We tip our caps to Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) and in particular pilot David Higgins and copilot Craig Drew. The duo took first place overall in the final round of the 2015 Rally America National Championship at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) in Houghton, Michigan, on October 17 and 18. The drivers’ strong performance at the season’s final race produced the first perfect season achieved by any team in national US rally competition since 1987.
The two SRT USA drivers dominated the season early on, experiencing their greatest challenge in July during the New England Forest Rally where Higgins and Drew defended their winning streak against stiff competition from Ken Block and Ramana Lagemen. In that race Higgins secured a five-second lead in his 2015 Subaru WRX STI during the first stage, which led to their continued victory.
In the eighth and final race of the series, Higgins and Drew were in top form, ultimately finishing two minutes ahead of the race’s runner up, Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze of FY Racing.
"It is amazing to do what we have done, but you can only do it with a great team like we have,” Higgins said after the LSPR. “Craig has been awesome as always and we have been on a good winning streak for a long time, but this win was special. Stages were in good condition and for us the big task was to bring it home. Great job by the team and I'm proud we matched John Buffum's record."
SRT USA Team Manager, and the last driver to claim a perfect season, John Buffum added, "It is definitely difficult to achieve a perfect season, obviously it has not been done for a long time. It takes not only a skilled driver and navigator, but also a reliable car. The 2015 Subaru WRX STI was a key piece in what helped David and Craig reach this success. Most of all, it takes a great team. All of those things came together for David and Craig this year and it is cool to see and be part of it. It was exciting for all of us on Subaru Rally Team USA."
Kudos to Higgins, Drew, and the entire SRT USA posse on their historic achievement. For more info on the team check out the Subaru Rally Team USA site, and for more on the Rally America series head over to their website.