Sverre Isachsen has been a motorsport addict all his life. It all started with local autocross and rallycross events in his native Norway where he enjoyed great success. However, Sverre had his eyes set on a much bigger series – the European RallyCross Championship (ERC). He made his ERC debut in 2002 and was a top contender from day one. Through his unmatched determination, driving skills and event tactics he became known as The Viking Warrior. In 2009 the competition was unable to keep up and Sverre Isachsen’s domination of the ERC series began. For three years running (2009-2011) Sverre has won the European RallyCross Championship.
With the introduction of the SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team in 2012, Sverre has signed on to pilot the #11 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the Global RallyCross events. Look out America – The Viking Warrior has arrived!
2013 Subaru Motorsports Calendar Image Downloads
By: Subaru - November 22, 2013
Launch Control - Episode 14: "In The End - Part 2"
By: Subaru - November 07, 2013
With an unbroken string of podium finishes, Subaru Rally Team USA has lead the Rally America Championship for the majority of the season. However, with the competition stepping up their game and only two events remaining, the points gap has tightened. Hanging dust, power steering failure, and injuries to David Higgins at the penultimate event have put the Subaru team into damage control. Their ability to finish the event is now in question, but with bandages and ice David Higgins refuses to give up valuable championship points and finishes the Ojibwe Rally. The final rally will be a winner-take-all battle royale.
Isachsen 5th at Final GRC Round
By: Subaru - November 07, 2013
This past week the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team descended upon Las Vegas for the final round of the 2013 Global RallyCross (GRC) Series. Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen were in good spirits as practice got underway Wednesday. The venue location was extremely dramatic right off the strip next to landmark Hotels and Casinos like the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. The twin Subaru WRX STI's ran aggressively through the practice rounds and geared up for the afternoon qualifying rounds and first set of heats. It was awesome to see these 600 horsepower Subaru's rocket from the start line often pulling ahead of the other competitors. Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA and Vermont SportsCar has worked tirelessly to refine and improve the Subaru WRX STI RallyCross platform and it's truly a joy to see these efforts come together.
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team at Final GRC Round in Las Vegas
By: Subaru - November 07, 2013
Check out photos from Wednesday's practice, qualifying and heat races here!
Launch Control - Championship Showdown Teaser - David Higgins vs Ken Block Season Finale
By: Subaru - October 04, 2013
It's been 13 races. 8 podiums, 2 wins. There are 4 drivers, 1 co-driver. Over forty mechanics and team members. Two teams, under one roof. These are numbers for statisticians to chew on. They are what pundits and accountants look for. But not race drivers. In RallyCross and Rally Racing, numbers barely scratch the surface. You call it a journey...they call it a mission. Through twelve episodes of Launch Control, you've joined the team on the motorsport rollercoaster, and seen a glimpse of what it takes... To be the best, and to never, ever give up. The final two episodes of the season remain. A culmination of a season-long ride. An evolution of a team, chasing an ever-moving target. A championship hangs in the balance.
Launch Control - Episode 12: "Swinging for the Fence"
By: Subaru - September 23, 2013
Thirty minutes outside of San Diego, California, Bucky Lasek is home for a rare two days off before his next event. It doesn't take long for regular life to settle in, and Bucky enjoys a rare one-on-one day with his daughter. Bucky's passion for motorsports is only surpassed by his desire to prove himself. And he feels that with nearly two years in Global RallyCross, his goal can now shift from development to fighting for podiums.
GRC Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Summary
By: Subaru - September 23, 2013
Under beautiful sunny skies, the Global RallyCross at Charlotte Motor Speedway got underway Sunday afternoon. Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen both had great heat races and advanced directly to the final. Sverre Isachsen was in a tight battle with Brian Deegan, while Sverre and spotter Robert Vaa debated trying to pass. If Sverre made it cleanly past Deegan, he would gain a better start position in the final. However, with both top spots advancing they decided it was not worth the risk. In Bucky's heat, his #81 Subaru WRX STI was starting on the back row. Bucky knew aggressive tactics would be required to advance. When the signal went green, he launched his 600 horsepower Subaru and got to work. Bucky quickly position himself in the #2 spot and confidently stayed there until the checkered flag was waved on lap 6.
