NEWS // PASTRANA LEAVES SUBARU FOR NASCAR NATIONWIDEEarlier today, four time Rally America champion Travis Pastrana announced that he will no longer race for Subaru's US based rally team and will instead take an open seat at Michael Waltrip Racing. Pastrana, who collected 22 race victories, 40 podium finishes and more than 150 stage wins during his tenure with Subaru Rally Team USA, said in a radio interview with Speed Freaks this week that he will likely race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Follow the link for the official press release... [read more]

Subaru Bids Farewell to Travis Pastrana
-- Driver departs after 5 seasons --

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Nov. 10 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today bid farewell to Travis Pastrana as the company's lead driver. Travis began his relationship Subaru in 2004 from the world of supercross and freestyle motorcross and officially joined Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) in 2006 having run abbreviated development seasons with Subaru in 2004-2005. During his career as an SRT USA driver, Travis piloted his Subaru Impreza WRX STI to 150+ stage wins, 40 podiums, and 22 event victories en route to earning four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles (2006-2009) and becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Rally champion in history. Within the ESPN X Games Rally Car Racing format, Travis went on to win two gold, one silver and one bronze medal with Subaru Rally Team USA.

Tim Mahoney, CMO of Subaru of America said, "Travis brought Rally to a whole new audience through the rally championship and of course through his spectacular appearances at X Games. We wholeheartedly thank him for his outstanding performances with Subaru Rally Team USA and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Subaru recently celebrated breaking its all-time sales record for the brand in the US. The company surpassed its previous record set in 2009 with two months of 2010 remaining and expects to top 250,000 sales for the year.

Image and Info: Autoblog via Subaru
Editorial: Justin W. Coffey

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