SCCA - News Sports Car Club of America Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:30:03 GMT Cathers Caps off Weekend with Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win <p><strong>WILMINGTON, Ohio (July 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> James Cathers, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, took home the winners hardware by becoming the Top Eliminator in the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge this past weekend at Wilmington Airport. Laura Campbell, of Madison, Alabama, was the sole driver remaining at the conclusion of competition in the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Wilmington competition site is one of the most highly prized of any on the National Tour calendar. A smooth concrete surface with loads of grip is one thing that makes the competitors come out in droves. The Sam Strano-designed course was a hit among the drivers, with some deeming it the best they had experienced in years. It was well balanced making the course entertaining and challenging for many classes and types of cars.</span></p> <p>The 267 entrants were treated to unseasonably cool temperatures, as Friday&rsquo;s high in the low 80s proved to be the warmest of the race weekend. Rain was a threat for Sunday, but held off until the entire event was completed.</p> <p>Aside from a great course and good weather, the meet was also very well run. The even chairs, Shari McCoy and Nathan Roberts, had never even seen a ProSolo event before. However, with the help of Cincinnati Region members, the entire meet went off without a hitch including the customary Friday night welcome party.</p> <p>Cathers (SP/SM Index A, Chevrolet Corvette) was a class winner before heading into the single-elimination Super Challenge bracket. As a result of his margin of victory in that portion, Cathers was the fifth seed overall.</p> <p>In round one, Cathers drew first blood by beating Mike Kline (Kart Modified, 15th Row?! Honda CRG Road Rebel). In the second round, Cathers met Chris Raglan (Race Tire Index 2, Westers Garage/Mode Racing Pontiac Solstice). Cathers ended Raglin&rsquo;s day after eliminating him from the Super Challenge bracket.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Cathers lined up against Mark Andy (C Street, Mazda RX-8). Cathers was able to take the win over Andy, allowing him to move to the semi-finals where he met Chris Harvey.</p> <p>Cathers extinguished the hot streak that Harvey (C Street, Tire Rack Mazda MX-5) had compiled. Harvey was the CS class winner, but now could do to better than third in the Super Challenge.</p> <p>Mike Johnson (Street Index RWD, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette) was the other Super Challenge finalist. In the third round of the bracket competition, Johnson beat Grant Reeve (Super Street R, Racing Corvette Z06). Johnson then ousted Andrew Pallotta (Street Touring X, Slevinparts Scion FRS) to punch his ticket to the final matchup.</p> <p>In the final, Cathers proved to be too much for Johnson, as Cathers was the first to cross the line in the head-to-head duel. That left Harvey and Pallotta to battle for third. In that instance Pallotta had enough to outlast Harvey, which allowed Pallotta to claim the final podium position.</p> <p>This was the first ProSolo win for Cathers. In fact, he has started making an impact in the national Tour events just this season. Earlier in the year, he was the class winner at the Toledo ProSolo meet.</p> <p>Campbell (Ladies Class 3, Honda S2000) started the Ladies Challenge in an enviable position as the top qualifier. Campbell kicked off her challenge-winning tear with a win over Tara Johns (Ladies Class 1, Tweakit/ABC Plumbing Mazda Miata) in the opening round.</p> <p>In the quarter-final round, Campbell dispatched with Holly Schwedler (Ladies Class 3, Don! Scion FR-S). That win moved her to the semis where she met, and defeated, Jackie Mutschler (Ladies Class 3, Chevrolet Camaro).</p> <p>The win over Mutschler put Campbell into the final matchup where she met the formidable Shelly Monfort (Ladies Class 1, Strano Performance Parts BMW 330 Ci).</p> <p>Monfort&rsquo;s path to the Ladies Challenge final started with a win over Heidi K. Ellison (Ladies Class 2, JWRacing Mazda MX-5). She then took out Rachel Baker and Chris Peterson during the next two rounds of the bracket, in that order.</p> <p>When it came down to the final, Campbell proved she had what it took to win by downing Monfort. Mutschler completed the podium positions after beating Peterson in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Crissy Weaver (Ladies Class 1, FattBoyz of Dayton/Muffler Pros Chevrolet Corvette), of Beavercreek, Ohio, took home top honors in the Bonus Challenge. Like Cathers, this was Weaver&rsquo;s first bracket win at a ProSolo event.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo season wraps up at the ProSolo Finale scheduled for August 30-Sept. 1, in Lincoln, Nebraska.