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SUBARU MOTORSPORTS USA RETURNS TO RALLY AT SOUTHERN OHIO
Scioto County, O.H. , Jul 15, 2020
Subaru Motorsports USA will kick off its 2020 American Rally Association (ARA) season at Saturday’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally (SOFR), debuting the team’s new driver line-up of Travis Pastrana and Brandon Semenuk after a nine-month off-season hiatus. Five-time national rally champion Pastrana and 2018 North American Rally Cup title-winner Semenuk will take to the stages in the team’s signature blue and gold WRX STI rally cars in pursuit of the team’s fourteenth overall American title.
The field at SOFR promises big challenges, with current championship leader Barry McKenna at the top of the list. Pastrana and Semenuk will need to be in top form early to narrow the championship points gap. Ford’s Ken Block will also make his 2020 rally debut at SOFR, looking to notch a win in his ongoing rivalry with Pastrana. Also returning is 2018 ARA Limited 4WD national champion Jeff Seehorn, who will debut a WRX STI newly updated to Open spec.
"Couldn’t be more excited to get my rally season kicked off!” said Pastrana. “It’s been a while since Brandon and I have been on the stages and we’ve had to make changes to our team because of the current travel restrictions. Neither of us have done this rally but the long twisty stages should be a good fit for my driving style!”
"It’s been a long wait and a lot of anticipation,” Semenuk said. “I’m excited to finally tackle my first event in the Subaru WRX STI! Ohio looks like a great area for rally and a worthy addition to the ARA championship. With a strong field of cars expected to show up, John and I are preparing for an all-night fight.”
Although the Subaru Motorsports USA team is anxious to return to rally, the Southern Ohio event will be a departure from business as usual. In accordance with state and local guidelines, spectators will be prohibited and no parc exposé will be held. The Subaru/Vermont SportsCar team itself will follow strict social distancing guidelines including mandatory mask-wearing in the service area, and staffing has been shuffled due to restrictions on international travel. The most visible change will be in the #199 WRX STI, where Pastrana’s usual co-driver Robbie Durant will be replaced by 2014 teammate Chrissie Beavis. Semenuk will pair with co-driver John Hall in the #180 car.
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