The new rally season is set to open in North America this weekend at the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan. Two past American champions Wednesday talked about the new season and their expectations and plans for the 2012 campaign on Tech House & Speed, NASCAR Free Radio.

L’Estage won the North American title each of the last two seasons. He was American champion in 2010 and Canadian champion in 2010 and 2011. He’s arguably the fastest rally driver in North America. This season he’ll start with a new car and new sponsor. He talked about both after a cardio workout to get ready for the season this weekend. He also talked about his growing rivalry with Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins who beat L’Estage by five points for the title last year. You can hear that conversation at: http://bit.ly/zWtz0P

Chris Duplessis was America’s 2WD champion in 2008 and 2010. This year he’ll start the year with the Ford Fiesta R2 he built from a kit last Fall. That car won the Mt. Washington Hillclimb and the 2WD competition at the New England Forest Rally by more than 3:30 when the dust settled. Duplessis was out testing the car for several days two weeks ago and found it in perfect condition to start the year. He also talked about a new Fiesta R2 on the work bench. You can hear the full conversation here: http://bit.ly/ycVWnX

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