Subaru Rally Team USA

Last updated
Flag of the United States.svg Subaru Rally Team USA
SRTUSA.svg
Founded2001
Team principal(s) Lance Smith
Current series ARX Rallycross
American Rally Association
Former series Global Rallycross
Rally America
SCCA ProRally
Noted drivers Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen
Flag of the United States.svg Ken Block
Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek
Flag of the United States.svg Dave Mirra
Current drivers18 Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sandell
55 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Atkinson
75 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins
199 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana
70 Flag of Sweden.svg Oliver Solberg
Teams'
Championships
76

Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) is Subaru's rally team that participates in events in the United States and its operations are managed by Vermont SportsCar, [1] previously Prodrive.

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History

The team was started in 2000 with cars prepared by Prodrive and raced in the SCCA ProRally championship and continued until 2004. In 2006, the team management was handed over to Vermont SportsCar. [2]

Since 2001 Vermont SportsCar has had a relationship with Subaru of America who has served as both a sponsor and partner. Subaru utilizes the sport of rallying to promote their line-up of all-wheel-drive vehicles, specifically the Subaru Impreza WRX STI which has dominated rallying in both the US and internationally for decades.

Starting in 2006 Vermont SportsCar began managing the operations of Subaru Rally Team USA. In their first year Vermont SportsCar took Subaru Rally Team USA to four straight Rally America National Championship driver's titles with driver Travis Pastrana (2006-2009).

In 2010 the team welcomed Dave Mirra to a full-time role as the team's 2nd driver alongside Pastrana, who was participating in a limited schedule of events. In 2011 Pastrana left the team to pursue NASCAR and was replaced by multi-time British and American rally champion David Higgins. Alongside his co-driver Craig Drew, David drove his WRX STI to 8 National Championships in a 9-year span, including a Perfect Season in 2015. [3] Pastrana made a return to the team in 2014 and continues to be their main driver for stage rally competition with the American Rally Association.

The team utilizes the Subaru WRX STI and rally prepares the cars nearly entirely in-house at Vermont SportsCar, including the shell prep, roll-cages, engines and many of the composite parts. The same highly skilled rally technicians that build each of team's cars at Vermont SportsCar also serve as the service crew that travel to each event.

Although they primarily compete in the American Rally Association National Championship and Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX), the team also competes occasionally in the Canadian Rally Championship, the X Games and the World Rally Championship.

In 2019, the team changed its name to Subaru Motorsports USA along with a revision to the structure of its U.S. racing activities, which now combines stage rally, rallycross, record attempts, off-road racing, and circuit racing under the banner of Subaru Motorsports. [4] Subaru Motorsports USA has been a seminal force in the rise in popularity of rallying in North America.

Rally

Subaru Rally Team USA participated in Rally America events, Canadian Rally Championship events, and previously participated in the World Rally Championship for a short time. Since taking on the American rally stages they have amassed 13 National Championships (5 with Pastrana, 8 with Higgins). Occasionally, the team has made entries in WRC with Ramana Lagemann at Rally New Zealand in 2003 and David Higgins at Rally GB in 2015. Stage Rally competition with the American Rally Association continues to be a staple of the teams focus.

Rallycross

The team participated in the Global RallyCross Championship and X-Games events until they were replaced by the Americas Rallycross Championship in 2018. In 2006 and 2007, Colin McRae participated in X-Games with the team. He rolled the car due to an awkwardly landed jump, but still managed to finish in second place, right behind Travis Pastrana.

On May 4, 2012, Subaru announced their partnership with Puma and their new rallycross team, Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA. The three-driver team consisted of Dave Mirra, Bucky Lasek, and Sverre Isachsen. [5] On September 11, 2013, SRT USA contracted their Global Rallycross effort to two cars, releasing Dave Mirra. [6] The team eventually made a shift in their lineup switching out Lasek and Isachsen with GRC star Patrik Sandell and former SWRT driver Chris Atkinson before the Global RallyCross Championship ended in 2017.

In 2018 IMG founded the Americas Rallycross Championship which effectively replaced GRC. Sandell and Atkinson continued with the team during the transition and added Scott Speed to the roster the following year. Despite countless podiums, overall wins, and a championship within grasp, ARX wrapped up after just two seasons with no further rallycross programs in sight.

