2014 Lancer Ralliart Bound for St. John's
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada
has teamed up with Ontario's Brian Donato in a courageous entry of this
paraplegic driver in the fabled Targa Newfoundland event this
Donato, and his Roll With It Racing trainer, navigator and Canadian
endurance racing star Rick Bye, will enter the Fast Tour Class in a
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart sedan. The journey begins in St. John's
and covers the challenging roads of eastern and central Newfoundland
before returning to the capital in a five-day, 1,550-km test of
endurance and teamwork.
The Roll With It Racing team of Donato, Bye, award-winning columnist
Lorraine Sommerfeld and film-maker Danny Bailey, joined Mitsubishi's 80
head office and parts depot employees today at a barbeque to mark the
start of the new relationship.
"It has long been a dream of mine to drive in the Targa Newfoundland.
The folks at Mitsubishi share in the dream, and the hope that Canadians
with physical disabilities might be inspired by our effort," said
Donato, who hails from Orangeville, ON and has been training with Bye
since Spring 2013.
For his part, Mitsubishi Motors' president & CEO Kenny Yamamoto handed
the keys to the Lancer Ralliart to Donato: "These keys, and our Lancer,
are merely symbols of a bolder purpose that Brian Donato represents -
that of courage and perseverance despite the odds. We applaud you
Brian and wish you every success at Targa Newfoundland."
Donato's journey to Targa has been documented on the Roll With It Racing
Facebook page, in Sommerfeld's column, and in Bailey's YouTube
The scope and courage of Donato's upcoming drive was summarized by Targa
organizer Robert Giannou, who noted: "Since its beginning, Targa
Newfoundland has been about perseverance, fortitude and triumph over
adversity. Targa is the measure of an individual's true mettle. Just
getting to the starting line has been a triumph for Brian and Rick, and
they will be welcomed in Newfoundland as heroes."
The Wicked White, 237-hp, turbocharged Lancer Ralliart will be fitted
with hand controls for brake and throttle, along with five-point
seatbelts for the Targa. Other major modifications will not be
necessary as racing-style Recaro seating, Brembo racing brakes, power
door locks and Fast-Key keyless entry and ignition, auto-off Xenon
high-intensity discharge headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, are part of
the Lancer Ralliart's Premium Package.
For more information, visit Mitsubishi's password-free media website, www.mitsubishi-motors-pr.ca.
Image with caption: "Brian Donato, Kenny Yamamoto and the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart destined for the 2014 Targa Newfoundland (CNW Group/Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140527_C7144_PHOTO_EN_40801.jpg
SOURCE: Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.
For further information:
Manager, Public Relations
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada
Roll With It Racing