<br /> <br /> Information on the Wilmington ProSolo event, including full results, can be found <a href="">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at</p> Solo Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Soldiers put rubber to road at Fort Riley autocross event <p><strong>FORT RILEY, Kan. (July 22, 2014) -</strong> Sgt. Hubert Jefferson gripped his black suede-covered steering wheel, revved up his 426-horsepower engine and released the clutch. The result was the earsplitting sound of screeching tires against the airfield's tarmac.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">He and 11 other Soldiers raced in the Salina Region Sports Car Club of America autocross event hosted by the Fort Riley Morale, Welfare and Recreation July 18-20 on Fort Riley's Marshall Army Airfield to provide a safe, secure and legal way for Soldiers to race their cars around a sanctioned autocross track.</span></p> <p>&quot;I've been looking forward to this for a while,&quot; Jefferson, a flight operations specialist with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., said while standing next to his shiny Inferno Orange Metallic, 2013 Chevy Camaro Super Sport. &quot;It's a great way to relieve stress and challenge our driving abilities.&quot;</p> <p>During the first day of the event, every car was inspected, registered and designated a car class depending on the type of vehicle and the size of the engine. The drivers also received a detailed safety brief and attended a driver's training course, which helped them get familiar with the rules and regulations of racing in a sanctioned SCCA autocross event.</p> <p>&quot;It's a safe way to drive fast and have a ton of fun,&quot; said Staff Sgt. Adam Meuser, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div. Meuser won first place in the stock V8 class, beating out Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers with his Audi S4 sedan. &quot;It's not about how fast your car is in these types of competitions, it's about how you handle your car through tight corners and to strategically approach turns with the most momentum possible.&quot;</p> <p>This event brought together professional autocross racers from throughout Kansas, students from Kansas State University's and the University of Kansas' mechanical engineering schools, Soldiers, veterans and children. With cars ranging from Chevrolet Corvettes, Honda Civics and even small go-karts, the event was open to anyone wanting to race.</p> <p>&quot;Racing on the airfield is more than a way to kill some weekend, it's an experience that gives Soldiers a chance to meet new people,&quot; said Sgt. Anthony Branch, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., who raced his black 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8. &quot;I wish we could do these races more often. It really gives us a place to get together and just talk about cars and racing. I had a great time.&quot;</p> <p>This year marked the fifth time MWR has hosted autocross races. This is the first year for a two-day event.</p> <p>&quot;This is the best year ever,&quot; said Brad Carlton, MWR recreation programmer and event coordinator. &quot;I want to thank the SCCA, the sponsors for the continued relationship and support for the Fort Riley Soldiers.&quot;</p> <p>MWR and Salina SCCA officials worked together to help give Soldiers more time to race and socialize with other enthusiasts around Kansas.</p> <p>&quot;We are very happy to share our sport with Soldiers here on Fort Riley,&quot; Tim Harrison, SCCA safety chief, said. &quot;We appreciate everything that they do and wanted to make sure that everyone was safe and had a good time.&quot;</p> <p>Events like this help Soldiers gain a respect for the sport, their vehicles and the importance of safety in a vehicle. It also provides a place for Soldiers to experience high-adrenaline driving competition, Carlton said.</p> <p>&quot;It's easy to underestimate yourself and your skills as a driver with a fast car,&quot; Jefferson said. &quot;That's why a lot of Soldiers get hurt in privately owned vehicles because they think they know how to handle their car, but don't realize it until it is too late.&quot;</p> <p>With more than 100 racers participating in the weekend's races, six Soldiers had the fastest times around the half-mile racing course. They were awarded plaques for their first-, second- and third-place finishes against other novice drivers.</p> <p>&quot;This was pretty awesome,&quot; said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Leslie, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., after he received the results of the car class for his 2010 Mitsubishi Evolution X. &quot;I really can't believe I actually placed first. I was just trying to get the best time and had a blast racing around the turns.