Patrick “Rocket” Richard has announced his retirement via Facebook today. The multi-time Canadian and American Rally Champion has enjoyed a productive relationship with Subaru Canada and has long been a fan favorite. Unfortunately, Richard will not be exiting the sport on his own terms, but instead at the advice of his doctor. Here is a post, made on Facebook, in his own words:
Yes, I have to retire from competitive driving.
I have a serious neurological illness believed to have been caused by a series of head injuries. Although I am now out of the hospital after a two-month stay, I am mostly confined to my home. I’m hopeful I’ll recover fully but it’s really unlikley I’ll be driving competitively again.
This has been a very difficult decision to make but it’s for the best. Huge thanks to Subaru Canada for an entire career’s worth of support, to the well-respected and hard-working posse at Rocket Rally, and to everyone involved in the sport — you guys have all made it a great ride !
Subaru Rally Team Canada and the Rocket Rally crew will most definitely be at Rallye Defi; though I won’t be driving I’m still involved with the team and I’ll be supporting them from a distance.
I hope to get to a rally soon to start my new career as most annoying know-it-all service crew guy ever.
From Subiesport we wish Richard the best of luck in his “new career” and we hope he can make a full recovery very soon. Even if he can’t get behind the wheel, we know “Rocket” Richard will continue to be a positive influence the sport in the years ahead.
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