VISTA, CA… DC congratulates DC Rally athletes Travis Pastrana and Ken Block on taking 1st and 2nd place in the overall standings for the 2006 Rally America National Championship. This is the only second season both of the athletes have competed in the Rally America Championship Series making the dominance of the coveted 1-2 positions a huge feat for the team.
Pastrana didn’t need to race the whole season to be crowned the Rally America National Champion. He mathematically secured enough points for the championship title, one round before the final when he finished 3rd at the Lake Superior Pro Rally on October 21, making him the youngest American rally driver to win a championship. Pastrana continued and took control of the final round of the series, the Wild West Rally, held this past weekend in Olympia, Wash. Pastrana won over half of the event’s stages, and the series champion ended the season with a first place win.
Block earned himself a 2nd place in the championship series with a 3rd place finish at the Wild West Rally. Following an amazing victory at the Lake Superior Pro Rally, the DC Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer entered the Wild West Rally in third place in the overall standings—only one point behind 2nd place. Block positioned himself in the top four of each of the rally’s stages, resulting in the 3rd place finish.
“This year has been amazing for Travis and I. I think we surprised a lot of people, said Ken Block. “Travis has, as always, exceeded expectations and I am really proud of what he has accomplished in only his second year. Through the support of Subaru we’ve been able to develop a great program and I am looking forward to the future.
It has been an action-packed season for the two rally drivers. Pastrana capped off an amazing season that included four rally wins and a Gold medal in the first-ever rally event held at X Games 12. Block wrapped up his exciting season with a win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, a win at the Lake Superior Pro Rally and a Bronze medal in the rally event at X Games 12.
Expect to see a lot more of Pastrana and Block on the rally circuit. Pastrana has signed on with the Subaru Rally Team USA for three more years. Also, ESPN and Rally America have signed a multi year agreement that will air the 2007 Rally America National Championship Series on ESPN2, and Rally Car Racing will be included in X Games 13 and X Games 14.
Pastrana’s next rally appearance will be on December 16 at Paris’ Race of Champions where he will compete with the world’s best circuit drivers and off-road drivers to determine the “Champion of Champions. During the upcoming race, Pastrana will wear a pair of bright gold DC driving shoes that were given to him from teammate Block to honor his successes throughout the rally season. The customized driving shoes are a modified version of DC’s rally shoe, the Pro Spec 1.0, which will be released in January 2007, and feature Pastrana’s infamous racing number, 199, on the upper. The left shoe features an X Games Gold Medal pattern, and the right shoe features a Rally America National Champion pattern.
On Travis’ custom gold Pro Spec 1.0 driving shoes, Ken Block explained: “Travis and I wore the Pro Spec 1.0’s all season and they proved themselves on the rally circuit. For Travis, we wanted to develop these custom shoes to highlight his amazing accomplishments this year.
Make sure to check out www.dcshoes.com/rally for more information on Pastrana, Block and the new DC rally shoes.
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