Under the Hood: #815 Toasted Racing Subaru WRX
Ever since buying a 2003 Subaru WRX last year, Toasted Racing’s Zach Whitebread has found himself near the top of his class in the Rally America National Championship. Whitebread’s new ride debuted in last year’s Lake Superior Performance Rally as the National Limited Open class winner, and has taken him to five regional class victories in six attempts already so far in 2018.
Not a bad replacement for a wrecked ride from last year’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally—especially when Whitebread and co-driver Cameron Carr returned to Ohio with a vengeance by winning both regionals and taking second nationally in Super Production. The make, model, and even color may be familiar to most fans, but today we get to learn a little more about Whitebread’s ride in particular:
When did you pick up this car and where did you get it?
I picked up my car in the summer of 2017. I had crashed my first car at SOFR in 2017, but I knew that I wasn’t going to let the crash scare me away. My plan was to build my own car from a caged shell I had found in Chicago, but when I went to look at the shell the guy had a friends car there that he was also trying to sell.
I had seen the car before because I had bought parts from the owner. He said at the time he was planning on selling it and my co-driver at the time who was with me said “you realize this is your next car right?” Little did I know that he was right and six months down the road I would be buying the car.
Any nicknames for the car?
My car currently doesn’t have any nicknames for it. It’s mostly referred to as the rally car by all my girlfriend and all our friends. Sometimes I refer to it as a headache, but that’s only when it decides to not run right!
Why was this the right car for you to use in Rally America?
I knew that I wanted to race with a turbo car and i have always loved Subarus. So I was attracted to this car for that reason.
Aside from safety regulations, what have you done to improve its performance?
My car is basically stock aside from some better internal engine parts (rods, pistons) and some tuning. Most of the performance is just from the tuning of the car.
When it’s not rallying, where’s the home base for this car?
The home base for my car is my shop in the little town of Mount Carroll in northwest Illinois.
When was your first event with this car and how did you do?
The first event i did with my current car was at 2017 LSPR. I thought that I was going to finish terribly because I had overheating problems the whole race and was dogging it to not blow up my new car. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that we had ended up in first place for NLO.
Has anybody else rallied this car over the years?
This car was built to rally but never had the chance to until I bought it. It was a fresh build that the guy finished and never had time to go race.