|Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino won the 2013 STPR in their|
Ford Fiesta. Photo credit: Lori Lass
The first weekend in June has been the traditional STPR dates going back to the 1970s.
"I know this is a departure from tradition," Meredith Croucher, chair of the STPR said, "But due to the X Games Austin event scheduled for June 6-7, we've worked with the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Rally America sanctioning body to move the date up to accommodate our teams."
The X Games Austin was originally scheduled for May 15-18, but it was announced last Thursday, it will be moved to June 5-8. The organizing committee felt it unfair to force some teams to perhaps have to choose between competing at STPR or the X Games. With that in mind, it was decided to move the STPR event back a week.
STPR is Round Four of the 2014 Rally America National Championship. The eight-event championship opens in January with the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Mich.
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 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.
About STPR: The Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® presented by Citizens and Northern Bank, round #4 of the 2014 Rally America National Championship, is approximately 280 miles long with approximately 127 miles of competitive stages. Part of STPR, the co-efficient 2 Sherwood Forest Rally and the co-efficient 3 Finger Lakes Rally are Regional Rallies that are part of Rally America’s Eastern Regional Rally Championship.