Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple has announced it has joined forces with Subaru Rally Team USA in a multi-year agreement. The team, managed by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar, will begin to utilize Royal Purple products in each of its factory Rally and Rallycross teams.
Subaru Rally Team USA has won the Rally America National Championship seven of the last eight years with drivers Travis Pastrana and David Higgins, and now also fields a two-car effort in the burgeoning Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen.
“We are excited to begin working with Royal Purple,” explains Lance Smith, Owner and President at Vermont SportsCar. “A technical partnership with a brand like Royal Purple, who has a deep understanding of the demands of motorsports, is a positive move for our team and we all look forward to the performance gains they will give us across all our racing efforts.”
Royal Purple produces a wide range of high performance racing lubricants and has a strong heritage within motorsports. Vermont SportsCar will immediately begin testing and working with the full spectrum of Royal Purple products at both their in-house engine dyno as well as in the Rally America and Red Bull Global Rallycross competition series.
“We are looking forward to our partnership with the Subaru Rally Team USA, and welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our product’s ability to outperform in their rally cars across two strong racing series in 2014,” said Bryan Yourdon, Royal Purple President.
Subaru Rally Team USA will be hard to miss in 2014 with the Redbull Global Rallycross Championship recently announcing NBC as their 2014 network partner. Nine of the 10 rounds will air on NBC, with re-runs airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). The RedBull Global Rallycross event at the ESPN X Games in Austin, Texas will air on ESPN. Meanwhile, all rounds of the team’s title defense in the Rally America National Championship will be broadcast on NBCSN and the team’s popular Launch Control documentary web-series is back for a second season, with episodes airing every other Wednesday beginning this month.