by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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The field in any Rally America National Championship is always a mix of newcomers to the sport and experienced veterans who have spent decades on the stages. Sometimes, two newbies pair up; other groups may have shared the road for 20 years together. Others still might be a mix of an experienced navigator and a young, developing driver working on the stages together.

Escuderia Boricua Rally is an example of the latter group, as longtime co-driver Boyd Smith has partnered with driver Santiago Daniel Iglesias for the past year. Earlier today, we got to know Iglesias a little better—now, hear from his veteran counterpart in the team’s Subaru BRZ:

What made you want to start rallying?

I was born into it, my father was a champion road rallyist in upstate New York. I was working checkpoints at seven years old.

When was your first event and how did you do?

1986 Coolidge Forest Rally in Vermont, Porsche 911 Safari Car. I don't remember the exact finishing position. Ed Healey asked me to co-drive just before the start of the event—a trend that has continued throughout my co-driving career.

When was your first really memorable result—win or podium—and how did you get there?

While not the final result, running second in Group N and 11th overall in the 1987 Olympus Rally WRC event. Falling off a cliff on the last day, just before the finish, truncated that result.

Do you prefer to work with a single driver or multiple drivers?

I have always worked with a wide variety of drivers with a broad array of goals.

What’s your favorite event on the Rally America schedule?

Southern Ohio Forest Rally! I enjoyed it in the previous iteration over twenty years ago and the event is very well run now.

Do you have any pre-event routines?

Waking up at my normal 5:00 to 5:15 AM is a great start. All documentation, route books and stage notes are in place the night before.

Which other co-drivers in the sport do you respect the most?

Every single one. Co-driving is one of the hardest tasks possible, co-driving properly is even more so.