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Defending Rally America Champion David Higgins has won the 2014 Oregon Trail Rally over his teammate Travis Pastrana after a massive comeback that came down to the last two stages of the three-day, 18 stage event. Pastrana had led the Oregon Trail Rally from the first stages and held his lead through all three days of competition until the penultimate stage, where two flat tires combined with a hard charging David Higgins forced Pastrana to relinquish the lead and settle for second overall.  Pastrana and Higgins each drove Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2014 Subaru WRX STI rally cars in what was a Subaru dominated event with the top five finishers at the wheel of Subaru rally cars.  Higgins’ supremacy in Oregon is further solidified with this being his fourth win in a row and sixth total, having won every Oregon Trail Rally he has entered.

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Porter, Texas
– Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple announced today it has joined forces with Subaru Rally Team USA in a multi-year agreement. The team, managed by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar, will begin to utilize Royal Purple products in each of its factory Rally and Rallycross teams.

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Porter, TX (April 22, 2014)
— Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple announced today that it will serve as the exclusive oil and lubricants sponsor for the Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar and Lites series through 2015.  The multi-year agreement is an extension of the successful partnership established in 2013, and includes an option for renewal through 2016.

Yokohama-Cam-Steele-2-27-13FULLERTON, CA – Building upon its success in 2013 – which included capturing a championship in drifting and winning the Trophy Truck class at the HDRA South Point Vegas 250 race – Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is gearing up for the 2014 motorsports season.

“It’s a new year and we are fielding another strong racing lineup,” said Duane Sampson, YTC manager, motorsports. “In other news, we’re truly excited to be the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series. From off-road to sports cars to drifting, we are definitely ready to race.”

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FULLERTON, CA
– Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is expanding its 2014 motorsports program to new arenas. The tire maker announced today it has signed an agreement to be the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series.

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Williston, VT
— The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, the second round of the Rally America National Championship, in Salem, Missouri on February 21-22nd is expected to reunite popular action sports drivers for one of the more anticipated entry lists in recent memory.

Subaru Rally Team USA announced last January that X Games action sports icon and star of the Nitro Circus television show, Travis Pastrana, will return to stage rally racing since trying his hand in NASCAR the last few years. Pastrana is a four-time Rally America Champion. He last competed with Rally America at this very event in 2011, but suffered a stage one crash that ended his event early.  See the 2011 Pastrana interview and aftermath video:

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Atlanta, MI
–  Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won a frigid Sno*Drift Rally to take the first victory of the 2014 Rally America National Championship season on January 24-25th in Atlanta, Michigan.

It was a close 2:10.5 finish for Higgins and Drew over Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Marshal Clarke, considering that getting stuck in a snowbank could change a team’s fortune instantly.

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Williston, VT
— The 41st running of the Sno*Drift Rally once again kicks-off the eight-round 2014 Rally America National Championship season on January 24-25, 2014 in Montmorency County, Michigan.

Sno*Drift is a performance rally that features prepared 2-wheel and 4-wheel-drive production cars on closed down timed sections of wintery roads It is the only planned snow event on the Rally America National Championship schedule attracting more than fifty domestic and international teams as well as legions of dedicated rally fans.

World Rally Ranking LogoSébastien OGIER is without question the number 1 of international rallying, as confirmed by the 2013 WRR (World Rally Ranking) promoted by the IRDA (International Rally Drivers Association), the first place is always occupied by the French driver, in second place the Belgian Thierry Neuville, the podium is completed by Finnish Jari-Matti Latvala. These three drivers are followed by 935 rally drivers from the 5 continents and 75 countries in the world, after the running all international rallies in the FIA calendar 2013, have scored the necessary results to enter the World Rally Ranking. This is the final standing of the new IRDA ranking for the first 15 positions:

Position              Driver Name                                     Nationality                                         Points
1                             Sebastien Ogier                              France                                                 7005
2                             Thierry Neuville                             Belgium                                              5655
3                             Jari-Matti Latvala                           Finland                                               5385

VP-Racing-Rally-America-12-23-13Williston, VT — Officials with Rally America, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally racing in the United States, renewed an agreement with VP Racing Fuel of San Antonio, Texas that will extend technical expertise and fuel delivery for Rally America national events through 2016.

The world-renowned racing fuel manufacturer will continue to serve as the “Official Fuel of the Rally America National Championship.” VP Racing Fuel’s Rally Max, MS100 and MS109E racing fuels have been designated the spec fuels for Rally America’s Open Class for 2014.

“I am pleased to continue the VP Racing Fuel relationship,” said Bill Fogg, Sr, CEO of Rally America, Inc. “Our rally teams have benefited from having a level playing field and having consistency in the development of their engines. VP Racing Fuel is a valuable resource in technical expertise and providing fuel at our events located in some of the more remote parts of the country.”