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PRESS RELEASE: August 28, 2017

Travis Pastrana Wins the Ojibwe Forests Rally, Narrowly Edges out Subaru Teammate David Higgins for 2017 ARA Championship Title.

Subaru factory rally driver Travis Pastrana with co-driver Robbie Durant has claimed the 2017 American Rally Association (ARA) Driver’s Championship overall title after an intense, season-long battle with teammate David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew.

At the conclusion of the Ojibwe Forests Rally, the championship’s final round, ARA officials would need to apply two levels of tie-breaking rules to determine the champion.

Pastrana and Higgins traded wins over the inaugural six-round ARA championship leading into the final event. In order for Pastrana to claim the title, he would need to win the Ojibwe Forests Rally, and should Higgins finish in 2nd place at the rally, Pastrana would need to also win more overall rally stage wins than Higgins. The Subaru Rally Team USA factory duo battled so closely through the Ojibwe Forests Rally that an absolute winner wasn’t decided until the final two stages of the race. After a slight fault on the penultimate stage, Higgins would ultimately cede the rally and the Championship to Pastrana.

“We crashed out the last three years trying to chase David and Craig. They were spot on all year and they had a lot of adversity. We were able to make it work on the last stage and here. It is my dream come true. Thank you Subaru. Thank you for everyone who came out to the race. He (Higgins) is my mentor, my coach. I couldn’t have been here without that guy,” enthused Pastrana with Higgins beside him at the podium celebration.“We gave everything we had. We had a big job on our hands after the time we lost on the first day with some adversity. Props to Travis and Robbie for a great rally and to win the championship. It was a great season and great competition. I’m looking forward to come back at it again.”

The battle to the finish line between our two guys to the very end of the season was as riveting as it was spectacular,” stated Subaru Motorsports Manager. “Subaru congratulates Travis Pastrana and Robbie Durant on their championship win and thanks both teams for claiming the inaugural ARA Manufacturers’ title for Subaru.”

A recap of the 2017 ARA Championship season for Subaru Rally Team USA leading into Ojibwe Forests Rally:

Higgins, showing his talents in wintery conditions, claimed his first win of the season at ARA Round 1, Rally Perce Neige in Maniwaki, Quebec with Pastrana finishing second.

Using a successful tire strategy, Pastrana answered back with a convincing win at Round 2, Oregon Trail Rally with teammate Higgins finishing second.

Higgins bested teammate Pastrana by just 10.5 seconds in the wet and slippery conditions of Olympus rally, Round 3 of the championship.

At round 4, Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Higgins and Pastrana traded the lead several times with Higgins the eventual winner after a tire puncture erased Pastrana’s lead late in the rally.

Higgins’ comfortable lead at Round 5, the New England Forest Rally, was stymied by a large rock in that ripped most of his rear suspension off his rally car late in the rally. A heroic effort by the SRTUSA service crew would get Higgins over the finish line in 2nd place behind Pastrana.


PRESS REEASE: July 24, 2017

Subaru Driver Travis Pastrana Wins Dramatic New England Forest Rally

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana overcame adversity and attrition, including sitting with a mid-race substitute codriver to earn victory at a thrilling edition of the New England Forest Rally.

Serving as round five of the American Rally Association (ARA) National Championship, the New England Forest Rally (NEFR) is a two-day stage rally that takes place on the back roads and logging tracks of Western Maine and Northern New Hampshire. The stages are rough, technical and rocky. NEFR is known as one of the roughest rallies of the season. This year’s run of NEFR will be remembered by fans and rally teams alike as nothing short of dramatic. For Subaru Rally Team USA, overcoming personal injury and heavy car damage would be required on their way to a double podium finish.

After Pastrana’s regular co-driver Robbie Durant injured his back on a hard jump impact on the final stage of the first day’s action a replacement co-driver was found from within the team’s own ranks. Subaru Rally Team USA’s marketing coordinator Grzegorz Dorman, an accomplished co-driver, was on site and up for the job.

“I found Greg (Grzegorz) at the restaurant Friday night and I said ‘what are you doing tomorrow?’ He said: ‘well, I’m going kayaking and I brought my girlfriend.’ We changed his plans!”, explained Pastrana.

