Tanner Foust took second place at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR)--the fifth round of the 2008 Rally America Series. STPR takes place in the woods of northern Pennsylvania. It's a fast and technical course, known to be brutal on cars and drivers-the heat of this weekend only making things worse. But Tanner Foust with co-driver Chrissie Beavis drove his Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team Subaru WRX STI to a second place finish and after one hundred and twenty miles there were just twelve seconds separating him from the first place finisher, Antoine L'Estage. Turbo and intercooler issues on Stage Eight unfortunately exacerbated by the extreme heat caused enough lost time to relegate Foust to second. Foust and Beavis won seven of the rally's twelve stages.
Despite not topping the podium, the Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team dominated STPR winning ten of the twelve stages. Foust's teammate, Andrew Pinker with co-driver Robbie Durant won three stages and finished the rally in fourth overall place. Pinker was at the top of the leaderboard for most of the rally along with Foust, but he was unable to make up enough time lost on Stage Four to similar though more serious turbo issues. Pinker's fourth place puts him back in contention for a place at the Summer X Games Rally in August. STPR was a return to form for the Rockstar Energy Team after a frustrating first few rounds of the series.
With only one Rally America round to go, the Rockstar Team are now focusing all of their efforts on the Summer X Games where Foust won last year.
The next Rally America Event is the New England Forest Rally in Bethel, Maine, July 11th.