by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Jason Swoboda

The Open Light class has become one of the most impactful in the Rally America National Championship over the past couple of seasons. Many of the top teams in the point standings this year run Open Light cars, and last year's Rally Colorado saw one take the overall win for the first time in series history with native Coloradans Dave and Mike Brown in the cockpit.

The Browns have continued their impressive run into 2018, taking another overall victory at Sno*Drift and holding the overall points lead with three rounds remaining. Today, we take a look at their Subaru Impreza RS 2.5, through the words of Dave Brown himself:

When did you pick up this car and where did you get it?

It was my daily driver for about a year before I decided it needed to be a race car.

Any nicknames for the car?


Why was this the right car for you to use in Rally America?

At the time I didn't think I'd modify the car nearly as much as I have and a 2.5RS is really the best setup of any of the factory Subarus. It has the best power, the best gearing, a semi functional rear limited slip differential, and a few other odds and ends. Also, there are a lot of other similar Subarus at the races so the odds that someone has a spare part or the knowledge to help you out is really high. More importantly though, it was the car I owned at the time!

Aside from safety regulations, what have you done to improve its performance?

Rally suspension, removal of any unnecessary items to save weight, installed limited slip differentials throughout, and I generally try to keep up on maintenance.

When it’s not rallying, where’s the home base for this car?

Denver, Colorado.

When was your first event with this car and how did you do?

My first stage rally was just over a year ago. I got third in class which was pretty amazing!

Has anybody else rallied this car over the years?

Nope. I built it myself.