With a tight battle for championship points leading into NEFR, Pastrana was under pressure from teammate Higgins to win the event in order remain in contention for the ARA drivers’ championship. Driving at a conservative pace with replacement co-driver Dorman would not be an option for Pastrana.

With a gap of less than two seconds separating the teammates going into day 2 of the rally, Pastrana and Dorman would need to find their pace immediately to challenge Higgins and Drew for victory. Pastrana and Dorman acclimated quickly, claiming a stage win by the third stage of day two, but the challenges weren’t over for SRTUSA.

Higgins had amassed a 40 second lead as the final stages of the rally approached and was just two stages from the finish when disaster struck. On stage 12, Higgins hit an exposed rock causing severe damage to the rear suspension of the #75 car and forcing him to drive on three wheels out of the stage and then over twenty miles back to his service crew. The service crew’s efforts enabled Higgins to continue to the final stage but the damage meant he had just front wheel drive and no rear brakes. Pastrana and Dorman would win the final stage and overtake Higgins and Drew for the dramatic win.

“When an opportunity presents itself you can’t say no, but I also knew I can definitely fit in and keep up with Travis' driving. This is my third year working with Subaru Rally Team USA and I have experienced a different side of it today. Less than 24 hours after receiving a call from Craig Drew asking if I would be able to do it, I was standing on the top of the podium with Travis!”, explained Grzegorz Dorman at the podium celebration. “The job was to get Travis safely to the finish, but it turned out that we got more than what we hoped for. I want to thank Travis and the entire team for the trust they have put in me today. It was a great pleasure.”

“I didn’t realize how much experience Greg had and how good he actually was; he picked it up really quick. He came through with flying colors. On the last stage we didn’t know how much we were down or up and I told him we had to drive this stage like it meant the championship, and he came through,” explained Pastrana.

The 2017 American Rally Association Driver’s Championship will now be decided at the next and final round in the series at the Ojibwe Forests Rally next month in Minnesota. Stay tuned - more excitement and awesome rally action is headed your way August 25-26th!


PRESS RELEASE: June 5, 2017

Subaru Rally Team USA Earns Three podiums, Including a Victory on busy Rally/Rallycross Doubleheader Weekend

Subaru Rally Team USA stood up to the challenge of competing in two different race series on the same weekend, earning three podium finishes, including a victory, with their Vermont SportsCar prepared 2018 Subaru WRX STI rally and rallycross cars. The team earned a thrilling 1-2 finish at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally with drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, while their Subaru teammates Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell earned a 3rd and 5th finish respectively at Red Bull Global Rallycross New England on Sunday.

“We’re very happy with the results Vermont SportsCar and our team drivers delivered Subaru this weekend” stated Subaru motorsports marketing manager Rob Weir. “Rally and rallycross are tough on teams and drivers, so it was really great to see Subaru Rally Team USA take a one-two finish at STPR and be back on the Red Bull GRC podium at the same time.”

The Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), based around Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, kicked off first on Friday for the team, with Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant battling teammates David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew. STPR began with Pastrana jumping out to a big lead as Higgins was slowed on the first two stages with a mechanical problem. The rally resumed on Saturday with Higgins, behind by over one minute to Pastrana, mounting a determined charge to reel Pastrana back in. Higgins went on full attack, winning eight of nine stages on Saturday to close the gap to Pastrana. Although Pastrana defended his lead for most of the day his hopes of keeping Higgins at bay were dashed on the penultimate forest stage where a small mistake caused him go off the road causing a tire puncture and slowing him nearly three minutes, handing the lead and eventual victory to Higgins.

“It was a good hard combat win,” said Higgins at the podium. “We knew Travis was going to have to go 100%, and we knew that at the limit it’s always possible a driver can make a mistake and get a (tire) puncture. We had to keep maximum pressure on them all the time. We’re just happy to be here on the top of the podium again.”

The win was Higgins’ seventh career win at STPR and his third victory of the 2017 American Rally Association Championship (ARA), extending his championship points lead over Pastrana. This was the fourth straight 1-2 finish for Subaru Rally Team USA in the ARA Championship.

While Higgins and Pastrana battled in the forests of Pennsylvania, the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship heated up at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut with Subaru team drivers Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson at the wheel. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the first venue in Red Bull GRC history to feature elements of both an oval and permanent road course in its track design. The .895-mile course featured the longest dirt section of the season as well.

