5 Questions With Subaru’s Dominick Infante

www.Motor1.com Dominick Infante answers five questions for us.

PR man for Subaru talks about classic cars, racing heroes and non-stop adventuring with a charismatic personality.

Traveling is a big perk for car writers, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s something exhilarating about traveling to an exotic location to test drive a brand-new car, no matter how stressful the circumstances may be.

Dominick Infante, Subaru of America’s director of communications, has been the go-to guy for some of the most creative car launch programs in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations for years. Infante and his team have fully embraced Subaru’s rugged and often driver-focused products, and have helped to display those capabilities in locations ranging from Patagonia and Iceland.

Adding in the fact that Infante is a collector of vintage racing memorabilia, vintage vehicles, and racing memories, he becomes the perfect subject for our latest 5 Questions.

When you were a kid, what model of car was the most important to you?

“My childhood obsession with car magazines and my love for all types of automobiles make this a difficult question to answer. My father told me that I was making car noises before I could even say a word. It was a Jaguar E-Type that had the greatest impact on me and almost literally impacted me. After sneaking away from a family dinner, I saw one for the first time when I was about five years old. I dragged my younger sister outside to our car and pretended to be the one in control of the wheel. When I pressed the neutral button on the shifter, the car rolled out into the street. A light blue E-Type Jaguar almost hit us as it screeched to a halt. The owner and my father were both visibly upset. All of the commotion was simply entertaining to me. Looking back on it, I’m amazed that he was able to come to a complete stop in time. A Ferrari 512 BBi is in a close second place..”

www.Motor1.com Subaru North American Public Relations Manager Dominick Infante

It doesn’t matter what vehicle you take, you can go anywhere in the world with your ticket. Do you know what kind of vehicle you’re driving?

“Driving a dream car is hard for me because I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some of the world’s most beautiful roads and tracks. A few memorable experiences include driving the Tail of the Dragon in a Viper-powered Ram SRT-10 truck, chasing Mark Higgins on the Isle of TT course (it was terrifying as I had no idea where I was going and we rarely dipped below 100 MPH), driving the Transfagasan Highway in Romania (amazing switchbacks, vampires, and questionable meat products), Iceland in a 90 MPH snow storm (this also involved being hungover and watching Nevertheless, if I had to choose between the Mille Miglia in a pontoon-fended Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and this cost-no-option fantasy drive, the latter would win hands down. V12s thundering through the Italian countryside would be a sight to see.”

www.Motor1.com Subaru North American Public Relations’ Dominick Infante

Please tell us about someone or something that we should keep an eye on in the coming year.

“As a paid spokesperson for Subaru of America, it’s a little more difficult to answer this question. Traditional automakers, on the other hand, are worth monitoring. However, we are very good at manufacturing quality products, and the auto industry is all about manufacturing efficiency. Despite this, we don’t get as much attention as the new start-up electric car companies. Even though electric vehicles are less complicated to build, they will give us an advantage in the distribution and manufacturing of electric vehicles.”

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Do you have a project in mind that you’re particularly excited about right now?

“Unfortunately, due to the nature of my work, which involves primarily future product launches and policy considerations, I am unable to provide additional information. We’re also preparing for a new Gymkhana video with Travis and the Hoonigan crew, so I’m still in charge of racing. In a few weeks, we’ll be competing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the latest Subaru Gymkhana car (a Frankenstein 1983 Subaru GL wagon built by Vermont Sports Car with nearly 900 HP). Last year, Travis finished second in the Airslayer, a STI-based Gymkhana car. Coming soon: a new moniker.”

www.Motor1.com Subaru North American Public Relations’ Dominick Infante

What are the three most intriguing things you keep on your desk at all times?

“I am a pack rat, so my desk is always overflowing with clutter. Cars, magazines, and other oddities abound. A replica of Gilles Villeneuve’s helmet (he was my favorite F1 driver as a kid) and about five vintage car calendars (I love cars, but I’m also a word person, so I have no idea what day it is or what week it is). If I ever get around to painting my 1960 Austin Healey 3000 (which I have yet to do because I need to see it on a calendar), I plan to use the enamel 1960 Liege to Rome Rally badge as a decal on the car. Pat Moss, Stirling Moss’ sister, drove a 1960 Austin Healey 3000 for the Healey works team, which won the rally that year.”

Infante keeps a low profile on social media, but if you pay attention to the Subaru news, first drives, and reviews on Motor1.com, you can find out what he’s up to. Please email us at tips@motor1.com if you have an idea for the next 5 Questions topic (or if that person is yourself).

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