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team ready for action in Charlotte
By: Subaru - September 22, 2013
Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek completed a shortened practice today in their Subaru WRX STI's at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The Global RallyCross course for this weekend is designed around the dirt oval, rather than the usual infield track. The largely dirt course lacks a tabletop jump, but otherwise should make for excellent action. The weather was not ideal with light rain showers in the early afternoon. Despite moving practice up 90 minutes, the track quickly got too wet and practice was called off before the second session started. The dirt material is very smooth with little gravel which makes for an incredibly slippery surface when wet. Thankfully the weather is forecast to improve for tomorrows race.
Global RallyCross at Charlotte Motor Speedway This Weekend
By: Subaru - September 16, 2013
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team is making final preparations for this weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event takes place Sunday, Sept 22nd with gates opening at 8:30am and qualifying races scheduled for 12:00noon. The final races and live ESPN TV Broadcast will begin at 4:30PM EST. To purchase tickets go to: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/global_rallycross/
Stay tuned for more news from North Carolina as the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team prepares for battle!
Launch Control - Episode 11: "Eyes on the Prize"
By: Subaru - September 10, 2013
It's calm in sunny LA the week before the X Games, but on the other side of the country Subaru Rally Team USA is in the heat of battle at the New England Forest Rally. Sixteen seconds. It's all that separates David Higgins and Ken Block as the final day of the 2013 New England Forest Rally begins. The two teams have very different strategies. To stay in the hunt for the Rally America Championship, Block desperately needs the win today. Meanwhile, Subaru Rally Team USA is playing a longer game, banking on the significant points lead they've built by being on the podium at every event this year. However, if you were to suggest to David Higgins and Craig Drew that they should coast to second and bank the points, you'd quickly learn that this team has no interest in being runners-up!
Launch Control - Episode 10: "High Pressure Art"
By: Subaru - August 25, 2013
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team was fighting at the top during Round 5 of the Global RallyCross Championship held July 20th at Bristol Motor Speedway. Team driver Sverre Isachsen, a former three-time European RallyCross Champion, won his heat race advancing him to the front row of the Final. An impressive start by the Norwegian saw him run as high as 2nd Overall before race-contact crushed his exhaust, robbing his Subaru STI of power and dropping him back to 4th Overall, the team's best finish thus far in 2013 after competing in three earlier events. Teammates Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek showed impressive pace but narrowly missed out on advancing to the Final.
Isachsen repeats 3rd at GRC Atlanta - Mirra gets 4th!
By: Subaru - August 12, 2013
At the center of the massive Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team had assembled less than a week after winning Bronze at X Games in LA. It was hot and humid, and although the track was similar to other GRC Venues, it was extremely abrasive. Shakedown on Friday had gone well and Sverre Isachsen still high from his podium finish at X Games was happy. Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra had made minor setup changes, but overall as practice started Saturday morning, everything was race ready. The rest of the day had its ups and downs, however, when the final checkered flag was waved, it was a fantastic finish for both Sverre Isachsen and teammate Dave Mirra. Sverre repeated his podium finish scoring another 3rd place, while Dave Mirra locked in 4th!
Launch Control - Episode 9: "Small Victories"
By: Subaru - August 09, 2013
A season of racing for any team is filled with steps forward, and steps back. In the off-season, the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team took many steps forward. A complete redesign of the car leveled the playing field. But, the team was met with adversity at the first two events of the season - a canceled race in Spain and a take-out from behind in Germany. Now, the team is back on home soil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and eager to accelerate their progress.
Sverre Isachsen Wins Bronze at X Games Los Angeles!
By: Subaru - August 05, 2013
Subaru Driver Sverre Isachsen Wins Rallycross Bronze at X Games Los Angeles.
