If it was simple, anyone could do it. There would be no need for hours of toil. No reason for endless development. There would be no need to race. But instead, the pursuit of speed never ends. Race cars might run on fuel, but they are built and driven with heart. It's been a season full of highs and lows, but with just two rally events remaining, and a championship up for grabs, the time for heart is now.
The 2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally features nearly 140 miles of technical sandy gravel roads around the western Minnesota town of Detroit Lakes. In rally, you race the elements as well as your opponents. The concern here at Ojibwe Rally is dust. Even a 3-minute dust window might not be enough to get a clear line of sight when racing at speed. Ken Block is first on the road, and evidence of a difficult event is already apparent. As David and Craig pull up to the start line behind Block, the dust still lingers around them.
As expected the dust eats away at their visibility. Only seconds into a 2-day rally and the team knows they are losing time. Sections of clear vision build confidence only to have that confidence ripped away by a wall of dust. The team will end day one down by over a minute. Not exactly the race they had hoped for.
However, as the cars set out to start the second day of racing, the wind has picked up which should help visibility. With over a minute to make up, David and Craig know they need to gain ground with every mile. Early on day two, Higgins loses the power steering, then shortly thereafter something in the road surface snaps the wheel which seriously injures his hand. After exiting the stage, Higgins and Drew pull over and work under the hood to try and repair the power steering when Higgins' foot is run over and injured by a passing SUV. Two injuries to the Subaru team driver in less than an hour could spell the end of their rally, putting their championship hopes in peril.
On the season finale of Launch Control, Subaru Rally Team USA tries to save their championship hopes. All while looking ahead to a new season in both disciplines. A championship will be handed out at the final event of the year. Will Subaru be handed a trophy, or a hand shake? That's next time on the season finale of Launch Control.