WELLSBORO, Pennsylvania –- August 2 – The Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® (STPR®), has announced the oldest, continuously-running motorsports event in the state of Pennsylvania, will be back for its 41st edition scheduled for June 2 and 3, 2017 in Wellsboro. The Committee has also announced that its event will be sanctioned by a new partner, the American Rally Association.
In making the announcement, STPR Committee Chair Meridith Croucher (Newark, New York) said she was pleased to secure the rally’s traditional dates so early, and commented that the switch in sanctioning bodies is a natural progression to help sustain the rally as one of America’s best.
“We have appreciated all the effort previous sanctioning bodies have put forth to keep STPR at a high level of safety and competitiveness, and we have confidence that the new American Rally Association, led by rally veteran Tim O’Neil, will continue those efforts,” Croucher said.
She also commented that, like change of management at a company or change of a major vendor for business, a change of sanctioning body – an organization that insures the event, enforces the rules, and organizes the national championship points – can invigorate a motorsports event.
“We have already seen the breathe of fresh air brought into an event here as the Sports Car Club of America took on the sanctioning responsibility for our Waste Management Winter Rally in 2016, and we are anticipating a similar influx of energy from ARA and its officials,” she said.
Croucher added that competitors can have confidence that the commitment of the STPR LLC committee – with its Wellsboro and Rochester area members our title sponsor, Waste Management, and major sponsors: Citizens & Northern Bank, Exedy Clutches, State of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce will continue as before, and that both participants and spectators can expect another great event in 2017.
Watch for additional announcement and details on the event’s web site, www.stpr.org, as the event dates draws closer. Information on the new American Rally Association can be found on their site – www.americanrallyassociation.org.
What is STPR® and Performance Rally?
The Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally was first conducted by the Finger Lakes Region, SCCA in 1977, with the assistance of members of other sports car clubs in the Rochester, N.Y area. Members of these clubs (Triumph Touring Club, Corvair Owners Club, MG Car Club and others) had experience with previous performance events such as the Snowblower and Lunar Lunge which ran out of Rochester as early as 1965 and were part of the M.O.N.Y. series (Michigan, Ohio and New York), the forerunner of the SCCA ProRally series.
In the United States, performance rally teams have a driver and co-driver (or navigator) for each car, and the competitors race in segments (or stages) on closed public roads, trying to get from the beginning to the end of the stage as fast as they can. Unlike other forms of motorsports, there is no practice allowed, and teams are only allowed one pass to review the course at the public speed limit before the event. In competition, the navigator then barks out the route instructions while the drive proceeds – sometimes at speeds exceeding 100 miles-per-hour – through forest, desert, and logging around at events around the country. The cars, all street legal to allow driving on public roads between racing stages, are compact and sub-compact sports cars with varying amounts of performance modifications depending on the class they are running in. The sight of these cars, running at speed through the woods to beat the clock, makes exciting spectating for the fans who come out to watch performance rally.
STPR® was the last of the great endurance events on the national schedule maintaining the one day format and is designed with a high stage/transit mileage ratio and, thanks to the outstanding cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), some of the best and most demanding roads in the country. With the additional of the Waste Management stages and the Fairgrounds, the Rally went to two days in 2008.