Hometown: New York, New York
Day or night rallying: Day
Favorite surface: Gravel
Favorite food during a service break: Brown rice and lentils
Longest distance traveled to run in a rally: 3,500 miles
Born in Sweden and raised in the United States, Christian Edstrom first began rallying in 1997. He has worked with a number of top American rally drivers and has experience at nearly every rally venue in the country. When Travis Pastrana began his rally career in 2004, Edstrom was at his side. Now he is best known for being the only guy that's crazy enough to sit alongside Pastrana in a rally car. Edstrom's vast rally knowledge and cool composure have helped to turn Pastrana into the consistent and patient rally driver that he is today. And with Edstrom's help, Pastrana has not only become a four-time Rally American Champion, but also the youngest Champion in history.
Travis Pastrana Wins 2010 Olympus Rally and Teammate Dave Mirra Finishes 3rd, Earning His First National Podium
By: Subaru - April 25, 2010
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana posted a decisive victory at the 2010 Olympus Rally, Round 2 of the Rally America National Championship, while his teammate Dave Mirra earned his first ever national podium with a 3rd place finish. The event featured nearly 100 miles of sinuous, tree-lined logging roads near Aberdeen and Ocean Shores, Washington, as well as one of the strongest entry lists yet for a North American rally. The victory, number two for Pastrana thus far in 2010, moves the defending four-time Rally America Champion up to 2nd Overall in the national point's standings...
Domination at 100 Acre Wood Rally Cut Short for Pastrana, Mirra Finishes 4th Overall
By: Subaru - February 27, 2010
Subaru driver Travis Pastrana was nearly untouchable at the 2010 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, convincingly pulling away from a strong field before a seemingly innocuous driving error late in the event damaged his 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and forced him to retire. Pastrana's Subaru teammate, BMX and X Games icon Dave Mirra, finished cleanly in 4th overall as he grew more familiar with his new higher-specification Open Class Subaru STI rally car. The 100 Acre Wood Rally, based in and around Salem, Missouri, was the second stop on the six-event 2010 Rally America National Championship series...
Subaru Driver Travis Pastrana Skates to Victory at the Sno*Drift Rally
By: Subaru - January 30, 2010
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and his co-driver Christian Edstrom overcame treacherous icy conditions to take a dominating win at this weekend's Sno*Drift Rally, round one of the 2010 Rally America National Championship. Pastrana, the defending four-time Rally America National Champion, won by over one minute and thirty seconds driving an Open Class rally specification 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. In an amazing show of determination and grit, Pastrana completed the event nursing an extremely sore collarbone, which he broke in a motocross accident less than a week ago. His Subaru Rally Team USA teammate, BMX legend-turned-rally pro Dave Mirra, finished 6th overall with co-driver Derek Ringer...
Subaru Rally Team USA Announces 2010 Driver Line-Up
By: Subaru - January 08, 2010
Subaru Rally Team USA announced today that reigning four-time Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana and BMX Freestyle legend Dave Mirra will both return as factory team drivers. Subaru Rally Team USA will contest the entire 2010 Rally America National Championship, ESPN's X Games 16 Rally Car Racing event as well as participate in Rally America's new and highly anticipated European-style rally cross exhibition events. Pastrana and Mirra will each pilot a 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car prepared by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar.
Subaru Rally Driver Travis Pastrana Puts Stamp on Championship with Win at LSPR Teammate Ken Block Secures Third Place
By: Subaru - October 19, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana put an authoritative stamp on his fourth consecutive Rally America National Championship with a dominating win at the 2009 Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR). Pastrana, from Davidsonville, MD, mathematically won the 2009 Rally America Championship at the Ojibwe Forests Rally in late August. With nothing to lose and no pressure, Pastrana entered LSPR stating he was intent on simply driving to dominate, taking risks and putting on a proper show for the fans. He lived up to his claims by leading from the start at the wheel of his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car and finishing fastest on fifteen of LSPR's seventeen stages...
