Travis Pastrana wins 2017 Oregon Trail Rally
The multi-talented Travis Pastrana won the annual Oregon Trail Rally last weekend, racing for three days at Portland International Raceway and on unpaved roads near Dufur, Oregon and Goldendale, Washington.
Pastrana, who races for Subaru Rally Team USA, held off his Subaru teammate, David Higgins, to win the event.
For a second year in a row, the Subaru factory team finished 1-2 overall. Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant held the lead from the first stage in their #199 2017 Subaru WRX STI, but their lead was slim and under constant attack from Higgins, who had won the previous six Oregon Trail Rally events.
"David Higgins has been a mentor and someone I've always looked up to and tried to emulate my driving after my whole rally career, so to be able to battle him and come out on top is an amazing feeling," Pastrana said at the podium.
Pastrana and Higgins are tied atop the American Rally Association's Driver's Championship standings. Pastrana's past credits include competitive motocross in the X Games, a stint in NASCAR Sprint Cup and several American rally championships.
Toyota's factory effort took top honors in the competitive 2WD class, with driver Ryan Millen piloting the Rally RAV4 to the class win.
"I enjoy the night stages at Portland because, typically, we're a lot faster than most people," he says. "What's cool about the night is you just focus on where your lights point. In some senses, you're almost faster at night, because you're not looking for other things. All you have is what's in front of you and the notes."
The American Rally Association's championship next moves to Olympia, Washington for the Olympus Rally May 11-13.
For complete results, go to www.oregontrailrally.com.