WHERE – Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Headquarters at the Tioga County Fairgrounds (GPS coordinates: N41°46.1791′ W77°12.401′)
WHAT – Performance Rallying is the exciting and demanding motorsport sanctioned by Rally America. With its high percentage of stage miles and a course featuring some of the most challenging roads in the world, the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® (STPR®) is one of the America’s best-known stage rally events and boasts the title as the longest continuously-running motor sports event in Pennsylvania.
WHO – The Finger Lakes STPR® Motorsport, LLC, will conduct STPR in cooperation with the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry. Finger Lakes STPR Motorsport is based in Rochester, New York.
SPONSORED BY – STPR’s title sponsor is Waste Management. Local sponsors include Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. Many other businesses in the Wellsboro area support STPR and other various activities associated with the event, including the Tioga County Fairgrounds. Other sponsors and supporters include the Tioga County Fair, UTZ snacks, Subaru Performance Tuning, and Kissell Motorsports.
THE SERIES – STPR 2015 (hashtag #stpr15) is Round Five of the Rally America National Championship series; its support events, the Finger Lakes Rally (coefficient 2 event) and the Sherwood Forest Rally (coefficient 3 event) are part of the Rally America Eastern Regional Championship series.
THE COMPETITION – STPR regularly draws the top rally teams from the United States, Canada and abroad who enjoy putting their skills to the extreme test of performance rally. Competitors from the worldwide professional rally community are also found at this premier event.
Rally America has grouped Performance Rally vehicles into two category groups further broken down into classes:
- Open: Open, Open Light, Group 5 and Group 2
- Production: Super Production, B-Spec
Performance Rally starting order is based upon a “Speed Factor.” This is a number calculated for each competitor after each national rally and reported regional rally, which indicates the relative speed of the competitor compared to the fastest competitor. Speed Factor List: This is a ranking of competitors’ speeds, from the fastest to the slowest and is based on the best and latest Speed Factor. The Speed Factor List is used to set the Start Order of competitors at events. This ranking will be updated on the first of each month. More information is available on the Rally America website.
THE COURSE – The course for STPR 2015 totals about 262 miles total, including about 119.4 competition miles as well as transits from stage to stage. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry is providing almost 63 miles of roads in the Susquehannock, Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forests for the special stages. Added to the forest roads is over nine miles of private roads, some of which had to be resurrected for STPR. Overall, the competition roads surfaces consist of hard packed clay, gravel, and stone.
Then there is the 7/8th-mile Subaru Super Special Stage at the Tioga County Fairgrounds. For $5 per person you have the opportunity to sit in grandstands and watch to cars as they run all of the stage. STPR includes two Regional-level rallies, Sherwood Forest Rally (coefficient 2 / Stages 1-8 / 50 stage miles) and the Finger Lakes Rally (coefficient 3 / Stages 9-16 / 70 stage miles).
SPECTATING – Choice spectator points for viewing the competition are a special feature of STPR. Information on the spectator points and routes to reach them are available in the Official Program and Spectator Guide. These are made available in digital format online shortly before the weekend of the event and printed copies will be available at registration, the Green and the Chamber of Commerce. The cars are available for inspection at the Parc Exposé around The Green both Friday and Saturday. See the event schedule for details.
VOLUNTEERS – You can be a part of this most exciting extreme sport…performance rally. THIS IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO GET CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE ACTION!
No experience is required—and there are a few jobs that don’t even require that you leave town. The best opportunity to spectate is reserved for stage workers, who have access to non-spectator areas along the route. Medical (basic life support certification) and licensed HAM radio operators are also essential. A collector’s item souvenir pin and worker-only T-shirt are provided for all registered workers.