Subaru Rally Team USA
- Date of Birth: December 03, 1972
- Home: Dundalk, Maryland
- Website: http://www.buckylasek81.com
- 2015: 9 starts, best finish 7th, 88 points, 12th overall (Supercars)
- 2014: 10 starts, 3 podiums, 2 heat wins, 215 points, 8th overall (Supercars)
- 2013: 8 starts, best finish 6th, 49 points, 11th overall (Supercars)
- 2012: 6 starts, best finish 7th, 35 points, 13th overall (Supercars)
- CAREER: 33 starts, 3 podiums, 2 heat wins, 390 points (Supercars)
Bucky Lasek spent most of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season trying to find speed. He’ll spend most of this year with something to prove.
2014 was a breakout year for the skateboarding legend-turned-rallycross frontrunner, as he led Subaru Rally Team USA with three podium finishes and even beat two-time series champion Tanner Foust in the final standings. But that was with a car at the end of a fruitful three-year development cycle; quick as it was, the team would be starting from scratch in 2015 with a new car.
Of course, new cars take time to sort out in any racing series, and even the help of Subaru Tecnica International couldn’t avoid that inevitability. Struggles at the beginning of the year kept both cars towards the back of the pack, as the team eventually refocused its strategy and missed the Washington DC round. Lasek also skipped Barbados as the team went down to one car, instead taking the time to visit Subaru headquarters in Japan.
But as the season went on, more and more bright spots kept showing up. Lasek dominated the last chance qualifier at MCAS New River and even ran as high as third in the final. And in Los Angeles, a new engine allowed him to qualify an impressive third, nearly on pace with championship front-runners Foust and Scott Speed.
Extra time behind the wheel in stage rallies will help, as Lasek continues his quest to become as successful on this form of four-wheel competition as the one that sent him to initial fame. But more than anything else, a year of development work on the car puts him in a much better place to start this season. Don’t expect 2016 to look anything like 2015 did.