Ojibwe Forests Rally 2023 Preview

Detroit Lakes, MN – The 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally on August 24-26 marks a historic weekend for Subaru Motorsports USA as it debuts its first new Subaru WRX rally car since 2015. High Speeds and narrow, rocky stages sections will put the new car to the test in its first rally, before the team is joined for the 2024 ARA season by a second new WRX rally car driven by extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana!

The new WRX rally car finds no easy task in its debut: The Ojibwe Forests Rally has a long history of racing dating back to its origins in 1980 as a Time, Speed, and Distance rally, and is continuously evolving to give drivers a balance of speed and difficulty, and spectators as much excitement as possible. Situated in the 10,000 Lakes region of Minnesota, the Ojibwe Forests Rally is among the longest on the ARA calendar, with lengthy, high-speed stages and sections along ATV access roads just barely wide enough for the cars to pass through, with large rocks and deep grooves to traverse.

A newly won championship and a brand-new rally car will make the 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally a celebration as much as a competition – and a trial by fire to boot. With the new WRX rally car now on course and a second one with Travis Pastrana on the way, there’s as much to learn as there is to look forward to in the 2024 season. Don’t miss any of the action during race weekend August 24-26: Get news and updates by following Subaru Motorsports USA on Facebook, on Instagram @subarumotorsportsusa, and TikTok @subarumotorsportsusa.

Driver Quotes
Brandon Semenuk:
“Onto the next chapter for Subaru Motorsports USA with the long anticipated debut of the all-new WRX rally car! Ojibwe will be a proper test for the new platform. New roads, rocks, ruts, jumps, and variable conditions. Breaking in our WRX in true Subaru fashion!”

Keaton Williams:
“Ojibwe this year is a big one – with the championship tied up, our focus shifts to the debut of the new car! There’s a huge amount of anticipation from the whole team and fans alike so I can’t wait to get to the first stage. We will learn a lot from this rally. It’s a privilege to co-drive in this car!”

NAME: 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally
DATES: 8/25 – 8/26/23
HOST TOWNS: Detroit Lakes, MN.
TIME ZONE: Central Daylight Time (UTC -5)
NEAREST INTL AIRPORT: Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy conditions. Low 53F. High 78F. Sunset 8:15pm EDT.

2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally Stage Info
Total Distance: 363.62 miles
Number of stages: 17
Stage distance: 117.31 miles
Stage surfaces: Sand and dirt
Longest stage: Kabekona SS3 SS7 (11.08 miles)
Highest Elevation: 1,300 ft
Recce: Open
Service Parks:

    Pioneer Farms, Shevlin, MN.
Official Start: 1:00pm on Friday
Power Stage: SS17
Superspecials: None
Stages in darkness: None

About Subaru Motorsports USA
Subaru Motorsports USA is directed by Subaru of America, Inc., managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc.MOTULYokohama TiresDirtFish Rally SchoolSparco USAAT&T BusinessweBoost and PepLink. Follow the team online at www.subaru.com/motorsports.

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About Subaru of America, Inc. 

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile manufacturing plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA and the SOA Foundation have donated more than $300 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged nearly 88,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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