Championship wins

SeasonDriverCo-Driver
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Lovell Flag of the United States.svg Frank Cunningham
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana Flag of Sweden.svg Christian Edstrom
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana Flag of Sweden.svg Christian Edstrom
2008 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Ringer
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Ringer
2011 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2012 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2013 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2014 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2015 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2016 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robbie Durant
2018 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew
2019 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins Flag of England.svg Craig Drew

Video games

SRT USA heavily appeared in the racing game Colin McRae: DiRT 2 with 2008 drivers Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, and Dave Mirra. The #199 and #40 SRT USA cars also appeared in DiRT 3 Ramana Lagemann's SCCA ProRally #4 rally car appears on the cover Colin McRae Rally 2005 . SRT USA cars also are included in Rallisport Challenge , Rallisport Challenge 2 , Colin McRae Rally 04 , Project Gotham Racing , V-Rally 3 , and Sega Rally Revo . In 2016 both Travis Pastrana and David Higgins appeared in Forza Horizon 3, as DLC.

Racing record

Complete Global Rallycross Championship results

(key)

AWD

YearEntrantCarNo.Driver12345678GRCPoints
2011 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza GR WRX STI 40 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Mirra IRW1IRW2SEA1
5
SEA2
6
PIK1PIK2LA1
6
LA2
5
8th57
75 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins IRW1IRW2SEA1SEA2PIK1
4
PIK2
2
LA1
3
LA2
7
7th57
199 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana IRW1IRW2SEA1SEA2PIK1PIK2LA1LA2
4
19th13

Supercar

YearEntrantCarNo.Driver123456789101112GRCPoints
2012 Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 11 Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen CHA
12
TEX
10
LA
10
LOU
13
LV
3
LVC
12
9th40
40 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Mirra CHA
9
TEX
11
LA
15
LOU
10
LV
13
LVC
6
12th35
75 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins CHATEXLA
7
LOULVLVC19th10
81 Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek CHA
11
TEX
14
LA
13
LOU
11
LV
8
LVC
7
13th35
2013 Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 11 Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen BRAMUN1
17
MUN2
8
LOU
6
BRI
4
IRW
3
ATL
3
CHA
8
LV
5
7th86
40 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Mirra BRAMUN1
15
MUN2
14
LOU
13
BRI
11
IRW
15
ATL
4
CHA
12
LV
DNS
12th36
81 Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek BRAMUN1
14
MUN2
11
LOU
8
BRI
12
IRW
11
ATL
12
CHA
16
LV
14
11th49
2014 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 11 Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen BAR
6
AUS
15
DC
10
NY
8
CHA
2
DAY
5
LA1
10
LA2
4
SEA
1
LV
5
5th280
81 Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek BAR
13
AUS
2
DC
11
NY
12
CHA
6
DAY
3
LA1
11
LA2
5
SEA
14
LV
3
8th215
199 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana BARAUS
7
DCNYCHADAYLA1LA2SEALVNC-
2015 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 11 Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen FTA
9
DAY1
10
DAY2
11
MCAS
6
DET1
12
DET2
12
DCLA1
4
LA2
13
BAR1
7
BAR2
12
LV
14
11th136
81 Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek FTA
10
DAY1
DNS
DAY2
12
MCAS
7
DET1
11
DET2
8
DCLA1
DNS
LA2
DNS
BAR1BAR2LV
8
12th88
199 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Pastrana FTADAY1DAY2MCASDET1DET2DCLA1
7
LA2
6
BAR1BAR2LVNCNC
2016 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 11 Flag of Norway.svg Sverre Isachsen PHO1PHO2DALDAY1DAY2MCAS1
11
MCAS2
C
DC
11
AC
9
SEALA1LA217th19
55 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Atkinson PHO1PHO2DALDAY1DAY2MCAS1MCAS2
C
DCAC
11
SEA
6
LA1
7
LA2
7
11th88
75 Flag of the Isle of Man.svg David Higgins PHO1PHO2DALDAY1DAY2MCAS1MCAS2
C
DCACSEA
9
LA1
6
LA2
9
13th57
81 Flag of the United States.svg Bucky Lasek PHO1PHO2DALDAY1DAY2MCAS1
10
MCAS2
C
DC
9
AC
10
SEALA1LA215th34
88 Flag of Japan.svg Toshi Arai PHO1PHO2DALDAY1DAY2MCAS1MCAS2
C
DCACSEALA1
13
LA2
13
19th4
2017 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI 18 Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sandell MEM
9
LOUTHO1
6
THO2
5
OTT1
9
OTT2
7
INDY
8
AC1
9
AC2
10
SEA1
7
SEA2
3
LA
3
8th582
55 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Atkinson MEM
9
LOUTHO1
7
THO2
3
OTT1
4
OTT2
9
INDY
8
AC1
9
AC2
4
SEA1
3
SEA2
5
LA
9
7th585

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