Pasi Hagström has found success on European and world circuits already and won the Finnish Championship in 1999. He has competed in the World Rally Championship for many years, and during that time consistently placed in the top ten. In 2002 Pasi become involved with the Subaru World Rally Team after Makinen approached him to work as his gravel crew. His skill behind the wheel was apparent for SWRT, who then recruited Pasi to be a test driver for the team. Mostly in Spain during the past year, he logged thousands of miles during development testing of the new Subaru WRC car.
In August 2003 Subaru Rally Team USA announced that driver Pasi Hagström and co-driver Marko Taskinen will drive for SRT USA for the remainder of the season.
The pair made their US Rally debut at the Wild West International Rally in September, Round Eight of the 2003 SCCA ProRally Championship. Pasi and Marko have only Lake Superior left ahead of them, but are hoping to return to America for 2004 and run the entire Championship.
Pasi Hagström's best achievements
In the World Championship series:
He started his career with Toyota Corolla GT, with which he was 2nd in Finnish Championship series 1993 in Group N under 2000 cc. He moved on to a low-spec Group A Celica in 1994, finishing 11th overall in Rally Finland and 3rd of private drivers.
In 1995 and 1996 he drove in the Finnish Championship series with Group N Toyota Celica GT-Four made by TTE taking few wins in national rallies and overall winner in The Tarmac Rallysprint series 1995. In Rally Finland 1996 he won Group N after thrilling battle against several Mitsubishis.
In 1997 first year in the Finnish Championship series with a competitive group A car, Toyota Celica GT-Four (the car made by Leif Asterhag). In Rally Finland he gained his first ever WRC points placing 6th overall. At the end of the season in 4th place in the Finnish Championship series. In the season 1998 he was third in the Finnish Championship series driving with the Celica and the last two events with the Corolla WRC. In the International Swedish Rally he was 11th and in the Rally Finland 9th.
In the season 1999 Hagström dominated the Finnish Rally Championship series winning the Championship with the maximum points. In Rally Finland he drove alongside Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol in the Toyota´s works team. The event started well, but ended in the beginning of the rally. He got his second possibility to drive in the Toyota´s works team in Rally Australia. Bad luck again - he was injured in the road accident before the event and was not able to contest the rally at all.
In 2001 Hagström contested all six WRC rounds of the Teams Cup and
placed second in series.