Subaru Driver Sverre Isachsen Wins Bronze Medal at X Games Los Angeles
By: Subaru - August 05, 2013
Former European RallyCross Champion Sverre Isachsen achieved his first X Games medal this weekend at X Games Los Angeles, the Global RallyCross Championship's most high-profile event, piloting his 2013 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross car. The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team driver expertly won his heat race and then overcame a false start penalty in the Final to finish 3rd overall in the hotly contested Global RallyCross event at the Irwindale Event Center. The podium finish is the team's best finish of the season thus far after Isachsen achieved a 4th and 6th overall finish respectively at the previous two rounds.>
Launch Control - Episode 8: "Nothing Comes Easy"
By: Subaru - August 02, 2013
David Higgins and Craig Drew of Subaru Rally Team USA fight back from a Day 1 mechanical problem (see Episode 7) to salvage any Rally America Championship points they can, as their main rival heads towards a win. Can they possibly get a podium, after starting the day in 21st overall? It is maximum attack, and the pair are flying...but not everything goes smoothly.
David Higgins to drive in X Games Gymkhana Grid
By: Subaru - August 02, 2013
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Enters X Games Gymkhana Grid with driver David Higgins
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team revealed today they will enter a car for Subaru driver David Higgins in the Gymkhana Grid event making its X Games Los Angeles debut this weekend. Higgins, who drives full time for Subaru Rally Team USA is the defending Rally America Champion while also serving as both test driver and spotter for the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team. Both teams are run by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar. Higgins will drive one of the team's 2012 specification Global RallyCross Cars in the Gymkhana Grid event at the Irwindale Speedway on Saturday August 3rd, 2013. The following day, the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team with drivers Sverre Isachsen, Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek will compete in the X Games Global RallyCross Event also held at Irwindale Speedway.
Sverre Isachsen 4th at Bristol Motor Speedway
By: Subaru - July 21, 2013
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team had an outstanding day at the Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. The Viking Warrior wasted no time flexing his muscles and won his second heat race and placed 4th in the final. Thousands of people had flocked into the massive stadium and were thrilled to see these 600 horsepower cars play like toys in the "World's Fastest Half Mile." During the dramatic start of the final race, Sverre Isachsen had a front row slot and his 2013 Subaru WRX STI shot down the straight like a speeding bullet. As always, the first turn was a conundrum of tire smoke and horsepower, but Sverre Isachsen held his ground and even had the lead before he was rear ended. The impact crushed his exhaust and severely limited engine power. In spite of this, Sverre in the #11 STI drove flawlessly to a 4th overall finish. Without the restricting exhaust damage, there is no telling how far up the ranks the Viking Warrior would have landed. An ecstatic Sverre commented after the race "Next time I'm going to bring my bigger horn, the real big one and they won't have a chance!"
GRC at Bristol Motor Speedway - Day 1
By: Subaru - July 19, 2013
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team is on the scene at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. The Global RallyCross track has been constructed inside the impressive speedway structure which has a staggering seating capacity of 160,000. Today, Sverre Isachsen, Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra took practice runs and caught some serious air on the massive jump. The launch pad constructed along the front straight has a significant kick which will make for thrilling action as the races get underway Saturday. The live ESPN coverage begins Saturday July 20th at 4:30pm EST and continues until 6:00pm EST. Don't miss it!
Launch Control - Episode 7: "When It Rains, It Pours"
By: Subaru - July 19, 2013
The Global RallyCross season kicks off for the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team, as Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra, and Sverre Isachsen head overseas for X Games Barcelona. After a test session in the picturesque Monterrat area of Spain, it's time to hit the track in anger for the first time this season. However, nobody was expecting the sequence of events that would transpire on race day.
Back in the Rally America Championship, David Higgins and Craig Drew go to battle with Ken Block again at the Susquehannock Trail Rally. Subaru Rally Team USA suffers a major setback on stage 3, and puts in a valiant effort to keep fighting. Sometimes when it rains, it pours, but overcoming adversity is what makes rally so unique.
Photo Gallery: GRC event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
By: Subaru - July 12, 2013
Check out the latest photos from the Global RallyCross Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team's Sverre Isachsen finished the event 6th overall. More from the GRC series soon!
First US round of the GRC Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday
By: Subaru - July 09, 2013
This Thursday the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team will compete at The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire for the first US round of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship. Vermont SportsCar has been straight out preparing the cars since taking delivery a week ago. The New Hampshire track features a unique elevated hairpin turn which runs over the pit wall right by the start-finish line. In addition, the course contains two long straights and sections of both the oval and road courses. The weather forecast is currently calling for thunderstorms and rain so it could be another interesting race! Stay tuned, but regardless of the weather Sverre Isachsen, Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra will be ready.
