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?One Lap?, Targa Newfoundland organizers combine to compete

The organizers of Canada?s newest motorsport adventure and the team behind one of the oldest and most celebrated events of its kind in the U.S. will get a chance to compete in each other?s events in what is billed as the One Lap of America/Targa Newfoundland Organizers? Challenge.

The challenge will pit the father-and-son team of Brock Yates and Brock Yates, Jr., organizers of The Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America, against the father-and-son team of Robert and Scott Giannou, the founders of Targa Newfoundland. The ?Yates vs. Giannous? battle will see each team compete in the other?s event, with victory going to the team that scores the highest finish in their respective class.

The idea for the unique contest came from U.S. competitor Jerry Churchill, who has run in both events.

?The events are very different, but there?s a certain appeal to both that makes them kindred in many ways,? says Churchill, of Dearborn, Michigan. ?They are both long-distance events that require great stamina and determination as well as speed and preparation. In many ways, the attraction is the same.?

The Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America, presented by Car & Driver magazine, is in its 21st year, and has evolved from a colourful history that started as an outlaw race across the continent, first run in the 1970s. The current version, which took form in 1988, is a nine-day marathon that sees competitors start and finish in South Bend, Indiana, and travel virtually non-stop across the western half of the country to compete on seven major race tracks in as many days. Competitors score points based on their elapsed time in a series of tests on each track, as well as on wet and dry performance on a skidpad at the beginning and end of the event.

The third annual Targa Newfoundland is an international tarmac rally for historic, classic and modern sporting cars that covers 2,100 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the Canadian island province over six days, including more than 500 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa Stages. Competitors have come from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Holland, the Bahamas and the U.K. for the first two editions of Targa Newfoundland.

In 2003, Targa Newfoundland Classic category winner Bill Arnold of California (BMW Bavaria) and Modern competitors Gary Church (Ruf Porsche) and Jerry Churchill (Subaru WRX) ran in both events. This year, ?One Lap? runs from April 30 to May 8, 2004 and Targa Newfoundland is scheduled for September 11 to 19, 2004.

?I think the link between the two events is endurance, the demands competitors make of their cars, the aspect of facing the unknown, and a certain delight in enjoying the automobile,? says Brock Yates, Jr., coordinator of the U.S. event. ?Both events are fun. The social aspect is important ? the more social, the more fun.?

Targa?s Robert Giannou sees the Organizers? Challenge the same way. ?We know people in both events and they tell us the best part of these competitions is the people. We would love to host Brock and Brock and treat them to some Newfoundland hospitality,? he says. ?But we?d also like to beat them!?

Neither team has declared what they will drive in the Organizer?s Challenge. The Yates team will attend the 2004 Targa Newfoundland, and the Giannous will compete in the 2005 ?One Lap.?

Targa Newfoundland is owned and organized by Newfoundland International Motorsports and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).



Media: Doug Mepham (613)966-4969 or Ruth Marks (709)753-0794
Sponsors: Scott Giannou (709)576-7537
Competitors: Robert Giannou (709)722-2413
Website: www.targanewfoundland.com
?One Lap?: www.onelapofamerica.com
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