Article by Travis Wolcott.
Winning is all encompassing. And in the wild world of rally racing, sometimes cars roll over. But that doesn't mean the race is over. No. If rally racers are still within sight of a road, they will keep going even when their machines are flattened.
We saw this desire with the late Colin McRae's performance at X-Games in 2006, when he rolled going over the last infield jump, landed on all four wheels and punched it to the finish on three tires and with most of the bodywork still attached to claim the silver medal.
Like McRae, multiple-time Canadian Rally Champion Pat "Rocket” Richard always had what it took to win with style. Richard's recent performance in Rally Baie des Chaleurs showed that desire in its entirety. His Subaru rally car just clipped the apex, sending it rolling onto its side and roof in a ditch. Since he didn't land on his wheels, he took it upon himself to get out of the car and help push it back upright while his co-driver, Alan Ockwell, stayed strapped in, ready to continue his pace notes.
With the car back on all fours, Richard kept pushing with the windshield crushed into the interior, and crabbing all the way down the remaining 4 km of the rally stage . . . and still won the stage by nearly a minute. That's dedication.
Unfortunately, Richard has just announced his retirement today on the advice of his doctor due to a serious neurological illness. Head over to his Facebook page here and wish him well. He will still be involved with Subaru Rally Team Canada and Rocket Rally, albeit not as a driver anymore. Much respect to Pat "Rocket” Richard for putting the winning attitude on display for all these years and getting out on top.