David Higgins and Craig Drew had an amazing comeback during Day 2 of the STPR rally. Starting in 21st place overall, getting onto the podium was a daunting, but welcomed challenge. SRT USA #75 rocketed off the line on Stage 6 and all was going to plan, until after about 8 miles in a left 3 turn, the car kicked out unexpectedly. Two large trees loomed on the outside while David and Craig thought they were going to crash. They tensed and waited for the impact, but...nothing. They pulled back onto the road and Craig Drew continued calmly as if nothing had happened "...as I said, fast right long, 100, left 4..." Once clear of the Stage 6 finish, David Higgins commented "Now that's some precision parking!"
After racing through 9 stages covering 91.04 competitive miles, SRT USA was 42 seconds down from 2nd place. With only a single mile remaining at the Spectator Super Special, chances of climbing higher on the podium were slim. The #75 WRX STI put on a fantastic show for the hundreds and hundreds of fans at the Tioga County Fairgrounds and did manage to make up another 15 seconds, but David Higgins and Craig Drew settled for 3rd. Given where they started the day, this is a fantastic result and a testament to the capabilities of the 2013 Subaru WRX STI. With a large points lead coming into this event, Subaru Rally Team USA continues to lead the Rally America National Championship Standings. The next event in the series is the New England Forest Rally in Bethel, Maine on July 26-27th.