Travis Pastrana Returns to Subaru for 2020 Rally Season
Published on Fri, Mar 20, 2020
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Pastrana and teammate Brandon Semenuk look to put some mud on their beautiful blue Subaru rally cars in 2020.
Subaru Motorsports USA is more than happy to welcome back the legend himself; Travis Pastrana. A true American Rally icon, Pastrana is a five-time national rally champion, and will now pursue his sixth. This is his first full season since 2017. Joining Pastrana is mountain bike phenomenon and Canadian rally driver Bradon Semenuk, who has joined Subaru for his first full season of U.S. rally competition.
“I’m stoked to be back in a Subaru again!” said Pastrana. “The last couple of years I’ve been itching to get back in a rally car full-time and compete for a championship, and Subaru is where it all began for me in rally. I’m also really excited to have Brandon as my teammate. He’s got a ton of talent and I know he’ll be fast once he gets a feel for the car, so I’m expecting some great competition between the two of us.”
“This season is going to be a blast,” Semenuk said. “I’ve been rallying for the last few years, but the STI is a big step up in performance. Travis knows the STI really well, so I’m going to take it one event at a time to learn as much as I can and get my pace up. The car is really exciting to drive and I’m getting more confident with it in testing. I can’t wait to put in some stage miles and see how we measure up.”
Pastrana debuted in a Subaru rally car in 2005 and won his first championship in 2006, establishing himself a rally force to be reckoned with. He was also crowned champion in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2017, Pastrana won the inaugural American Rally Association (ARA) title and set an insane time of 5 minutes and 44 seconds at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb. Long time co-driver Robbie Durant will join Pastrana for the 2020 ARA season.
Brandon Semenuk hails from British Columbia and has quite the resumé under his belt as well. Semenuk has racked up five overall Canadian Rally Championship event wins and a pair of North American Rally Cup titles in the last three years. Here in the states, Semenuk earned an impressive 4th overall at Idaho Rally in 2018, competing in a UTV against bigger, more powerful Open 4WD Class cars.
Below is the full 2020 Subaru Motorsports USA Racing Calendar.
100 Acre Wood Rally
DirtFish Olympus Rally
DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally
Southern Ohio Forest Rally
New England Forest Rally
July 31-August 1
Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally
Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
Lake Superior Performance Rally