Tough luck for ACP, but X Games hopes are high PORTLAND, OR (ACP Rally Media) -- It was a tough weekend for driver Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard at the Oregon Trail Rally, but the team's X Games hopes are higher than ever. Mechanical trouble...
Tough luck for ACP, but X Games hopes are high
PORTLAND, OR (ACP Rally Media) -- It was a tough weekend for driver Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard at the Oregon Trail Rally, but the team's X Games hopes are higher than ever.
Mechanical trouble during a demonstration session immediately before the race sidelined the popular team before they could even start.
But, in a show of determined spirit, driver ACP and co-driver Marc Goldfarb donned their helmets and suited up to push their disabled car across the starting line on Friday -- to the approving cheers of fans assembled in the stands at the Portland International Raceway.
The team traveled cross-country from their Pennsylvania home at Slowboy Racing to attend the contest. ACP said he had been looking for the chance to test his technical skill on the challenging course through the Coast Mountain Range.
"We never give up; if we could have pushed the car all the way to the end of the rally, we would have," said ACP. "Our fans are incredibly supportive, and we always want to give them a show."
The team was only the first of many forced out of the high-attrition contest in western Oregon April 20-22. Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana pulled off the course after less than four miles with a blown engine, while former champion Pat Richard withdrew a day later due to brake failure.
"Rally car racing is extremely tough and retirements are inevitable even at the very top of the game," said ACP. "Sometimes it just isn't your race."
The leading team remains in a very strong position to qualify for the ESPN X Games Rally this summer. A good start to the season means they are in the top-five of the championship standings and, with two races remaining in the qualification series, are confident they will be among the 12 teams to take on the high-profile Los Angeles race. This team is actively seeking additional sponsors to join them.
The driver will stay on the west coast to refresh the car for the Olympus Rally next month (May 19 and 20) in Washington state. "It's our turn for another win," said ACP. "We're really excited about the next round."
The win in Oregon went to Australian Andrew Pinker in a Subaru. The race -- the third round in the series -- had a surprisingly high rate of attrition. A packed field of over 76 racers took to the start and, by the end of the three-day contest, only 44 remained.
ACP was also among the top drivers selected to take part in a fan festival in downtown Portland, a demonstration stage for media and a little league baseball night held in partnership with the race. Always pleased to interact with fans, he said he was grateful for the opportunity this weekend and looks forward to taking part in similar activities as the series makes its way across the continent.
Rally car racing is considered the extreme sport of automobile racing and is often described simply as "real cars, real roads, real fast." This all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over courses that cover more than 100 miles of gravel, dirt or snow-covered roads.
Complete television coverage of the 2007 Rally America Championship and the 2007 Summer X Games air on ABC and ESPN.