&quot;</p> <p>With the smell of burned rubber still in the air, Salina Region SCCA officials encouraged all the Soldiers to attend the next event. Carlton said Fort Riley MWR would continue to provide Soldiers and their families with quality programs and services that promote resiliency and strengthen Fort Riley Soldiers.</p> Solo Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Driver Kierstin Eaddy Passes Away Sunday <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 20, 2014) -</strong> Kierstin Eaddy, 14, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away on Sunday following an incident at a Sports Car Club of America autocross event being held outside Texas Motor Speedway.</p> <p>From Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO:</p> <p>&ldquo;All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday&rsquo;s tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy. We are a Club of families, and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor. Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin&rsquo;s family, friends, and the participants at Sunday&rsquo;s event.&rdquo; </p> Solo Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA to Invite Muscle Cars to Compete at Tire Rack ProSolo Finale <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 17, 2014) -</strong> Sports Car Club of America and Speedway Motors, Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska are teaming up to present The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge. The Invitational will bring the best muscle cars, across all platforms, and drivers to the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, at the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The ProSolo format combines elements of autocross and drag racing. Competitors, staged side-by-side, will face a drag racing-style Christmas tree start before entering mirror image autocross courses. This provides the unique opportunity to put autocross, drag racing and hot rods on the same stage at the same time.</span></p> <p>The invite list will be a who&rsquo;s who of hot rod Soloists from across the country, battling for prizes from Speedway Motors. The competition will take place Sunday afternoon between the class competition and Challenge rounds of the ProSolo event. After familiarization runs on the course, drivers will be placed into a bracket and compete through elimination rounds until only one remains as the Top Eliminator.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I first began to autocross part of the excitement for me was seeing not only the classic British sports cars, but also the great muscle cars of the day battling it out on the same course,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA VP, Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Class Invitational Challenge, along with the running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, will once again bring back that excitement as the improved versions of these traditional muscle cars show their capabilities on the same courses used by the current crop of sports cars and sport coupes. It should be a great show!&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition, these drivers will be invited to participate in the inaugural running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship event, held later in the week at the same location. CAM class runs will come on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2-3. The event is the world&rsquo;s largest motorsports competition, featuring more than 1,100 drivers in competition over four days.</p> <p>SCCA CAM class rules will be utilized for each event. Invitations will be sent to drivers that have shown the potential for high-level competition through a variety of events across the country. The invitations and RSVPs will be organized by SCCA&rsquo;s Raleigh Boreen and are expected to be sent in early August.</p> <p>For more information or to request an invite, contact Raleigh at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p> Solo Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Reindl Finishes Weekend as Packwood Tire Rack ProSolo Winner <p><strong>PACKWOOD, Wash. (July 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Kinch Reindl, of Denver, Colorado, emerged as the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge winner at Hampton Mills this past weekend. Annie Gill, of Renton, Washington, scored the &lsquo;hometown&rsquo; victory by winning the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Packwood competition site is becoming legendary among the Solo community, both for its covered grid area and location. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, 144 competitors were greeted by breathtaking scenery with comfortable temperatures throughout the weekend.</span></p> <p>Course designer Kevin Dietz added to the event by creating a pair of challenging courses. The courses were very technical, requiring intense concentration from each driver. However, many were up to the task as the number of hit cones was very small.