Subaru Rally Team USA got off to a great start Friday at the 2013 Oregon Trail Rally. Under beautiful sunny skies, the Portland International Speedway was teeming with fans and racers as they prepared for the evening stages. David Higgins and Craig Drew were in good spirits as they climbed aboard their recently upgraded 2013 Subaru WRX STI. With a new Sadev 6 speed sequential transmission (same as the RallyCross cars) and an updated suspension the refinements should allow for even greater durability and improved performance. David Higgins described the new setup in one word as "efficient". It certainly proved to be just that - and fast. The #75 WRX STI took three of four stage wins and ended day one with a 38.4 second lead over rival Antoine L'Estage. However, as Craig Drew put it "The real rally starts tomorrow, but it's a good start."
The event continues Saturday with a 9:00am Parc Expose at the Hood River Fairgrounds in Odell, Oregon. The first of the forest stages (SS5 - Gilhouley South - 4.8 miles) starts at 10:18am with SRT USA first on the road. Let's hope for more of the same tomorrow!