At nearly 40 entries strong, this weekend’s Rally Colorado, the fifth event on the 2018 Rally America National Championship calendar, will feature a number of the sport’s biggest names. From defending winner and local favorite Dave Brown to international superstars Rhys Millen and Stephan Verdier in the new UTV Turbo class, here are some of the drivers and co-drivers to watch in this weekend’s event:
Haven’t had a chance to download our official Rally Colorado spectator guide yet? Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in it with our drivers and co-drivers to watch for this weekend’s event:
Defending Champions: #194 Dave Brown/Mike Brown
Last year at this event, the brothers Brown became the first drivers to take an overall Rally America win in an Open Light car. Since then, they’ve run up front frequently in the series, including taking an overall victory at Sno*Drift in January.
Open: #94 Piotr Fetela/Dominik Jozwiak
Fetela and Jozwiak enter Rally Colorado just two points out of the overall championship lead, having won the past two events at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood and the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. They’ll be looking to grab the overall lead this weekend.
Super Production: #815 Zach Whitebread/Cameron Carr
Whitebread and Carr have taken a major step forward in the Rally America ranks since climbing into their current car. At this year’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally, where they took a DNF last year, they won both regionals and were second overall in their class.
Super Production: #429 Scott Crouch/Lea Croteau
Coming off of a career-best result at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Crouch returns to Rally Colorado once again in 2018. The former Production GT champion runs Flatirons Subaru, the main sponsor of the event.
Super Production: #824 Cameron Steely/Preston Osborn
Stepping up to Super Production this year, Steely and Osborn have become legitimate overall championship contenders in their new ride. They’ve taken overall podiums and class victories in each of the past two Rally America National Championship events.
Open Light: #495 Steve Bis/Scott McCarty
Bis and McCarty won two stages of Rally Colorado last year on the way to a third place overall finish. Returning with the same car, they’ll look to do a couple of spots better, as one of the favorites to win in both the Open Light class and overall field.
UTV Turbo: #967 Rhys Millen/JR Hartley
Millen returns to rallying in a state where he’s seen plenty of success in the past, having previously set multiple records at Pikes Peak. Hartley, his longtime right-hand man at Rhys Millen Racing, will serve as his navigator in the UTV Turbo class.
UTV Turbo: #219 Stephan Verdier/Hudson Hall
The first UTV Turbo crew to enter this weekend’s event, Verdier and Hall will look to run toward the front of the pack. Verdier, an experienced rally, drifting, and rallycross competitor, has run a number of stage rallies in a UTV already.
UTV Turbo: #353 Rory Gardiner/Steven Harrell
Longtime partners in the cockpit, Gardiner and Harrell will trade in the Subaru that they ran in 2017 for a crack at the new UTV Turbo class. They’ll be racing a brand-new Can-Am for Tag Rally Sport in this year’s event.