Rally America: Oregon Trail Rally 2009 Preview

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IMay 15, 2009

The battle for the Rally America championship points title is heating up as the series moves to Oregon for the fourth round, the Oregon Trail Rally this weekend.

The standings are tight at the top with NOS Energy driver Andrew Comrie-Picard (ACP) holding a slim three-point lead over Subaru Rally Team USA’s Travis Pastrana and Rockstar Energy’s Tanner Foust, who are tied for second-place.

Winning the event last year should give Pastrana the edge this weekend. Travis has also scored two wins in three starts this season. ACP and Foust have shown they can not only set a top pace but put a serious challenge to the Defending Rally America Champion.

As always Pastrana’s Subaru teammates Ken Block are always a threat for the win. Block is hungry for points to boost his standing after a slow start to the season. Block has one win and two DNFs to his record this year,

The Polish team of Andi Mancin is expected to gain ground as the season progresses and he becomes accustomed to the U.S. style of rally competition.

The new, hotly contested Super Production Class will also see a strong field at this event, with drivers including Piotr Wiktorczyk, Matt Johnson and Subaru Rally Team USA’s Dave Mirra expected to fight hard for class honors and maintain their top-10 standings.

Dillon Van Way, a promising young talent, is another driver to watch as continues the campaign the for two-wheel drive title.

The Oregon Trail Rally features over 100 miles of competition over a course that features a mix of twisty, hard-packed forest conditions and wide-open farming roads, with plenty of elevation changes throughout the contest due to The Mount Hood area’s hilly terrain.

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