Pastrana Wins the Opening Round of the 2009 Rally America Series

Atlanta, Michigan – Subraru Rally Team USA’s Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom took home the first win of the 2009 Rally America National Championship season at Sno*Drift this past Saturday in Atlanta, Michigan.

Sno*Drift is one of the most difficult rally tracks in the championship series due to the snow and ice covered roads and the strict rules that prohibit studded tires.  Pastrana and Edstrom battled the severe conditions and ruled the competition finishing day one with a 52 second lead.  They continued to dominate day two ultimately capturing the win with a gap of one minute and 49 seconds.  

Saturday’s race was victorious for Pastrana and Edstrom as they were forced to pull out of last year’s race after an unfortunate collision with a deer while leading on the last stage. 

“After what happened last year with the deer incident I really wanted to try and redeem myself for all the local fans.  They stand out here in the freezing weather and snow cheering us on so I always try and put on a good show for them,” said an enthusiastic Pastrana.  Pastrana is looking for his fourth straight Rally America Championship win this year. “Winning the opening round always sets the tempo for a good year.  Last year I got off to a slow start and I want to avoid that this year.”

Travis Pastrana would like to thank the following sponsors: Suzuki, DC Shoes, Red Bull Energy Drink, Alpinestars, Smith, Kicker, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Ogio, Nixon, EVS, Activision and Subaru of America.

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