Bill Wood’s “Some Things You Should Know”: 11-0224

Here are some Things You Should Know:


I’m tring to get more on this but ALMS race-winning team Drayson Racing is switching to an electric car championship this year. Drayson will run a Westfield iRACER in the Sports EV section of the brand new zero-emission series. Lord Drayson, a former minister for science and innovation in the UK government, has long championed environmentally-friendly motorsport projects and says the EVCUP is a natural move for his team. He said: “The team at EVCUP have taken a bold step forward to create the world’s first electric racing series. As one of the world’s leading green motorsport teams, we want to be a part of it and we want to win it.” Here’s more.

I’ve learned that Action Sports icon Travis Pastrana, now running in NASCAR, will be in the 100 Acre Wood Rally this weekend in Missouri, second event in the Rally America national championship. Pastrana made a commitment this year to leave rallying to build a stock car career. He’ll run west regional NASCAR races to prepare for an announced seven Nationwide series races in 2011. One of those races is Thursday (today) in Phoenix. That means the four- time Rally America champion will be available to run in the 100AW event Friday and Saturday.

Pastrana won’t be able to pre-run or do a reconnaissance pass of the rally route. That’s scheduled for today. But Travis has run the rally before. Last year he was leading the event by several minutes when he drove over a drainage ditch damaging the car forcing his retirement within sight of the rally end.

Another major thing to consider: what if Travis WINS in Phoenix? He placed in the top ten at an all-star race last month in Irwindale, CA against better competition. A win could delay his departure from Phoenix and put his rally plans in jeopardy while his handlers beat the drums around the national media watching his every more in NASCAR.

Pastrana has never won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. His Subaru Rally Team USA teammate before last year, Ken Block, has won the event the five consecutive years it’s been on the Rally America national calendar. Block told Tech House & Speed he won’t be at the 100 Acre Wood event this year because of his commitments to the World Rally Championship and the Rally Mexico that’s within days of the 100AW end.

I’m told Travis will be in an older Subaru model that won’t officially be sponsored by Subaru Rally Team USA, the team he drove for when he won all the championships. He also won’t be in the event with Christian Edstrom, his co-driver for three of the four Rally America titles. With him this weekend will be experienced co-driver Jeremy Wimpey.

All of this will be confirmed Thursday when the official announcement of the rally entry is made public.

The roads on the 100 Acre Wood Rally are known as some of the best roads in the nation for rallying. They’re considered fast, tight, twisty, and dry. Weather for the weekend is expected to be cloudy with highs in the mid-50s. Rain was expected Thursday but the weekend forecast is for dry skies.

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