Carl Siegler and Dave Goodman of Ziptie Rally Team (ZRT) piloted their 1996 Subaru Impreza to a 2nd Overall / Open Class finish at both the Sno and Drift Regional Rallies during the 2012 running of the Sno*Drift Rally.

The team was coming off a disastrous 2011 season where they DNF’d nearly every rally for reasons ranging from broken suspension to melted pistons, and finally culminating in the totaling of their 2004 Impreza chassis at Rally Minnesota. Sno*drift was the first event ZRT completed in the new car and the proverbial monkey is now off their back (and onto the wing where it belongs!).

Road conditions were incredibly challenging as slippery ice covered most of the stages. The team took a slow and steady approach with the goal of bringing the car across the finish line in one piece.

A very consistent drive by Siegler and spot on calls by Goodman all weekend yielded successful results (although the rally was not without its moments – nearly every stage had a spin or missed corner). The service crew led by Matt Alexander and comprised of Martin Asao, Mike Rhode, and Jesse Lang did not face any difficult repairs and kept the car running smoothly for the entire rally.

The next event for ZRT will be 100 Acre Wood at the end of February in Salem, MO. The team has unfinished business at 100AW as they have broken down on the same stage 2 years in a row.

Ziptie Rally is based out of Golden Valley, MN. Their 2012 partners include: Carbonetic, Morries Minnetonka Subaru, TSS FAB, Team Powder, Gearhead Designz, and St. Paul Media. For the latest on the team check http://www.facebook.com/ziptie.rally

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