Subaru and Travis Pastrana part ways

Travis Pastrana after breaking Mt. Washington Auto Road record

Subaru and Travis Pastrana are parting ways… it’s true. The company announced today that it is bidding farewell to its lead driver. We’re not really sure why Pastrana is leaving but by the sound of the press release this seems like a pretty smooth breakup.

“Travis brought Rally to a whole new audience through the rally championship and of course through his spectacular appearances at X Games,” said Tim Mahoney, CMO of Subaru of America. “We wholeheartedly thank him for his outstanding performances with Subaru Rally Team USA and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Make the jump for the press talk.

Press Release:

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Nov. 10 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Subaru of America, Inc. today bid farewell to Travis Pastrana as the company’s lead driver. Travis began his relationship Subaru in 2004 from the world of supercross and freestyle motorcross and officially joined Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) in 2006 having run abbreviated development seasons with Subaru in 2004-2005. During his career as an SRT USA driver, Travis piloted his Subaru Impreza WRX STI to 150+ stage wins, 40 podiums, and 22 event victories en route to earning four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles (2006-2009) and becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Rally champion in history. Within the ESPN X Games Rally Car Racing format, Travis went on to win two gold, one silver and one bronze medal with Subaru Rally Team USA.

Subaru recently celebrated breaking its all-time sales record for the brand in the US. The company surpassed its previous record set in 2009 with two months of 2010 remaining and expects to top 250,000 sales for the year.

– By: Zain Haq