After earning a 6th and 7th place finish in the first race of the double-header weekend on Saturday, the Subaru duo of Atkinson and Sandell bounced back on Sunday. Chris Atkinson, still considered a rookie in GRC with this just seven races completed to date, drove his 600hp #55 Subaru WRX STI Supercar to a 2nd place finish in his Semi-Final and then charged his way to a 3rd overall finish in the Final. It was the Australian’s first Red Bull GRC podium. Sandell meanwhile battled through the field to earn 5th overall in the final, a solid result for the Swede in his first year with Subaru.

“I’m so pumped! It’s my first podium and it feels good to do it for the team, they’ve worked so hard. It’s just a really nice thing to get the ball rolling and go from here,” said Atkinson from the podium celebration. “We got the result we were after, putting both cars in the top five plus a podium, the team is full of confidence now moving forward.”

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season resumes in two weeks with the series’ inaugural visit to Ottawa and a doubleheader round at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Tickets remain on sale for the event at Supercar finals from Ottawa will air live on NBC on Sunday, June 18 at 4PM ET.



PRESS RELEASE: May 16, 2017

Subaru Rally Team USA Drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana top Olympus Rally Podium

Subaru factory rally drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana claimed a 1-2 podium finish respectively at Olympus Rally, round three of the 2017 American Rally Association (ARA) championship, held near the Capitol city of Olympia, WA. Three weeks after an intense battle between Pastrana and Higgins at the Oregon Trail Rally, where Pastrana edged Higgins by just 10.5 seconds, Higgins bounced back at the Olympus Rally, winning seven of the ten competition stages to keep a hard charging Travis Pastrana at bay. With the Olympus victory Higgins now leads Pastrana in ARA Championship points at the halfway point of the season.

“It’s been a great rally for Craig (Drew) and me. I’m happy to have a good event and be back on the top step of podium,” said Higgins. “Our Subaru was excellent again; this event really had everything from rough roads to wet slick conditions and long stages, it’s a real challenge. Big thanks to Craig again, this was our 30th win working together and we look forward to many more.”

The Olympus Rally, held in scenic western Washington, has a storied past. The rally was part of the first US Rally Championship in 1973 and later ran as a World Rally Championship event from 1986-1988 during the sport’s legendary Group B days. Olympus rally challenged 44 team entries with twisty, loose gravel-covered roads combined with sporadic rain showers. Teams covered 138 rally stage miles over the course of two days. The rally also features two of the longest rally stages in North America at 25 miles each, testing the endurance of both driver and car.

“Conditions were really tough out there with the rain, and the more challenging the conditions and the roads get the more David’s skill set shines through, he was just really good out there,” explained Travis Pastrana.

Higgins and Pastrana will square off again at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally near Wellsboro, PA June 2-3.

Full coverage of Subaru Rally Team USA is available on the Subaru Motorsports App. To download from the iTunes App store, click here, for Android App on Google Play store, click here. Follow the team on Instagram @srtusa, on Twitter @srtusa, and on facebook @Subaru Rally Team USA.

PRESS RELEASE: April 25, 2017

Subaru Driver Travis Pastrana Wins the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana held off teammate David Higgins to win the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally held near Portland, Oregon. For a second year in a row, the factory duo finished 1-2 overall. Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant lead from the first stage in their #199 2017 Subaru WRX STI, but their lead was slim and under constant attack from David Higgins who had won the previous six Oregon Trail Rally events in a row. Pastrana and Higgins are now tied atop the ARA Driver’s Championship standings heading into next month’s Olympus Rally near Olympia, Washington.

The Oregon Trail Rally represented round 2 of the 2017 American Rally Association Championship and is regarded as one of the most scenic and challenging events on the calendar. After starting on mixed surface stages at Portland Intl. Raceway the action moved east for gravel rally stages along the scenic Columbia Gorge. Teams contended multiple tarmac stages as well, adding to the challenge

This year’s result was as intense and as closely fought as last years’ Oregon Trail Rally, where Higgins and Pastrana traded stage times throughout the event with Higgins earning victory by just 9.5 seconds. However, this year it was revenge for Pastrana as he led from start and held off Higgins’ constant attacks to emerge victorious by just 10.5 seconds.

