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Old 02-01-2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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Well Travis Patrana and his co-driver have started their sean off to a good start!!! They wond the 2009 Sno Drift Rally!! Here is the info:





Subaru Rally Team USA’s Travis Pastrana takes first 2009 win

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana scored the first victory of the 2009 season with a decisive win at Sno*Drift in northern Michigan.

Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom built a healthy lead from the start, ending Day 1 with a 52-second lead over challenger Tanner Foust. By the end of the contest, the duo had extended the gap to a minute and 49 seconds.

“It’s a great way to start the season, with points under my belt,” said Pastrana. “But every mailbox looked like a deer on that last stage.”

Deer have become something of a theme for Pastrana and Edstrom at Sno*Drift. Last year at this event, Pastrana and Edstrom lost their lead when they struck a deer on the second-to-last stage and were unable to finish.

Rockstar Energy’s Foust and co-driver Chrissie Beavis picked up the pace throughout the event as they became more familiar with the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon they were campaigning for the first time at this event.

“Getting used to a new car takes time and there will be that learning curve for us again at the next round,” said Foust, who is expected to campaign a Mitsubishi at 100 Acre Wood in February. “But I’m excited about this year.”

Third place went to NOS Energy team of Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard and Marc Goldfarb, who overcame handling problems with their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to pull into the podium position late on Day 2.

“It was a classic snow rally,” said Comrie-Picard at the finish. “We stayed in it and didn’t make any mistakes.”

The event was a heartbreaker for Bill Bacon and Bill Watt who had been in strong contention for a podium position when they spun off the road late on the second day. They were able to finish the contest but wound up in fifth-place overall, behind Polish driver Andi Mancin and co-driver Maciej Wislawski.

The contest was also a disappointment for Pastrana’s Subaru Rally Team USA teammates Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino. They were battling for the lead Friday when they went off the road, then suffered mechanical problems that ended their rally. Winter events have not typically been kind to the duo; the conditions don’t suit Block’s flat-out style.

“Ice and snow rallies are lotteries,” said Gelsomino. “We don’t want to mess with this stuff anymore.”

Pastrana partnered again for this contest with Edstrom after the co-driver’s year-long hiatus from the sport. His 2008 co-driver Derek Ringer is competing alongside Subaru Rally Team USA’s newest member Dave Mirra.

Although Mirra is contesting this event in an Open class Subaru, he is expected to begin a campaign for the new Super Production title at the next round, when his new car is ready.

Bryan Pepp and Jerry Stang scored the first national victory in the new Super Production class in a Subaru WRX. The class features lightly modified performance vehicles and is expected to be hotly contested this season.

“It feels pretty darn good to be here,” said Pepp. “We managed to come out ahead by being consistent and steady and staying in control; that’s what it takes.”

Chris Greenhouse and Don DeRose took the win in the new combined two-wheel drive class after mechanical trouble put an end to a promising start by young driver Kyle Sarasin and co-driver Alexander Kihurani. They finished second in class.

Sno*Drift is the first stop on the 2009 Rally America National Championship. It is the only winter weather event in the national championship. The championship moves to Missouri for Round 2, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, February 27-28.

About Rally America

Based in Golden Valley, Minn., Rally America sanctions the premier rally racing series in the United States, the Rally America National Championship Series. In 2009, Rally America will conduct nine National Championship events at venues across the country, from Olympia, Wash., to Bethel, Maine. Rally America competitors reach speeds well over 100 mph in modified street cars on natural-terrain courses of gravel, dirt or snow. Additionally, through a partnership with ESPN, qualifying Rally America drivers are invited to compete in the Summer X Games, the annual leading action sports event that is broadcast live on ABC and ESPN.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:48 PM   #3
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Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana scored the first victory of the 2009 season with a decisive win at Sno*Drift in northern Michigan.

Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom built a healthy lead from the start, ending Day 1 with a 52-second lead over challenger Tanner Foust. By the end of the contest, the duo had extended the gap to a minute and 49 seconds.

“It’s a great way to start the season, with points under my belt,” said Pastrana. “But every mailbox looked like a deer on that last stage.”

Deer have become something of a theme for Pastrana and Edstrom at Sno*Drift. Last year at this event, Pastrana and Edstrom lost their lead when they struck a deer on the second-to-last stage and were unable to finish.

Rockstar Energy’s Foust and co-driver Chrissie Beavis picked up the pace throughout the event as they became more familiar with the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon they were campaigning for the first time at this event.

“Getting used to a new car takes time and there will be that learning curve for us again at the next round,” said Foust, who is expected to campaign a Mitsubishi at 100 Acre Wood in February. “But I’m excited about this year.”

Third place went to NOS Energy team of Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard and Marc Goldfarb, who overcame handling problems with their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to pull into the podium position late on Day 2.

“It was a classic snow rally,” said Comrie-Picard at the finish. “We stayed in it and didn’t make any mistakes.”

The event was a heartbreaker for Bill Bacon and Bill Watt who had been in strong contention for a podium position when they spun off the road late on the second day. They were able to finish the contest but wound up in fifth-place overall, behind Polish driver Andi Mancin and co-driver Maciej Wislawski.

The contest was also a disappointment for Pastrana’s Subaru Rally Team USA teammates Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino. They were battling for the lead Friday when they went off the road, then suffered mechanical problems that ended their rally. Winter events have not typically been kind to the duo; the conditions don’t suit Block’s flat-out style.

“Ice and snow rallies are lotteries,” said Gelsomino. “We don’t want to mess with this stuff anymore.”

Pastrana partnered again for this contest with Edstrom after the co-driver’s year-long hiatus from the sport. His 2008 co-driver Derek Ringer is competing alongside Subaru Rally Team USA’s newest member Dave Mirra.

Although Mirra is contesting this event in an Open class Subaru, he is expected to begin a campaign for the new Super Production title at the next round, when his new car is ready.

Bryan Pepp and Jerry Stang scored the first national victory in the new Super Production class in a Subaru WRX. The class features lightly modified performance vehicles and is expected to be hotly contested this season.

“It feels pretty darn good to be here,” said Pepp. “We managed to come out ahead by being consistent and steady and staying in control; that’s what it takes.”

Chris Greenhouse and Don DeRose took the win in the new combined two-wheel drive class after mechanical trouble put an end to a promising start by young driver Kyle Sarasin and co-driver Alexander Kihurani. They finished second in class.

Sno*Drift is the first stop on the 2009 Rally America National Championship. It is the only winter weather event in the national championship. The championship moves to Missouri for Round 2, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, February 27-28.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:11 PM   #5
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I'd hardly call it 'work'.

Also, I read the article last night.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:29 PM   #6
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So...what happend to Block? I know he went out the first day.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:07 AM   #7
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Ken crashed on stage six; the car came by under tow as we were packing up the finish.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:38 AM   #8
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Ken crashed on stage six; the car came by under tow as we were packing up the finish.
Any details as to exactly what happened? Deer, tree, snowmobiler?
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No clue; the car had no front end, but from pictures I've seen that's how it went into the stage, too. I'd say mechanical or just plain stuck in the snow. There was a lot of that going on, especially with marshals over the weekend.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:36 PM   #10
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I'm glad and surprised Christian came back to co-drive! What's the story there?
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Any details as to exactly what happened? Deer, tree, snowmobiler?
Blown motor.
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wanna know too...
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from the article...
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from the article...
Yesyes yes I read that part.

Since "Bjorn" posts here at NASIOC (or used to) I'd be interested to know what pulled him back in.

Could be a little politicky though...
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Another deer. That would be too much for poor Ken!

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Yeah, it was a deer.



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