X Games Munich Wrap Up
By: Subaru - July 01, 2013
There was no lack of drama at the X Games in Munich today. During the start of the final race, Sverre Isachsen found himself in a pack of 10 cars setting up for turn 1 when he was bumped. This sent him off-course when a second impact pushed him further offline into the barricades. Suddenly the #11 WRX STI was rocketing through the turn on 2 wheels at a shockingly steep angle. It briefly appeared he was going over, but the tight pack of wildly powerful cars supported him and Sverre safely brought his Subaru back down on all 4! Putting his world class driving skills to use, Sverre immediately advanced to 4th. He confidently held this position until the very last lap (9 of 10), two turns from the finish line...
Photo Galley: X Games Munich
By: Subaru - June 30, 2013
Day 1 photo gallery from X Games in Munich, Germany.
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Back In Action This Weekend at X Games Munich!
By: Subaru - June 28, 2013
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team will begin their 2013 attack on the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) this weekend at X Games Munich. The belated debut comes after the previous round at X Games Barcelona was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Drivers Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra and Sverre Isachsen will return to pilot their nearly 600hp 2013 Subaru PUMA WRX STI Rallycross cars head-to-head against a bevy of international stars on a short mixed surface track at the FrottmaRing near Munich's Alliance Arena.
After the cancellation of the Barcelona round, GRC officials created an additional race to this weekend's Munich competition schedule, creating a double-header. Each event will feature its own practice and...
Launch Control - Episode 6: Tale of Two Cities
By: Subaru - June 28, 2013
It's 9:36 PM on April 24th and the crew at Vermont SportsCar is putting in a late night loading the three Subaru PUMA RallyCross cars into the transporter for a final pre-season test. Three thousand miles away on the west coast, another part of the crew is preparing the Subaru Rally Team USA car for a final shakedown before the Oregon Trail Rally.
Two teams, one week, one goal.
In this episode, David Higgins and Subaru Rally Team USA are on the west coast for the Oregon Trail Rally, while Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra, Sverre Isachsen and the Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team are hard at work in Connecticut testing the new cars in preparation for the first overseas event.
Balancing two teams in separate championships...
Live TV Schedule Confirmed for X Games Munich, June 29-30
By: Subaru - June 25, 2013
Catch the action from X Games Munich during the following TV times:
Saturday June 29 - RallyCross
9:30-11am EST: ESPN3.com (Live)
1-4pm EST: ABC (Tape Delay)
7-11pm EST: ABC (Tape Delay)
June 30 - RallyCross Race 2
11am-5:30pm EST: ESPN, ESPN3.com (Live)
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team is set to compete this weekend at a two race RallyCross event at X Games Munich. Dave Mirra, Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek have been eagerly anticipating this event after the weather cancellation at X Games Barcelona last month. Race officials struggled to accommodate the cancelled event, but eventually decided incorporating an additional day of racing at X Games Munich was the best...
Global RallyCross at X Games Barcelona Cancelled By Rainy Weather
By: Subaru - May 19, 2013
Today was a disappointing day for both RallyCross racers and fans alike. Just as the course had been completed and practice was underway, rain started pouring from the sky. Although not continuous, it added enough water to make the dirt course extremely slippery. After multiple delays, GRC officials eventually cancelled the event. It was a truly unfortunate outcome and other than a few practice laps no racing of any kind took place. We'll have to wait for X Games Munich to see these awesome cars battle it out on June 30th.
Global RallyCross will air LIVE on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 19th
By: Subaru - May 18, 2013
Global RallyCross will air LIVE on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 19th
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Ready to Launch 2013 Campaign at X Games Barcelona
By: Subaru - May 18, 2013
Cherry Hill, N.J., - The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team will kick off its 2013 season with a three-car effort this Sunday at X Games Barcelona. Returning to race the trio of 600 hp Subaru PUMA WRX STI RallyCross cars, will be three-time European RallyCross Champ Sverre Isachsen, BMX icon and seasoned RallyCross driver Dave Mirra and Skate legend Bucky Lasek, in his sophomore year competing in Rallycross.
