David Higgins thrives on competition and wants the most competition he can get. It brings out the best in the championship race driver. “He’s always got something in reserve when he needs it.” Says an SRT USA team member.
It helps having a proven co-driver in Craig Drew that helps Higgins navigate the tough rally courses. Drew says, “Every season we try to have the perfect season. Higgins says, “It’s why we do what we do, the bigger the fight, the more fun we have. I want to win, that’s all I race for. There’s no good being in second or third, so it’s worth taking some chances.”
It doesn’t hurt to have the Subaru Rally Team USA behind you either. SRT USA underwent a paradigm shift between last season and the new 2015 season. There was a new platform for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI that’s been refined over years of motorsport. SRT USA was ready to take a big leap forward from 2014.
The 2015 STI had been in development for over 2 years at Vermont SportsCar’s shop. Jonathan Carey, #75 Lead Engineer, says, “We actually introduced a lot of the changes for the 2015 model early in the 2014 car. That’s how far ahead of this model we were. The intention was to run through the big unit changes like electronics, suspension and geometry. We got all that dialed in early.”
Over 1000 hours went into the fabrication of the chassis with new geometry to get the car ready for the 2015 season. All those hours have now translated into a perfect season for David Higgins, Craig Drew, SRT USA and the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.
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