Subaru Rally Team USA 2017-05-23T17:24:06+00:00

SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA

The Subaru Rally Team USA, David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, overjoy the crowd as they slide through the spectator area on the Lebo stage at STPR 2015. (Lori Lass)

HIGGINS/DREW – SUBARU WRX STI #75

PASTRANA/DURANT – SUBARU WRX STI #199

DAVID HIGGINS

DRIVER

BIRTHPLACE: Isle of Man
LIVES: Trefeglwys, Wales, UK

  • Current defending rally champion in America
  • Eight-time Rally America National Champion
  • Current record holder at the legendary Mt. Washington Hillclimb
  • Four-time British Rally Champion

David Higgins has dominated rallying in the USA since his signing to Subaru Rally Team USA six years ago in 2011. He has won the last six Rally America National Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) racking up 28 victories in that time span. Higgins’ level of consistency is unmatched. He won all eight of the 2015 Rally America National Championship rounds earning the first perfect undefeated season in US Rallying since 1987.

Higgins got his first taste of motorsport in motorcycle trials when he was 8 years old. By age 10, he had moved into national kart racing and won seven titles against drivers including future F1 star David Coulthard. At his first opportunity David started rallying and was invited to drive in the team that Richard Burns drove for in the Peugeot 205 Challenge.

He went on to win the 1997, 1999 and 2002 British Rally Championships in the Group N Class. In 2002, he also came to America as a privateer and won the SCCA ProRally Championship (now known as Rally America) while driving a Subaru. He repeated his success in 2003, winning six events and again claiming the SCCA ProRally Driver’s Championship. For 2004 it was back to Britain where David contested the full season and became the British Rally Champion. David also began rallying in the ultra-competitive Chinese Rally Championship in 2004, where he helped his team win the Team’s Championship in 2004, 2007 and 2009. (Foreign drivers can’t score individual points.)

David Higgins was born in 1972 on the Isle of Man, the country famous for motorsports. He now lives in Trefeglwys, Mid Wales, with his wife, Kara, and his children, Alicia and Matthew. David’s grandparents and parents have all been successful rally drivers, and David’s brother Mark is an accomplished rally driver in his own right. His children started kart racing and they have been successful winning many local races as well. David is a well respected performance driving instructor as well and when he isn’t racing in the states, he often travels the world doing one-on-one rally coaching to drivers of every level.

CRAIG DREW

CO-DRIVER

BIRTHPLACE: Gloucester, UK
LIVES: Bristol, UK

Since competing in his first forest rally in 2005, England’s Craig Drew has quickly risen to the top of British rallying. In 2006 and 2007, Craig competed in the British Gravel Rally Championship in a World Rally Car, finishing the 2007 season in second-place overall. This was enough to be selected for the 2008 MSA Rally Elite Scheme, a program devised by former World Champion co-drivers Robert Reid and Nicky Grist to help develop the U.K.’s best up-and-coming co-driving talent. In 2008, Craig competed in the U.K. Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge, finishing joint-first, and in 2009, enjoyed podium-finishes in the British, Chinese and European Rally Championships.

2010 was Craig’s most successful season to date, as he was crowned the British Tarmac Rally Champion while sitting aboard a World Rally Car with driver Damian Cole. His busy year concluded with competing in the British Rally Championship and the Middle East Rally Championship.

Alongside driver David Higgins, the duo secured their six consecutive Rally America National Championship (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) racking up 28 victories in that time span

TRAVIS PASTRANA

DRIVER

BIRTHPLACE: Annapolis, Maryland
LIVES: Davidsonville, Maryland

  • One of Action Sports most iconic athletes
  • Most successful Freestyle Motocross athlete in history
  • Four-time Rally America National Champion (2006 – 2010)
  • Began his auto racing career with Subaru in 2004

Travis Pastrana candidly refers to rallying as “motocross with a rollcage!” and has driven a Subaru rally car from the very start of his rallying career. Travis Pastrana dominated rallying in the USA from 2006-2009 winning the series four years in a row after switching his focus away from Freestyle Motocross. After a few years’ hiatus which included a stint in NASCAR, Pastrana rejoined Subaru Rally Team USA in 2014 to compete in partial season as his busy schedule allowed.

Starting at the age of four with a one-speed 50cc dirt bike, Travis was soon hammering his way through a string of National Amateur Motocross titles culminating with the World Freestyle Championship at the age of 14, cementing his place as an icon in the world of Motocross. Although Pastrana began in the Motocross world, he has become a standout in Freestyle Motocross (FMX). Besides winning nine X Games Gold Medals in FMX, he is also credited with inventing many of the sport’s most demanding tricks and continues to elevate the bar for the sport every year. Pastrana gained additional worldwide fame when he landed the first ever double-backflip at the 2006 Summer X Games 12.

Travis is also well known for his positive and unpretentious attitude, which has made him a media darling and earned him worldwide exposure. He is in constant demand from both the corporate and endemic media, not to mention his millions of fans. Despite drawing huge crowds wherever he goes, Travis makes sure never to forget his fans, and has been known to spend hours signing autographs and taking pictures with every last fan!

Beyond his athletic prowess, Pastrana is the co-creator and superstar of the Nitro Circus franchise which includes sold out World tours, a successful MTV TV series, and a 3D feature film. Pastrana spends his time traveling the world with his wife, professional skateboarder Lyn-z Adams Hawkins and their two young daughters.

In 2017, Travis is competing in ARA (American Rally Association) full time and the close battles against David Higgins (#75 Subaru), his team-mate and mentor, will redefine his limits. It is guaranteed to be an exciting year.

ROBBIE DURANT

CO-DRIVER

BIRTHPLACE: Swansea, Wales
LIVES: Bicester, UK

Robbie Durant was born in August of 1981. He has plenty of co-driving experience under his belt after being hooked to rallying with his under-powered FWD rally car in 2000. His rally experience includes WRC, IRC, Chinese Rally Championship, Rally America and many regional rallies in Europe. He is the two time British Jr. Rally Champion and the 2WD IRC champion in 2012. Not only can he read and call pace notes, he can wrench as well. Robbie worked for the Redbull Formula 1 Team as a pit crew in 2014 and 2015 alongside his time rallying. Traveling and motorsports are part of his life.

Durant calls himself a Subaru fanatic. He grew up only an hour away from Prodrive in the UK and his childhood memories of Colin McRae and Richard Burns driving blue rally cars as fast as they would go keep him coming back to Subaru. He currently owns a WRX STI race car and a Legacy wagon as his daily driver.