SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:20:03 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Solo Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Triad Winners and Majors Champions Profiles Online http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52211 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 14, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Individual profiles for each of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conference Champions and Solo Triad Award winners have been posted on SCCA.com, for the reading pleasure of friends, families, supporters and fellow competitors.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">These profiles are aimed at giving the reader an &lsquo;inside the helmet&rsquo; perspective of how each of these Champions earned their titles. Amateur motorsports certainly does not happen inside a vacuum, and these stories highlight the season-long battle on and off the track.</span></p> <p>While these stories honor our Champions for their on-track achievements, each story illustrates not only the dedication and passion for racing and competition but also the support from family and friends that was afforded to each member.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the 108 Majors Champions in 2014 can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?eid=6551&amp;cid=52020">here</a>.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the six Solo Triad award winners can be seen <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=52114">here</a>.</p> <p>This is an ongoing project that requires the help of our members to help us make sure this information is correct. Featured drivers who wish to add or make corrections to their personalized profile should email Chris Berg, SCCA PR Coordinator, at cberg@scca.com.</p> Solo Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Schedule Revealed http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52189 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 11, 2014) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America released the 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo schedule today, with the two national-level tours, as well as the Tire Rack ProSolo series, slated to visit many of the competition sites that have helped elevate the autocross program. A new facility is also on the docket for the upcoming season.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will play host to its first SCCA National Solo event when the Tire Rack Match Tour travels there for a mid-season event, May 2-3. The facility is a multi-purpose motorsports facility that opened fall of 2014. The Match Tour event will utilize the Autocross/Skid pad.</span></p> <p>The Tire Rack Match Tour is also scheduled to stop in Moultrie, Georgia, June 6-7. This year&rsquo;s visit will be the first time a National Solo event utilizes the facilities at Spence Field since 1996.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s ProSolo event at the El Toro Airfield, in Irvine, California, April 25-26, will be the last National Solo event held at the site that has become a favorite to many drivers. The first event at El Toro was held in 2001, and was used by the local SCCA Region before that. Almost every year since, the location has been utilized as a stop on the ProSolo schedule. However, commercial development is set to begin on the area in late 2015.</p> <p>The Tire Rack ProSolo series will make two visits to Wilmington, Ohio, this season, with the first event scheduled for May 20-31, and the return visit slated for Aug. 1-2.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo schedule is one of the strongest we have had in years with a good geographic spread and an excellent probability of great competition through well attended events,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA Vice President of Rally/Solo and Special Programs,said. &ldquo;The schedule came together in record time and I want to thank the organizers for their cooperative efforts in being flexible to the ever-changing nature of building a nationwide calendar of events. The new season cannot begin soon enough for the National Solo field staff team!&rdquo;</p> <p>The site for the Utah Match Tour is still under consideration, but the date, set for June 27-28, is confirmed. A final decision on the location should be coming within the next month.