Blazing Restart for American Rallying

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

I’ve known for a while that I can be a complete dinosaur about many things motor racing. And that includes one of my loves: performance rallying.

The American Rally Association re-launched its season this weekend after a five-month hiatus waiting out the pandemic.

The Southern Ohio Forest Rally was a one-day deal with no media, no spectators, and, apparently, official no results for anyone interested.

I was able to bump around on the ‘Net to learn Barry McKenna and co-driver Leon Jordan took first overall in their Skoda Fabia.  Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino were second in the Hoonigan Escort Cosworth. Brandon Semenuk in a Subaru was third.  A guy named Al Dantes told Facebook he won 2WD.

Pastrana Fire SOFR2020

And maybe the headline of the day: five-time U.S. champion Travis Pastrana and co-driver Chrissie Beavis scrambled out of their Subaru before it literally burned to the ground. The picture was ominous. Pastrana said he saved a hat.

No one cares about dinosaurs in a pandemic I guess.


July 19, 2020

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