Subaru Rally Driver Travis Pastrana Puts Stamp on Championship with Win at LSPR Teammate Ken Block Secures Third Place

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. Pastrana, with co-driver Christian Edstrom, won by a comfortable margin of over four minutes. The win at LSPR is Pastrana's 6th of the nine-event 2009 Rally America National Championship and caps the most successful season of his rally career.

Pastrana's Subaru teammate Ken Block, with co-driver Alex Gelsomino, finished in third position overall and won the Super Production class. The Lake Superior Performance Rally is headquartered in Houghton, at the northern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The rally is revered by rally drivers for its difficult conditions, which typically include high speeds on tree-lined roads with variable weather making stages a white-knuckled affair. Adding to the challenge are over seventy miles of night stages where visibility can be in short supply. "I drove flat out, took some risks and had a lot fun," explained Pastrana at the podium ceremony. "Christian [Edstrom] and I wanted to win as many stages as possible and really show how fast we can go, its definitely a different strategy when the points and the championship don't matter!" Pastrana's goal of winning all of the event's seventeen stages was interrupted only by former Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L'Estage who narrowly beat Pastrana on two stages on the first day of competition. Pastrana went on to win all eight competitive stages on the second and final day of LSPR cruising to a victory of over four minutes.

"It's sometimes difficult to believe that Travis only began his rallying career a few short years ago," said James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. "In that time, he has really developed into a devastatingly quick and well-rounded driver who can also maintain a consistent pace and provide the team with sufficient feedback to maximize car set-ups. Achieving four consecutive Rally America national titles is quite a testament to Travis and his co-drivers, the strength of Subaru's technical partner in Vermont SportsCar, and performance from our Subaru Impreza WRX STI."

Pastrana's Subaru teammate Ken Block entered LSPR in a Super Production (SP) Class 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The production-based, minimally modified, Subaru stood in as a replacement for Block's usual Open Class STI rally car which sustained heavy damage in a crash at the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Block performed well to wring out all he could from the car and achieved a podium result, a rarity for a Super Production class car amongst the more powerful Open Class specification vehicles. In the latter stages of Day 1, Block found himself having to measure his pace as his car began showing signs of engine trouble. Block backed off considerably but was still able to handily win the Super Production class overall as well as finish in third position overall.

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Vision X Signs with Subaru Rally Team USA 

October 16, 2009  - Subaru Rally Team USA is pleased to announce that Vision X will become the official supplier of competition lights for Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA). The team, headed by four-time Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana and his teammate Ken Block will begin utilizing Vision X HID competition driving lights this weekend at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. SRT USA's new Vision X lights will play a pivotal role at LSPR where over half of the event's 126 stage miles are run in darkness.

Vision X was established in 1997 with the mission to revolutionize the lighting industry and today has become one of the leading manufacturers of 12 and 24 volt lighting in the world. Not only will you now find Vision X HID driving lights on the rally cars of Subaru Rally Team USA but you will also find Vision X lighting on heavy equipment, off-road, emergency, military, public transportation, and commercial vehicles. Further, Vision X offers lighting for the computer industry and can be found in commercial lighting and even in underwater scuba diving lights all over the world. Vision X has warehouses in Seattle, Washington and Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Lake Superior Rally is the final round of the nine-event 2009 Rally America National Championship and is headquartered in Houghton, at the northern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The rally is revered by rally drivers for its difficult conditions, which typically include high speeds on tree-lined roads with highly variable weather. Adding to the challenge are over seventy miles of night stages, where visibility on the dark tree lined roads is vital to achieving a good result. A unique challenge on their own, the night stages are typically complicated by the variable weather conditions that can include rain, snow, mud and slippery fallen leaves in the road. SRT USA drivers Travis Pastrana and Ken Block, each driving a 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars prepared by Vermont SportsCar, will cut through the darkness with between four and six Vision X 8550 series HID lights housed in carbon fiber light pods mounted to the hood and front bumper. The Vision X HID 8550 series light is a 8.7" round 50 watt HID competition specification driving light. It produces 5000 lumens while only drawing 5.6 amps at start up and 4.5 amps while operating and has a lifespan of 2500 hours. This HID light series is available in two beam patterns, euro and spot, and two housing colors, black and chrome, and has an input voltage of 9-32 volts. The HID 8550 Series boasts internal ballast and starter and are available with either a composite or aluminum body. All Vision X lights offer a lifetime warranty and all in include a borosilicate hardened glass lens. The HID 8550 lights have been race tested and proven by off-road racers including BJ Baldwin and Andy McMillin. For more information on Vision X please visit www.visionxoffroad.com

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