The weather and the roads are two reasons drivers and spectators alike love the Ojibwe Forests Rally. The roads are fast and smooth and the August weather in Minnesota can be superb. Held in the 10,000 lakes region in a town called Detroit Lakes, there is much to see and do. If you have never been to this rally, you should make sure to put it on your to-do list for 2013 because it is not to be missed!
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.
Launch Control - Episode 13: "In The End - Part 1"
By: Subaru - October 21, 2013
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.
Higgins and Drew 2nd at Ojibwe Forests Rally
By: Subaru - August 25, 2013
David Higgins and Craig Drew were determined to charge for the win. After running two spectator stages 10 miles east of Fargo, ND, SRT USA #75 headed back into the forest. Higgins and Drew were in the groove and won Stage 9 - Anchor Mattson, putting them just 31 seconds behind rival Ken Block. A stiff twenty miles per hour wind had trees swaying and dust dissipating quickly. It seemed as though the stage had been set for an SRT USA comeback, however, an unbelievable chain of events would occur making any progress towards the lead impossible. On Stage 10 they had a power steering issue and shortly thereafter something in the road surface snapped the wheel seriously injuring David Higgins' hand. With possibly broken fingers and a stiff steering, the duo raced towards the finish but another stage win was out of the question. Immediately after the stage David pulled over and was working under the hood to try and repair the steering when, impossibly, his foot was run over by an event medical crew. Rattled by the series of events, David and Craig proceeded to the next stage. There was even talk of Craig Drew driving, but David decided he could do it. What could possibly happen next? While waiting for the stage start a tree came crashing down in front of SRT USA #75 blocking the road. They eventually made it back to Service but it was clear that it was not meant to be. David and Craig heroically completed the event and with uttermost frustration settled for 2nd. The showdown for the 2013 Rally America Championship will continue at the Lake Superior Rally on Oct 18-19 in Houghton, Michigan.
Extreme Dust Frustrates SRT USA
By: Subaru - August 24, 2013
The first day of the 2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally has been completed but left David Higgins and Craig Drew extremely frustrated. Third on the road, SRT USA #75 battled intense and dangerous dusty conditions for six long stages. With no chance to keep up with with front runner Ken Block, it was a disappointing day to say the least. The 2013 Subaru WRX STI ran perfectly and Higgins and Drew set very good times, but steadily slipped back with each passing mile. Event organizers even spaced out the top cars to four minute intervals, but it did little to alleviate the visibility problems. Persistent dry conditions in the local area combined with a densely forested race course left dust just lingering. It's uncertain what can be done to improve the situation for Saturday's stages. SRT USA ended Day 1 in 2nd place only a minute behind the #1 spot, however, unless something changes for tomorrow the top of the podium may be out of reach.
Ojibwe Forests Rally Starts Today!
By: Subaru - August 23, 2013
David Higgins and Craig Drew are ready to fight for the win at the 2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally which kicks off this evening. Based in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota the course will cover hundreds of miles on dusty and at times extremely twisty roads. After Thursday's course recce, Co-Driver Craig Drew was in disbelief at the number of notes required for one of the stages and commented "There is one straight that's 60 yards long, the rest is continuous turns". SRT USA #75 is third on the road which will add to the challenge given the dense woods and billowing dust. Six stages will be run this evening followed by the bulk of stage miles on Saturday. Stay tuned for more photos and updates from Minnesota!
Higgins and Drew 2nd at New England Forest Rally
By: Subaru - July 27, 2013
The dust has settled after a fierce day of racing at the 2013 New England Forest Rally. Despite winning six of nine stages today, David Higgins and Craig Drew were unable to catch Block. With less than seven seconds separating the two after covering over a hundred competitive stage miles, it was a frustrating, yet still successful day for SRT USA. At the finish in Sunday River, David and Craig were clearly disappointed and Craig made it clear that "We're not happy unless we win!" However, SRT USA continues to lead the 2013 Rally America Championship and their Subaru WRX STI performed flawlessly all day over some of the roughest rally roads seen in North America. The weather conditions were dry and sunny with temperatures in the low 70's which made for perfect spectating. There was some dust, but a steady breeze kept it from becoming a major issue.
Ojibwe Forests Rally back on the 2013 Schedule
By: Subaru - March 16, 2013
The 2013 Rally America National Championship has been expanded to once again include the Ojibwe Forests Rally based in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Only three and a half hours north of Minneapolis in the 10,000 Lakes Region of the state. The beautiful surroundings and pleasant summer weather makes for a fun and exciting event for racers, volunteers and spectators alike. The Ojibwe Forests Rally is unique in that it features more night stages than many of the US rallys. First hearing the crackle of the charging rally cars in the distance followed by the intense HID driving lights piercing through the north woods darkness is quite an experience! The event takes place August 23-24, 2013.
SRT USA ready to launch 2013 Championship defense at Sno*Drift Rally
By: Subaru - January 24, 2013
Defending Rally America National Champion David Higgins will begin his title defense this weekend on the challenging snow and ice covered roads of the Sno*Drift Rally, round one of the 2013 Rally America National Championship. Higgins will fight for his third-straight Rally America Title in his Vermont SportsCar prepared 2013 Subaru WRX STI rally car with his trusted co-driver Craig Drew at his side. The title fight begins at the legendary Sno*Drift Rally, now in its 47th year, Jan. 25-26 in Atlanta and Lewiston, MI. The challenge of racing on the icy Northern Michigan roads that compose the Sno*Drift Rally are compounded by rules which prohibit studded or spiked competition ice tires...
Full 2013 Rally America Schedule Released
By: Subaru - December 03, 2012
The 2013 Rally America National Championship will include five of last year's events plus the revival
of two extremely popular events - the Ojibwe Forests Rally in Minnesota and the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR)
in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
2013 Rally America National Championship Schedule:
Sno*Drift Rally, Atlanta, MI - January 25-26
100 Acre Wood, Salem, MO - February 22-23
Oregon Trail Rally, Portland, OR - May 3-5
Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Wellsboro, PA - May 31-June 1
New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME - July 26-27
Ojibwe Forests Rally, Detroit Lakes, MN - August 23-24
Lake Superior Performance Rally, Houghton, MI - October 18-19
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 Rally Team USA driver Ken Block Impresses in SP Class at Rally Colorado
By: Subaru - September 20, 2009
Piloting a lesser specification Subaru Impreza WRX STI at this past weekend's Rally Colorado, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) driver Ken Block hovered near the top of the time sheets throughout the event. Block was without his usual high-powered Open Class 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and instead drove the Super Production (SP) Class Subaru Impreza WRX STI of fellow SRT USA teammate Dave Mirra, who did not attend Rally Colorado due to a schedule conflict with a BMX event. Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, put in an impressive drive in the lower-specification SP class car, running a majority of the rally in 3rd Overall and winning three stages outright...
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...