Subaru Rally Team USA Hits The Oregon Trail
(May 14, 2008) Subaru Rally Team USA lands in Portland, Oregon, this week for the Oregon Trail Rally, round four of the 2008 Rally America National Championship. The event kicks off on Friday, May 16th as Subaru drivers Travis Pastrana and Ken Block first tackle several mixed surface stages at Portland International Raceway. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the real rallying begins, with competition covering nearly 120 miles of serpentine gravel logging roads west of Portland in the Tillamook State Forest. Pastrana and Block will be at the wheel of their Open Class, BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars.
Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino will be looking to extend their lead in the Rally America National Championship after winning the last two rounds in convincing fashion. "This will be the first event in many races where there is no pre-event recce (reconnaissance), so that will make it tricky not just for us, but for everybody," explained Block. "We are going to rally with an eye at collecting more championship points to increase our championship lead."
Pastrana and co-driver Derek Ringer sit 4th Overall in the championship, after finishing 2nd overall behind Block in the last two events. "I am looking forward to the more technical mountain roads of Oregon," said Pastrana. "The season is just getting started but Ken Block has set himself as the man to beat. If we can't stop him here, I think the rest of us are in for a long season!"
Subaru Rally Team USA and other leading Rally America drivers will be signing autographs alongside their rally cars at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on Thursday from 11am-1pm. Pastrana and his Subaru rally car will also make an appearance at the Thursday Night Motocross at Portland International Raceway from 7:00pm-8:30pm where he will sign autographs. The Oregon Trail Rally begins at 5:00pm on Friday at the Portland International Raceway and then continues through Saturday and Sunday with gravel stages near Vernonia, Oregon.