The last race of the USRC saw many teams struggle with mechanical and equipment failures this year. The team of Erika Detota and Brian Johnson, unfortunately one of them, suffered a flat tire and a broken axle, which subsequently left them unable to finish the first day of stages. “The new roads were beautiful” says Detota “but the traditionally run stages in the rally took a beating from the wet fall and were very rocky” which is where the team suffered their failures. Under super rally rules they were able to fix their axle and re-entered the race for the last day of racing.
Day 2 was going their way with a top 2 stage time, the team was way ahead of the competition for the regional race. However with their inability to finish the first day they were sadly unable to hold onto any chances of keeping the USRC 2 wheel drive title that Detota won in 2010 with then co-driver Jason Smith. For 2011, Detota received 3rd place in the championship with 1st going back to previous winners Mike Reilly and Josh Bethian respectively.
“Detota drove her best at this event,” said navigator Brian Johnson, which was evident to the spectators. With a brand-new livery and sponsors it was great to see the team pushing even after their goal of winning the championship was no longer attainable.
Continuing her partnership with Keep A Breast, Erika’s new light blue car had some additional supporters along side “I love boobies.” Grand Prix NY, a local go kart track joined for the event and a long time sponsor, Rally Armor did a special Mud Flap to support breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to the Keep A Breast organization. “It was really fun to bring together my sponsors for breast cancer awareness month with my October fundraiser” says Detota, “I am looking forward to teaming up with more companies to spread awareness next year!”
Erika would like to thank her partners and supporters, Keep-A-Breast.org, Grand Prix NY, Rally Armor, Big Boulder Park, Exedy Racing Clutch and media partner Flat out promotions for their generosity, time and product support.
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