders splitting away from the majority of the pack.  Four teams are tied for first place and will look to increase their lead on the others in Tuesday’s Burin Centre stages.

Stages are scheduled on the Burin Peninsula for Boat Harbour, Petite Forte, Harbour Mille, Grand le Pierre, English Harbour, and Terrenceville.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Contact:

Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:        http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

Targa Newfoundland begins its 16th annual motorsports adventure

ST. JOHN’S (September 10, 2017) – The 16th annual Targa Newfoundland kicked off Sunday with 33 teams entered for what is expected to be an exciting six days of competition.

A strong field from seven countries are competing in the annual tarmac rally.  The Targa will cover over 1,500 kilometres through the Avalon, Bonavista, and Burin Peninsulas, over the coming days.

Several last minute entries from local competitors have made a couple of divisions more packed.  Josh Collins of Placentia who competes in national, regional, and local stock car series fame and recent Targa Bambina winner Andrew Warren of Marystown have tossed their hats into the Targa ring with hopes of winning the event or enjoying themselves in the non-competitive Fast Tour division.

Practice stages in Flatrock and Bauline on Sunday were successful for all teams, with no incidents reported and all crews returning to the paddock in the early evening.  Many locals also took in the car shows at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay over the weekend, with many impressed by the different types of vehicles covering several classes within the field.

The event will move their overnight location to Clarenville starting Monday and set up at the Eastlink Events Centre, with a majority of the action moving to the northern Burin and Clarenville areas of the province.  Stages are scheduled for Black River, Garden Cove, North Harbour, North West Brook and Hodges Cove.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413             rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Messages from the Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador regarding Targa Newfoundland

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador Dwight Ball have both sent their congratulations regarding the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland. They commend the hundreds of volunteers for their hard work and dedication, they welcome the competitors who are coming to Canada and the province from all over the world, and wish all involved an exciting and safe motorsports event.

Letters from the Prime Minister and the Premier are below.

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Premiers Letter

Educating and preventing youth mental health issues through Targa Newfoundland 2017

ST. JOHN’S (August 29, 2017) – Preparing for Targa Newfoundland can take months, sometimes years, for a team to be fully prepared for the “Ironman of Motorsports”. Given the term “warriors” is used for people who fight to get through mental health concerns, this team is one to watch in the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland international tarmac rally.

Kirk Jones, of Spencerville, Ontario, and his family have personally been touched by youth mental illness.  Kirk’s daughter has been battling the illness for years and is his inspiration behind their 2017 Targa effort.  Kirk, and his navigator Corey Prosser, of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, will be competing in the Targa division under the team’s “nobrain’ Racing” name, promoting the impact that mental health challenges can have on youth and their families in today’s society.

“The whole idea of promoting this cause was from the journey we walked with my daughter and the experience out of this…she is my biggest supporter and inspiration to do well at Targa, while promoting the importance of youth mental health,” explains Kirk.

“We have lived the journey; climbed mountains; chased the shadows; made life changing sacrifices; and fortunately came out the other side with scars, but generally intact as do most with treatment and assistance.  The challenges do not always leave, so you must be ever vigilant.  Realizing this does not just impact the person living with the illness, but many around them.”

Kirk and Corey will be raising funds for a number of target benefactors while at the Targa – CHEO Youth Net, Parents Lifelines of Eastern Ontario, Hotel Dieu Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, and Thrive Community Youth Network St. John’s.

While living in Australia in 1992 Kirk witnessed the inaugural running of Targa Tasmania, and decided there that someday he would compete in a Targa event.  Fast forward 25 years and his dream is coming true at Targa Newfoundland.

“Back in 1992 I had three Audi Quattro’s, so I always had the rally bug,” he explained.  “In fact, one of those competed in Targa last year (Lognay Rally Team).  I’ve watched a few acquaintances see their last circle of the sun over the past couple of years…unfortunately mortality is a great motivator.  I acquired my 2016 Volkswagen Golf R in June of last year, and in October I signed up for the Targa…been practicing and preparing ever since.”

For more information on the team and how to support their cause, please visit www.nobrainr.ca.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Media:                Robert Giannou  709-722-2413                       rgiannou@targanewfoundland.com

Websites:           http://targanfld.com/www.facebook.com/targanlwww.twitter.com/targanl –  www.instagram.com/targa_nl

Port au Port Peninsula brothers compete in Targa Newfoundland in memory of late brother

ST. JOHN’S (August 22, 2017) – A team entered in any gravel or tarmac rally consist of a driver and navigator, but for one novice team from western Newfoundland, there will be three people in the car at the start of the 16th annual Targa Newfoundland – at least in spirit.

Glen and Michael McCann of the Port au Port Peninsula will be competing in their first Targa Newfoundland international tarmac rally in September in memory of their late brother Peter, who recently passed away due to cancer at the age of 57.  The three had planned to compete in this year’s motorsports classic prior to Peter’s death.

The three brothers attended Targa’s competition driving school last year to learn more about the event with the intention of all three coming back to compete in 2017.  Peter’s death means the event now becomes Glen and Michael’s way of honouring their brother’s memory, and fulfilling his wish of having them holiday together.

Targa became the plan once Michael was shown one of the Targa television specials by Peter.  “I instantly loved the idea, but knew we couldn’t afford it,” said Michael.  “Peter, who was going to be our crew chief, convinced me that we could do it, and nothing would make him happier than to see his brothers taking a holiday together.”

The choice of vehicle to honour Peter’s memory is a classic 1974 Datsun 260z.  “I was restoring it when I learned about Targa,” stated Michael.  “It’s a car that my wife Polly and I have loved since we first saw it.  Glenn owned one in his younger days and enjoyed it.  No point just looking at the thing.”

The McCanns have been receiving huge amounts of support from the Port au Port Peninsula since the announcement of their entry a couple months ago.  Michael believes it is because of their roots in the area.

“Our father (Peter Sr.) was very community orientated and did what he could for it.  Our family is still the same way.  We love the area and the people that are in it.  This is why we moved back home from the mainland over a decade ago and why I hope we are receiving such support now.  We’re doing it for them, and for Peter.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.  The 2017 competition will start in St. John’s on September 10th and concludes back in the capital on September 15th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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