</p> <p>Below is a complete list of the national-level Solo events scheduled for the upcoming year:</p> <p><strong>2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Schedule</strong></p> <p><strong>Tire Rack National Tour (Champ Tour and Match Tour): 13 events</strong><br /> &bull;March 14-15: Cecil, Ga. &ndash; South Georgia Motorsports Park (CT)<br /> &bull;March 21-22: San Diego, Calif. &ndash; Qualcomm Stadium (CT)<br /> &bull;April 11-12: College Station, Texas &ndash; Texas A&amp;M University Annex (CT)<br /> &bull;April 18-19: Crows Landing, Calif. &ndash; Crows Landing Air Facility (CT)<br /> &bull;May 2-3: Bowling Green, Ky. &ndash; NCM Motorsports Park (MT)<br /> &bull;May 24-25: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Air Park West (CT)<br /> &bull;June 6-7: Moultrie, Ga. &ndash; Spence Field (MT)<br /> &bull;June 13-14: Fountain, Colo. &ndash; Pikes Peak Int&rsquo;l. Raceway (CT)<br /> &bull;June 13-14: Ayer, Mass. &ndash; Devens Airfield (CT)<br /> &bull;June 27-28: Utah &ndash; TBD (MT)<br /> &bull;July 11-12: Packwood, Wash. &ndash; Hampton Mills (CT)<br /> &bull;July 18-19: Toledo, Ohio &ndash; Toledo Express Airport (MT)<br /> &bull;August 8-9: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport (CT)</p> <p><strong>43rd Tire Rack Solo National Championship</strong><br /> &bull;September 8-11: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West</p> <p><strong>Tire Rack ProSolo National Series: 11 events</strong><br /> &bull;March 7-8: Blytheville, Ark. &ndash; Arkansas Aeroplex<br /> &bull;March 28-29: Irvine, Calif. &ndash; El Toro Airfield<br /> &bull;April 25-26: Crows Landing, Calif. &ndash; Crows Landing Air Facility<br /> &bull;May 9-10: East Rutherford, N.J. &ndash; Met Life Stadium<br /> &bull;May 22-23: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West<br /> &bull;May 30-31: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport<br /> &bull;June 6-7: Mineral Wells, Texas &ndash; Mineral Wells Airport<br /> &bull;June 27-28: Toledo, Ohio &ndash; Toledo Express Airport<br /> &bull;July 18-19: Packwood, Wash. &ndash; Hampton Mills<br /> &bull;Aug 1-2: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport<br /> &bull;September 5-6: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.</p> Solo Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nomination Due Date for SCCA Member of Excellence Approaching http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52166 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The nomination deadline for the Sports Car Club of America Member of Excellence award is slated for November 28. The honor will be presented to the winner at the 2015 SCCA National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in front of the winner&rsquo;s fellow Club members at the SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Mazda. Aside from the recognition, the recipient will be given the opportunity to attend any motorsport event of their choosing, anywhere in the world.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The award, selected by the SCCA Board of Directors, is given to a member who provided a great contribution to the Club during the previous 12 months, regardless of competition area. Below are the official criteria:</span></p> <p>&ldquo;[The award is presented to] the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA Motor Sports activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Club Racing. This person should personify the SCCA volunteer who gives of his/her time and effort to helping organize, work in a specialty or any volunteer role necessary to a motor sports event. The award is a trip to any motor sports event anywhere with any sanctioning body. The recipient must meet the following criteria and the other obligations and conditions stated below:</p> <p>&ldquo;The member must have rendered long term service working SCCA events or activities for a five year minimum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recipient cannot be a paid SCCA staff member, current Board of Directors member or any member who is a paid consultant to SCCA.&rdquo;</p> <p>The winner of this year&rsquo;s award will join Jerry Cabe (2013), Mary Shiloff (2012), Arnie Coleman (2011), Marina Kraft (2010), Dave Deborde (2009) and Carol Cohn (2008) as previous recipients.</p> <p>The trip is funded by a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member.</p> <p>Nominations should be submitted to president@scca.com. Nominations must be received by close of business November 28, 2014, for consideration.</p> Solo Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Race Winners Take on Tire Rack Solo Nationals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52015 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals featured two professional-level racers who faced off against one another in the same class. Both drivers have Pirelli World Championship race wins to their names, but, confirming the strength of the competition in Lincoln, neither was able to take home the winner&rsquo;s hardware.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In 2009, Tony Rivera, of Vista, California, took home two wins in the GT class while piloting a Porsche 911 GT3, and this year has driven the No. 08 Brass Monkey Racing Scion FR-S Coupe in the Touring Car class. Last week, as part of the Nationals, Rivera was driving his No. 133 Hoosier/Penske Nissan 350Z in the B Street Prepared class. He ended two days of competition in the trophies, finishing fifth out of 17 other drivers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;To be honest with you, this [the Solo Nationals] is the place where I have the most fun,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the least amount of stress. You&rsquo;re not dealing with the logistics of a team. You&rsquo;re also not dealing with the personalities that you can run into at the professional level. You can see your friends every year and just have some fun.