The team, managed by Vermont SportsCar, has been extremely busy in the off-season...
X Games Barcelona!
By: Subaru - May 14, 2013
Dave Mirra, Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen along with the entire Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team are currently en-route to X Games Barcelona. The rest of the week will be spent preparing for an epic battle in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium on Sunday May 19th. For more information including a 3D animation of the course check out this link. Look for photos and updates towards the end of week as the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team gets up and running in Spain!
Launch Control - Episode 1: Rinse & Repeat
By: Subaru - April 20, 2013
Launch Control - Episode 01: Rinse & Repeat
Subaru Rally and Rallycross Teams prepare for 2013
In this debut episode of Launch Control, Subaru Rally Team USA driver, David Higgins is preparing and training in Wales, UK for the upcoming season, while the Vermont SportsCar team is hard at work preparing the 2013 Subaru race cars. The day their season finished in 2012, was the day preparation for 2013 began.
If there is a team that knows what goes into winning a championship, this would be it. Subaru's 2012 Rally America Championship victory...
Launch Control Teaser
By: Subaru - April 08, 2013
Get ready for Launch Control, an original web series that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Subaru Rally Team USA and the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team throughout the 2013 race season! The first episode hits mid-April 2013. Engage on Twitter and Instagram with #SubaruRally.
GALLERY: 2012 GRC Highlights
By: Subaru - March 30, 2013
Need your RallyCross fix? Check out the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team gallery from the 2012 Global RallyCross Series. The action continues this summer! Stay tuned for the 2013 event schedule and other news as we get closer to the start of the season.
2013 Subaru Motorsports Calendar Image Downloads
By: Subaru - March 23, 2013
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Driver Sverre Isachsen ties the knot!
By: Subaru - March 11, 2013
Last month Sverre Isachsen the Viking Warrior and Gro Anita celebrated their wedding at Golsfjell Fjellstue located a few hours west of Oslo. Set in the beautiful mountains of Norway, it was a spectacular affair for the 70 guests from across the world. Daytime activities included a mix of snowmobiling, four wheeler races, extreme high speed sledding along with food and drinks served outside in the below zero temperatures! The party lasted long into the night and cake and coffee was not served until after one o'clock in the morning. Congratulations to Gro Anita and Sverre!
2012 Jump Gallery!
By: Subaru - November 13, 2012
The best Subaru Rally Team and Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA jump images from 2012. Download by clicking the top right arrow. Enjoy!
2012 GRC6 Las Vegas - Day 2
By: Subaru - October 31, 2012
Despite a fantastic effort by Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA the chance at another podium finish slipped away during the final round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship. Team drivers Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek qualified directly from their heat races to the A Main Final Tuesday evening. Mirra managed to hold off a number of drivers to finish sixth overall. Lasek, in his second consecutive final didn't finish the race, but drove well throughout the event. Sverre Isachsen, coming off a podium finish in the most recent GRC event at the Las Vegas Speedway, became entangled with a number of other cars on the first turn of the opening heat and failed to directly qualify for the finals. Racing in the Last Chance Qualifier...
2012 GRC6 Las Vegas - Day 1
By: Subaru - October 30, 2012
Check out the latest images from the final round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship in Las Vegas. The final race takes place Tuesday in conjunction with the opening of the annual SEMA show.
2012 GRC6 Las Vegas - Practice
By: Subaru - October 29, 2012
In preparation for Tuesday's Global RallyCross race and the start of the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA spent the afternoon testing on the freshly built course. Excitement is high for the downtown Las Vegas layout which features more dirt than any previous 2012 tracks. Team driver Sverre Isachsen commented "The track is good; it is like the tracks we have in Europe. We had a good first practice today and I'm very happy. The team has made another step forward with my Subaru since the last race, and we reached the podium there so I'm confident and very happy!"...