The key to Pastrana’s success may have been a tire choice gamble early in the event where on the mixed tarmac and dirt stages at the Portland International Raceway he elected for tarmac tires whereas Higgins opted for gravel tires. The gamble paid off and Pastrana earned a 12.7 second lead which he clung to throughout the rally. Pastrana would go fastest on eleven stages while Higgins went fastest on five stages with the final gap, after three days of rallying and over 100 miles of stages, at just 10.5 seconds.

“David Higgins has been a mentor and someone I’ve always looked up to and tried to emulate my driving after my whole rally career, so to be able to battle him and come out on top is an amazing feeling,” explained Pastrana at the podium. “He was undefeated here, and had won here the last six years in a row, so we had to be perfect and go all-out to beat him. Our Subaru was amazing and Robbie (Durant) was perfect on the notes, everything worked really well. To get the win here and be tied in the championship standings is all we could have asked for.”

Higgins was put on his back foot early in the event trying to overcome the small lead Pastrana earned on the opening day. He and co-driver Craig Drew attacked and clawed back time only to have Pastrana answer back and erase the gains. “It was a brilliant weekend, and great for the sport, a big fight. You can’t win them all and Travis and Robbie had a great rally, everything we tried they would answer back,” said Higgins.

Subaru Rally Team USA heads to Memphis, TN for the first round of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship with factory drivers Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, April 28/29 at Memphis International Speedway. Higgins and Pastrana return for round three of the American Rally Association National Championship, Olympus Rally held near Olympia, WA May 12.

Full coverage of Subaru Rally Team USA is available on the Subaru Motorsports App. Follow the team on Instagram @srtusa, on Twitter @srtusa, and on facebook @Subaru Rally Team USA.


PRESS RELEASE: February 5, 2017

Victory for Subaru Rally Team USA at Inaugural American Rally Association Championship Event Rallye Perce Neige

Subaru Rally Team USA (SRTUSA) drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana made history by claiming a 1-2 finish at Rallye Perce-Neige, the first round of the newly formed ARA (American Rally Association) National Championship. The 143 mile stage rally event held in Maniwaki, Quebec, hosted over 40 international competitors on snow-covered gravel roads in a grueling single-day race format.

Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Antoine L’Estage, a seven-time winner of Rallye Perce-Neige, built an early lead over the first three stages of the rally, until mechanical issues hindered his pace. Higgins and Pastrana, who closely trailed L’Estage during the first loop of stages, battled for the lead throughout the remainder of the rally. Higgins would go on to win the event over teammate Pastrana putting the #75 Subaru WRX STI rally car on top of the podium.

“A great result, it feels good to win in such harsh conditions against some top guys, and this was the first ever ARA event, so I’m glad we were able to get our names in the history books,” explained David Higgins at the podium celebration. “The last loop of stages was hard work, the snow was coming down pretty hard on one stage, there was a big snow ball inside the corner, we clipped it and smashed one of the lights, making the night stage even tougher. The hood pin was also damaged, so we had to slow down a bit to keep the hood from flying open on stage. It was a challenge but it was all good in the end!”

“Man, heck of a day! The snow during the final night stages came down hard. It was like a video game, you’re in a trance going 120 mph,’ said Travis Pastrana at the finish. “You don’t see anything on the road. All you see are trees coming at you really fast. We gambled with tire choice this weekend which didn’t go in our favor, but we’re happy to be on the podium and get valuable championship points.”

“The extreme temperatures and single day format tested drivers and crew alike this weekend,” stated Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager Rob Weir. “We’re proud of the hard work SRTUSA put in this weekend to help Subaru claim their first ARA Championship victory.”

Higgins and Pastrana continue on to round two of the ARA Championship, the Oregon Trail Rally, beginning April 21st at Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR.




PRESS RELEASE: January 4, 2017

Subaru Announces New Driver Lineup for 2017 Factory Rallycross

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru Rally Team USA announced today Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) star Patrik Sandell and former Subaru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkinson will spearhead the factory team’s 2017 rallycross efforts. The two drivers will compete in the 2017 Red Bull GRC at the wheel of 2017 Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar prepared by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar.

