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.
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.
FULLERTON, 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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.
Sébastien 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
Williston, 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.”
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew were crowned the 2013 Rally America National Champions, with a spectacular victory at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR); the final round of the 2013 Rally America Championship. Higgins entered LSPR locked in an epic season-long battle with rival Ken Block. Block needed a win at LSPR to steal the championship away from Higgins, who had led in points nearly all season. Higgins and Block both drove flat-out at LSPR, with Higgins edging ahead of Block near the mid-point of the rally. After sustaining heavy damage by rolling his car, Block retired, handing Higgins the rally win and more importantly the Championship, his third Rally America Driver’s Title in a row.
“It was the fastest that we have ever gone,” exclaimed Higgins at the podium. “Our Subaru has just been brilliant again. We’ve enjoyed this weekend and that was really the biggest, most important factor. Sure there was a lot of pressure, but we really went out there to have fun. Rally is a team sport and I’m so proud of the one we have behind us in Vermont SportsCar and Subaru of America. I’m so happy Craig (Drew) and I could step up our game to deliver for the team.”