Rally has Wellsboro in race spotlight

WELLSBORO — Dozens of amateur and professional rally teams, including Subaru factory Rally Team’s Travis Pastrana and defending champion David Higgins, will bring national attention to the 41st Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally June 2 and 3.

The STPR event, which is round four of the eight events that form the 2017 American Rally Association Championship, is the oldest, continuously running motorsports event in the state of Pennsylvania. It is presented by Citizens & Northern Bank.

So far this year, Pastrana and Higgins have split the first three racess, with Higgins winning at Perce-Neige (Quebec) and most recently at Olympus (Olympia, Washington), while Pastrana took first place at Oregon Trail (near Portland).

British-born Higgins has won this rally six times including the last three STPR events, while Subaru teammate Pastrana will be looking for his first victory.

All pre-event, in-event, and post-event activities are available on the STPR website and social media platforms, as well as the American Rally Association website (www.stpr.org).

The rally will be headquartered at the Tioga County Fairgrounds and The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce can provide additional information by calling 570-724-1926.

Meridith Croucher, chairwoman of the event, noted, that unlike other types of racing, STPR offers activities for all kinds of fans and everyone in the family.

“This has become a very popular family event, especially the Tioga County Fairgrounds stages in Whitneyville where kids can get up close to the rally cars, meet the drivers, enjoy some refreshments, and then watch the cars battle on a closed course for competitive times and a chance to win the event, while others like to go into the woods and watch the cars race, view the cars on display at The Green in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, or watch the teams work on their cars at service areas during the event on Saturday,” she said.