2017 Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
Sanctioned by: American Rally Association
June 2-3, 201 Wellsboro, Penn.
Rally Notes #1 – Thursday evening
1. Welcome to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and the 41st running of the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, round #4 of the American Rally Association National Championship. Similar to last year’s event, the national championship rally consists of 15 stages and 125 competition miles through some of the best of Pennsylvania’s state forest land administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Friday afternoon’s stages, run on the Waste Management-owned roads outside of Wellsboro (Duncan Township), have an expanded spectator area and parking, and the cars will pass by 2:29 PM (stage one) and 4:41 PM (stage two ). Admission to the Waste Management spectator area is $7.00. Spectators will be treated to a high-speed jump as part of the action.
2. As the competitors run a high speed on gravel roads, weather is always front and center for everyone going into the first day of competition. The Wellsboro weather looks almost idea for both competitors and spectators, with highs in the 70’s (77 degrees F on Friday, and 75 degrees F on Saturday). Lows for today, Friday and Saturday will be 55 degrees F for Thursday and Friday, and 45 degrees F for Saturday. The chilly Saturday night temperatures might be a warning to spectators to wear a jacket if they are attending the Super Special Spectator stages at the Tioga County Fairgrounds. It rained hard earlier in the week, so the roads shouldn’t be too dusty (confirmed from competitor reports from today’s practice stage), but there is only a chance of showers scheduled for the weekend.
3. There are many ways to keep in touch with rally activity starting right now on all your devices, and going through the end of the event. An event schedule, maps and directions to the spectator areas, entry list and other rally information are available from the digital STPR 2017 Spectator Guide, which you can download at the link below:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stpr_rally (@stpr_rally) #stpr17
Instagram: http://instagram.com/stpr_rally (stpr_rally)
Web site (entry list, spectator information, volunteer info, schedule): www.stpr.org
Live event track and sanctioning body apps: https://www.americanrallyassociation.org/ara-live
During the rally, these media notes will be available at: http://www.stpr.org/category/press-notes/
4. The seeded draw was supposed to be live-streamed on Facebook with the top seven competitors in the point standings to draw starting positions for tomorrow’s event. The rules say that if a driver does not show up for the seeded draw, then driver will start per their point position. Points leader David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew did not appear at the seeded draw, so, as the points leaders, they would start first on the road. Travis Pastrana asked if he, as second in the points, would start second if he was not part of the drawing. When the answer to his question was yes, Travis left the room and did not participate in the draw, securing his second-place position. The other five drivers followed suit, so there was no draw. ARA rules state that it is up to the organizer to then determine the start order as long as the order is approved by the ARA event steward. The STPR committee met with the stewards to determine the start order. It will be Higgins, Pastrana, McKenna, Seehorn, O’Sullivan, Burke, and Miller.