In this year’s Rebelle Rally, the women’s off-road team from Mitsubishi will include two military veterans, Selena Converse and Erin Mason and a service dog named Sammy. Sammy is Mason’s German Shephard and Converse is Mason’s sister-in-law. The three will be competing in the 2,000 kilometer off-road navigation run in a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Team #207 will represent Record the Journey, a veteran’s charity dedicated to helping service members successfully transition to civilian life. “Mitsubishi Motors’ participation in the Rebelle Rally is first and foremost about our partnership with Record the Journey and supporting Rachael Ridenour and the charity she founded to help military veterans,” said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. With Sammy added in as Mason’s support animal, the team will be breaking new ground in support of PTSD awareness.
“Record the Journey couldn’t be more grateful for the support that Mitsubishi Motors and our other partners have provided to enable military veterans to have this life-changing – and life-affirming – experience,” said retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major and RTJ Founder Ridenour. “And this year is particularly important, as Sammy joins Mason and Erin to bring focus to PTSD and the important role that service dogs play for our returning heroes.”
The above rendering of the 2022 Outlander the team will be piloting through the rally is undergoing final finishes and certifications for the event. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mitsubishi winning the Dakar Rally (in tribute to which the paint scheme of the Outlander matches) and Mitsubishi’s 40th year selling vehicles in the United States.
Other partners for the Record the Journey team include Ally Financial, BFGoodrich Tires, Nextbase Dash Cams, and Vision Wheel as well as Skout’s Honor Pet Supply.