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Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Back In Action at X Games Munich
Munich, Germany, June 27, 2013 - The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team will begin their 2013 attack on the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) this weekend at X Games Munich. The belated debut comes after the previous round at X Games Barcelona was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Drivers Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra and Sverre Isachsen will return to pilot their nearly 600hp 2013 Subaru PUMA WRX STI Rallycross cars head-to-head against a bevy of international stars on a short mixed surface track at the FröttmaRing near Munich’s Alliance Arena.
After the cancellation of the Barcelona round, GRC officials created an additional race to this weekend’s Munich competition schedule, creating a double-header. Each event will feature its own practice and qualifying sessions. Both events will count for full points in the GRC standings and X Games will award medals for each round.
Both events will be televised in the United States. Race 1 will air Saturday June 29th on ABC from 7-11pm ET and Race 2 on Sunday June 30th on ESPN from 11am-530pm ET.
During the off-season, the team focused on updating and evolving its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru PUMA WRX STI RallyCross cars. With numerous changes in place, the team is eager to test their mettle against the World's best again in 2013 season.
“The car is completely different from last year, it’s easier to drive, it’s faster and it’s more durable,” said team driver Bucky Lasek. “The team worked really hard and took everything we learned last year into re-designing the cars in the off-season. We have had a few good tests but we need to get out there and compete. We are all very eager for Munich.”
Lasek has been on a hot streak off the track in X Games competition leading up to the Munich GRC races, with an X Games Gold Medal at the Munich Skate Vert event, making it three X Games Gold Medals in a row in the competition. The veteran skateboarder also took back-to-back Gold medals in Skate Vert at X Games Brazil, X Games Barcelona and won Skate Vert at this past weekend’s Dew Tour event in Maryland.
The Global RallyCross Championship returns to the USA after Munich for six state-side rounds this summer including the Los Angeles X Games as well as rounds at legendary NASCAR tracks such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Subaru of America, Inc.’s Central Region, in Partnership with the Village of Itasca, Attempts to Set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Record
Itasca, Ill, June 18, 2013 - Subaru of America, Inc.’s Central Region, in partnership with the Village of Itasca, announced today that it will attempt to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the “Largest Parade of Subaru Cars.” The attempt will take place on July 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. The parade will start at 500 Park Boulevard in Itasca, Illinois.
Starting June 17 through July 8, interested participants can register their Subaru in the parade by visiting www.subaruparade.com; registration is limited to the first 500 vehicles.
Subaru is the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record holder for “Largest Parade of Subaru Cars.” In July 2009 Subaru set the record with 339 vehicles parading on a 4.2 mile route through Itasca, IL. Subaru is attempting to break its own record with a similar route…
In celebration of this exciting event, Subaru’s Central Region will collect a $10 registration fee with all proceeds benefitting PAWS Chicago and Salute, Inc. For more information on these worthy organizations please visit their respective websites at www.pawschicago.org and www.saluteinc.org.
An official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will be on site to observe and confirm this record attempt.
In addition to going for the record and helping raise funds for two great organizations, parade participants:
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Subaru driver David Higgins Stages Massive Comeback to Finish 3rd Overall at STPR
Cherry Hill, N.J., June 5, 2013 - Defending Rally America Champion David Higgins staged a massive comeback at the legendary Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) to finish third overall after nearly retiring early in the event due to damaged steering. Higgins sliced his way through the leader board, going from 21st position all the way to 3rd overall at the wheel of his Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive 2013 Subaru WRX STI rally car. The strong finish helps Higgins maintain a commanding lead in the driver’s championship standings with just three rounds to go.
STPR, round four of the Rally America National Championship, is known for its high-speed serpentine dirt roads that plunge through the forests of North Central Pennsylvania. The high-speeds coupled with the narrow tree-lined nature of the roads make STPR one of the series’ most challenging events and one in which equal parts bravery and skill are asked of the drivers.
Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins entered STPR on a high after winning the previous two Rally America events and establishing a sizeable lead a-top the driver’s standings. STPR however did not go as planned for Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew as the duo nearly retired from the event on stage three when the steering on their Subaru became damaged. Higgins and Drew stopped within the stage and tried in vain to repair the problem themselves, but were unable to do so. Higgins returned to competition the following day using Super Rally rules, which allows for a team to re-enter the following day with time penalties for each stage the team was unable to complete.
Higgins had amassed a seemingly insurmountable eleven minutes in penalties and began Saturday in 21st position. Reaching the podium seemed daunting, but the team felt a top five finish was possible. Higgins went fastest on five of the day’s eleven stages and leapfrogged up the leader board, finally reaching 3rd Overall on the final forest stage of the rally. “We just put our heads down and went to work all day and the podium got closer and closer,” explained Higgins. “It’s unfortunate what happened to us on Friday and we would have liked to fight for a win but getting to the podium, after what happened, is a big accomplishment. The points gained here will be crucial to our championship defense and help keep the pressure on our rivals.”
Higgins maintains a strong lead in the driver’s championship standings with just three rounds remaining. The Vermont based Subaru Rally Team USA heads next to their home event the New England Forest Rally on July 26-27 2013.
Take a start-to-finish onboard ride with David Higgins and Craig Drew as they win Stage 12 of the 2013 STPR Rally in their Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI http://subar.us/1aXjx6Y.
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Subaru May Sales are Best in Company History
Cherry Hill N.J., June 3, 2013 - Subaru of America, Inc. today reported historic-high vehicle sales of 39,892 for May 2013, shattering previous monthly sales records. May 2013 sales represent a 34 percent increase over May 2012 and the best sales month in company history. Year-to-date sales for Subaru total 165,362 – a 21 percent increase over the same period in 2012.
May sales for the all-new 2014 Forester increased 38 percent over May 2012 sales. The 2014 Forester was recently named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test conducted by the IIHS. Forester is also the only small SUV to earn an overall rating of "good" in the test.
Outback sales increased 34 percent in May, with a 10 percent year-to-date increase over 2012. XV Crosstrek sales reached 5,295 for the month of May, a record high for the world’s most fuel efficient all-wheel drive crossover. Subaru announced that a hybrid version of the popular XV Crosstrek will go on sale later this year.
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