Seehorn Rally Team Scores 1st Win of the Season at Oregon Trail Rally
Spokane, Washington April 25th, 2018 - Jeff Seehorn and Karen Jankowski of the Seehorn Rally team scored a Limited 4wd class win and 2nd place overall at this weekend’s 1st round of the American Rally Association national championship at Oregon Trail Rally (http://oregontrailrally.com/). Building on the momentum from a successful 2017 season their Nameless Performance Dick Hannah Subaru STI was strong all weekend. They were also the top finishing privateer team, sandwiched between the Subaru factory and Hoonigan racing teams.
The event featured close to 60 teams with about half being from the West coast. Warm temperatures coupled with rock-filled roads with extreme dust at times meant for a very challenging event. The team did experience a few issues over the weekend, as almost all teams did including: a low boost from an issue with the turbo wastegate, a tire puncture, broken suspension from rocks being kicked up from other cars and then such significant dust from catching another car on stage that they had to stop on stage in order to see. Those challenges made the team’s top finish even more special.
Jeff Seehorn, Owner/Driver, Seehorn Rally Team: "This win and overall podium didn’t come easy, we fought hard all weekend and overcame everything that was thrown at us. Our car ran very strong with our new class mandated larger turbo restrictor tuned by Fishhead Performance tuning. Some stages that were the same from last year we dropped almost 40 seconds off our time, we were flying this weekend! We couldn’t have finished so strong without our team and sponsors, big thanks to everyone who helped us out! Dick Hannah Subaru, Nameless Performance, Fishhead Performance, Maxxis and Scrubblade all contributed huge amounts this round, we thank you!"
Karen Jankowski, Co-Driver Seehorn Rally Team: "This was my 10th time competing at Oregon Trail Rally and definitely the most challenging more rewarding finish. That made our 2nd place overall national finish even sweeter though, we fought hard to put up consistently fast times and were rewarded with my best finish at this event. We couldn’t have accomplished all of this without the amazing service crew of Isaac Fish, Don Jankowski, Matt Fish, Ryan Bethune, Tristan, Lynn, and Stan Seehorn. They worked so hard and no matter what we threw at them this weekend they made sure we were ready to race."
Right before Oregon Trail Rally Nameless Performance and Dick Hannah Subaru came aboard as additional sponsors for the team. As both are local companies this provided Seehorn Rally team the additional financial resources they needed to do this event plus additional ones and for both companies, it has provided increased exposure and new fans.
Shawn Leafdahl, Internet Marketing Director, Dick Hannah Subaru: “Jeff and Karen are an amazing team. Fast, professional, and always driven to win. They represent what is best about Rally in the Northwest and we are so proud of their win at Oregon Trail Rally. We can’t wait to see them at Washington’s own “Olympus Rally” next month.”
John Hoyenga, President, Nameless Performance: “We here at Nameless have always been impressed with Jeff and Karen and their ability to work as a single unit while under pressure. Finishing 2nd overall and 1st in class at a rally that was rife with mechanical and other issues for almost every team including them is something that Jeff, Karen, Don, and the rest of the team should be very happy with. We are proud of what they accomplished at Oregon Trail Rally and look forward to helping them and the team replicate this success at the upcoming Olympus Rally.”
Next up for the Seehorn Rally team is the Olympus Rally May 19-20th in Shelton Washington (https://www.americanrallyassociation.org/olympusrally). This is a two-day event in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula outside of Seattle. It is known for its twisting long and twisting stage roads, some in excess of 25 miles. Some stages are so long that the weather can be different from the beginning and end of a stage. The rally is a test of endurance, both for the car's and the driver's mettle.