SUBARU MOTORSPORTS TEAMS FACE CHANGES FOR THE 2010 SEASON – WITHIN THEIR SANCTIONING BODIES AS WELL AS WITHIN THE TEAMS THEMSELVES.
Just before this issue of Drive Performance went to press, both Subaru Motorsports teams competed in their first races of the 2010 season during the last weekend of January. This was the first of at least four times in 2010 that their events take place the same weekend. Subaru Road Racing Team kicked off its season at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and Subaru Rally Team USA began its season with the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan.
Here is what we knew about the teams and the series in which they compete prior to that first event weekend.
Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA)
Photos: Lars Gange | rally.subaru.com
SRT USA enters the 2010 Rally America National Championship with two Open Class Subaru Impreza WRX STIs. Driver/co-driver teams include defending four-time National Champion Travis Pastrana with Christian Edstrom (#199) and Dave Mirra with Derek Ringer (#40). The two cars are prepared and campaigned by Vermont SportsCar of Colchester, Vermont.
The team faces a significantly revised Rally America calendar. Rather than the nine rally events that were on the 2009 schedule, the series has scheduled six rally and three European-style rally cross events. Rally America describes European-style rally cross as "… the action sport of motor racing." It combines road racing, off-road racing, and rally racing similar to the X Games competitions that have taken place the last four years.
One of the major differences between rally and rally cross is that spectating is more centralized at rally cross. The 2010 rally cross events will take place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on August 20-22, October 8-10, and November 5-7. (Watch for more detailed information at www.rally-america.com.)
Rally America Managing Director J.B. Niday believes rally cross to be the next logical move for the growth of rally in America.
Watch for updates to this performance chart in the Editor’s Track Journal.