January 28, 2007      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom win first event of 2007 Rally-America season
Atlanta, MI - Subaru Rally Team USA driver and defending Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana has won the Sno*Drift Rally, Round 1 of the 2007 Rally America National Championship. The 23 year-old Subaru Impreza WRX STI driver overcame pressure from a stacked field of veteran drivers to win by a mere six seconds. Pastrana's Subaru Rally Team USA teammate Ken Block finished the event 6th Overall.  Travis and Christian beat Tanner Foust and Scott Crouch by only 6 seconds to take first, and Andy Pinker and Robbie Durant rounded out the podium.
 


 
December13, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom sign new contract with Subaru and are headed to WRC
Burlington, VT - Subaru Rally Team USA announced today that it will enter its 23 year-old star rally driver, Travis Pastrana, in select World Rally Championship events in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  In addition to defending his Rally America title in 2007, Pastrana will drive a Subaru Impreza WRX STI–based rally car in three World Rally Championship (WRC) events in the Group N class. Then in 2008 and 2009 SRT-USA will officially enter Pastrana in the Production World Rally Championship (P-WRC), a support series that runs concurrent with the top tier World Rally Championship.  

Christian will be co-driving for Travis in both the 2007 Rally America Championship, and also in the selected WRC events.

Earlier in the month, Travis and Christian wrapped up another victory at the rain-shortened Wild West Rally on December 1-3, 2006 in Olympia, WA.  Patrick Richard and Mark Williams took 2nd and SRTUSA teammates Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino took 3rd place and 2nd place in the 2007 Rally America championship.
 


 
October 22, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom are 2006 Rally America National Champions
Houghton, MI - Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana has secured the Overall Driver's title of 2006 Rally America National Championship by finishing third at the Lake Superior Performance Rally.  Pastrana held a strong lead in the championship coming into the event this weekend and needed only a 6th place or better to mathematically secure the title.  However, Pastrana's chief rival Matt Iorio crashed out of the rally early on Friday thus handing Pastrana the title with day two of the rally, as well as the final round of the season still to come.  The event was won by Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino.

The team's final event of the season is the Wild West Rally on December 1-3, 2006 in Olympia, WA.
 


 
September 24, 2006      
 

Ivy Pool
 
Three in a Row!  Pastrana/Edstrom Win Colorado Cog Rally
Steamboat Springs, CO - Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and his co-driver Christian Edstrom have won the Colorado Cog Rally, Round 7 of the Rally America National Championship. The 22 year-old freestyle motocross legend and rising rally star won eight of the fifteen competition stages and claimed victory in his 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car. This marks Pastrana's third rally win in a row after winning Gold at the X Games Rally then claiming victory at last month's Ojibwe Forest Rally.  Travis and Christian need now only score a sixth place finish at either of the final events of the season to win the Rally America Championship.

The team's next event is the Lake Superior Rally on October 20-21, 2006 in Houghton, MI.
 


 
August 27, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom Win Ojibwe Forests Rally
Bemidji, MN - Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom have won the Ojibwe Forests Rally, Round 6 of the 2006 Rally America National Championship.  With this win, Travis and Christian are firmly in the lead of the Rally America Championship, with 91 points to 59 points for the second-place driver, Matt Iorio.    The win was Travis and Christian's first overall Rally America series win.

The team's next event is the Colorado Cog Rally on September 20-22, 2006 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
 


 
August 5, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom Win Rally Gold at X Games 12

Los Angeles, CA - The first ever X Games Rally has ended in spectacular fashion with Travis Pastrana edging out WRC legend and Subaru teammate Colin McRae to win Gold at the wheel of his BFGoodrich Tires shod Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car.  But it was Colin McRae who stole the show after he rolled his Sobe No Fear Subaru on the final jump of the course, landed on his wheels and drove to the finish for the Silver Medal.  Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block, and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino, netted 3rd and the Bronze Medal.  The event was broadcast live on ABC and thrilled thousands of new fans at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.  It was a clean sweep for Subaru and Vermont SportsCar as all three cars on the podium were Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars.

 


 
July 21, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana Warms Up For X Games Rally With A Podium Finish in Maine; Leads Rally America Championship

Bethel, ME - Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom have finished 2nd Overall on the rough and rocky logging roads of the Maine Forest Rally, Round 5 of the 2006 Rally America National Championship. The 22-year-old 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI driver faced stiff competition from several drivers in the hunt for the final two X Games Rally invites, but was able to stay consistent and trouble free all weekend. The strong finish catapults Pastrana well in to the lead of the Overall standings of the hotly contested 2006 Rally America National Championship. Pastrana will headline the first ever X Games Rally at ESPN's X Games 12 in Los Angeles August 2nd through 5th.   The Maine Forest Rally was won by Ramana Lagemann and Michael Fennel.

