STPR 2016 – Rally F.A.S.T.

Gary DeMasi races to support stroke awareness


by Andrew Moore - June 10, 2016

On Friday, June 3-4, Tioga County hosted the annual Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally. Many unique drivers and cars come into town from all across the United States and even various parts of the world. One of the stand-outs this year was a 1985 Ford Ranger 5.0L driven by Gary DeMasi and co-driver, Stephen Kurey.

Gary is not only unique for his V8-powered backwoods brawler – he also represents a special cause. In 2010 Gary suffered a major stroke and was disabled on his left side for a substantial time. Through rigorous self-therapy (much of which was focused on working on the truck) and the help of friends and family, he eventually recovered with renewed energy for the motorsport he loves. Now in addition to racing, Gary represents “Rally F.A.S.T.” – an organization he started to raise funds to help victims of stroke and their families.

“F.A.S.T. stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time. Those are the signs of awareness for stroke.” says Gary. Specifically, “face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911.” This year, Gary accepted donations to Rally F.A.S.T. and in return allowed contributors to sign brain-shaped stickers posted all over his truck. “The rally community has been so supportive.” Gary stated. “This year, in fact, is one of the first times that I actually feel that I’m not really stroke-impaired.”

You can learn more about Gary and Rally F.A.S.T. and contribute to stroke awareness by visiting his website,

Stay tuned for more STPR highlights coming soon to Home Page Sports!


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