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Subaru Motorsports:
2012 Midseason Review



Three Different Motorsports – What’s the Difference?


As pointed out in this article’s introduction, Subaru is involved in three different types of motorsports. We asked Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager James Han to clarify each of them.


Stage rallying is made up of special stages (can be on-road, but mainly off-road) where cars are sent off into each stage one at a time, racing against the clock. Each stage may or may not be different, and the eventual winner holds the shortest cumulative stage times by the end of the rally. Rallying requires both a driver and co-driver; pre-rally preparation usually involves one or two reconnaissance laps of the stages driven at lawful speeds for competitors so they may create their own ‘stage notes’ – a shorthand version of driving directions designed to be read by the co-driver to the driver when piloting through each competition stage. Accurate notes and proper timing of each note read are crucial elements to both driver safety and quick stage times. Races are run independent of weather conditions.


“On the other hand, rallycross eliminates the need for co-drivers. It features head-to-head heat races involving multiple cars competing on a relatively short course to determine heat groupings. The heats culminate to an A-Main Final from which the winner and podium finishers are determined – not unlike a bracket-style format. Traditionally set on road courses with dirt/gravel sections, cars are equipped with rallycross-specific tires designed for mixed traction conditions to create an optimal performance compromise. Each heat can consist of up to six race laps and requires every competitor to run a joker (shortcut) lap at least once; the joker lap comprises an alternate section within the race course that either lengthens or shortens the distance between cars in an effort to minimize the ‘parade lap’ effect whereby competitors, unable to complete passes on-course, finish in the same position as they had exited the first corner.


“Unlike most road racing series, the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is less of a sprint race and more of a mini-endurance event, typically lasting 150 minutes and requiring at least one driver change during each race. Replacing tires and refueling are normal processes within a pit stop session, while the best strategy in timing each pit stop can play a crucial role in a team’s final race position. Races are run rain or shine.”



SRRT in the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport Class
Round/Date        Event/Track Location Drivers Qualifying/ Finishing Positions
Round 1 –
January 26-27
GRAND-AM 200, Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 7/28 (DNF1)
Round 2 –
March 30-31
Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 3/23 (DNF2)
Round 3 –
April 27-29
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 1/3
Round 4 –
May 11-13
New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 1/1
Round 5 –
June 8-9
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 4/183
Round 6 –
June 22-23
Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 6/21 (DNF1)
Round 7 –
June 29-July 1
Continental Tire 150, Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York Andrew Aquilante/Bret Spaude 12/12
Round 8 –
July 27
Super Weekend at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Indiana    
Round 9 –
September 7-9
Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, California    
Round 10 –
September 28-30   
Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut    


1 Accident
2 Rear differential
3 Broken suspension




Rally America National Rally Championship – Stage Rally
Round/Date     Event/Location Driver Driver Finishing Position Driver Standings
Round 1 –
January 27-28     
Sno*Drift Rally, Atlanta, Michigan David Higgins 1 1
Round 2 –
February 24-25   
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, Salem, Missouri David Higgins 2 1
Round 3 –
May 4-6  
Oregon Trail Rally, Portland, Oregon David Higgins 1 1
Round 4 –
June 1-2  
Susquehannock Trail Rally, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania David Higgins 2 1
Round 5 –
July 13-14          
New England Forest Rally, Newry, Maine      
Round 6 –
September 22-23 
Olympus Rally, Seattle, Washington      
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