In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood has begun in epic style. An unprecedented sixty-three teams have entered this event, the second stop of the 2012 Rally America National Championship. Fast and flowing Missouri roads characterize this race, and they've been left parched and dusty by this year's strangely dry winter. Temperatures dropped drastically overnight, and heavy winds have been quick to blow away any dust lingering above the roads.
Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew have taken a conservative approach to the first six of seventeen stages, and are in second place at the end of Day 1. In the early stages, the top three competitors tightly traded fastest times. David and Craig won Stage 2, but lost some time in the subsequent stages and ended the day just 18 seconds behind the lead.
Day 2 of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood brings eleven stages and the majority of the event's competition mileage. With L'Estage out of the running, the final stages will be a one-on-one battle for the top spot on the podium. David and Craig love these fast Missouri roads and their 2012 Subaru WRX STI is happy to have its throttle wide open in the hunt for another Rally America National Championship event win. Will Higgins and Drew be the ones to dethrone Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino as the kings of the 100 Acre Wood? We'll find out after Stage 17.