</p> <p>Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Colorado, also took part in the Nationals, competing in his BSP-classed No. 180 3RAuto.com/CorsportUSA.com Honda S2000. Like Rivera, Thorne is also a race winner in Pirelli World Challenge, and the current driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3. Thorne&rsquo;s Pirelli World Challenge win came in 2011. At this year&rsquo;s National Championships, Thorne was unable to defend his BSP title from last year. Instead Thorne finished this year in second, 0.038-second behind his co-driver Christopher Mayfield.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not just for the Solo world is this the largest event,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;But, this is the largest motorsports event in the United States. Having a track this size, plus the drivers who have as much experience as some of these guys and gals puts a whole new perspective on how quickly one can learn a new course and put down a quick time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While it may see like Solo and professional road racing are worlds apart, these two veteran drivers say things aren&rsquo;t so different. While Solo courses are smaller and the top speeds are lower, many pivotal skills needed to go fast at a famous road course like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can be developed on the autocross course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Solo, having three runs per day is a very different situation than what we have at the race track where we have many laps to figure things out,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great mind training device and has really helped my qualifying out in the Pirelli World Challenge this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course, there are certain things that translate between Solo and professional racing and others that don&rsquo;t. Car control and learning to be on line all the time are two important things on which one can draw. The tradeoff of distance versus speed when going through a corner can also be transferred, and that&rsquo;s a big lessons that most in road racing don&rsquo;t see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Solo is challenging,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great place to hone your skills. A lot of people compare autocrossing to road racing. Others say one is better than the other. I&rsquo;m not going to compare them, because they are completely different. But, both are a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>While bench racers could debate the merits of Solo competition helping to make a road racer better, the ferocity of the competition cannot be overlooked. In fact, that is one thing that keeps Rivera returning to the Solo Nationals year after year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s challenging to go against such top drivers,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why a bunch of guys who have gone pro racing come back. Any one driver can be beaten on any given day. When you&rsquo;re coming down to the 0.001-second, locking the brakes while entering a corner can be the difference between winning and losing. There&rsquo;s no way to make up for that little mistake.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver, you have to be on your &lsquo;A&rsquo; game and I really like things that challenge my mind. I&rsquo;ll continue to be back. This year, running with my fianc&eacute;, has made the experience that much better.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Thorne, it wasn&rsquo;t until returning to the sport that he gained a greater appreciation for Solo racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;At 18 years old, I got out of the sport for a while. When I got back into it, after buying and competing in my own car, and re-learning how to drive I had a greater appreciation for autocross than I did when I was young. So, I&rsquo;d have to say that Solo racing is my first love.&rdquo;</p> <p>National Champions have been crowed in 70 classes, the Tire Rack National Solo program has one remaining event on the schedule. The St. George Match Tour is slated for Oct. 18-19, at the St. George (Utah) Airport. This will also serve as the final opportunity for eligible drivers to complete the requirements for the prestigious Solo Triad.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Final East Course Champions Crowned In Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52014 <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash; The final four National Champions were crowned on the East Course of the Lincoln Airpark during heat five on Friday at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, which ended just minutes before rain began falling again.</p> <p>It was fortuitous timing for Mark Scroggs, of San Ramon, Calif., who needed his final run to win G Street in the No. 49 Stranoparts.com/Edge Motorworks Ford Focus ST. Scroggs moved around runner-up Trevor Jones with his final run to win by 0.390-second for his first title.