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Another one bites the dust. Today was the deadline for manufacturers to announce their intentions to race in the FIA World Rally Championship for 2009, and Suzuki saw fit to let its entry expire after just a single year of competition. The Japanese automaker calls the move a countermeasure to "the contraction of the automotive sales caused by recent global economic turmoil." In other words, fewer car sales mean less excess money for racing. Worse, Suzuki says it expects things to stay bad for the foreseeable future, so riding out the storm wasn't a possibility.

Suzuki was just beginning to see some success in WRC, finishing in the top five for the last two races of the season with its SX4 WRC racer. The manufacturer's Swift Cup will remain active in 2009. This move follows rival automaker Honda's announcement that it would be suspending Formula 1 and AMA Roadracing competition, also a result of the global economic downturn. Thanks for the tip, everyone!

[Source: World Rally Championship]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Weren't there rumors about the FIA changing WRC rules making the current SX4 car obsolete? Do Suzuki's WRC program suspension and the WRC rule change coincide?

      Oh, and agree that an SX4 on steroids would be fun! Awesomely fun!! If they sold a detuned version, flared fenders and all, as a street car I'd be a huge fan!
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I was saying the other day we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg here. There wont be much manufacturer support in racing for awhile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a rumor that Subaru will follow suit tomorrow.

      Here's to hoping NOT!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yikes. I hope that isn't true.... it's hard to picture rallying without a Subaru competing.

        On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised after reading about the new FIA WRC rules for 2010, moving to an S2000-based series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At some point are we going to see some American manufactures drop out of NASCAR?