 


 
June 4, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom finish second at STPR
Atlanta, MI - 
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian
Edstrom have finished 2nd Overall on the damp high speed gravel roads of the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR).  The 21 year old X Games star battled one of the strongest fields of rally drivers ever assembled at a North American event, while struggling to overcome severe illness which had him in the emergency room just hours prior to the rally start.  The strong result vaults Pastrana into a tie at the top of the season standings of the Rally America National Championship, with four of nine rounds completed.

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino unfortunately were forced to retire from the event due to a rollover.  Both were unhurt.
 


 
April 23, 2006      
 
Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom finish second at Oregon Trail Rally
Portland, OR  - 
The final leg of the 2006 Oregon Trail Rally went off without a hitch for SRT USA. Although not able to claim a win at this event, the team had a dual podium finish with Travis Pastrana & Christian Edstrom sliding into second place with Ken Block & Alex Gelsomino right behind in third. Andrew Pinker (AUS) and Robbie Durant (GB) won the event.
 


 
February 24, 2006      
 

 
Block/Gelsomino win at 100 Acre Wood.  Pastrana/Edstrom DNF.
Salem, MO -
The 100 Acre Wood rally was a disappointment for Travis and I, as we crashed out on SS 9, while in 2nd place to our teammates, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino.  Ken and Alex went on to win the event, and Travis and I would like to extend our congratulations to them.  Congrats, boys!  
 


 
January 29, 2006      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom finish second at Sno*Drift Rally
Atlanta, MI -
The Sno*Drift rally was a great success for SRT USA, with Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom clinching 2nd place overall, and Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino in the sister car not far behind in fourth overall.  

Travis and Christian led the rally after nine stages, but on the first run through one of the longest stages on the rally, Travis and Christian ran over a rock in the road, immediately flattening both right tires, thirteen miles into the twenty five mile stage.  With only one spare, the team was forced to drive out on a flat rear tire and lost six minutes on the stage.   With a spirited drive, Travis and Christian were able to recapture about four and a half minutes by the end of the rally, but ended up 1 minute 11 seconds behind the eventual winner,  Andrew Comrie-Picard.

The team's next event is the 100 Acre Wood Rally, in Salem, Missouri.  After that, they head directly to Leon, Mexico to run WRC Mexico.


 


 
December 1, 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom to lead Subaru Rally Team USA for 2006
Cherry Hill, NJ -
Subaru of America, Inc. today announced it has signed Supercross and Motorcross Champion, multi-time X Games gold medalist, and up-and-coming rally star Travis Pastrana to lead Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA). Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Travis Pastrana will challenge for the title in the Rally America National Championship piloting his world-class 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX.

SRT USA consists of a two-car team led by Travis Pastrana. Joining Mr. Pastrana is the co-founder and president of DC Shoes and 2005 Rally America Rookie of the Year, Ken Block. The pair will drive in nine Rally America events in their 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX vehicles prepared by Subaru Motorsports partner, Vermont SportsCar.

Co-drivers will be Christian Edstrom, partnering Travis, and Alex Gelsomino, partnering Ken.  
 


 
October 24, 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom finish 2nd at Lake Superior Rally
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished 2rd in class and 2nd Overall at the Lake Superior Rally.  The brother and sister team of Patrick and Nathalie Richard took the overall win.

The second place finish nets Travis the 5th spot overall, and 4th place in Group N driver points.  Christian finishes 4th overall and 3rd in Group N among co-drivers.  And our teammate, Ken Block, won the Rookie of the Year award.  Congratulations, Ken!

Christian would like to thank Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Red Bull, Vermont SportsCar, Alpinestars, Michelin, PIAA, SportsOptical.com, and BlackBullet.com for the support during 2005.  
 


 
September 18 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom end Colorado Cog rally in spectacular crash.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom ended the Colorado Cog rally in spectacular fashion this weekend.

In a very well-documented accident, the team entered a !L5-/Cr -> R4 a little too quickly, and hit a culvert on the outside of the L5-.  The car flipped into the air, and rolled 8 times, coming to rest on the co-driver door.  Neither Travis nor Christian were injured.

To see the video of the accident, turn your browser to Vermont SportsCar and click on the crumpled car.  The site has one external and two in-car views of the accident, and commentaries from Travis, Christian, and Morgan Segal, a photographer on the scene.

Travis and Christian's next event is the Lake Superior Rally in Houghton, Michigan.
 


 
August 29 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
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Pastrana/Edstrom finish 2nd at Ojibwe Forest Rally.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished 2rd in class and 3rd Overall at the Ojibwe Forest Rally.  The winner was former WRC champion Stig Blomqvist and Ana Goni.

