This is becoming a yearly thing. Last year I posted up some of the photos I thought were the best from 2010 and I wanted to do it again this year. I decided to try and pick photos with a story behind them, but I also picked some that were just fun photos. The year began with a trip to Rally America 100 Acre Wood and continued through to the RallyCross National Championships in Tulsa, with stops along the way at a lot of SCCA events and Pikes Peak. It was a busy year for sure!
I hope you enjoy the selections I made and I may add a few more if I run across some that deserve to be here. As always leave your comments and suggestions below.
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Travis Pastrana made an unexpected appearance at Rally America's Rally in the 100 Acre Wood after wrecking his Nascar Nationwide series car the previous day. It turned into quite an expensive weekend as Pastrana rolled the rented former Colin McRae Subaru STi on just the 2nd stage of the rally.
David Higgins made quite an impression in his 1st year on the US Subaru Rally Team, after replacing Travis Pastrana for 2011, by winning the 2011 Rally America Championship.
Dave Mirra nearly rolls his Subaru Rally Team STi at Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.
It was the last year that Pikes Peak would feature a gravel section, which made Monster Tajimas record setting run even more impressive. Monster was able to take is GoPro sponsored Suzuki up the mountain in under 10 minutes, the first person in history to accomplish this feat.
A bump on one of the corners on a very fast course at the 2011 SCCA ProSolo Finale caused some of the F125 Karts to catch some air.
The 2011 SCCA ProSolo Finale once again proved that grip is not an issue at the large concrete pad at Lincoln Air Park. Many cars were lifting wheels and Craig Wilcox even managed to get 2 wheels in the air in his D Stock Mini Cooper.
Tire care and temperature was a big issue at the 2011 TireRack SCCA Solo National Championships. The heat and rubber build up caused some unsusual strategies including lots of water spraying, swapping front to back and even a Super Stock driver using 3 sets of wheels and tires, 1 for each run.
Games were played in paddock throughout the 2011 TireRack SCCA National Championships, but kick the mufller was not one of those games. A CSP car lost a muffler on course and workers had to attempt to quickly remove the very hot object from course. Kicking it was the obvious solution...
It just isn't Nationals without at least one rainstorm. That rain came early delaying the start of competition on the first day of the 2011 SCCA TireRack Solo National Championships. Competitiors were wishing for rain as scorching temperatures set in for the rest of the week.
STU Competitor Pat Lipsinic looks on as some of his competition makes their way to the finish line on the final day of competition at the 2011 TireRack SCCA Solo National Championships.
It was a busy year for the Dirty Girls Rally Team of Brianne Corn and Christy Carlson. Brianne became the 1st women since Michelle Mouton to win her respective class at the Pikes Peak International HIll Climb. She also became just the 3rd women in SCCA history to win an open class at the SCCA Solo National Championships. Brianne also took home the regional championship in the Rally America Open Light class and was named an SCCA Star Performer.
The SCCA RallyCross National Championships moved to Tulsa, OK for 2011. The dry conditions at Tulsa Raceway Park made for a lot of dirt everywhere. Christy Carlson through up so much dirt she was forced to pause for a few seconds so that she could see the course. The delay on course ended up not costing her as she became the 1st women to trophy at a SCCA RallyCross National Championship. She also took home her 1st National Championship earlier this year at the 2011 TireRack SCCA Solo National Championships.
The new location in Tulsa for the 2011 SCCA RallyCross National Championship made for some great action as well. The slighty bumpier surface led to quite a few cars catching air and lifting wheels off the ground.
Level 5 Racing had a couple of their Ferrari F430s at Heartland Park Topeka to get some track time in at an SCCA Club Racing event.