This week saw Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew crowned the 2013 Rally America National Champions at the final round of the Rally America season, the Lake Superior Performance Rally. The Lake Superior Performance Rally or LSPR for short is known for being the ‘oldest, toughest and meanest rally’ on the Rally America calendar. Held in the far northern reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, LSPR features very technical roads with trees lining either side and weather conditions changing every moment.
“It was the fastest that we have ever gone. Our Subaru has just been brilliant again. We’ve enjoyed this weekend and that was really the biggest, most important factor. Sure there was a lot of pressure, but we really went out there to have fun. Rally is a team sport and I’m so proud of the one we have behind us in Vermont SportsCar and Subaru of America. I’m so happy Craig (Drew) and I could step up our game to deliver for the team,” said Higgins.
The race became a duel between Higgins and Drew, and the Hoonigan Racing team of Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino. An overall win for either one would have clinched the title. The first day saw the two battling it out with Higgins coming out on top with a 13.4-second lead. The next day would see Ken Block roll his Ford Fiesta, which gave Higgins the race and the championship.
This is Higgins's third straight Rally America Championship. Meanwhile, Subaru claimed the Rally America Manufacturer’s Championship.
“We are very proud of David, Craig and Vermont SportsCar for bringing home the Rally America Manufacturer’s Title to Subaru in the WRX STI. David and Craig now have their third championship in a row and we look to them to repeat the win next year. We know how big rally is with our enthusiast fan base and we hope to keep making them happy as they follow our motorsports efforts,” said Dean Evans, CMO at Subaru of America.