Travis and Christian had a number of challenges on Friday night, including a broken driveshaft and a puncture, which caused them to fall as low as 7th overall.  Saturday brought a SuperSpecial at the Bemidji Speedway and a number of fine forest stages.  Some inspired driving from Travis got the team back to 3rd place overall, but it wasn't quite  enough to overcome the deficit from Friday and catch Stig or Matt Iorio.

The team's next event is the Colorado Cog rally in Steamboat Springs, CO, on September 17-19.
 
 
  July 31 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom DNF at Maine Forest Rally.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom failed to finish this weekend's Maine Forest Rally, due to an accident on special stage 4.

The team got off to a very quick start, setting the 2nd fastest time on SS2.  However, on SS4, the car went off-road in a medium speed right hand turn over crest. Entering the turn, the car went wide onto some loose gravel and the left rear corner hit a small tree and spun the car around, sending it into a shallow ditch, and coming to a rest facing backwards.  Travis and Christian were totally uninjured, but surveyed the damage to the car and determined that they would be forced to withdraw from the event.  Watch for the comeback at next month's Ojibwe Forest Rally.
 

  June 23 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom finish 3rd at Pikes Peak.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished 3rd in class at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

The team drove a fairly conservative event in order to ensure a finish on the treacherous slopes of the 14,000 foot mountain, and collected much needed 3rd place points.
 

  June 4 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom finish 6th in Class in Pennsylvania Rally.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished 6th in class at the Susquehannock Trails Rally this past weekend.  The team was in second place in Gr.N going into SS6, when they bent a control arm on a bank in a slow right hand corner.  The team lost additional time on SS7 when the control arm caused the team to spin and get stuck for some minutes.
 

  April 23 , 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom finish 2nd Overall at Oregon Trail Rally.
The DC Shoes/RedBull/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished second overall at the 2005 Oregon Trail Rally, based in Hillsboro, Oregon. The event was Christian and Travis's first pairing since their fourth place finish at last year's Rim of the World Rally.  The team started conservatively, but picked up their speed toward the end of the event, and finished second overall.  1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist and co-driver Ana Goni finished first.
 

  January 29, 2005      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Block/Edstrom finish 7th Overall at Sno*Drift Rally.

The DC Shoes/Vermont SportsCar supported team of Ken Block and Christian Edstrom finished seventh overall at the 2005 Sno*Drift Rally, based in Atlanta, Michigan. The event was Ken’s first snow rally, and the goal of the event was to gain experience on the snow surface and gain better seeding for improved start positions at future events. The team started the event 43rd on the road, and finished 7th overall. The event was won by the team of Patrick and Nathalie Richard.

 

  May 7, 2004      
 

Lars Gange - BlackBullet.com
Rally.Subaru.com
 
Pastrana/Edstrom finish 3rd in class and 4th Overall at Rim of the World Rally.
The Vermont SportsCar / Sobe / Puma / AlpineStars-supported team of Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom finished fourth overall at the Rim of the World ProRally, held May 7-8, 2004, in Palmdale, California. The event was Travis’s first gravel rally, and the team was very satisfied with the result, including setting a fast time of the day on special stage 12. Teammates Ramana Lagemann and Michael Orr finished 3rd overall.

 

  December 13, 2003      
 

Bruce W. Smith
Mitsubishi Motor Sports USA
 
Edstrom finishes 2nd Overall in Co-Driver Championship
The Team Mitsubishi Motorsports America team of Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Christian Edstrom finished fifth overall at the Lake Superior ProRally, held October 17-18, 2003. The finish ensured a 2nd place overall finish for co-driver Christian Edstrom. The 1st overall co-driver title was won by teammate Daniel Barritt.


 

  August 23, 2003      
 

Bruce W. Smith
Mitsubishi Motor Sports USA
 
Mitsubishi wins Manufacturer and Driver's Championships in Minnesota!
Team Mitsubishi Motorsports America finished 1st and 3rd on this weekend's Ojibwe Forest Rally, held in Bemidji, MN. The finish secures the 2003 SCCA ProRally Championship Manufacturer title for Mitsubishi Motors, and makes David Higgins and Daniel Barritt series champions for the second consecutive year. Additionally, the 3rd place finish strengthens Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Christian Edstrom's second place in the championship, where they are still fending off the pursuit of the Ford Focus SVT of Tim O'Neil and Alex Gelsomino. Our next event is the Wild West ProRally, held September 6-7 in Olympia, Washington.

