Subaru Rally Team USA has landed in Olympia, Washington for the final round of the 2012 Rally America National Championship. The Olympus rally has returned to the gravel logging roads once used in the 1980's when the event hosted a round of the World Rally Championship. Extremely dry conditions and the threat of fire in the picturesque Pacific Northwest have resulted in an altered event schedule, which will keep the cars out of the forests during hot afternoon hours. Dust is likely to be a major factor for the top drivers, potentially slowing those behind the first car on the road.
Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew mathematically secured the Rally America National Championship title at the previous round and enter the Olympus Rally with a promise to drive flat-out in their 2012 Subaru STI rally car. The Subaru team's traditional blue and yellow graphic livery has been replaced with a strikingly simple all-white graphic scheme in celebration of their victory. The team will also bear the number 1 on their door card, an honor awarded to the series champion.
On Friday the teams will conduct open recce to compose customized stage notes and familiarize themselves with the road conditions. The event kicks off at daybreak Saturday in Shelton, WA at The Ridge Motorsports Park.