Team Fugawi is a group of dedicated former stage rally competitors, and communications personnel who bring their experience and expertise to Stage Rallies in the Northwest to allow safe events for absolutely everyone involved.
Team Fugawi Safety Car teams typically operates a 3 car team; 000, 00, and 0 cars which traverse down the stage route making sure Staff, Spectator, and Competitor safety are all well intact. They work closely with Sweep & EMT’s, Event Organizers, and Operations in Event Safety Management.
They assist with timing controls to make sure all controls are ready for their roles once the first competitor car comes through.
Team Fugawi is knowledgeable in NASA Rally Sport, Rally-America, and Canadian Rally Championship rules and regulations.
2015 Oregon Trail Rally Roster
|Car #01997 Subaru Impreza OBS||Car #002000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS||Car #0002005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 Wagon|
|Driver:Lee Sorenson47 years rally experience
Co-Driver:Norma Woods12 years rally experience
|Driver:Ron Sorem48 years rally experience
Co-Driver:Jim Breazeale27 Years rally experience
|Driver:Steve Perret25 years rally experience
Co-Driver:Bruce Parker7 years rally experience
“I always feel better about the route when I know you guys are out in front”
– Paul Eklund – Primitive Racing #233
“There is nothing better than a well trained course opening team that performs their duties professionally! Everyone in the Team Fugawi group is deeply appreciated and respected by all of us competitors for your dedication (and sense of humor!)”
– Keith Morrison – Clearcut Racing
“Your team may be the best kept secret in running the rally”
– Alex Gelsomino – Monster World Rally Team #43
“One thing we need is lead car guys like Ron and Lee who take their jobs VERY seriously and know they’re not out there for a fun drive down the stage. They look at every detail on the stage, and are not above” getting crabby when things don’t measure up. They are the last look at the safety of the stage and have final responsibility for whether it can be run. If they have a choice between being nice and being safe, there’s no choice. These guys pre-run the stage when possible, and have a checklist of where every marshal and banner is.”
“We could reduce our risk by learning from these guys…”
“…you do more with less input from the clerk of the course than anybody…”
“and as I said, you know why you’re out there.”
– Bruce Weinman – Rally Official