Sad News As Epic Canadian Rally Driver Pat 'Rocket' Richard Announces His Retirement

Sad news for fans of Canadian and American rally driving, as racing champ Pat 'Rocket' Richard announced his retirement from the sport a few days ago. His no-holds-barred approach to driving will be surely missed.

For an indication of Richard's boss-like driving style, the video above is typical of his persistent spirit even against the odds. It shows Richard, who enjoyed a long career with Subaru Canada, and his co-driver Alan Ockwell getting into trouble at the 2010 Rallye Baie Des Chaleurs. After their car crashes off the road and flips onto its roof, instead of just giving up like most people would, Richard rolls the vehicle back onto its wheels and races to the finish line to win.

It's that kind of dedicated attitude and fearless driving that fans will miss after Richard announced his retirement via his Facebook page. You can read his post below:

Retired ! Yes, I have to retire from competitive driving. I have a serious neurological illness believed to have been... (Pat 'Rocket' Richard)

Here's hoping he makes a speedy recovery. Below is a fitting video tribute to Richard from the Canadian Association of Rallysport, which is full of his epic approach to rally racing.