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Readies for 2012 Season Finale at Annual SEMA show in Las Vegas
By: Subaru - October 27, 2012
Cherry Hill, N.J. Oct. 26, 2012 - The 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) season will come to a close on Tuesday, Oct. 30 where the series' sixth and final race will serve as the kick-off for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team drivers Sverre Isachsen, Dave Mirra, and Bucky Lasek, are eager to build on Isachsen's podium finish at the previous round and close out the season on a high. The trio will each pilot their nearly 600hp 2012 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars on the most unique and thrilling GRC track layout yet. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN2 Tuesday Oct. 30 starting at 5pm (PDT) / 8pm (EDT).
Final GRC round at SEMA in Las Vegas
By: Subaru - October 21, 2012
The final round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (Round 6) will take place during the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Gold Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center, directly across from the convention center hall will be transformed into a RallyCross super circuit with pavement to dirt transitions and a high-flying 70-foot gap jump. The event takes place in just over a week on October 29-30th. Stay tuned for updates as the event kicks off!
2012 GRC5 Las Vegas - Race Day
By: Subaru - September 30, 2012
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA has earned its first podium finish of the season at Global RallyCross round 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sverre Isachsen put on a fantastic show starting with his first heat race and carried his momentum through the A MAIN. The #11 Subaru STI performed flawlessly, with the viking warrior at the controls, and battled its way through a heat of ten cars to a third place finish. Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA and Sverre Isachsen are thrilled with the results and are looking forward to the final round of the 2012 GRC series back in Vegas at the end of October.
2012 GRC5 Las Vegas - Pre-Race
By: Subaru - September 28, 2012
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA has set up shop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just fifteen miles from the strip. The hot desert sun was quick to rise as practice got underway on the Global RallyCross (GRC) course. After an initial course-familiarization session, teams got a crack at the jump. The GRC-spec Subaru STIs flew effortlessly over the gap and returned to service unscathed, where Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA techs went to work making final preparations for Saturday's race.
Olympus Rally & GRC Round 5 around the corner!
By: Subaru - September 09, 2012
Subaru Rally Team USA and Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team are preparing for a western tour with two different
events. The Olympus Rally which has traditionally run in the spring was moved to the fall and will utilize new roads
not seen in many years. With David Higgins and Craig Drew having already secured the 2012 Rally America Championship
Title the pressure is off and Higgins will surely show off what his 2012 Subaru WRX STI is capable of! The rally is
centered around the town of Shelton, Washington about an hour from Seattle and takes place Sept 22-23.
Following the rally is the 5th round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept 29th. Check back soon for event updates!
2012 Global RallyCross Round 4
By: Subaru - July 15, 2012
Check out the action from Global RallyCross Round 4 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.
X Games 18 POV Video
By: Subaru - July 08, 2012
Ride onboard with Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team's Sverre Isachsen as he wins his first heat at X Games 18 RallyCross, including unique suspension, turbo, and side facing cameras.
X Games 18 - Sunday
By: Subaru - July 02, 2012
At high noon Sunday, teams sidled up to the starting line on South Figueroa Street for the X Games 18 RallyCross heat races. Groups of four cars comprised each of the four heats in which order and starting positions were based on Saturday's seeding times. The fastest two cars in each heat automatically advanced to the final race. In contrast to the rapid scheduling of previous years, the heats were punctuated by TV coverage of the Men's Skateboard Street event. The last-minute addition of SRT USA's David Higgins to the roster meant Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA was represented by a driver in each heat.
X Games 18 - Saturday
By: Subaru - July 01, 2012
Practice and qualifying for RallyCross at X Games 18 got underway Saturday afternoon outside the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. This was the racers' first chance to drive the course in its entirety. Results are still pending, but all Subaru PUMA RallyCross USA team members put in qualifying laps and are awaiting their grid assignments for Sunday's heat races. The service paddocks were abuzz as all teams worked diligently to prepare their vehicles for the main event.
X Games 18 - Friday
By: Subaru - June 30, 2012
Check out some images from the setup and brief jump practice at X Games 18 in downtown Los Angeles early Friday afternoon. RallyCross competitors are scheduled to run qualifying Saturday from 5 to 6 PM.
Who is the Shadow?
By: Subaru - June 30, 2012
Hvem er Skyggen?
