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Higgins and Drew won’t defend ARA crown in 2020

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01 Jan 2020

Credit: Matt Stryker/Subaru Motorsports USA

David Higgins and Craig Drew will not defend their 2019 American Rally Association series crown this year, potentially ending a near-decade-long association with Subaru Motorsports USA in the US national rally championship.

Higgins won eight of his 10 US rally crowns alongside Drew, including a remarkable run of six in-a-row between 2011 and 2016.

The long-rumoured news was confirmed in the season seven finale of Launch Control, Subaru’s long-running YouTube and Amazon Prime Video TV series.

“It’s probably been the best 10 years that we’ve had,” said Higgins, speaking on the show at his induction into the US off-road racing hall of fame. “I never thought it’d be this long but what we’ve achieved together and what we’ve done with Subaru and everyone that’s been here, it’s been a fantastic partnership.”

As well as competing in rally events with Subaru, Higgins also competed in rallycross for the Vermont Sports Car-led team. He made nine starts in the Global Rallycross series between 2011 and 2016, claiming a best finish of second at Pikes Peak in 2011. Higgins also raced in the inaugural Americas Rallycross event at Silverstone in 2018, finishing sixth.

Higgins also made occasional rallycross starts for Subaru – Credit: Alison Padron/Red Bull Content Pool

“He has that drive and he has that talent. He’s an amazing role model for all of the employees here at Vermont Sports Car,” said VSC owner Lance Smith. “Most of all I want to thank him for being my friend and answering the phone when I call.”

“It’s been a good long run and I’ve enjoyed it very much,” he added. “David, thank you for being part of our team.”

Posting on Facebook, Drew commented on the news, adding that he was unsure of the pair’s future plans.

“All good things must come to an end! After nine awesome years with Subaru Rally Team USA, which has included 38 event wins and eight national championship wins, David Higgins and myself won’t be defending our crown in 2020,” he said. “I take away many great memories of competing alongside David, and am proud of the legacy we leave behind.”

“I’m not sure at the moment what’s in store for 2020, but am excited for some new challenges and opportunities. Thanks to everyone for their support.”

Subaru has yet to announce who will drive its ARA series entries in 2020. While Travis Pastrana is expected to remain in some capacity, Oliver Solberg – who shared Subaru’s second rally entry with Pastrana last year – is expected to leave the operation in favour of a full-time run in Europe. So far, nothing has been officially confirmed.

Higgins meanwhile is still working on his plans for the 2020 season.

Credit: Matt Stryker/Subaru Motorsports USA