The Lake Superior Rally takes place during peak foliage season in Northern Michigan, which means that this rally is always one of the most unforgettable and picturesque. Weather conditions can vary greatly in late October. There can be anything from warm temperatures with bright blue skies to heavy rain or snow. Storm systems build quickly on water the size of Lake Superior, which means that the weather can change very rapidly. This means that drivers need to be ready for any type of weather at any time of the day.
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana won man of the stages of the Lake Superior Performance Rally, taking the win — and his second Rally America driver’s title.
“It was pretty tight,” said an enthusiastic Pastrana at the finish line. “We won. We didn’t crash, and we won the championship too… I’m pretty pumped.”
With four overall wins in 2007, the motocross rider turned rally star was the driver to beat this season as he fought for the title into the last seconds of the final round.
“That last stage might have been one of the best I’ve ever driven,” he said.
Coming into this ninth rally in the series, it would be winner take all. Pastrana and his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate Ken Block were tied for points in the overall championship standings, behind Rockstar Energy driver Andrew Pinker. A victory by any of these drivers would secure them the championship.