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SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA


ARA Rally America National Championship 2021 Schedule
1 Sno Drift Rally Februray 20
2 100 Acre Wood Rally March 19 -20
3 Olympus Rally April 24 - 25
4 Sothern Ohio Forest Rally June 11 - 12
5 New England Forest Rally July 30 - 31
6 Ojibwe Forests Rally August 27 - 28
7 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally September 17 - 18
8 Lake Superior Perfromance Rally October 15 - 16
9 Oregon Trail Rally November 5 - 7

 



PRESS RELEASE: August 30, 2021

Subaru and Travis Pastrana Earn Ojibwe Rally Win and Secure National Rally Championship

Detroit Lakes, Minn. – August 30, 2021 – Subaru Motorsports USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino won Minnesota’s Ojibwe Forests Rally, earning their fourth victory through six events of the 2021 American Rally Association (ARA) National Championship season and repeating their 2020 win at the Ojibwe event. Since teaming up for the first time at this rally last year, the crew of the #199 Subaru WRX STI have racked up five wins and eight podium finishes over nine events and have now earned enough points to provisionally secure the ARA overall driver’s and co-driver’s championships.

“It feels great, but it’s a relief!” said Pastrana after the win. “The team did an amazing job getting our car back in one piece after our roll in New England last month. Rhi and I really went after it on Friday since those are statistically my best stages in the championship and managed to pick up a couple stage records in the process. Good battle with Ken on Saturday but we did what we had to do to bring it home!”

With 2020 ARA champion Barry McKenna of McKenna Motorsport sidelined due to other commitments and teammates Brandon Semenuk and John Hall retiring from the rally due to a roll in pre-event testing, Pastrana and Gelsomino found themselves in an ideal position to secure decisive championship points. However, longtime Pastrana rival Ken Block and Rhianon’s husband Alex Gelsomino had the opportunity to play spoiler in their #43 Hoonigan Racing Division WRX STI. Knowing that no less than a win on his favorite event would mathematically secure the title, Pastrana attacked on the first two stages, storming to a 20-second lead on SS1 and stretching it to nearly 40 seconds after SS2. The 2017 ARA champion left no doubt of his aggressive strategy or his raw pace on Friday’s sandy roads, winning the next six to complete a clean sweep of all eight of the first day’s stages.

Stormy conditions on Saturday threatened to put the result in doubt, as the rain left the stages dotted with slick and treacherous sections that produced a high level of attrition among the field. Running first on the slippery roads, Pastrana and Gelsomino adopted a more conservative strategy in the rain and ceded two stage wins to Block in the morning before winning back eight seconds of their lead on SS11. With nearly a minute in hand and only two full-length stages plus a pair of half-mile super specials remaining, the #199 crew navigated cautiously through the afternoon stages to bring home the victory by a margin of over 30 seconds. Subaru Motorsports USA will be back in competition September 24-25 at Utah Motorsports Campus as the Nitro Rallycross series kicks off its five-round season. Pastrana and Gelsomino will return to the rally stages October 15-16 at Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan’s upper peninsula before wrapping up the ARA season at November’s Oregon Trail Rally.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: June 13, 2021

Subaru Claims Double Podium at Southern Ohio Forest Rally

Subaru Motorsports USA earned a double podium at Southern Ohio Forest Rally after a chaotic weekend that saw fast-changing weather, stage cancellations, mechanical issues and some of the tightest and narrowest roads on the calendar. Travis Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino took home second-place points to continue their lead in the driver’s championship, while Brandon Semenuk and John Hall finished third.

Southern Ohio again presented problems for the Subaru team in 2021 after a 2020 event that saw Travis Pastana’s return to the team spoiled by an engine fire. Unfortunately, Pastrana’s chance to fight for the win ended early with stalling issues on the Friday evening stages. The standout of the day was Semenuk, who drove well in the rainy Friday conditions and led the rally overnight, looking to be in a strong position for Day 2 sitting first on the road.

Saturday morning brought an unusual shift in the rally schedule, as communication system failures forced the cancellation of five of the first six stages of the day. By mid-afternoon the rally was reorganized with a new stage schedule—the three stages originally planned to run in the morning would be run in a double loop to complete the rally, cutting the event total from 15 to ten stages. Semenuk, who had surrendered the lead to Barry McKenna on SS6—the sole morning stage completed—stayed in the lead fight with solid stage times until an electrical issue on the second loop cost him more than two minutes and dropped him to third behind Pastrana.

With three wins and a second-place finish in the books, Pastrana now leads the ARA title race with 83 points over McKenna in second with 50. Semenuk sits third with 43 points, with Ken Block holding 34 in fourth.

