Under the Hood: #720 Driven Precariously Subaru Impreza
The Colorado contingent of Rally America dominated last month’s Rally Colorado, with four of the top five crews overall hailing from the state and each of those crews also winning their class. Despite a co-driver swap in the middle of the event, the Driven Precariously crew of driver Brad Ames, co-driver Terry Crawford, and Friday fill-in Valerie Briley managed fifth overall in the event and topped the Super Production cars.
After debuting in the Rally America National Championship in last year’s Colorado event, Ames and Crawford also competed in this year’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally before taking on Colorado again in July. Today, Ames tells us a little more about his ride’s background, and how it even led to him starting his own business:
When did you pick up this car and where did you get it?
Ha, that's a story best told in person. Long short is in early 2015 Dave Brown went with me to the mountains west of Boulder, CO to get a beat to crap Impreza for about $400. I ran stock class rally cross and started modifying it from there. Between then and today its received parts from no less than 6 donor cars (which I also purchased, titles and all) to become the car it is today. It's also the first stone that paved the way to quitting my corporate job and starting my own metal fabrication and roll cage business.
Any nicknames for the car?
Nothing that has stuck so far.
Why was this the right car for you to use in Rally America?
Subarus are fun to work on and the AWD system is fun to learn and a joy to drive.
Aside from safety regulations, what have you done to improve its performance?
The Feal suspension really handles well and the Pirelli tires withstand some serious abuse. The engine has been tuned for early power and a very flat curve to maximize driveability through the whole power band. I also paired a Subaru transmission that had gear ratios that I felt most appropriately matched my driving style and supported optimal shift points for our power band and top end speed.
When it’s not rallying, where’s the home base for this car?
When was your first event with this car and how did you do?
The first Rally America event was Rally Colorado 2017. We had one off on the first stage followed by a fuel tank puncture several stages later. After an all night tank swap we came back to place third regionally for the second day.
Has anybody else rallied this car over the years?
Dave Brown ran it in a fun run once (probably rubbed some luck on it for me!) but otherwise it's all mine.