Travis Pastrana partnered with Subaru for eleven years, the relationship going especially well from 2006 to 2010 when Pastrana won four consecutive Rally America National Championships. They broke up in 2010 to give Pastrana space for his NASCAR fling and a couple of years in Global Rallycross with Dodge.

Giving up on his NASCAR dream last November has made possible a reconciliation with his former automotive love: Subaru has just announced that Pastrana will return to its Rally Team USA for the 2014 Rally America Championship, partnering with veteran team driver and current Rally America champion David Higgins.

Although the season begins later this month in Atlanta, Michigan, Pastrana won't return until the second round in February, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri. He'll also be at the start of the Global Rallycross round of the X-Games in June, but in a WRX STI this year instead of his erstwhile Dodge Dart. You'll find a press release below with a few more bits of information, and there's always this trip down memory lane...
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Travis Pastrana Rejoins Subaru Rally Team USA with Defending Champion David Higgins for 2014 Rally America Championship

Cherry Hill, N.J., January 14, 2014 - Subaru of America announced today defending five-time Rally America Champion David Higgins will have a new teammate for the 2014 Rally America Championship, former Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana.

"Subaru is very excited to bring back both of our former rally champions. Between David and Travis, Subaru Rally Team USA has won the Rally America Championship seven times in the last eight years. Having them together this season will give us our best chance at defending our title" stated Rob Weir, Motorsports Marketing Manager.

In 2013, Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins with co-driver Craig Drew won a season-long battle against Ford, to win their third Rally America driver's title in a row and the Manufacturer's title for Subaru of America. "It's going to be great having Travis back with the team. He has a massive following and it will be great for the sport to have him back. Amazingly, between all our championships in the USA we have never really competed against each other, aside from an odd event or two. I know we will work well together, but also have a healthy rivalry too" said David Higgins.

Travis Pastrana, who began his auto racing career driving a Subaru in 2004, won four straight Rally America titles with Subaru Rally Team USA between 2006 and 2010. "I'm so happy to be back with the team I've been most successful with in the past. Rally racing is where my heart is and it's a privilege to do it in a Subaru. The competition is stronger and our cars are faster than they have ever been here in the USA. It won't be easy to get back to the top, but I'm looking forward to the challenge!" stated Pastrana.

Higgins & Drew will begin their season at Sno*Drift Rally, the first round of the Rally America Championship held in Atlanta, MI January 24-25th. Pastrana will make his debut at the second round of the series, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood held in Salem, MO February 21st-22nd. Pastrana will also compete in Global RallyCross at X Games June 6-7th.

Pastrana and Higgins will compete in 2014 WRX STI rally cars featuring Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Both cars are prepared and managed by Vermont SportsCar, who also manages Subaru of America's rallycross efforts in the Global RallyCross Championship. The all-new 2015 WRX STI, which debuted today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is in development at Vermont SportsCar and the team will debut the car later in 2014.

About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Method Race Wheels, RECARO, PIAA,, and Race Proven. For more information on Subaru Rally Team USA, as well as exclusive photo and video galleries, visit http://subaru.com/rally and for the latest news follow the team on Twitter: @srtusa.


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      AP1_S2K
      • 11 Months Ago
      Any announcement from Subaru about their involvement in rally is a good thing
      Really
      • 11 Months Ago
      Makes me want some pastrami on rye.
      mechatricity
      • 11 Months Ago
      So GRC too? Sweet.
      Andre Neves
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a joke.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
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        Andre Neves
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        (Referring to the driver)
          pheasant601
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Why? Travis was one of the best and it was sad to see him go to Nascar. Glad to have him back and it looks like he'll be driving the new STi which is double awesome.
      AcidTonic
      • 11 Months Ago
      Glad to see him driving a car that we can get in a dealership..... Unlike an AWD Dart which has yet to appear...
        • 11 Months Ago
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      2001mustangGT
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why would they let him behind the wheel again??.I don't think Subaru needs a famous name behind the wheel to get some media recognition.Everyone knows hes just not a good driver...like everyone.
        Ross
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2001mustangGT
        As far as US born rally/rally drivers, he probably is one of the top/the top. 4x rally America champion, was very competitive in the dodge dart in rally (which wasn't the best car), and overall is a nice guy. He brings a ton of sponsors with him, which rally America desperately needs.
      Justin Lundy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Subaru spends all their money on Pastrana... Not enough left for a better engine in the Sti lol. Same EJ from 10 years ago!!
      michael white
      • 11 Months Ago
      He went to Nascar and got his ass kicked. Everyone said he was going to dominate Nascar. Hey Travis, people in the know told you it's harder than it looks.
      Gordon Sunkist
      • 11 Months Ago
      Guarantees to see some wrecks if he's behind the wheel.
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        @Gordon Sunkist
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      gary
      • 11 Months Ago
      And he's already gonna miss at least one event, if not two, because he broke his leg again last Saturday performing a motorcycle jump at the Nitro Circus event in Cleveland. This is the third time he's left a race team in a lurch because of a motorcycle-related injury. This guy needs to decide if he wants to be a race car driver or Evel Knievel.
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ok Travis we have to focus. NASCAR didn't work out you know dirt but we need to stop doing things that get us hurt every day. Back flips off the roof to "stay level" have to stop. I want this to work out for you so bad. Not that many Americans at "Rally level" and not that many training will get CLOSE to a podium. Best of luck.
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