Subaru Driver Travis Pastrana Secures 4th Consecutive Rally America National Championship with win at 2009 Ojibwe Forests Rally
By: Subaru - August 29, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana has mathematically secured his fourth consecutive Rally America National Championship with a dominating win at the Ojibwe Forest Rally in northern Minnesota this weekend. Pastrana and his co-driver Christian Edstrom, cruised to victory in their 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI after several of their closest rivals hit trouble. The win, his fifth of the season, hauled in sufficient championship points to place Pastrana mathematically out of reach to his closest challengers and thus securing his fourth consecutive Rally America national title. Pastrana has won each of his Rally America championships (2006-2009) behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car...
Pastrana Wins, Block 2nd as SRT USA takes 1-2 Finish at 2009 New England Forest Rally
By: Subaru - July 20, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana overcame a close battle with his Subaru teammate Ken Block to win the New England Forest Rally, Round 6 of the 2009 Rally America National Championship. The Subaru duo of Pastrana and Block, each driving identically prepared 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars, fought all weekend with former Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L'Estage. Mechanical trouble for L'Estage and a late spin and tire puncture for Block handed Pastrana the victory on the final stages. The win extends Pastrana's points lead and puts him one-step closer to winning his fourth consecutive Rally America National Championship...
Subaru Factory Driver Ken Block Takes Dominating Win at 2009 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
By: Subaru - June 08, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block earned his second Rally America victory of 2009 with a dominating win at the 2009 Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR). Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, were untouchable in their 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, leading from the very first stage and going on to win eight of thirteen competition stages at STPR, round five of the 2009 Rally America National Championship. Block's Subaru teammate and defending three-time Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana with co-driver Christian Edstrom made it a 1-2 finish for Subaru Rally Team USA by placing 2nd Overall...
Pastrana Wins Oregon Trail Rally, Takes Championship Lead
By: Subaru - May 19, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana is back atop the Rally America National Championship standings after winning the 2009 Oregon Trail Rally this past weekend. Pastrana, the three-time defending Rally America National Champion, strode to victory in Oregon with a faultless drive behind the wheel of his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, winning by nearly one minute. Pastrana and his co-driver Christian Edstrom have now won three of the first four Rally America rounds and are in prime position to challenge for a fourth consecutive championship with five rounds remaining...
Subaru Driver Travis Pastrana Claims Victory at Olympus Rally, Notches Second Win of 2009 Season
By: Subaru - April 20, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana came out on top of a hard-fought battle at the Olympus Rally, round three of the 2009 Rally America National Championship, to earn his second win of the season. Pastrana, with co-driver Christian Edstrom, drove a faultless rally in their 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car but needed to go flat-out on the final stages of competition to pull away from a strong field of challengers, winning by a convincing forty seconds. Pastrana's Subaru teammate Ken Block led the rally after Day One but an engine problem sidelined him midway through the final day. Bad luck also befell Subaru Rally Team USA's newest team member, BMX legend Dave Mirra, who damaged his STI in a spin late in the rally...
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block Wins Rally in the 100 Acre Wood event for Fourth Consecutive Year
By: Subaru - March 02, 2009
For the fourth year in a row, Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block has won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood event, hosting round two of the 2009 Rally America National Championship in dominating fashion. Block was uncatchable behind the wheel of his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI on the fast Missouri roads, cruising to victory by over forty seconds. Subaru teammate Travis Pastrana was Block's only competition early on, but his challenge was cut short when he went off the road while pushing hard to match Block's pace, leading to car damage that forced him to retire from the rally. Subaru Rally Team USA's new third driver, BMX legend Dave Mirra, was the biggest surprise of the event with his debut in the new Super Production Class...
Subaru Rally Team USA Driver Travis Pastrana Wins Season Opener SnoDrift Rally
By: Subaru - January 31, 2009
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana has earned a decisive victory at Michigan's Sno*Drift Rally, round one of the 2009 Rally America National Championship, at the wheel of his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Pastrana, the three-time defending Rally America National Champion, controlled the rally from start to finish, winning eleven of the twenty competitive stages on his way to a margin of victory of nearly two minutes. Pastrana's Subaru teammate Ken Block was forced to retire after a spin damaged the engine on his Subaru early on day one. Meanwhile, new Subaru Rally Team USA signee BMX legend Dave Mirra drove a clean rally to finish 6th Overall, his best ever Rally America result to date...