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Last Ditch Racing, a Bangor, Maine based performance rally team has initiated the entry process for 20th edition of the renowned Rim of the World Rally in Palmdale, California May 3-5, 2003.

Rim of the World Rally is the second rally on the 2003 SCCA ProRally Championship calendar. From the Rim of the World website, "Rim 2003 will consist of twelve stages in the Angeles National Forest that are from four to twelve miles in length. Competitors will run five stages on Friday night and eight stages on Saturday. Rim's roads are notorious for their tight, twisty, undulating character and the fact that they run along cliffy ridge-top roads. "Waterbars" - dips and rises built into the roads to divert water across into culverts, test a car's suspension severely and demand a precise line ... but then, so do the "exposures" (cliffs)!"


Last Ditch Racing is pleased to announce the addition of two substantial team sponsors for the 2003 season. and, a Maine based internet company, has partnered with the team to provide them with reliable, high bandwidth website hosting. This will allow the team to continue to build their growing internet presence and following. offers hosting, e-commerce solutions as well as web design and promotion services.

Team owner/driver John Cassidy says of the support, "We're very excited to be partnering with a Maine company for our web hosting. Internet presence is paramount for rally teams today, and our site has always been heavily trafficked by fans from all over the world." Cassidy sees the partnership with as natural. "As native Mainers, we feel very strongly about seeking local support for our efforts in achieving podium results."


Last Ditch Racing gained nine positions to finish 20 overall in the FIA sanctioned Rallye International de Quebec this past weekend. The team finished third of the seed 5 drivers.

The rally was the most intensive effort for the four year old team yet, with one day of recce and pace note creation, and two full days of racing combined with extremely long transits. The team was one of only 23 finishing teams out of a starting field of 38 National entries.
Last Ditch Racing was entered in the Open class, which included Subaru and Mitsubishi factory teams and an ex-factory Hyundai entry. "Our car isn't really an Open car mechanically," said Cassidy. We have a stock engine and gearbox with open differentials. With sponsorship help, we hope to continually develop the car into something more competitive."

Driver John Cassidy and Co-Driver Dave Getchell enjoyed the event and only broke out the shovels twice. Said Cassidy, "I was hoping to not put us in a position to have to get out the shovels, but as the day wore on and temperatures dropped, the conditions became more slippery. We simply understeered off the road." The team was pulled out by other teams, namely the two Subaru Justy teams. "That's the spirit of the event," said Cassidy. "You pull someone out and someone else pulls you out. Half the field wouldn't have finished without their tow straps!"

The Last Ditch Racing equipe de service performed well in the cold conditions, keeping the car, "Steel Tulip," fresh and ready for Cassidy and Getchell to attack the stages. The team and the crew look forward to their next event, the STPR rally in Pennsylvania in June.