 

  August 5, 2003      
 

Bruce W. Smith
Mitsubishi Motor Sports USA
 
Mitsubishi scores 1-2 punch in Maine.
Team Mitsubishi Motorsports America finished 1st and 2nd on this weekend's Maine Forest Rally. The Maine Forest Rally is headquartered at the Sunday River Resort in Bethel, Maine, and features some of the fastest stages in the SCCA ProRally Championship. Undaunted by the speeds and the wet weather, David Higgins and Daniel Barritt pressed on for the win, and Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Christian Edstrom came in equal second, in a rare tie with Paul Choinere and Jeff Becker, running the ex-works 2003 Hyundai Tiburon.The team was delighted with the 1-2 result, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally cars, which were, as usual, quick and reliable.Our next event is the Ojibwe Forests Rally, held August 22-23 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

 

  July 16, 2003      
 

 
Mitsubishi scores 1st and 3rd on weekend marred by Tragedy.

This weekend's Oregon Trail ProRally was marred by tragedy with the deaths of competitors Mark Lovell and Roger Freeman on Saturday morning. All of our thoughts are with their families. Mark and Roger were fierce competitors and wonderful people. When I finished on the podium at Rim, for my first overall podium, no one was happier for me, or more congratulatory than Mark. We'll all miss Mark and Roger, who brought serious levels of both professionalism and fun to our sport. Godspeed! The organizers and SCCA, conferring with Subaru of America and Prodrive, elected to continue the rally in honor of Mark and Roger. Running a slightly abbreviated schedule, the Mitsubishi team took 1st (Higgins/Barritt) and 3rd (O'Sullivan/Edstrom). Tim O'Neil and Alex Gelsomino finished 2nd in the Air Force Reserve Ford Focus SVT. Our next event is the Maine Forest Rally, held August 1-2 in Rumford, Maine.

 

  June 30, 2003      
 

Bruce W. Smith
Mitsubishi Motor Sports USA
 
Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America struggle at Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

The Mitsubishi Motor Sports America team had a struggle this past weekend at Pikes Peak. Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Christian Edstrom suffered a terminal engine failure with approximately 1.5 miles left to run, but managed to nurse the car along a bit further. The damage finally sidelined the car a mere 800 yards from the finish. Teammates David Higgins and Daniel Barritt were only slightly luckier, suffering a driveline problem and eventually finishing in approximately 30 minutes. The event winners were Mark Lovell and Roger Freeman from the Subaru of America team.With PPIHC out of the way, we're looking forward to running the Oregon Trail ProRally in a few weeks.

 

  June 8, 2003      
 

Pete Kuncis
onalimbracing.com
 
Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America takes 1st at STPR.

O'Sullivan/Edstrom DNF due to deer! David Higgins and Daniel Barritt scored an unprecedented third straight win at the Susquehannock Trails ProRally. Teammates Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Christian Edstrom were not as lucky, as their day ended with an accident that occurred while trying to avoid a deer on SS6. The deer jumped onto the road about 10-15 feet in front of the car, as we were traveling about 95 mph on SS6. Lauchlin tried to avoid hitting the deer, and damaged the radiatior and intercooler, forcing us to retire. It was doubly disappointing, as we were running 1-2 on the road behind David, and both Subaru cars had retired. But things like this are what continue to make rally the most exciting motorsport in the world. Force Majeure, indeed. Our next event is the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, held June 28, in Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

  May 6, 2003      
 

Arek Mazur
/arek.net
 
Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America takes 1st and 3rd at Rim of the World
Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America extended its lead in the SCCA ProRally Manufacturer's Championship, with a win and a third place at the Rim of the World Pro Rally in Palmdale, California. Driver David Higgins and co-driver Daniel Barritt took first place with a commanding drive on Friday evening and the Saturday stages, which were abbreviated by torrential rain. California native Lauchlin O'Sullivan drove a comfortable pace to take third place and his first podium finish with Mitsubishi. With this win and third place, we've significantly extended the Mitsubishi lead in the manufacturer's championship. Congratulations to David and Daniel on the win, and thanks for a great ride to Lauchlin. And thanks to Mitsubishi, MEM, and Vermont SportsCar for the exceptional car!

 

  April 17, 2003      
 

Bruce W. Smith
Mitsubishi Motor Sports USA
 
Edstrom tests with Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America
I spent yesterday in Southern California, attending a pre-event test with Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America. Lauchlin and I had the opportunity to work together on a number of test stages, and get comfortable in the car, as well as continue to develop tire choices and suspension settings. Additionally, I had the chance to meet with the management, the technicians, Lauchlin, David, and Daniel. The precision and coordination of the team was impressive, and incorporating a temporary co-driver proved seamless. It was an exceptional pleasure to work with the team, and I'm thrilled to have been asked to help them achieve their goals this year.Now, it's two weeks preparation before the event. I'll be meeting the team at Rim of the World on Wednesday, April 30.

 


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