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Origins: Subaru in American Rallying – Part 2

  After convincingly winning the 2001 SCCA ProRally championship, Mark Lovell got the coveted #1 on his car for the 2002 season. Although
  he rolled on the fourth stage inthe Rim of the World Rally in California, the SRT USA mechanics fixed the crinkled car sufficiently for him to
  continue to a 4th-place finish.

  Photo: John Rettie

Mark Lovell, winner of the 1986 British Rally Championship, came out
of retirement in 2001 to lead SRT USA. He and co-driver Steve Turvey
won the 2001 SCCA ProRally championship in their WRX STi, with six
wins in 10 events.

Photos: Lars Gange |

Part 1 chronicled the history of Subaru involvement in U.S. rallying from the 1970s through the early 1990s. As in America during that period, Subaru rallying worldwide consisted of grassroots efforts with private teams supported by Subaru.


However, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) – the parent company of Subaru – precipitated dramatic changes in the 1990s by becoming decidedly more serious about rallying in 1989. That's when FHI formed a partnership with Prodrive in the United Kingdom, giving birth to the Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT). The effects of this seismic shift in Subaru's persona would take a decade to reach American shores.

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