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SUBARU AT X GAMES 13
Preparation, practice, and the promise of ESPN’s X Games gold came to a head on Sunday, August 5, for 13 rally cars at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Most teams gained entry to X Games Rally by their performances in the Rally America series since last year. Others were invited special guests, including Trans Am and NASCAR Busch driver Boris Said and former World Rally Championship champion Colin McRae. Both Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) teams were there, and Subaru factory support extended to the cars and teams of Said and McRae.
Subaru teams ruled the wild side-by-side bracket racing, with Subaru #34 of Tanner Foust/Christine Beavis prevailing for gold and SRT USA teammates Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino (#43) and Travis Pastrana/Christian Edstrom (#199) earning silver and bronze, respectively.
Subaru presence wasn’t limited to rally racing. As the official automobile of the Games, Subaru had a constantly crowded display area, which featured 2008 Impreza WRX models. One 5-Door model was prepared by Vermont SportsCar; it previewed the livery of next season’s SRT USA rally cars. The other carried designs reflecting the Japanese heritage theme of current WRX advertising campaigns.
As official automobile and gold level sponsor of X Games 13, Subaru of America, Inc. provided ESPN with the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX (the one with the heritage designs) to be the grand prize awarded to the “Subaru Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games.” ESPN awarded the car to BMX Freestyle rider Kevin Robinson, who won gold in the BMX Freestyle Big Air event and bronze in the BMX Freestyle Vert competition.
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