Subaru Rally Team USA announced today that PIAA will join the team as an official equipment supplier for the 2012 season. PIAA will supply the team with powerful HID driving lights for use on defending Rally America Champion David Higgins’ 2012 Subaru WRX STI rally car. The team will begin utilizing the latest HID competition driving lights from PIAA this weekend at the 2012 Sno*Drift Rally, round one of the 2012 Rally America National Championship, where over a third of the rally is run at night on icy forest roads in northern Michigan.

PIAA remains the recognized leader in the manufacturing of innovative high performance automotive lighting and aftermarket products for decades. PIAA will supply Subaru Rally Team USA with powerful HID lights that are fitted to the team car for night rallying and will supply the team with PIAA Super Silicone Wiper blades.

Subaru Rally Team USA will begin the 2012 Rally America National Championship at the season opener Sno*Drift Rally in northern Michigan, Jan. 27 and 28 against a stacked field of over 70 entries. The Sno*Drift Rally features over 130 miles of snow and ice-covered roads in northern Michigan. Constantly changing weather and road conditions coupled with many stages run under total darkness make this rally extremely challenging. Rally America rules also prohibit the use of spiked or studded ice tires at Sno*Drift, placing a premium on road traction.

The Subaru WRX STI of team driver David Higgins will cut through the darkness of Sno*Drift’s night stages with the help of between four and six PIAA Racing Series HID lamps housed in carbon fiber light pods mounted to the hood and front bumper. The PIAA Racing Series HID lamp is a competition-specification driving light used by top rally and race teams across the world including PIAA partners in the World Rally Championship, Dakar, Grand Am Racing and Le Mans Series.

Subaru Rally Team USA will be looking for another banner year from team driver David Higgins, who joined Subaru Rally Team USA at the start of the 2011 season. Higgins’ impressive 2011 season at the wheel of his Subaru WRX STI included winning the Rally America National Championship, claiming victory and a new record time at the famed Mt. Washington Hillclimb and earning a Bronze at the ESPN X Games SuperRally event. The 2011 Rally America driver’s title was the fifth in the last six years for Subaru Rally Team USA drivers in the Rally America Championship (2006-2009, 2011).

About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, PIAA, Motul, and VP Racing Fuels.

For more information on Subaru Rally Team USA, as well as exclusive photo and video galleries, visit subaru.com/rally and for the latest news follow the team on Twitter: twitter.com/srtusa.

About PIAA
PIAA has been the acknowledged leader in the manufacturing of innovative high performance automotive lighting and aftermarket products for decades. Visionary design, inspired engineering, and quality components are the hallmark of PIAA’s reputation with drivers of distinction. PIAA supplies Subaru Rally Team USA with powerful HID lights that are fitted to the team cars for night rallying as well as PIAA Super Silicone Wiper blades. For more information please visit piaa.com.

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