Subaru-Powered Desert Racer Heading to Baja 500

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Grabowski Brothers Racing and Crawford Performance will be using a Subaru Crosstrek engine in their race car.

The desert racer will be competing in this weekend’s Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, and will be piloted by Dusty and Parker Grabowski. The two brothers hail from Upland, California, and have won multiple championships in short course racing and are looking forward to their rookie attempt at the Baja 500. Their race car will be powered by a Subaru Boxer engine built by Quirt Crawford. In preparation for the Baja 500, the team entered its Class 5 race car in the McKenzie’s 250 race in Lucerne, California, where they won their class by over an hour.

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The Baja 500 kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific on Saturday, June 3, and runs through the upper area of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The race is a 516-mile loop that starts and finishes in Ensenada, Baja Mexico.

“Subaru has historically competed in off-pavement racing like stage rally and rallycross, so putting this Crosstrek to the test in desert racing will once again show our fans the performance and durability of the Subaru BOXER engine, stated Subaru motorsports marketing manager Rob Weir. “We’re excited to be involved with Grabowski Bros racing, and be entered in the Baja 500.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Earl Earl on Jun 04, 2017

    So how about a little more oomph in the Crosstrek engine that is in the Crosstrek?