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X Games 13 Rally Notebook

 Photos: Morgan J Seagal/ESPN Images/Shazamm

IF YOU THOUGHT LAST YEAR’S X GAMES RALLY COULDN’T BE TOPPED, TAKE A LOOK!

 


Tanner Foust/Chrissie Beavis jump over Pat Moro/Mike Rossey.

X Games brought back rally as part of its show the first week of August 2007. Although held in the same location as the ninth and final stage of last year’s event – The Home Depot Center in Carson, California – the rally procedure was changed to one day of bracket racing on the Super Special course during the final day of the Games.

 

Subaru of America, Inc. once again fielded four STI-based rally cars, with driver/co-driver Travis Pastrana/Christian Edstrom in the Red Bull-sponsored #199, Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino in the Monster Energy #43, returning guest driver Colin McRae with co-driver Carolyn Bosley in the No Fear car #7, and guest driver Boris Said with rally legend John Buffum in the BFGoodrich #60.

 

NOTES ON SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA IN X GAMES RALLY

 

 

Wednesday, August 1

 


Stadium set up for motorcycles.


Preparing the 70-foot rally jump on the
stadium floor.

Crews set up service areas within the boundaries of the track. Not all the competitors had arrived. In fact, there was some question if one of them was going to make it – the #74 Mitsubishi of Ramana Lagemann/Mark Williams had suffered massive rear-end damage during jump practice earlier in the week.

 

Crews for the four cars made typical preparations to optimize car setups for the unique Super Special stage.

 

Around the stadium, protective barriers marked the two parking-lot portions of the track. Until Sunday, it was more accurate to consider them tracks. Sunday’s final rally configuration was to include start-up, jump, and a crossover on The Home Depot Center’s dirt-covered floor. However, the stadium portion wouldn’t be prepared until Saturday night. Until then, there were two tarmac tracks – one to the northwest and another northeast of the stadium.

 

The northwest track sported the longer straights. It ended with a turnaround that returned racecars along the same route.

 

The northeast track was the more technical, with two 90-degree corners that some drivers made into a long, sweeping turn. This track also had a tricky 180-degree turn and a third 90-degree turn. This track, too, ended in a turnaround.

 

The turnarounds were side-by-side, so competitors running head to head could see each other during the racing.

 

X Games 13 Rally was planned as a rally Super Special. No prior stages were to be run. Sunday’s event was positioned as single-bracket elimination racing: two cars racing each other and the car with the slower time eliminated. The format was unusual, and few in the service area knew how it would work … or even where portions of the track were located!

 

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