37 aar gammel Robert Vaa fra Norge.
Who is the Shadow?
37 year old Robert Vaa from Norway.
Hvorfor kaller de deg Skyggen?
Jeg er bestanding i naerheten. Sverre kan alltid snu seg saa er jeg der. Jeg vet mer om Sverre en han vet om seg sjol.
Why do they call you the shadow?
I'm always nearby. Sverre can turn around anytime and I'm always there. I know more about Sverre than he knows about himself.
X Games 18 Testing
By: Subaru - June 28, 2012
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team is in sunny California for X Games 18. The famed action sports event takes place in downtown Los Angeles from June 28th to July 1st. For the past two days, the team has been offsite testing and fine-tuning their Subaru WRX STI RallyCross cars. Bucky Lasek was handed a brand new full-spec machine this week; and Dave Mirra and Sverre Isachsen spent their test days fine-tuning suspension settings and other car configurations.
X Games 18 Starts Next Week
By: Subaru - June 22, 2012
The stakes are high for 2012 as the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team fights to reclaim the X Games gold. Don't miss the intense action as 550+ horsepower cars burn rubber and race head to head down Los Angeles' Figueroa Street with the city skyline as a backdrop. RallyCross practice starts at the end of the week with the final race on Sunday July 1st. Stay tuned for photos and updates as the games begin!
Inside the Action with Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team at GRC Texas 2012
By: Subaru - June 16, 2012
Video overview of last weekend's Hoon Kaboom from Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas, Texas. This event was the second one in the 2012 Global RallyCross Series. X Games 18 starts in less than 2 weeks!
2012 Global RallyCross Round 2 - Race Day
By: Subaru - June 10, 2012
There was certainly no shortage of excitement during race day at round two of the 2012 Global RallyCross in Fort Worth, Texas. While SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA was kept off the podium, they were front and center for much of the drama throughout the day's racing.
In the first heat, Sverre Isachsen led the pack off the line and drove the #11 Subaru WRX STI with aplomb to secure a spot in the A-final race with a second place finish in his heat. SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA's Bucky Lasek finished fourth in that same heat and was seated in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Dave Mirra in the #40 WRX STI was also placed in an LCQ, where he put up a tough fight and finished just a few seconds short of advancing to the final.
2012 Global RallyCross Round 2 - Pre-Race
By: Subaru - June 08, 2012
SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA is in Fort Worth, Texas, for "Hoon Kaboom," the second round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship. In preparation for Saturday's main event, teams ran testing and seeding laps today. Organizers are still making final decisions on track layout, which is currently very similar to the course at Charlotte last month. The GRC Open Heat Races & Feature Event are scheduled to run from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Saturday and will be followed by the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550. Visit texasmotorspeedway.com for tickets and event information.
Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Battles in GRC Debut at Charlotte
By: Subaru - June 04, 2012
In this video, go behind-the-scenes with Dave Mirra, Bucky Lasek, and Sverre Isachsen of the Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team USA as they battle in Global Rallycross Round 1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 26, 2012.
2012 Global RallyCross Round 1 - POV Video
By: Subaru - May 29, 2012
Ride along with Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team drivers Sverre Isachsen, Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek as they race their 2012 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars at Round 1 of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The POV footage featured in this clip is highlights taken from various heat races over the course of the event.
The event was held on a unique road course incorporating parts of the oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and ran following the NASCAR Nationwide race in front of thousands of likely new fans.
2012 Global RallyCross Round 1 - Race Day
By: Subaru - May 27, 2012
On the heels of the History 300 Nationwide Series race, the first round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship commenced in front of a cheering crowd at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Two sets of qualifying rounds preceded the last-chance qualifier and the final race on an all-tarmac course. The SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA cars performed competitively but were edged out of a podium finish. It is a disappointing result given the tireless hours and hard work put into preparing the cars for this event; however, the team will have another shot at the GRC podium when the series continues at the Texas Motor Speedway in just two weeks.
