A new video gives Subaru Rally Team USA fans an idea of how much preparation is required to participate in the 2011 Rally America Championship and the X Games 17 RallyCross competition.
In the video, team members share their thoughts on why they enjoy rally racing. David Higgins, whose parents and grandparents rallied, says, “It’s the adventure of the Rally, of not knowing what’s coming, driving in the night – it’s something you can’t get the same kick from, from anywhere else.”
Dave Mirra says rally racing appeals to him because, “I love adrenaline, taking risks and unpredictable situations that you can somehow work your way out of.”
A stock Subaru WRX STI undergoes more than 1000 hours of preparation before it’s ready for rally racing. The suspension points are changed and weight is adjusted for optimal performance and when finished the cars boast anywhere from 350-550 hp with as much as 750 lb-ft of torque depending on the series and venue.
Higgins took the gold this year in Rally America, earning 84 points overall after winning three races and coming second in two in the six-event series. Teammate Dave Mirra came in fourth overall with a season total of 54 points.
The Subaru team didn’t fare as well in the X Games RallyCross this year. Eight rally cars battled through the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the win. Higgins and Mirra managed to slip into second and third place after the mayhem through the first turn but both suffered spins during the race losing their positions. Higgins spin put his SRT USA #75 car into the wall and he finished in sixth. Mirra’s SRT USA #40 car spun out during the transition from tarmac to gravel and dropped from second to fourth barley missing a podium finish.
Travis Pastrana broke his right foot and ankle in the Freestyle Motocross Best Trick event Friday. His #199 WRX STI was modified with a hand-controlled throttle linkage so he could drive. Pastrana overtook Marcus Gronholm for third place until a head-on collision with a tire barrier took him out of the race.