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel very, very good,&rdquo; Scroggs said. &ldquo;It hasn&rsquo;t sunk in just yet. Trevor has been pushing me all week. I knew it was going to be tight between the two of us. I could see him go out because he was ahead of me and I watched him complete his run and I knew all I needed was a tenth. All week, I have been playing protect mode, be safe, get runs in the books. For the first time this entire week, I felt like I good go autocrossing right there. It was all or none. It felt pretty good most of the way though. I couldn&rsquo;t believe the timer when I came in. It felt really good to get that run out when I really needed to.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dave Montgomery, of Cincinnati, Ohio, picked up last year&rsquo;s F Prepared winning Porsche 914/6 and added to its lore, winning his first National Championship by just 0.292-second over Troy Acosta.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t come here expecting to win,&rdquo; Montgomery said. &ldquo;I knew the car was good enough to win, but I had some really stiff competition all year. I am just over the moon, I&rsquo;m so excited. I was nervous after yesterday because it was like a reset button between me and Troy. I came into today just thinking I had to nail it. I must have gone over the course 100 times in my mind. And then there was the threat of weather, so I was just a big ball of stress all day.&rdquo;</p> <p>No one knows how sweet a National Championship can be after falling just short better than Holly Schwedler, of Lakewood, Ohio, who has narrowly missed a title for four consecutive years before locking down the H Street Ladies crown this year. Schwedler won by 1.648 seconds for her first National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m beyond excited excited!&rdquo; Schwedler said. &ldquo;This is my fifth Nationals, and every year I&rsquo;ve been the runner-up until now. I don&rsquo;t even know what to say. I was just hoping for dry runs. I run really well in the wet, in general, but the course just looked so fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lacey Otis, of Scappoose, Oregon, dropped a final run that was low enough to win A Street Ladies by just 0.037-second in the No. 80 LocketsByLacey.OrigamiOwl.com Chevrolet Corvette. Otis topped Kandy Johnson with her final run for her first Nationals victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m still in shock,&rdquo; Otis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited and happy, but definitely shocked. When we came, my expectations were that I might finish in the middle of the group. I don&rsquo; t compete against these ladies very often, but I listen on Ustream and know how they&rsquo;re doing and I know it&rsquo;s a really fast group of ladies. I&rsquo;ve been driving this car since 2009, but probably in just the last year have gotten more serious in my autocross and trying to learn from my husband Ryan. I don&rsquo;t have a lot of trust in the car, it&rsquo;s a little bit scary for me because to go fast you have to drive it at the limit. Coming here, I knew it was tough competition and thought if I finished in the middle of the pack I&rsquo;d be doing well.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Champion Titles Given Out in SSRL, SSP, SM, SMF, FML http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52013 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Heat five on the West Course marked the end of the 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals from Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark. Champions in Super Street R Ladies, Super Street Prepared, Street Modified, Street Modified F and F Modified Ladies were the final ones to be decided.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The newly ordained Solo Driver of Eminence, Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, showed one of the reasons she received that award. She drove her No. 41 Strano Performance Parts, Shameless Tea Chevrolet Corvette to a 1.397-second win in conditions that fluctuated between wet and dry.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;After I found out I won the Driver of Eminence, I just needed to break the curse,&rdquo; Monfort exclaimed. &ldquo;I had a pretty good advantage on the first course. I was very conservative with my first run, just to get one in the books. And then you just build from there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ryan Johnson, of Draper, Utah, made the most of unfavorable weather conditions late on Friday afternoon and scored the SSP National Championship. His margin of victory, in his No. 59 Ryno Management Inc\Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise, was a scant 0.192-second, but it was enough to earn the title.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really didn&rsquo;t come with the highest of expectations, just to try my best,&rdquo; Johnson said. &ldquo;It started with the ProSolo. Tom Berry has been beating me by a second each day of each Pro this year. To be really close with him here, I started to get it in my mind that I might have a chance. Just focused on driving the best runs I could.