2012 Global RallyCross Round 1 - Pre-Race
By: Subaru - May 26, 2012
The SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA hauler rolled onto the grounds of Charlotte Motor Speedway early Wednesday morning. The crew immediately got to work testing the cars and making preparations for the first round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship. This monumental event takes place under the banner of the Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend. Marking the first time a RallyCross race has taken place in conjunction with a NASCAR event, GRC will be gaining a new audience of horsepower-addicted motorsports fans, this time in a stadium that seats 140,000.
SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team heads to GRC Round 1
By: Lars Gange - May 21, 2012
This week the SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team heads to Charlotte, NC for Round 1 of the Global RallyCross Championship. The awesome livery on the 2012 Subaru WRX STI's will be on display as Sverre Isachsen, Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek battle head to head on the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Vermont SportsCar has been busy preparing cars and the new hauler. It's ready to roll and headed south. This is one big rig you don't want to miss!
The RallyCross event will follow the NASCAR Nationwide Series HISTORY 300 on Saturday, May 26. Competitor pit areas will be open before and after the race for an up-close look. Tickets & info at charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Subaru announces PUMA® as new team sponsor for three-car Global RallyCross Championship program
By: Subaru - May 04, 2012
Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the official sponsorship of sportslifestyle brand PUMA for the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team. As part of the multi-year sponsorship agreement with Subaru, PUMA becomes the official supplier of team and racewear and an exclusive licensing partner to the team for footwear and apparel.
SRT USA at X Games 16
By: Subaru - July 31, 2010
In front of an excited audience that filled the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday to see fireworks in the form of Rally Car Racing and SuperRally, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) arrived with its two team drivers Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra and guest driver Sverre Isachsen along with Subaru STI rally cars prepared by technical partner Vermont SportsCar. After some intense qualifying battles, the SRT USA seeding results were as follows for Rally Car Racing: Pastrana 2nd and Mirra 12th.
Travis Pastrana Blog
By: Subaru - July 30, 2010
After winning Gold in FMX and successfully completing a double back flip at X Games 16 on Thursday, SRT USA driver Travis Pastrana joined teammate Dave Mirra and guest driver Sverre Isachsen along with nine other competitors for Rally Car Racing (RCR) practice at the L.A. Coliseum on Friday. With both RCR and SuperRally events scheduled for Saturday and limited on-course practice time for the entire field of competitors, activity and preparation efforts among the drivers and their respective teams were at a fever pitch. Travis, on the other hand, found the schedule almost relaxing (compared to his typical gamut of X Games commitments), and even took the opportunity to share some of his day's experiences with us as told in pictures contained in our image gallery.
SRT USA Media Day
By: Subaru - July 28, 2010
With X Games 16 looming, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) continued its testing preparations Wednesday of the team's three 2011 Subaru STI rally cars, this time with invited journalists in attendance to experience a practice session with regular team drivers Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, and reigning European Rally Champion Sverre Isachsen. During that session, media guests interviewed the three drivers while some also had the thrilling opportunity to sit alongside Travis for a ridealong.
Sverre Isachsen Blog
By: Subaru - July 27, 2010
Serving as third driver for Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) and invited to this weekend's X Games 16 SuperRally event, Sverre Isachsen reported for team testing duties and car acclimatization the week of the event. Isachsen is the reigning European Rally Cross Champion (ERC) and current points leader in the series. The Norwegian agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule to relay his excitement at participating in his first X Games along with his experiences in joining SRT USA.
SRT USA Prepares for 2010 X Games
By: Subaru - July 26, 2010
Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, and European recruit Sverre Isachsen prepare for the July 31 start of the 2010 X Games.
European Rallycross Champion Sverre Isachsen Joins Subaru Rally Team USA at X Games 16
By: Subaru - July 02, 2010
Subaru Rally Team USA announced today the selection of Sverre Isachsen of Norway, the defending FIA European Rallycross Champion, to fill the team's guest driver slot at the 2010 ESPN Summer X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California on July 31st. Isachsen will join Subaru Rally Team USA star drivers Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra for the debut of SuperRally at the X Games, and each will drive a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI modified for Rallycross with an over 550 horsepower Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
"I'm very excited to come to a huge event like the Summer X Games and to have the opportunity to be teammates to legends like Pastrana and Mirra is very special," said Isachsen...(Continue Reading>>)