Sno*Drift Rally: 4WD Crews to Watch
More than 30 crews have signed up to compete at Sno*Drift this weekend, including a majority of last year’s top 10 finishers and stage winners. While new regulations have split National and Regional competition, prohibiting drivers from entering both classifications, the field has actually gotten stronger overall thanks to an increase from last year’s entry list.
While we won’t see Subaru Motorsports make its 2019 debut for another couple of months, don’t sleep on this weekend’s deep entry list. Here are six of the faster 4WD entries to look out for over the weekend—stay tuned for a look at top 2WD entries tomorrow:
Three years ago, Fetela and Jozwiak teamed up to win Sno*Drift, taking their first victory together by just 0.6 seconds over Troy Miller and Steven Harrell. They return to this year’s event coming off of their best season to date, winning four rallies last year—but looking for redemption after last year’s DNF.
McKenna and Jordan have been popular underdogs over the past two years, taking the fight as a privateer to David Higgins and Craig Drew. They’ve totaled more than 20 stage victories in the US in that time, and will be running a new R5-spec car as they return to the States for the 2019 season opener.
Rooney was last year’s third place finisher at Sno*Drift alongside Rachelle Kaltak, and will be returning to action for the first time since last May’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally. Over the past two years, Rooney has five overall podiums and four class victories, and will challenge a stacked Limited 4WD field.
Whitebread may not have cracked the top 10 in last year’s Sno*Drift, but he did score four stage victories in the event, just one fewer than Rooney for the most in the rally. He and Carr earned two wins and three podiums in Regional events last year, and will compete as a National entry this weekend.
One of three drivers from last year’s overall top five to return to Sno*Drift this year, Kramer actually led the event overall after the second pass at Blue Lake-Soden in 2018. Though he only ran two events last year, Kramer cracked the top 10 in both and even earned Regional podiums at both Sno*Drift and SOFR.
Pelizzari and Stevens are the top finishers from last year’s event to declare as regional competitors, having placed fourth in the overall standings in 2018. They ended last season on a high note with their first overall stage win together at Lake Superior Performance Rally.