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2008 Subaru Motorsports Preview

 The Subaru Road Racing Team Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B #111 was co-driven by Chuck Hemmingson and Kristian Skavnes.

THE SUBaRU MOTORSPORTS TEAMS ENTER THE 2008 SEASON WITH CONSIDERABLE MOMENTUM FROM 2007. BOTH SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA AND SUBARU ROAD RACING TEAM EXPECT TO EXTEND THEIR RACING SUCCESSES.

 

In addition to its support of a variety of performance events in which Subaru owners are involved, Subaru of America, Inc. sponsors two race teams – Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) and Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT). Each Subaru Motorsports team is managed by well-established racing organizations with plenty of experience and success in its type of racing. Vermont SportsCar of Colchester, Vermont, campaigns SRT USA, and ICY Racing of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, fields SRRT.

 

SRT USA BACKGROUND

 

Vermont SportsCar is owned by former rally driver/co-driver and car builder Lance Smith. It fields the two SRT USA teams competing in the Rally America National Championship. Vermont SportsCar also manages the Subaru Rally Support Parts Truck vehicle and the Subaru Rally Contingency Programs.

 



The Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza WRX STI Red Bull #199 is driven by Travis Pastrana with co-drivers Christian Edstrom and Derek Ringer.
Photo: David Seaver/rally.subaru.com

The SRT USA driver/co-driver pairing of Travis Pastrana/Christian Edstrom has won the Rally America National Championship two years in a row – 2006 and 2007. After the Sno*Drift Rally in January 2008, Derek Ringer replaced Edstrom as Pastrana’s co-driver. Ringer, a professional co-driver since 1988, is best known for his success co-driving for World Rally Championship (WRC) legend Colin McRae in the early 1990s. Along with Pastrana and his co-drivers, teammates Ken Block/Alessandro Gelsomino are always contenders at every Rally America National Championship event.

 

In addition, both teams explored the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) of the international WRC during 2007. For the 2008 season, they are slated to compete in selected PWRC events. (You can find the PWRC schedule as part of the 2008 WRC schedule in the Version 5.1 “Origins” article.) The team’s 2008 Impreza WRX STI rally cars will debut early in the season.

 

RESULTS – SRT USA IN THE 2007 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

2008 TEAM


RED BULL #199 (2008 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)

Travis Pastrana – driver

Photos: Lars Gange/rally.subaru.com

Christian Edstrom – co-driver

Photo: Lars Gange/rally.subaru.com

Derek Ringer – co-driver

Photo: Lars Gange/rally.subaru.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTER ENERGY™ #43 (2008 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)

Ken Block – driver

Photo: Lars Gange/rally.subaru.com

Alex Gelsomino – co-driver

Photo: Lars Gange/rally.subaru.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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