EVO RallySport Ready to Tackle Tough Oregon Trail Rally
EVO RallySport (ERS) is excited about a great many things. The first of which is its return to the Oregon Trail Rally based in Portland, Or with gravel stages in Hood River County near Mt. Hood.
Last year, the team’s ‘03 Mitsubishi Evolution rally car suffered an early set back with an engine failure on Stage 2, ending the team’s efforts, really… before they began. So, each and every member of the ERS team is chomping at the bit to take another swing at the longest rally on Rally America’s annual calendar.
Additionally, ERS is proud to welcome a new Co-driver, Jason Roy, to the team. Jason brings years of Northwest Rally knowledge and experience into the Mitsubishi rally car after having worked sweep and recover for several years, racking up more stage miles in a single weekend at each rally than most any driver has under his belt all year.
Team Owner and Driver, Scott Kovalik and Jason started working together during last year’s Best in the Desert Racing Series at the Vegas to Reno Baja race and again worked together at the 2011 Score Tecate Baja 1000 driving the Warrior Products Class 17 JeepSpeed Race Truck. The team continued its assault on the desert during the 2012 BITD Championship and JeepSpeed Challenge, and plans to return to the Baja 1000 in 2012 for its 45th Anniversary, November 14-17, 2012.
In addition to rally racing and Baja, Scott has been busy teaching Tactical and Performance driving around the United States for various schools and organizations. “It’s a real thrill”, says Scott “Getting to work with NAVY SEALs, Special Forces and guys that don’t have names… Guys that never get enough thanks for what they do. Teaching them in these cars and trucks is a chance to give back, prepare them for God only knows and see them have some really good fun before they go. I am really lucky. Really honored.”
EVO RallySport is also excited to welcome our new 2012 sponsors along with returning sponsors from years past. Alan Webb Mitsubishi, Competition Clutch, Hawk Brakes, English Racing, PDX Wraps, Robert Russell Law Group, Cascade Park Automotive, Ultimate Window Tinting and Kouv Radio.
ERS has taken a unique approach to active marketing with our sponsors and partners attending carnivals, parades, cars shows and events in communities all over the Pacific Northwest, such as the East Park Easter Parade in Vancouver, WA.
“We strapped hundreds of kids into the EVO RallySport car for pictures and fond memories, and while we may not have been actually moving, their imaginations were going 100 miles an hour!” said Kovalik.
ERS is planning on competing in the upcoming Idaho Rally, Olympus Rally and the Mt. Hood Rally and is working through additional funding to attend the West Coast events for the United States Rally Championship while balancing the BITD Baja series commitments and, of course, the coveted Baja 1000.
The team is busy… and you can be a part of it. Come see us at the 2012 Oregon Trail Rally starting on May 3rd at 11AM in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square with a select few of the top competitors in the Rally. Then come on out to Portland International Raceway on Friday the 4th for some wild on and off road Super Special action before heading to the mountains of Hood River County May 5th and 6th.