</p> <p>&ldquo;This really means a lot. That&rsquo;s why we keep coming. You begin to think it&rsquo;s elusive after the eight years I&rsquo;ve come to the event. It just is good to finally get to the top.&rdquo;</p> <p>In SM, Todd Kean, of Wallingford, Conn., came from behind to win his first National Championship behind the wheel of the No.99 G-Fab Racing Nissan 240sx. Kean overcame his day-one deficit and finished with a 1.645-second margin of victory over Jason Merritt.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve only driven the car a handful of times this season,&rdquo; Kean said. &ldquo;I got some good pointers from other drivers that ran earlier in the day and earlier in the week. I knew that the car had the pace to get it done. Today, with the weather, my primary goal was to get a clean run in on the first run and then just work from there to get a little bit faster without getting too crazy in pushing it.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is something I&rsquo;ve been working toward for years. I&rsquo;ve been coming out most of the time with a darkhorse car&mdash;not the car for the class, or broken cars. It&rsquo;s been a struggle. This really means a lot to me. P.J. [Corrales] has done a wonderful job putting the car together, putting me in Street Mod instead of SSM.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, was the top driver in SMF, once the dust settled. In his No.1 GRM/HVT/949/OS Giken/Fast Brakes/Soulspeed/FTW/JC Auto Spec Honda CRX, Hollis took the victory over Brian Kuehl, and the remainder of the field, by 1.180 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I came in here very laid back,&rdquo; Hollis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had a lot of issues with the car coming into the week. The motor I put into the car for this event broke. I had 18 hours to put the new motor in, pack and leave to get here. By then, I wanted the car to last through the week and just drive well. The motor I put in&mdash;the old motor, and the transmission that goes with it, pops out of second gear. So I drove the whole ProSolo finale and this event with bungee cords holding the shifter in gear.&rdquo;</p> <p>In FML, Michelle Quinn, of Dublin, Ohio, walked away with the National Champion title while driving the No. 96 Thanks Jeff! KBS MK7. As the leader after day one, Quinn did enough to secure her victory in her second run of day two.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t run at all this year,&rdquo; Quinn said. &ldquo;Jeff [Blumenthal] had an injury road racing. I came out here to just have fun. I didn&rsquo;t care about times. I didn&rsquo;t want anyone to tell me my times until I was done. I just wanted to go out and attack the course.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Coulson, Zust, Williams and Robinson Add To East Course Champs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52012 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> While still cold on Friday afternoon, the East Course&rsquo;s fourth heat of the final day at the Tire Rack Solo National Championship missed the rain that had fallen earlier during the day.</p> <p>Brian Coulson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, came from second in the A Street R class to take his first National Championship, posting the best time of the day in the No. 148 Hoosier/StranoParts.com Chevrolet Corvette and then watching Paul Kozlak, Jeff Jacobs and Tony Savini try to top him on their final runs. Kozlak, the Thursday leader, came the closest, but fell just 0.164-second short and an emotional Coulson took the top prize.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how to feel,&rdquo; Coulson said. &ldquo;Last year I was kind of in the mix, but I fell behind the second day. After first runs, that&rsquo;s what was happening today. I managed to tune it out and focus on the execution and that second run was just magic. It was enough to hold up. I can&rsquo;t believe it. I never thought I&rsquo;d be here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Anne Robinson, of Highland, Indiana, used her first day lead in D Prepared Ladies to carry through the final day to her fourth National Championship and second in a row. Robinson&rsquo;s No. 84 Indiana Plastic Surgery Toyota MR2 Spyder wasn&rsquo;t the quickest on Friday, as that honor went to runner-up Tami Daniels, but Robinson held on by 0.426-second.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a rough couple of days,&rdquo; Robinson said. &ldquo;I really get very stressed about these. It&rsquo;s fun, but it&rsquo;s also very hard and I don&rsquo;t sleep much so it&rsquo;s nice to have it done and with a good result. I feel good about that. Tami Daniels and I have traded over the years, and knowing there&rsquo;s only three people in class you win or you don&rsquo;t get a trophy. I wanted to test myself. It was a little unfortunate for her that her car broke, she didn&rsquo;t get to drive her own car. I don&rsquo;t know that I did the best I could do, but I did enough to get out alive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ron Williams, of Topeka, took the Street Touring Compact crown in the No. 98 Toyo Tires/Southwest Auto Service Honda Civic for his fourth career National Championship. Williams was just barely the quickest on both days, but his combined total was 0.362-second ahead at the finish.