Dakar Dream Hinges On Garnering More Support
October 3, 2014, San Rafael, CA
Rally Pan Am scored two wins on two continents with it’s new team riders. The victories showcase the team’s talent and highlight need for additional sponsor support.
The team’s lead rider, Ian Blythe of Sedalia, CO, won the Dakar Challenge prize at the Australasian Safari, finishing 3rd overall behind American Dakar veteran Quinn Cody. This was Ian’s first rally and the prize is free entry into the Dakar Rally.
The team’s support rider, Scott Bright, also of Colorado, took the overall prize in the Baja Rally in Mexico. Scott bested the efforts of multi-time Baja champions Andy Grider and Steve Hengeveld.
Rally Pan Am is rebooting after the retirement of Jonah Street in 2012. Prior to this week, the new riders were unknown in the rally world, but have now proven that they have the right stuff.
Ian’s prize takes some financial pressure off the team, which is still short of raising the funding needed to make it to the start in Buenos Aires. Team Manager, Dave Peckham, says, “it’s been a difficult challenge to attract sponsors to a rebooted team with unproven riders. But now we’ve made it clear that Rally Pan Am is back, and we have the talent that America needs to challenge the top international teams.”
Interested sponsors are asked to contact Mr. Peckham directly. Both business and grassroots supporters are invited to join the team’s Riff Raff fan club at http://www.rallymanagementservices.com/collections/rally-pan-am-riff-raff.
About Rally Pan Am
Rally Management Services fields America’s premier motorcycle rally team–Rally PanAm. Since 2006, their long-term goal remains the same–to win the Dakar Rally. Rally Pan Am has signed two new riders, Ian Blythe and Scott Bright. They have a multi-year program to put an American rider back in the spotlight.
About The Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally is the most grueling race in motorsport. The 2015 edition crosses Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile over 14 days and 5000 kilometers. The race takes place in January.