RALLY AMERICA 2014
here are so many things that can go
wrong in stage rallying. One misstep and
it’s game over – there’s no ducking into
the pits for a new tire or to replace a
body panel. Why do people say rally
drivers are the best racing drivers in the
world? Because they must be.
Blasting through the woods on loose
surfaces – gravel, snow – on unfamiliar roads,
perhaps in the dark, and doing it faster than
the rest, requires precision, endurance and
reliability. To do it well enough and
consistently enough to win four straight
championships is nothing short of amazing.
Yet that’s exactly what David Higgins,
co-driver Craig Drew and Subaru Rally
Team USA have accomplished. The team
secured a fourth consecutive Rally America
crown in 2014, winning seven of eight
events in a series that ranges from the
snows of Michigan, to the fast dirt roads of
Oregon, to the gravel forest trails of Maine.
With the support of the team at Vermont
SportsCar that preps the WRX STI cars and
teammate Travis Pastrana, it was a near
flawless season in a grueling championship.
“When you compare Rally America to
other domestic championships, it’s streets
ahead,” says Welshman Higgins. “In fact,
That variety of challenges is what makes
Rally America, which took over from SCCA
as the premier sanctioning body for stage
rally in the U.S. almost a decade ago, such a
good proving ground for Subaru.
“Our cars fit so well for the sport,” says
Rob Weir, Subaru of America motorsports
marketing manager. “Because Subarus
are predominantly all-wheel drive vehicles
and turbocharged, it fits the rally mold
perfectly. Rally America offers us a lot of
diverse events from coast to coast. There’s
Subaru Rally Team USA’s serial champion David Higgins did it again
in 2014, taking a fourth straight Rally America title in his WRX STI.
David Higgins and his
co-driver, Craig Drew,
dominated the 2014
winning seven of the
eight events in their
Subaru Rally Team
USA WRX STI.
WORDS Richard S. James
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