The Oregon Trail Rally never fails to disappoint with it’s amazing stages and the backdrops to those stages. It’d been 3 years since the last time I had made the journey out for the event and I had been itching to go back, so I decided there’s no time like the present. And boy, it did not disappoint.
David Higgins and Craig Drew had won the event 6 years in a row and would be looking to keep their streak in tact. Challenging them would teammates Travis Pastrana and Robbie Durant, Jeff Seehorn and Karen Jankowski in their brand new Subaru and Barry McKenna and Leon Jordan in a WRC prepared Ford Fiesta. Little did Higgins and Drew know what sort of battle they were in for.
The exciting series from Subaru Rally Team documenting the SRTUSA and Subaru Rallycross season returns with it’s first episode. The episode, ‘The Rivals Within’, showcases the first half of the battle between teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana at Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood and the development of the all new Subaru Rallycross STi car. The battle between Higgins and Pastrana in the forests of Missouri at 100 Acre Wood was an epic one. Episode 2 will feature the conclusion to the 100 Acre Wood battle, hold on to your seats as you go along for the ride!
After Travis Pastrana and Dodge cut ties after the 2013 Global Rallycross season and with Subaru only having one full-time driver in 2013, there was a bunch of speculation as to whether or not we might see Pastrana back in a Subaru for 2014. Well, it’s official, Pastrana and #199 is back. Pastrana will be teaming up with David Higgins for the 2014 Rally America season for the Subaru USA Rally Team.
Rally America needed some big news after Ken Block announced last week that he would be cutting back on his participation in Rally America to at most 2 events. Block blamed other commitments and conflicts as to why he would be missing most of the season. Adding a big name like Pastrana is a big boost that Rally America needed. Pastrana’s announcement comes just in time for the first Rally America National event of the year, SnoDrift on January 24-25 in Atlanta, MI.
Rumors are swirling about what Travis Pastrana will be doing next year. One thing is for sure, Pastrana will not be in a Dodge Dart for the 2014 Global Rallycross season.
“Yes, we’re wrapping up our partnership with the Pastrana 199 Racing team in the Global RallyCross series. At this point in time – Chrysler Group has no firm plans to participate in Global RallyCross next season,” said Dan Reid, Chrysler Group Communications SRT, Motorsports and Product Design.
Travis has also stated that he is done with NASCAR as well. Could we see Travis back in a Subaru for next year’s Rallycross and Rally America season? It’s sure looking like that might be a big possibility.