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Origins: Subaru in American Rallying – Part 5

 Pastrana/Edstrom attack the New England Forest Rally.
 Photos: Lars Gange | rally.subaru.com

“2006 was such a banner year for SRT USA with us earning the Rally America National Championship and sweeping the podium as the inaugural X GAMES, I went into 2007 with the knowledge that the past season was something very special.”

— James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc.

ACT 5 – THE 2007 SEASON 

 

Before Travis Pastrana ever found himself driving for Subaru, his dream was to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC). With success in his first two full years of professional rallying in the United States, his dream was about to come true. At the end of the 2006 season, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) announced that it would enter Pastrana in three rounds of the WRC in the Group N production class.

 

The team was excited at the prospect of developing a talented driver such as Pastrana, with the goal of having an American compete successfully at the top level of rallying. While this was a long-term plan, the immediate goal was to retain the Rally America National Championship title in 2007.

 


Travis Pastrana/Christian Edstrom winning the
Sno*Drift Rally.

 
Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino winning the 100 Acre Wood Rally
in 2007.

 

 

Rally America

 

In Michigan’s frigid January snow, Pastrana started the season with a victory in the Sno*Drift Rally. Although Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom lost an early lead to Tanner Foust, they were able to regain it two stages from the finish. They beat Foust by only six seconds. Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino in the second SRT USA WRX STI finished in 6th position.

 

A month later, Block won the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri. Pastrana finished second. At this rally, Block’s WRX STI appeared in a new black livery reflecting increased sponsorship from Monster Energy Drink.

 

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