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  26-08-2004
World and National Champions in Venezuela
PDV and CITGO rev their engines in the 31st International Rally “Nuestros Ríos Son Navegables” (Our Rivers are Navigable)

Caracas. august, 25 of 2004.- In an impressive challenge through Venezuelan rivers, Petróleos de Venezuela, through its brands CITGO and PDV, present in Venezuela and some 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as the United States, announces its participation in the 31st International Rally “Nuestros Ríos Son Navegables” (Our Rivers are Navigable), an event that will take place between August 28th and September 4th, 2004.

In this nautical competition, which begins in San Fernando de Apure, Apure state, and concludes in Puerto Ordaz, Bolívar state, CITGO and PDV will display the most advanced engines, as well as their team’s audacity and boldness. These teams will face the country’s inhospitable rivers and some 120 outboard motor boats from countries around the world. Among the participants traveling the 1,970-kilometer course that stand out are Argentina, Colombia, Spain,
and the United States.

CITGO: Leaving its mark in Venezuelan rivers
The participation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela in the United States, in this sporting competition represents their institutional and civic contribution towards Venezuela’s integrated development and its international vision. According to Antonio Rivero, CITGO’s executive vice-president, “In combining our efforts with those of our parent company, PDVSA, as well as with the CVG and the National Institute for Tourism, we are contributing in our own small way to the realization of this rally in its maximum potential, thus projecting Venezuela’s beauty and its touristic potential.”

In this competition, Nigel Hook and Mike Seebold, both world champion pilots, will pilot three boats brought from the United States, each carrying PDV and CITGO logos.

“We can’t forget the competitive nature of this rally,” noted Rivero. “We have selected professional pilots, world champions, in order to act as ambassadors of outboard motor boat racing. We hope to make this a much more competitive event, not only this year, but in the years to come as well.”

Hook, a professional pilot since 1974, built a boat especially for this rally. Despite having earned three APBA championships in the United States and a world title, this experienced pilot has never had the opportunity to run courses as remarkable as those offered in the rally “Nuestros Rios Son Navegables.”

“Venezuela’s topographical conditions are very different from those in the United States,” says Hook, holder of the speed record between San Francisco and Los Angeles at 6 hours and 48 minutes. After making a scouting trip of the zone in June of this year, I decided that the craft most suited to winning this event would be a catamaran like the Eliminator. That is what I have brought and I am anxious to participate in this competition and to visit the wonderful country that is Venezuela. CITGO has given me a great opportunity and I hope that the Venezuelan people, the company, and all CITGO employees will feel proud of our participation and performance.“

Pilot Mike Seebolt, member of the CITGO team, expresses his point of view about his participation in this rally, “I think that it is incredible and I am very excited. I have prepared myself for weeks in order to face this challenge and I only want to begin the race. I have been waiting to meet the other pilots and to learn about their cultures.”

PDV brings you the Adventure
DELTAVEN, subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela and business leader in the marketing of the PDV brand, maintains an active participation in extreme aquatic sports in Venezuela and shows this support through its 30-year commitment in sponsoring the rally “Nuestros Ríos son Navegables”. This activity has permitted DELTAVEN to prop its business objectives and promote tourism in Venezuela here and abroad.

Francisco Jiménez, DELTAVEN’s Manager Director remarked, “This initiative has our support and participation. Our team will give its best to meet this challenge successfully and to this end it has in its favor the knowledge of the course and experience in this famous rally”.

With the presence of outstanding Venezuelan pilots, such as Miguel Ángel Alcaras and Carlos Faría, PDV’s team plies the country’s rivers in eight adventure-packed days.

Miguel Ángel Alcaras reaffirmed his acceptance of this rally’s challenge. “I’m very pleased to share with partners from CITGO, who also have significant experience in championships like this one. They are competitors that drive us to give the best we have”. Alcaras, who has participated for five consecutive years in the International Rally “Nuestros Ríos son Navegables,” has finished in the top positions and earned the championship title in this event in 2000.

PDVSA, through its commercial brands PDV and CITGO, welcomes the competitors and salutes one more time the initiative “Nuestros Ríos son Navegables”. Sports are vital for achieving sustainable development and the improvement of quality of life.