Saturday, May 19, 2012

Revolutionary Sports driver Sam Albert to debut at STPR 2012


Driver Sam Albert and co-driver
George Loef will run together at
this year's STPR in June.
Photo:  S. Albert
Finding the time to be both an active duty soldier and amateur rallyist, Eastern Regional driver Sam Albert, of Midland, Ga., will compete in his first Rally America event at this year’s Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® (STPR®) in Wellsboro, Penn. on June 1-2.

His co-driver George Loef, from Newburg, Md., ran in last year's season at both STPR and the New England Forest Rally.

Albert has competed in NASA Rallysport and Canadian Association of RallySport events since 2010 in his Open class 2004 Subaru STI.

Leof was Albert's crew chief for the Rallye de Charlevoix in 2010, and then moved into the co-driver's seat for last year's Hyperfest Rallysprint.  They team finished second overall at Black River Stages last September in the All-Wheel-Drive class.

Revolutionary Sports' Subaru just received a major upgrade with a new standalone ECU and oil cooler.

"We're hoping these upgrades will help us be more competitive," Albert said, "and solve some reliability problems we've had with the motor in the past."

Revolutionary Sports looks look to be top regional contenders in Rally America and eventually compete in the national series.

 “This is a major step for me to compete in Rally America,” said Albert, who is looking to make his mark in the North American rally scene, “I think we have the talent but are lacking in time and resources.”

 Both are active duty military in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in the Army and Navy respectively.

"We were originally planning on attending Sno*Drift, but changes to Sam’s training schedule forced us to withdraw," Albert said. “It’s tough not being able to commit to a full season, it would be a dream come true.”

The one thing that keeps them going is their passion for the sport. Like many rally teams, they have faced their fair share of challenges, and overcome them against the odds. Being a novice team, they learned difficult lessons about motor sports, yet found help from other more experienced teams.

“I’m impressed with how far we have come in the last two years. We’ve learned so much about proper setup and preparation in the last couple years," Albert said. "Hopefully the mechanical problems we’ve had will now be behind us.”

Revolutionary Sports would like to thank its fans for all of their support, fellow racers for their help, and all of the volunteers and event organizers that make these rallies happen. They would also like to thank Competition Motorsports Solutions for the fabrication and crew support they are providing this year.

To follow Revolutionary Sports as they battle their way through the season, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/revolutionarysports.