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Rally America Sno*Drift 2010 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Travis Pastrana has no shortage of critics who claim the daredevil is skating on thin ice. Okay, that was a terrible segue into this year's Sno*Drift, the opening event in the Rally America Championship series, but yes, Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom did skate to a fourth straight Sno*Drift victory on Saturday, trumping the second place team of Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard by more than a minute. Not too bad for a guy who just had surgery for a broken collar bone. Meanwhile, William Bacon and Peter Watt finished third overall as the highest-placing privateers. Ken Block, sporting his trademark goatee and a new Ford Fiesta rally car, retired after just seven stages due to suspension failure.

Organized around the snowy gravel roads of Northern Lower Michigan, Sno*Drift 2010 wasn't so much with the snow thanks to a warm spell and thorough soaking of rain, followed by a quick dip into sub-zero temperatures-all within a week of race day. Roads turned into rivers of glare ice, and since studded tires aren't allowed in the series, automotive hilarity reminiscent of Snoopy on Ice was the order of the day. Just ask Pastrana's team mate Dave Mirra, who crossed the final mark literally dragging his Subie's front bumper and headlights thanks to a late-stage disagreement between himself, Sir Issac Newton, and a tree.

More to come on Pastrana, Block, and Rally America; in the meantime spy the Rally America gallery while we search Wikipedia for frost bite remedies and tips on removing champagne from blue jeans.

Photos by Christopher Smith / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Pastrana,

      Keep kicking Ken Block's @$$ for being a traitor.


      P.S. I'm just kidding
      P.P.S. Maybe just a little :-D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice one. Please punish Ken for leaving Subie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Punish Subaru for leaving the WRC, not Ken for leaving Subaru.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad about Ken Block. Not the best way to start off with a new car and new company, but take what you're given. It'll get better. And at least he didn't crash or anything. :)

      Congrats to Pastrana though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sno*Drift was a lot of fun this year. Travis really was making the others look like they were going in slow motion. He's really in a different league on snow and ice compared to the other drivers.

      Our cabins were right next to Block's. It was weird getting up to go to the first stage on the second day and him still being in his cabin. That's how we found out LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, am I the only one who wants a rally Volvo now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does a certain Volvo driver need a torque wrench? ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The roads were bad up there. I put a nice dent in the plow truck from playing backwards toboggan after not making it up a hill on Camp 8 Rd to watch one of the stages. Anyone else get to try this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like mother nature was the real winner followed by Issac Newton and then the tree.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The 2010 Rally America debut for Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team Fiesta couldn't have started any better. Block, making his first start as a Ford driver in his newly formed global rally program, piloted the 2011 Fiesta to the quickest time in the first stage of Rally America's 2010 Sno*Drift Rally."
      • 5 Years Ago
      that event looked exciting.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      First congrats to the drivers/co-drivers/ teams that finished. The stages were nothing but snow covered ice. Studded tires not not allowed at Sno Drift and everyone had to deal with the same stages 4wd, 2wd, open class, group 5 or 2 it did not matter. These were not the fastest stages but they were interesting.

      remember in order to finish first, you must first finish
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