Tuesday, February 11, 2014

STPR receives its ninth Rally of the Year award

Rally America officials announced the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR©) as the 2013 Joe Andreini Rally of the Year. It is the ninth Rally of the Year award for STPR with previous honors given in 2008, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1990, 1988 and 1983.

The Rally of the Year was presented at the 2014 Sno*Drift Rally awards ceremony by Bill Fogg Sr., CEO of Rally America.

“The Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally Organization appreciates the honor of being named the Joe Andreini Rally of the Year,” said Meridith Croucher, STPR Event Chair. “Both the Rochester and the Wellsboro teams of organizers put in many hours to ensure each event is better that the year before. To have this effort recognized by Rally America and the teams means a great deal to us. We are always looking for a better way to make the STPR experience the best for our competitors, volunteer staff and fans.”

The STPR Rally continued to improve efficiencies in logistical planning and execution of the event to provide an overall positive experience for drivers, fans and teams alike. The Finger Lakes STPR Motorsport, LLC organizing team has consistently expanded partnerships with local businesses in providing value and economic return to the local economy.

“The STPR Rally organizers made great improvements in pre-event communications with teams and in running a smooth and trouble-free operation,” Fogg said. “STPR gave fans a fantastic show at the Subaru Super Special stages running two simultaneous cars in a shorter amount of time. It was a memorable rally event for me.”

Rally America conducted a brief survey to collect opinions from national and regional drivers. Feedback largely centered on STPR’s unique stage roads and super special stages as being the highlights and why STPR was a notable event.

Formerly known as the Rally of the Year Award, the Joe Andreini Cup is selected annually by Rally America for the national rally which is best organized and best represents the standards of the National Championship. Joe Andreini was a long-time rally competitor and Sno*Drift Clerk of the Course who made a significant contribution in benchmarking stage rally design, communications and schedules.