Toyota Heads to STPR with Championship in Sight

Rally RAV4, Millen Can Clinch the American Rally Association 2WD Title this Weekend
May 31, 2017
Plano, Texas, May 31, 2017— The Rally RAV4 and Ryan Millen combination swept the first half of the season in the American Rally Association’s 2WD class.
Next on the schedule is the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), where another victory could make the 2017 championship battle all but academic.
Chief championship rival Cam Steely dropped from contention after his Ford Fiesta suffered a series of mechanical failures. His challenges highlight the critical advantage of Toyota’s impressive durability this season.
STPR’s rough, heavily wooded stages include some of the narrowest and most slippery roads of the season.
Speaking about the tricky driving surface with which the RAV4 will have to contend, Millen said, “It’s clay, and if it gets a ton of moisture, it’s really slippery.”
With any mistakes, likely to result in inordinate amounts of lost time, Millen and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino’s season-long emphasis on refining pace notes could take on even more importance than usual this weekend.
Most of the roads along STPR’s 15 stages also were featured in last year’s event, but the duo isn’t taking that familiarity for granted. Instead, they’re using it as a catalyst to make their pace notes and communication even more efficient.
“Every time I do an event, I go back and I watch the videos, and I tell Rhianon what I want changed,” Millen said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep working on the notes.”
Millen can clinch the 2WD championship with a win and a finish of fourth or lower by his nearest competitor, Dave Wallingford. While the championship goal is visible on the horizon, Gelsomino is intent on pushing Millen to pilot the RAV4 to a perfect season.
“If we don’t do that, we won’t be heartbroken,” she said of her target of going six for six on the season. “But at the end of the day, if you can meet a goal like that, that’s the ultimate, isn’t it?”
More information on the Rally RAV4 program can be found at
The Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally has been run every year since the 1970s. More information can be found at
Media Contacts
Dan Gardner
Gardner Automotive Communications
(310) 489-3094
toyota rally rav4

< back

Related Photos

2017 Rally RAV4 Simpson Super Special 18
2017 Rally RAV4 Ridge Super 03
2017 Rally RAV4 Simpson Super Special 18

2017 Rally RAV4 Simpson Super Special 18

Download Low Res. Download High Res.
You must be logged in to view this item.

This area is reserved for members of the news media. If you qualify, please update your user profile and check the box marked "Check here to register as an accredited member of the news media". Please include any notes in the "Supporting information for media credentials" box. We will notify you of your status via e-mail in one business day.

Copyright Notice

All materials on this site are for editorial use only. The use of these materials for advertising, marketing or any other commercial purpose is prohibited. They may be cropped but not otherwise modified. To download these materials, you must agree to abide by these terms.