Subaru Rally Team USA – Oregon Trail 2007
The third race on Rally America’s schedule, Oregon Trail takes place in the woods outside the city of Portland. With fast stretches combined with twisting wooded runs through the Tillamook State Forest this rally is always packed with excitement. The lush, wet woods provide trees and ditches galore that are constant worries for the drivers and their co-drivers. Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom were forced to retire from the rally early with an engine problem. This was an entirely new experience for Pastrana, who in his fourth season of rallying with a Subaru had never retired from an event due to a mechanical issue. Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block posted a 2nd overall finish and moved into the lead of the 2007 Rally America National Championship standings. Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino covered over 100 miles of rain soaked gravel logging roads west of Portland in their Monster Energy 2007 Subaru Impreza STI rally car, winning five of sixteen stages.