Travis Pastrana Wins ARA Championship in an Epic Comeback
A season-long battle for the 2017 American Rally Association Championship came to a close last weekend at the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Travis Pastrana and co-driver Robbie Durant overcame a five-point deficit behind Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and summer-long rival David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew in the sixth and final round of the series. Travis and Robbie needed to do more than win the race — a straight win would have resulted in a tie in points. They had to win enough rally stages to put them ahead of David and Craig in points, which are earned over the course of the season. By the end of the first day, things were already looking tougher, as Travis had gone through six of his 10 tires allotted for the entire rally. But the Red Team persevered and in the end had just enough to bring home the big win. Both Subaru teammates and their co-drivers had incredible performances in the series, and rally fans can look forward to seeing more pyrotechnics from them in the future. Check out some highlights below:
Solid first day of the @ara_rally championship series final. In the lead for now but we have a lot of racing left. Robbie and I were spot on all day and my @srtusa Subaru couldn't have been better. Unfortunately we may have been a little too much hammer down because we only get 10 tires for the entire rally and 6 of them are completely shagged already 🙄🇺🇸👍#backingitin #coletrickle #droppingthehammer @alpinestars @dirtfishrally @valvoline @nitrocircus 📷 @dirtycarwindow
What an amazing last half of a season. A lot of ups and downs in the final rally but Robbie Durant and I got our @srtusa #Subaru to the finish line first, winning the final 9.1 mile stage by 0.4 of a second over my teammate and mentor @davidhiggins75 / @craigdrew75 to take the @ara_rally Championship! #redteamgo @dirtfishrally @nitrocircus @valvoline @alpinestars @blackriflecoffee @obertobeefjerky @kuhl @dmack_tyres @wienerschnitzel @wildmikespizza
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