“Subaru is very excited to have Patrik and Chris join our factory program,” stated Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager Rob Weir. “We’re confident they have the proper mix of skill and experience to bring us success in Red Bull GRC.”

Swede Patrik Sandell is one of the Red Bull GRC’s brightest stars and consistently one of the top drivers in the series. Since his GRC debut in 2013, Sandell has claimed 11 podiums and 3 race victories. Before joining Red Bull GRC Sandell was a standout in stage rally where he won the Swedish Junior Rally Championship in 2004, the Swedish N3 Rally Championship in 2005, then the Junior World Rally Championship in 2006. In 2010, he also finished second overall in the S-WRC.

“To finally be a part of the Subaru family is a childhood dream coming true,” said Sandell. “I was watching Subaru cars rallying all over the world as a kid, and I am now very proud to be in those same shoes. Subaru have been able to create a unique passion around its’ brand and cars that I really like, as I am so passionate about both rally and rallycross myself. I am really looking forward to meeting all the Subaru fans out there that share my passion for the sport. It feels like this is where I belong.”

Joining Sandell will be Australian Chris Atkinson who in late 2016 joined Subaru for four Red Bull GRC rounds. A former Subaru World Rally Team driver, with over 70 WRC starts in his career including 41 WRC stage wins and six podiums, Atkinson had never raced in rallycross before 2016 but seemed right at home in the much more powerful Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar. In just his third GRC weekend Atkinson earned the pole position at the 2016 GRC Los Angeles, a first for Subaru in the sport.

“I enjoyed my first taste of rallycross last year with the team, and it’s clear to see the potential both the team and the car have,” explains Atkinson. “I’m excited to come on board full-time with the squad, and I can’t wait to get started. The guys are working so hard in Vermont in the off-season now to really give Patrik and I something very special to drive in 2017.”

Sandell and Atkinson complete the Subaru Rally Team USA factory driver roster with teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana. Sandell and Atkinson will focus on GRC while Higgins and Pastrana will focus on stage rally in the newly formed American Rally Association (ARA). The Subaru program will also make efforts to explore opportunities to enter Higgins or Pastrana in select GRC rounds in 2017.

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

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


PRESS RELEASE: 18th October 2016

Subaru Closes 2016 Season with 1-2 Finish at Lake Superior Performance Rally

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru driver David Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew capped off another impressive championship run by dominating the final round of the 2016 Rally America National Championship at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR). The win affirmed Higgins 6th straight Rally America title, while earning Subaru the Manufacturer’s Championship. Higgins’ Subaru teammates Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant finished second in their matching Open Class Subaru WRX STI rally car.

Higgins entered LSPR with a mathematical lock on the Driver’s Championship crown, having won four Rally America rounds leading into the final race of the season. With the championship pressure off his back Higgins could focus solely on his friendly rivalry with his Subaru teammate Travis Pastrana. Pastrana led the rally’s opening loop after Higgins lost twenty seconds with an electrical issue on the first stage. However, Higgins quickly set to erase that deficit, pulling away from Pastrana and the rest of the field by winning the following six stages on day one. With a lead of over one-minute entering day two Higgins still didn’t let up, winning all but one of the day’s stages on his way to his fifth victory this year.

“It’s been a good season and we wouldn't be able to do it without the great help from our team. They do a fabulous job on my Subaru and I am very thankful for them,” explained Higgins. “As always, great job by my co-driver Craig Drew providing spot-on notes throughout the season. I’m looking forward to spending some time at home relaxing with my kids and watching them race karts."

After Higgins pulled away on day one, Pastrana opted to play it safe and hold position. LSPR is just his second event with co-driver Robbie Durant. The duo set out to improve their pace notes and work on perfecting their in-car communication ahead of 2017. "Robbie and I are working to get the notes as good as we can and also trying to understand the capabilities of our WRX STI. Learning the car, learning how to best work with my co-driver, as well as my own limits is a lot of work, thus we need some time before we even get to where David is now," said Pastrana.

LSPR is affectionately known in the rally community as the ‘oldest, meanest, toughest’ rally on the circuit. The event was a round of the very first official World Rally Championship schedule in 1973 and features technical gravel forest roads that are often impacted by the highly variably autumn weather of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This year the event culminated with a unique stage through downtown Houghton, Michigan, dubbed the Subaru Street Stage.

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

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




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