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Old 12-03-2001, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default Travis Pastrana.....World Rally Champion in 2010?

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Old 12-03-2001, 11:02 AM   #2
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Team Principal David Lapworth said: "I have always thought how interesting it would be to see how a top flight motocross rider would fare in a rally car. This opportunity arose and we were able to see how Travis transferred his abilities."

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Following his WRC experience, Travis amazed the Subaru team with a selection of spectacular ten-metre high jumps over the rally car on his Suzuki motorcycle.

The link up came through the Subaru team clothing partner, Alpinestars, who also provide Travis with his competition motorcycle boots.
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Old 12-03-2001, 11:09 AM   #3
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This is stupid. Like riding a motorcycle is even close to driving a WRC car. I had an old Honda 200s 3-wheeler, where's my test?

Lapworth is on crack!!

Here's my favorite line from that article:

"On Monday Travis travelled with the team to mid-Wales where he used his vast knowledge of road surfaces and driving techniques to get to grips with rally driving and co-driving, firstly in a Mk2 Escort RS2000 and then a Subaru Group N rally car."

...uhhhh. "vast knowledge of road surfaces and driving techniques..." sure.

What the hell. If Travis Pastrana gets to drive one then Tony Hawk should be WRC Champion in 2 years with his vast knowledge of hard road surfaces and driving techniques. He could be SWRT's tarmac expert, like Panizzi is for Peugot.

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Old 12-03-2001, 11:47 AM   #4
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Oh, you're just jealous

It'd be nice to see an American in the ranks. If he does start, he's gotta get a co-driver with a helluva southern twang to confuse the europeans like they do with all of their co-drivers and their funny accents

If Pastrana does start driving for Subaru, I wanna see some no-handers, supermen, and nick-nacks from the in-car footage

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Old 12-03-2001, 12:15 PM   #5
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Actually, lots of WRC drivers started out on dirt bikes. In fact, both McRae brothers were big into MotoCross. I think Lapworth might know a bit more than us on the subject of WRC.
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:32 PM   #6
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Heres a pic

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Old 12-03-2001, 12:43 PM   #7
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I think it's cool!
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:49 PM   #8
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I race sail boats, can I test out a WRC Impreza too?
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:54 PM   #9
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STi Shawn... I think if you call Prodrive up, you'll be able to drive in the Monte Carlo rally. It sounds like you have all qualifications.

Seriously, SOA could inject some major interest in USA Rallying by sticking Pastrana in a SRT USA WRX for a bunch of SCCA rallies. It's like a "plug-n-play" audience. Next thing you know rallying will be billed as a new X-sport. I heard Rallycross will be an event in Philly next year at the X-Games.

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Old 12-03-2001, 12:57 PM   #10
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Here's the "Travis" article and pics from SWRT.com.

http://www.swrt.com/news/frameset_ne...article_id=104

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Old 12-03-2001, 01:09 PM   #11
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I think their is a Rally Race of Champions comming up soon. THis is where the best of other sports are pitted against the best of rallying, err something like that.

Anyways I know that two of the best motorcycle road racers will be racing. One of which is phenom Valetino Rossi (500gp world champ). I believe the other is Troy Bayliss. I would be willing to bet Rossi will turn some heads on 4 wheels. One thing bike racing ingrains in your head is smothness.

As for Travis, he has a good head on his shoulders and loads of natural talent.
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Old 12-03-2001, 01:56 PM   #12
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Well.....both Mcrae and Makinen tested in F1 cars and I highly doubt you see either one in a grand prix anytime soon. It looks like it was just a marketing ploy between a common sponsor to get some extra exposure. If I was an up and coming rally driver I would be annoyed that they wasted a test on some motoxer that wasn't dedicated to the sport....C
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Old 12-03-2001, 08:23 PM   #13
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There are some pictures at the www.swrt.com site. I like this one the best:

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Old 12-03-2001, 10:35 PM   #15
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Nice!
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Old 12-03-2001, 11:21 PM   #16
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aaaaa HAHAHAHAHAH. Too funny.
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Old 12-03-2001, 11:44 PM   #17
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Old 12-04-2001, 09:20 AM   #18
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Cool! You should put that dude from the WTC in there as a spectator.
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Old 12-04-2001, 02:20 PM   #19
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Gez..

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Cool! You should put that dude from the WTC in there as a spectator.
Here is another picture I found!

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Old 12-04-2001, 03:26 PM   #21
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I found waldo!
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Old 12-04-2001, 05:08 PM   #22
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i feel sorry for his tailbone once that car lands...
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Old 12-04-2001, 05:40 PM   #23
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Thank goodness Burnie's wearing a helmet

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Old 12-05-2001, 10:53 AM   #24
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I think the US Rally team should stick him in the car if he is fast. This would open up the rally sport to a whole new audience. ESPN, EXPN and the like. Crossover.
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Old 12-05-2001, 11:58 AM   #25
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two comments ...

i think it would be nice for the US rally team to have a US driver. espically an already famouse one, more fans = good.. any thing that takes fans away from the evil empire (nascar) is good

and some one should e-mail those pictures to David Lapworth ...
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