The defending five-time Rally America Champion David Higgins will have a new team-mate for the 2014 Rally America Championship: Travis Pastrana.
“Subaru is very excited to bring back both of our former rally champions,” said Rob Weir, Motorsports Marketing Manager at Subaru of America. “Between David and Travis, Subaru Rally Team USA has won the Rally America Championship seven times in the last eight years. Having them together this season will give us our best chance at defending our title.”
In 2013, Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins with co-driver Craig Drew won a season-long battle against Ford to win their third successive Rally America driver’s title and the Manufacturer’s title for Subaru of America.
Travis Pastrana, who began his auto racing career driving a Subaru in 2004, won four straight Rally America titles with Subaru Rally Team USA between 2006 and 2010. “I’m so happy to be back with the team I’ve been most successful with in the past,’s Pastrana. “Rally racing is where my heart is and it’s a privilege to do it in a Subaru. The competition is stronger and our cars are faster than they have ever been here in the USA. It won’t be easy to get back to the top, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!”
Pastrana will make his debut at the second round of the series, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood held in Salem, MO on 21 – 22 February. Pastrana will also compete in Global RallyCross at X Games on 6 – 7 June. Pastrana and Higgins will compete in 2014 Impreza WRX STI rally cars. Both cars are prepared and managed by Vermont SportsCar, who also manages Subaru of America’s rallycross efforts in the Global RallyCross Championship. The all-new 2015 Impreza WRX STI rally version will debut later in 2014.