Jamie Thomas Takes Podium at the Oregon Trail Regional Rally Events

Rally-America Regional Championship - Hillsboro, OR - For Immediate Release - May 22, 2008


Driver Jamie "Subie Gal" Thomas along with navigator Rob Bohn tackled what would be one of the most brutal Oregon Trail rally events on record - and they did it with much success. This is the season opener for the team and the first rally Jamie has competed in since May of 2007. This is also the first time these two have paired up together as a driver/navigator team.  Regardless of these circumstances, the team blasted down the stages to 1st in their PGT car class as well as a 1st overall and 3rd overall in the regional rally contests.


Oregon Trail is always a tricky and very technical rally. Known for it's super high crown roads and ball bearing surface, this is one rally that will test every team to their limit.  This year, there was the added challenge of extreme temperatures. Very unseasonable temperatures well into the 90's struck the event with a vengeance. Without a drop of rain to help tack up the roads, Oregon's rally stages became unbelievably challenging to navigate.


"I do not believe I have EVER seen so many cars off of the road." stated Jamie Thomas, team Owner/Driver, "The roads were super sketchy in places, you had to be right in the line, or you were going for a ride."  Many teams experienced that ride with over 1/2 of the field dropping out of contention, including most of the top National cars.


Jamie and Rob kept their focus, even while they kept the crew busy. Burnsie the Rally Wagon started to experience some difficulties.  Cat converter took a hit and began to break up in the exhaust, causing massive overheating. On a 96F day, overheating is not good! Next the slave cylinder overheated making it nearly impossible to shift the car at will. Finally, in the very last stage of the weekend, and in dramatic fashion, Burnsie's transmission (2nd gear) became exploded within sight of the Finish marker.  The team did manage to find a gear and limp across the finish holding onto their 1st place in PGT class for the day.


Jamie continued on, "Pretty fantastic weekend all in all. I was a bit rusty but started to shake off the cobwebs as we went along. Our crew was unbelievable and Rob was just fantastic - Mr Cool... he didn't get rattled by anything!!! Not even me!  It was a very good event, great way to come back after so much time off."




Decication: Jamie would like to dedicate this win to the Memory of her Father, Harry F. Holbert

"Dad, I'm back, and I want you to know I'm having fun! I miss you..."



Subie Gal Racing team thanks the following sponsors   PDXTuning, EBCBrakes,,Nasioc,  SubaruWest, Kartboy, Rallispec, FTL Performance, Fleet Sign and Graphics, Shaneyfeltmotorsports, and the  Subie Gal Supporters

Very Special Thanks to: Crew Chief Nick Snow, and all crew for this event: Gary, Sam, NicNak, Rosie, Amanda, Kathy, and Rascal!

Huge Shout out to: the Subaru Techs at Chaplin's Subaru - guys - I would be lost without you!

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