</p> <p>&ldquo;To come out here with this group of guys that are this good and this serious and all the cars are fairly spec, I feel great,&rdquo; Williams said. &ldquo;I was cursing the weather after the first runs. I ran a safety run and thought maybe it&rsquo;s going to down pour, and then I knew it was going to stop raining and I had to lay them down. That&rsquo;s what I did, I just went out and drove her hard on the second one, and that was good enough.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fred Zust, of Tempe, Arizona, took his sixth X Prepared title in seven years behind the wheel of the No. 196 Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise. A coned run on Zachary Sober&rsquo;s final pass made the 1.047-second margin of victory look wider than it really was, as Sober would have been in the hunt based on raw time. As it was, Zust snuck through the cold tires on his early runs and laid down his best on the last one to take the title.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first runs were garbage,&rdquo; Zust said. &ldquo;Thankfully the rain held off. These cars aren&rsquo;t built for the rain, and they&rsquo;re no fun in the rain. Everybody was glad to run in the dry, so that was awesome.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Champions in BS, FSL, STS, BSPL Determined on West Course http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52011 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Heat four on the West Course at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships saw four drivers take home top honors in B Street, F Street Ladies, Street Touring Sport and B Street Prepared Ladies.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Lane Borg, of San Angelo, Texas, took home the BS Championship at the wheel of his No. 199 StranoParts Chevrolet Corvette. Following day one, Borg was the class leader. The more technical nature of the East Course did not play to the strength of his car, but he did what needed to be done to seal his title bid.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;My biggest challenge was to get enough sleep,&rdquo; Borg said. &ldquo;I tend not to at these things. I had a lot of fun. I&rsquo;ve never had the break between the ProSolo and the Nationals, so it was fun to see a bunch of my friends run.</p> <p>&ldquo;I ran a couple test and tunes and the car felt great. So, I decided not to touch it. Heading into today I had the rain tires ready to go after looking at the radar. I had to be ready for anything, but it&rsquo;s just hard to prepare. This win is a little validation, especially when everyone keeps telling you that you&rsquo;re going to win.&rdquo;</p> <p>In FSL, Jackie Mutschler, of Houston, ended the day on at the top of the standings in her No. 89 StranoParts/Raft Racing/Koni/Team Minardi Chevrolet Camaro. Leading the competition both days, Mutschler finished with a 2.270-second margin of victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;We bought the car in April,&rdquo; Mutschler said. &ldquo;We ran it bone stock until the beginning of August. Then, we used the ProSolo as a test bed for the car. We played with a bunch of tire combinations, including mixing different brands. We just needed to figure out exactly how we wanted to set the car up.</p> <p>&ldquo;This means a lot to me. The last time I won F Stock Ladies was 17 years ago. I was six months pregnant with our first child, at the time. I came back to Nationals a few times since 2002, but I had never run a full season. This year we put a lot of effort into it, and to see some payoff means a lot.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrew Canak, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a Championship contender for the STS title after day one while driving his No. 195 Toyo Tires Mazda Miata. He started the final day of competition in second, trailing by 0.003-second, and finished with a 0.379-second margin of victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;At home we race against Jason Frank, so that&rsquo;s a person everyone tries to chase,&rdquo; Canak said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been chasing him all year. At the beginning of the year, we were pretty close to him, but ran into some problems at the Spring Nationals. We did some things to the car before this event, and it&rsquo;s back on pace. We didn&rsquo;t have the most confidence going into the race because we were behind Jason [Frank], but after running the practice course the car felt good. After day one the car felt even better.