Subaru Motorsports USA will be back in action in July at New England Forest Rally, the team’s home event.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: April 26, 2021

Olympus Rally

Subaru and Travis Pastrana Capture Third Consecutive Rally Win to Open 2021 Season

Subaru Motorsports USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino took their third straight overall victory to open the 2021 American Rally Association (ARA) season at this weekend’s DirtFish Olympus Rally, giving the #199 crew a commanding lead in the ARA championship chase. Pastrana and Subaru teammate Brandon Semenuk now sit first and third in the season standings with three rounds of the nine-event calendar complete.

“Great weekend here in Washington!” said Pastrana after the event. “We came in looking for a podium to keep us in good position in the standings and ended up coming away with a win—sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time. These roads are amazing and Brandon was really on it, great to have Ken Block back in the fight too. Rhi and I were happy to get the points and take a solid lead in the championship with six rounds to go!”

A favorite of drivers and fans alike, Olympus Rally is notorious for rain, fast-changing road conditions, and some of the most scenic and challenging stages on the American calendar. With defending champion Barry McKenna and his Ford Fiesta WRC unfortunately sidelined due to a family issue, the fight for Open Class honors was between the two blue and gold Subaru Motorsports USA entries of Pastrana and Semenuk and the newly debuted #43 Hoonigan Racing Division WRX STI of Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino.

With weather on Day 1 shifting between drizzle and hard rain, Pastrana won SS1 and SS3 to open a lead of just under seven seconds over Semenuk and John Hall on the first stage loop. The Canadian crew struck back quickly on the second loop, taking SS5 and SS6 and cutting the lead to 3.6 seconds, but the 18-mile Wildcat stage would bring misfortune for the pair as Saturday drew to a close. After taking a full second out of Pastrana through the first sector of the stage to put the outright lead into reach, Semenuk was caught out by a slippery transition onto a bridge which left the car with a hard hit on the driver’s side and ended his weekend.

With the hard-charging #180 out, Pastrana was left with a lead of 47.3 seconds over Ken Block with only four stages left to run on Sunday. A smart Day 2 drive highlighted by two more stage wins gave Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino a win of just under a minute. Block’s second-place finish in his first rally in a Subaru since 2009 moved him past both McKenna and Semenuk and into second in the driver’s championship, while Rhianon Gelsomino now leads husband Alex in first and second positions in the co-driver’s title hunt.

Subaru Motorsports USA will return to the ARA championship at Southern Ohio Forest Rally, June 11-12.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: March 22, 2021

Subaru and Travis Pastrana Take Second Consecutive Win at 100 Acre Wood

Salem, Mo. – March 22, 2021 – Subaru Motorsports USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino brought home their second straight win to open the 2021 American Rally Association (ARA) season at Missouri’s 100 Acre Wood Rally, outlasting a strong Open Class field that included longtime Pastrana rival Ken Block and defending champion Barry McKenna. Brandon Semenuk and John Hall took a fourth-place finish in the second blue and gold WRX STI rally car, securing first and second for Subaru in the ARA championship standings.

“Two wins in two events, right where we want to be!” said Pastrana after the event. “This weekend was always going to be tough with the road conditions. Rhi and I had some luck with other teams hitting trouble, but we had been pushing flat out on day 1 on these super fast stages and put ourselves in a good position to take advantage. The last two loops today were really rough, so we focused on protecting the car and were able to hang on.”

100 Acre Wood is a staple of the ARA championship, infamous for high speeds, variable weather and road conditions and its iconic Cattle Guard jump. The 2021 running delivered high drama thanks to a fast entry list, pre-event rains that created slick surfaces and large water crossings, and high attrition over the fourteen-stage event.

Pastrana found himself in an early fight for the lead on day 1, winning two of the six Friday stages and settling into second place just behind McKenna. Semenuk, just off the pace early in the day, settled into a rhythm on the second loop and managed to overhaul Ken Block for third.

The rough conditions began to take a toll early on Saturday, as Semenuk damaged a radiator fan on an SS8 water splash and dropped behind Block with cooling issues. McKenna had a catastrophic tire failure on SS9, surrendering first to Pastrana and Gelsomino. With conditions growing rougher later in the day, the #199 crew carefully defended their lead for the last two loops and finished with a 29-second margin over Block in second. Semenuk and Hall held third through SS11 but were eventually outpaced by a hard-charging McKenna, ending a streak of five consecutive podiums for the Canadian pair but still bringing critical championship points.

Subaru Motorsports USA will be back in action April 24-25 at Olympus Rally in the forests of Washington state.

 

About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Method Race Wheels, DirtFish Rally School, DMACK Tires, and PIAA. Follow the team online at www.subaru.com/rally

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.

 

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