Team #207 boasts two military veterans and a service dog named Sammy.
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is a much-improved vehicle compared to the model it replaces, bringing snazzier looks, a far nicer interior, and a class-leading warranty to the party. It's helped the brand record some brilliant sales figures this year. A few weeks ago, it was announced that the Outlander would be participating in the 2021 Rebelle Rally, a women-only off-road navigational rally. This will be a stern test of the new Outlander's off-road credentials, but it'll also require a capable team behind the wheel. Well, team #207 seems to be more than up to the job. Selena "Mason" Converse and Erin Mason are not just sisters-in-law, wives, and mothers, but also combat veterans.
The two ladies will represent Record the Journey (RTJ), a military veterans charity that assists service members in a smooth transition back to civilian life, while also raising PTSD awareness. Converse and Mason have another member of their team, and it's one of the four-legged variety. Sammy is a two-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd owned by Mason and will become the first service dog ever to compete in the Rebelle Rally. Sammy's services include night terror management, anxiety regulation, and social situation guide tasks.
The US Air Force and Navy combat veterans, not forgetting Sammy, will be hard not to root for as they take on the nine-day rally which covers around 1,242 miles (2,000 km).
Team 207 will pilot a Mitsubishi Outlander in livery that celebrates the brand's 2001 Dakar win. That year, a Mitsubishi Pajero was driven to victory by Jutta Kleinschmidt, one of the brand's 12 wins in the competition.
"This year, in addition to supporting two veterans who honorably served, we're breaking ground with Mason and Erin competing with Sammy to raise awareness for PTSD and the potentially life-saving work that trained service dogs do," said Mark Chaffin, COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
The 2021 Rebelle Rally will take place from October 7-16 when Ford will look to defend last year's title.