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amanda Hahn, of Littleton, Colorado, won her second consecutive jacket in BSPL at the controls of her No. 80 3rAuto.com/CorSportUSA.com/EAPW.com Honda S2000. Following three runs on the East Course, Hahn held the lead. On the West Course, she grew her lead to 2.235 seconds over Lana Tsurikova in the No. 27 Lang Motorsport/Ratchet Head/OS Giken BMW M3.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited to have been able to repeat as National Champion,&rdquo; Hahn said. &ldquo;It was a good day, and the car was doing everything I wanted it to once the tires got up to temperature. Once that happened, I was able to put in a fast, clean run. Watching other drivers on course, it seemed like being clean was most important today.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was nice to have a full class this year. Having four National Champions as the competition was also great because it showed me I can compete with them. I hadn&rsquo;t realized Patty Tunnell and Jodi Fordahl were going to be entered, so it was a little bit of a surprise. But, I didn&rsquo;t let it get to me too much.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Tire Rack Solo National Championships wraps up this afternoon. More information can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals. &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Four More Drivers Join National Champions List During Heat 3 On The East http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52010 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Rain tried to play havoc with the Heat 3 drivers on the East Course at the Tire Rack Solo National Championships on Friday, and the short shower followed by drying conditions made sure that each driver got at least one run to let it all hang out, even if the others were more difficult.</p> <p>No one felt the nerves of that more than Mark Daddio, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, who had to battle more than the changing conditions in his brand-new No. 27 Chevrolet Corvette. Daddio, now an eleven time National Champion after this A Street win, held off the charge of Ryan Otis and Glenn Hernandez to win by 0.309 and 0.481-second, respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m relieved,&rdquo; Daddio said. &ldquo;It was kind of a nail biter there. Ryan [Otis, the runner-up]and I&rsquo;s third runs got rained on, and we were way off the pace. So it came down to our second runs, and my second run and Ryan&rsquo;s second run were both close. Glenn [Hernandez, third place]&rsquo;s third run, it dried out again. He got me today, but I had him yesterday.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was more nail biting for me because I&rsquo;d never driven this car in the rain, because I just got the car, and I&rsquo;d never driven these tires in the rain, so I had no clue what was going to happen. My fellow competitors were nice enough to tell me air pressures and what to expect, so I&rsquo;m getting acclimated quick.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chris Dorsey, of Littleton, Colo., had enough of an advantage on the opening day to hold on to a 1.644 second win in E Prepared in the No. 82 034 EFI/3Rauto.com/Cobalt Friction/Apiko Toyota Corolla GTS.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great,&rdquo; Dorsey said. &ldquo;This is four in a row in this car, and five overall, all in EP. I love E Prepared. I&rsquo;ve been in the class for 15 years now, and it&rsquo;s the class I want to be in. It&rsquo;s so awesome to see all the diversity. There&rsquo;s so much diversity in this class. Being able to best these guys this week, it&rsquo;s unbelievable. It&rsquo;s a bit of an ego boost for my driving and my car building skills, and it was a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Billy Davis, of New Haven, Conn., improved his C Street Prepared class leading time on the final run on Thursday to stretch his lead going into the final day, and then held serve on Friday in the No. 196 MiataRoadster.com/EvoSchool.com Mazda Miata to take his first career National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel pretty good,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really happy that I added the extra four tenths lead yesterday, because with the changing conditions today, we had no idea. We really thought it was going to get to full wets, and I&rsquo;m really glad we were able to stay on drys. I&rsquo;ve never run wets on this car. I&rsquo;m just glad I was able to run on the dry, and that it was the same for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christine Grice, of Redondo Beach, California, held the opening day lead by 1.8 seconds in A Street Prepared Ladies behind the wheel of the No. 172 Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo, then held on in the rain to take her seventh career championship, and third in a row in ASPL.</p> <p>&ldquo;They got the drier conditions on the first two runs, and I got the wetter one, and then it swapped on the last run,&rdquo; Grice said of her competition. &ldquo;By the time I took the last run, the lead I had on the other side had held, so I was able to go out on a bonsai run, and use the dry conditions as well. So that was fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT