Subaru Rally Team USA
- Date of Birth: November 11, 1970
- Home: Hokksund, Norway
- Website: http://isachsenmotorsport.no
- 2015: 11 starts, best finish 4th, 136 points, 11th overall (Supercars)
- 2014: 10 starts, 1 win, 2 podiums, 4 heat wins, 280 points, 5th overall (Supercars)
- 2013: 8 starts, 2 podiums, 2 heat wins, 86 points, 7th overall (Supercars)
- 2012: 6 starts, 1 podium, 1 heat win, 40 points, 10th overall (Supercars)
- CAREER: 35 starts, 1 win, 5 podiums, 7 heat wins, 546 points (Supercars)
Sverre “The Viking Warrior” Isachsen has gained himself quite a reputation in Red Bull Global Rallycross circles for his aggressive driving style. He hopes to be utilizing it quite a bit more at the front of the pack in 2016.
When the 2014 season ended, Isachsen had Subaru Rally Team USA in its best-ever position in Red Bull GRC, giving the team its first race victory in Seattle and its best championship result in fifth. But with a brand new car and the inevitable development process that comes with it, the Norwegian fell to 11th in the championship in 2015, making it to only five of 12 main events.
It was a hard reset year, one that proved tough for the team on all fronts. But it’s one that both Isachsen and Subaru are determined not to repeat this year.
Los Angeles proved to be the team’s brightest moment last year, as Isachsen charged to an impressive fourth in the Subaru Tecnica International-sponsored event. It also proved the durability and speed of the car, two things that the team worked diligently on all season long—and two things they’ll have even higher hopes for in 2016.
Beyond that, the return of the Seattle market to the schedule should prove a huge morale boost. With a highly devoted, Subaru-centric fanbase in the area, Isachsen and teammate Bucky Lasek will be heavy fan favorites to win in the penultimate event of the season.
It all adds up to a rebound year for “The Viking Warrior” and company over in the Subaru camp. Expect there to be plenty of people celebrating in their corner of the paddock when Isachsen makes it back onto the podium. It’s only a matter of time.