NOS Energy Mitsubishi and Team ACP move up to second place overall in the Rally America Points Series, photo by Pete Kuncis
“Marshall and I were actually able to roll the car back onto its wheels and keep going,” said Comrie-Picard. “It was a soft rollover and with a new windshield, the car came back to 100 percent. But, we lost a lot of time.”
The Susquehannock Trail event is known as one of the toughest on the Rally America calendar and the team was not alone with its problems. Factory-backed Travis Pastrana lost a minute on the first day to a suspension failure and Polish racer Andi Mancin battled brake issues. The Swedish World Rally Team of Patrik Sandell and Emil Axelsson were out with a blown engine the first day.
The Rally America national championship includes nine events in a cross-continent season that extends from January to late October. The Canadian Rally Championship has six events from coast to coast. Team ACP Rally will contest a busy season with Rally events on both sides of the Canada and United States borders.
Team ACP Rally uses K&N products, such as K&N Filters. “I’ve used K&N since I began Rally racing more than a decade ago,” said Comrie-Picard. “We do the most extreme things we can do in a car and K&N is the perfect formula for our turbo charged motors. There is no compromise with K&N which protects our engines from road debris.”
The next United States event for the team will be the X Games in Los Angeles, California. ACP’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX rally car made headlines at the 2008 X-Games after flipping end over end in a spectacular crash. Neither Comrie-Picard nor his co-driver Jen Horsey was hurt.
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