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WELLSBORO, Pennsylvania – November 12, 2018 – The oldest, continuously running motorsports event in the state of Pennsylvania, the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally®, is scheduled for September 13 and 14, 2019, moving from its traditional June weekend for the first time since its inception in 1977.
James Monks, STPR® rally chairman and local Wellsboro resident, said the move was necessary to maintain the rally’s National Championship status with the American Rally Association, and gives the organizing committee and its sponsors the opportunity to expand public access to the event even further.
“We are planning to enhance the STPR experience by providing forest stages with spectating areas for the community and rally fans both days rather than just on Saturday as has been done in the past,” Monks said. “We are also working with our event sponsor, Waste Management, to increase spectating opportunities for the stages to be run on their property in Duncan Township.”
In other words, the rally will run on both Waste Management and forest roads on Friday and forest roads only on Saturday.
“By adding forest stages on Friday, fans will be able to get to double the number of spectator areas where they will be able to watch rally cars in action in 2019,” Monks added. “The committee is still exploring additional opportunities for spectators and working on the redesign of the event for 2019.”
Monks announced that, while most of the traditional rally stages will remain the same, the committee is considering changes that can be made to the route and stage order. The changes will be announced in the coming months. He assured all parties that traditions such as the Saturday morning start of the rally around The Green in Wellsboro will remain part of this iconic event.
Monks said a new influx of visitors to the Wellsboro area at a different time of year should be a boost to the local economy.
“With thousands of people coming to Wellsboro and the Tioga County area to participate in STPR®, and thousands more coming to spectate, this event brings millions of dollars into the area’s economy and supports other events and attractions that are important to North Central Pennsylvania,” Monks said, whose rally organization is also involved with the Waste Management Winter RallySprint coming to Wellsboro in February, 2019.
The date change to September 2019 became official after Monks and the committee obtained approval for the move from the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and event sponsor Waste Management.
STPR®, round eight of the events that form the 2019 American Rally Association Championship, is put on by a unique rally organizing committee that is based in both Wellsboro and Rochester, New York.
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Website (entry list, spectator information, volunteer info, press notes, schedule, results): www.stpr.org
American Rally Association: https://www.americanrallyassociation.org
What is STPR® and Performance Rally?
The Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® was first conducted by the Finger Lakes Region of the Sports Car Club of America (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, New York 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 roads at events around the country. The cars, all street legal to allow driving on public roads between racing stages, are compact and subcompact 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.