In two weeks, Targa Newfoundland kicks off its 17th year racing through the province, but organizers are now thinking five years into the future.
In a news release issued Friday, the road rally organization announced its dates for the next five years – all falling somewhere within the third week of September.
The release states it’s an effort to make “multi-year arrangements” with stakeholders – sponsors, communities, competitors, volunteers – that will better enable them to plan and prepare for the annual event.
The news release described the complex regulations, communications and logistics involved in planning the high-speed race.
“We have historically dedicated a significant amount of our resources to those immediate (short-term) requirements and races every year. Now we have decided to divert a little of that focus past the 365 day window; for what we feel will be to the long-term benefit of all our stakeholders.”
The news release stated the St. John’s Curling Club/Remax Centre is “pioneering this work with us on new, long-term relationships.”
In January this year, Targa Newfoundland president Robert Giannou announced he was putting the event up for sale and identifying potential new owners.
“This event deserves a breath of fresh air and a new perspective,” he told The Telegram in January.
Giannou confirmed Saturday that Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland, and Targa Bambina are still for sale “only if the right purchaser can be found that will continue the events and the history.”
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world.
The annual rally covers more than 1,500 kilometers, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road race stages.
Dates announced for Targa Newfoundland over the next five years:
2019 September 14 - 21
2020 September 12 – 19
2021 September 11 - 18
2022 September 10 – 17
2023 September 9 - 16