2011 Rally Mexico winners plan to continue their winning ways at Rally WV

Rally Team for Dreams, winners of the 2011 Rally Mexico national rally, will be back in contention on US soil Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th during Rally West Virginia, on the gravel roads surrounding Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. Being held for the first time since 2008, Rally WV boasts some of the most challenging gravel roads in North America, with teams racing 54 miles Friday night and 82 miles on Saturday. ‘Racing flat-out on gravel roads through the pitch-black West Virginia mountains on Friday night will separate the men from the boys,’ jokes driver, Andrew Frick.

Earlier this year, less than a month after winning their class and staking their claim as the fastest two-wheel drive team at Sandblast Rally, the newly formed and entirely self-funded team traveled 1500 miles to Leon, Guanajuato Mexico to compete in one of the most grueling motorsport events on the globe – WRC Rally Mexico. Though it was the first world-level competition for the underdog team, Frick and co-driver Ryan Scott adopted a ‘press on regardless’ attitude, and despite numerous complications finished the rally as the fastest two-wheel drive car; beating teams with more than double the horsepower, all-wheel drive, and multi-million dollar budgets. The Cinderella team concluded their Mexican fairy tale by piloting their homebuilt Ford Focus rally car to fastest times in nine of the 22 stages, winning the overall Mexican national rally by over seven minutes.

Rally Team for Dreams is fueled by the desire to use rally racing to benefit kids facing adversity and in the weeks leading up to WRC Rally Mexico the team won the hearts and admiration of thousands of rally fans by creating a unique mechanism for raising money and awareness for Camp Sunrise, one of only a few summer camps in the US designed specifically for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The team dedicated the entire surface area of their rally car to the Ohio-based summer camp by selling 1′ brandable squares on the car to the public for $5 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. The opportunity to affordably become part of a rally team competing at a WRC event in support of a worthy cause resonated with rally fans across the globe, attracting attention in over 75 countries.

To date the team has raised over $4000 from around the world in support of Camp Sunrise and is continuing the fundraising effort through the remainder of their 2011 rally campaign. “Rally WV is already special to me because it was the first rally I ever competed in but this year it has extra significance as it’s taking place during the start of camp week at Camp Sunrise. My goal for this weekend is to not only come away with a pair of trophies but to also share the great work the camp does and encourage more people to give to this truly life changing organization,” states Scott. Space is still available on the Rally Team for Dreams rally car and purchases can be made on the team’s website or in person at the rally with 100% of the proceeds going to the camp.

To learn more about Rally Team for Dreams, please visit http://rallyteamfordreams.org, Twitter at @RTforDreams or Facebook at http://facebook.com/RallyTeamforDreams. To learn more about Camp Sunrise, visit http://sunrisekids.org.

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