Travis Pastrana On The Rally Podium AgainMonday, June 5, 2006 | 6:06 AM
Finishes 2nd overall at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
The high-speed classic known as STPR takes place in north central Pennsylvania on smooth, flowing gravel and clay-based roads. This is the fastest rally in North America, taking drivers at breakneck speeds through lush green forests that grow precipitously close to the road edges. The 30th running of STPR was recently nominated as a qualifying round for the first ever X Games Rally, to be held this summer at X Games 12 in Los Angeles.
With the top two finishers of the rally earning an invite to compete in the X Games Rally, many of North America's best rally drivers entered in the hopes of earning a spot in the X Games. The field was one of the strongest and deepest in not only the event's history, but possibly the sport's North American history as well. But both Travis Pastrana, and his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate Ken Block had no need to get caught up in the fight for the X Games, they have both already been officially invited to compete at the event.
Pastrana fought through severe illness, which had him feeling fatigued all day and pulled away from the rest of the field with fellow X Game Rally invitee Matt Iorio. But a flat tire on the later stages spoiled any chance at victory for Pastrana, and he happily settled for 2nd Overall. "We wanted to sit back and let all the other guys fight it out, but we had the speed early on and just kept up a nice pace," explained Pastrana. "I've been very sick the past few days, plus this rally had such an amazing group of fast and accomplished drivers entered, so I feel a great sense of accomplishment with my 2nd Overall finish."
Pastrana's teammate, Ken Block, set a blistering pace early on in the rally, winning two stages outright. But the slick conditions caught Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino out midway through the rally and they were forced to retire from the event after rolling their car. Both walked away unharmed from the incident.
Pastrana moves up the standings into a tie for First Overall in the
2006 Rally America National Championship. Subaru Rally Team USA will warm up for the X Games Rally on the rocky logging roads of the Maine Forest Rally, July 21-22.
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