The 2008 season was big for Subaru motorsports. Championship-contending performances on three fronts have notched up expectations for 2009.
The factory-backed Subaru of America (SOA) motorsports teams drove to success in 2008:
- Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) campaigned by Vermont SportsCar won the Rally America National Champioship and medals at X Games 14.
- Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) campaigned by ICY Racing/Phoenix Performance contended for the championship in its first complete Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series ST Class season.
- Plus, SOA made a foray into time attack with new partner Crawford Performance.
The Year That Was – 2008
The last two issues of Drive Performance carried finishing results from the nine Rally America National Championship events and X Games Rally in which SRT USA competed as well as the 10 KONI Challenge ST Class races entered by SRRT.
Here's another way to look at the season's results.
The rally team with drivers/co-drivers Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino (#43 MONSTER Energy®1 STI) and Travis Pastrana/Derek Ringer (#199 Red Bull®2 STI) dominated Rally America. Through the nine rallies, SRT USA accumulated six 1st-, three 2nd-, and two 3rd-place finishes. Unless forced to retire from an event, the two cars finished 7th or higher – but usually on the podium.
Pastrana/Ringer won the Rally America National Championship drivers' championship with three 1sts, two 2nds, one 3rd, and a total of 130 points. That makes three championships in a row for Pastrana.
Block/Gelsomino finished 2nd in the drivers' championship, with three wins, one 2nd, and 86 points. Block has finished 3rd and 2nd in the championship the last two years. He was Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Both drivers medaled at X Games 14 Rally – Pastrana winning gold along with co-driver Carolyn Bosley and Block/Gelsomino tying for bronze.
Both cars also competed in the Production WRC during the year.