Pastrana Returns to Global Rallycross With Subaru
One of American rally’s most iconic pairings is due for a reunion in 2014: Travis Pastrana will return to the wheel of a Vermont SportsCar-prepared Subaru WRX STI at the Global Rallycross round at X Games Austin this June.
Pastrana, who won two of the first three X Games gold medals in Rally Car Racing in 2006 and 2008, first joined Subaru in 2004. Between 2006 and 2009, he took 15 Rally America overall victories on the way to four consecutive series championships. Pastrana’s last race in a Subaru came in July 2011, when he raced in the Global Rallycross season finale with a specially-modified car that accommodated a broken leg he had suffered just days before.
For the past two years, Pastrana competed with his own team in Global Rallycross, making ten starts in the #199 Dodge Dart. He earned a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July 2012, made the main event in all five of his 2013 starts, and closed his program with a podium finish in Las Vegas last November.
Vermont SportsCar has competed for the past two seasons under the Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team banner, with drivers Sverre Isachsen, Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra, and David Higgins all taking turns behind the wheel. Isachsen has earned three podium finishes for the team, including a bronze medal at the final X Games Los Angeles last August, while the team led Subaru to second place in the Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship in 2013.
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