The three Subaru Motorsports teams – Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA), Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team (SPRT), and Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) – have finished their 2012 racing seasons and are all flying high, anticipating 2013!
Drive Performance caught up with Subaru of America, Inc. Motorsports Marketing Manager James Han in mid-September and asked him to comment on the teams’ seasons. He summarized the Subaru initiative: “Although this year’s racing season isn’t yet complete, enough of the year has progressed to help paint an accurate picture of our seasons. To say that our motorsports programs for 2012 have been ambitious from the outset would be a mild description. Not only were we continuing to add to our storied rally heritage through SRT USA and building on the successes of our SRRT, we also introduced the three-car SPRT.
Han continued, addressing why Subaru races: “The framework for Subaru’s philosophy on motorsport is simple: Take a credible performance model and showcase our Symmetrical AWD system and SUBARU BOXER engine by way of competition-based activities that best illustrate our inherent Subaru Core Technology. The Subaru WRX STI forms the basis for our current programs and represents our halo performance model; you can’t mistake our race cars irrespective of team as anything but WRX STIs, and that lineage is obvious and clear.”
James Han then commented on each of the teams separately, and we asked team drivers to weigh in as well. Follow our questions and their answers about the 2012 season, next year, routines, superstitions, favorite foods, and more.