Noble Star Rally to Compete at Olympus Rally in Honor of Matthew Marker
The Noble Star Rally (NSR) Team will make a heart-filled 2,400 mile journey to the Olympus Rally on September 22-23rd to honor their friend and former SubaRoots teammate, Matthew Noble Marker, who was involved in a fatal accident at the event last year. Driver Amanda Skelly and Co-Driver Derrick Rudisel (Bachi) both located in Rochester Hills, MI felt that the trip was important to continue the SubaRoot’s mantra of making the sport of rally racing accessible at a grassroots level, and make the long trip across the U.S. to be present at the rally.
The Noble Star Rally team are in their debut season and have competed in the regional events at the Sno*Drift Rally, STPR Rally, and the Magnum Opus Rally this year. However, two engine failures complicated their endeavors and gave them only a Drift Regional Rally finish. As a result the team decided to convert their Subaru Impreza 2.5RS’s normal 2.5 liter engine into a 2.2 liter.
“We figured after rejecting two transplants, “Sassy”, our rally car, was trying to tell us she was always
meant to be a Subaru Impreza 2.2RS,” jokes Skelly.
All laughter aside, the team has pulled all of their resources to get the car ready to be back on stage for the fourth time during their debut season. The three months of down time gives the team time to complete the engine swap, reroute the new wiring harness and reevaluate safety and functionality of the Impreza.
“Owning a rally car is not a cheap thing by any means. My whole crew has put in a ton of time and effort into the car, we couldn’t bear to end the season early and not keep trying. I’m not about to give up and let my team down. That’s not what rally is all about… It’s about pressing on regardless of the circumstances around you and doing everything you can to get back out there,” said Skelly.
Though the members of NSR dedicate much of their time to the team and rally they are still in need of financial help to reach their goal of attending and competing in the Olympus Rally.
“We just want people to realize that it’s not about Noble Star Rally… It’s about Marker and his fans, and all those people out there who still need to know he hasn’t gone anywhere. We have the opportunity to carry the torch and keep his spirit alive in all of us and we are willing to do whatever it takes to get out there and represent everything he stood for, but we still need help,” added Skelly.
Currently, PayPal donations can be made to the team at: ASkelly53@gmail.com
NSR will be teaming up with the MI Humane Society and a few of their SubaRoots team members to organize a fundraising event to help the team make the long trip to WA. Some of the members will be flying in to crew for the event, while many of the “Noblers” will be traveling the same route Marker took on his last journey. More details will be coming in the next few weeks.
In addition to the remembrance of Marker’s rally contributions the SubaRoots Rally Team will organize an amazing attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the longest parade of Subaru’s to honor Marker on his birthday this September 16th, 2012.
“It’s going to be such a crazy busy month, but we couldn’t be more stoked for the journey that is ahead of us and we will do whatever we can to make sure we are out there,” says Rudisel.
Have a Subaru and want to help celebrate Matthew’s birthday by beating the world record? Read more about the special event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/121028641361640/
To find out more information on how you can help NSR you can follow the team online at: http://www.facebook.com/NobleStarRally
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