Subaru Driver David Higgins Wins the Oregon Trail Rally for the Third Straight Year

Subaru Driver David Higgins Wins the Oregon Trail Rally for the Third Straight
                                     Year

- Defending Rally America Champion Higgins Extends Points Lead with Victory in
Oregon

- Subaru Rally Team USA has won two of the first three races in the 2013 Rally
America National Championship series

PR Newswire

CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 6, 2013

CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Subaru Rally Team USA driver
David Higgins took a big step toward achieving a third straight Rally America
Championship by winning the Oregon Trail Rally this weekend. With the win,
Higgins can likely now claim the Oregon Trail Rally as his event, having won
the event all five times he has entered; including wins the past three years
in a row. As his two key rivals faltered this year in Oregon, Higgins and his
BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2013 Subaru WRX STI built an insurmountable lead on the
opening stages and was able to drive conservatively for the majority of the
competition stages.

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The Oregon Trail Rally is a three-day event that kicked off May 3rd with mixed
gravel and tarmac stages at Portland International Raceway. The rally then
moved to the scenic yet challenging gravel roads around the Hood River and
Dufur regions east of Portland on Saturday and Sunday.

Higgins headed to Oregon fresh off a big victory at Round 2 in Missouri at The
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, which vaulted him to the top of the Driver's
Championship standings. "Some rallies are won by what you don't do," explained
Higgins. "We didn't experience any reliability issues or make any mistakes
like some of our rivals did. I've got to thank Subaru for providing such a
reliable, durable and fast car to Craig (Drew) and I," said Higgins at the
podium celebration. "We drove smart, at our own pace, and just avoided
trouble. Once we amassed a big lead it afforded us the opportunity to really
dial back the speed on Sunday and reduce the risks. We didn't win stages
outright but knew it was the right strategy for victory. This is a very
challenging event and I enjoy the big mix of character among the stages."

The Oregon Trail Rally hosted over 70 entrants, the most for a rally in the
USA this year. The event began Friday, May 3rd with several fan-friendly
competition stages near downtown Portland, Oregon at the Portland
International Raceway. The rally then headed east to the scenic Columbia
River Gorge region and the town of Hood River, for eight gravel stages among
the foothills of towering Mt. Hood, covering more than 50 miles throughout the
day Saturday. The rally concluded on Sunday with five more stages covering
another 50 miles through the area around Dufur, one of the most scenic in the
championship.

The next Rally America event for Higgins and Subaru Rally Team USA will be the
classic Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) on May 31st, 2013 in
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

For an inside look at Subaru Rally Team USA, David Higgins and what it takes
to win in the Rally America Championship, watch episode's 1 & 2 of the team's
new web series "Launch Control" on YouTube: http://subar.us/106wrxx

About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by
Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), PUMA, Method Race
Wheels, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, PIAA, Exedy, Race Proven, and MOTUL. For
more information on Subaru Rally Team USA, as well as exclusive photo and
video galleries, visit http://subaru.com/rally and for the latest news follow
the team on Twitter: @srtusa.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All
Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru
of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be
designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

Dominic Infante
Subaru of America, Inc.
856-488-8615
dinf@subaru.com

Ryan Johnson
Subaru of America, Inc.
856-488-8520
rjoh@subaru.com

SOURCE Subaru of America, Inc.

Website: http://www.subaru.com
 
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