</p> <p>The Northwest Region SCCA played the role of host perfectly. Friday&rsquo;s welcome party was enjoyed by all, while the region made sure the rest of the event was well-staffed.</p> <p>Reindl (Street Touring Compact, Hosting Honda Civic Si) had already claimed one trophy after winning the class-based portion of the competition. As a result of his margin of victory in that portion, Reindl started the Super Challenge from the 11th seed.</p> <p>In his opening round, Reindl met, and defeated, Jonathan Clements (Race Tire Index 1, Honda Van Diemen). Reindl&rsquo;s next pairing was against Maurice Velandia (C Street, Thanks Ben! Subaru BRZ). Again, Reindl was the first driver to the finish line.</p> <p>In the quarter-final round, Reindl downed Jim Daniels (Race Tire Index 2, Mazda Miata) and earned the right to move forward in the single-elimination bracket competition. Reindl became a semi-final winner after taking a victory over Steve OBlenes (Street Touring X, Subaru BRZ). In the final, Reindl matched up against Cam Withell.</p> <p>Withell (SP/SM Index B, Carline/MacKay Contracting Mazda Miata) was a newcomer to ProSolo competition, but proved to be a quick study. Starting as the 13th seed, Withell took wins over Wayne Dyck (C Street, Nissan 350Z) and Richard Arienzale (Race Tire Index 1, Petrel Data Systems/VCMC Swift DB1) in the opening two rounds, in that order.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, the ProSolo rookie took down Alan Dahl (Bump Class, Ford Fiesta ST) in a head-to-head duel. Withell rolled to the final after he beat Ryan Otis (Street Index RWD, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>After a smooth run to the final, drama befell Reindl during the final pairing. In order to get to the airport on time to make his flight home, Reindl needed to leave the site at 2:45 p.m. The final runs against Withell finished at 2:47. When Reindl brought his machine a stop following his run, he hopped out and got into his rental car to get to the airport. He didn&rsquo;t even have a spare minute to relish in his 0.177-second victory over Withell.</p> <p>The podium was completed by OBlenes after winning the third-place runoff against Otis.</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Gill (Ladies Class 3, Chase Cam/StranoParts/Drift Office Scion FR-S) started the head-to-head matchups as the No. 2 qualifier after winning her class by the second-widest margin.</p> <p>Gill got past Brianne Green (Ladies 2, Autosport Labs Mazda MX-5), during the opening round. In the semis, Gill took down Lacey Otis (Ladies Class 2, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>In the ladies bracket final, Gill lined up against Tasha Mikko (Ladies Class 3, MAPerformance/English Racing/Autosport Labs/CIRO Design Mitsubishi Evo IX). Mikko became a finalist after beating Connie Smith (Ladies Class 2, Racing Subaru WRX) and Laurie Hyman (Ladies Class 1, Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R) in rounds one and two, respectively.</p> <p>Gill was the last driver standing, after beating Mikko. As a result of the win, Gill also took the Ladies Challenge season-long point lead from Kim Whitener. Gill leads the standings with 109 points, with Whitener five markers behind. Jocelin Huang sits third with 103 points.</p> <p>Otis completed the podium by beating Hyman in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Tamara Kwak (Ladies Class 2, AXAnalyst/ Nissan 350Z), another ProSolo first-timer, was the Bonus Challenge winner.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo tour will be at the Wilmington (Ohio) Airpark, July 26-27.That will be the last round preceding the ProSolo Finale, in Lincoln, Nebraska.<br /> <br /> Information on the Packwood round of The Tire Rack ProSolo Series, including full results, can be found <a href="">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at</p> Solo Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Championship Tour Complete at Packwood <p><strong>PACKWOOD, Wash. (July 8, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Tire Rack SCCA Solo&reg; Championship Tour had its most recent event at one of the most scenic backdrops to which the series travels. The competition site is set up in the parking lot of the unused Hampton Mills Lumber Yard, with the towering Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Temperatures in the 70s and 80s attracted 267 drivers to the picturesque area. The favorable conditions helped the event pull drivers from as far as California. An international flair was also added by a handful of Canadian racers who ventured south.</span></p> <p>The course, designed by Karen Babb, featured multiple challenges for the drivers to overcome including fast sections, challenging transitions and off-camber turns. The result was close competition, with many of the classes being decided by fractions of a second.</p> <p>The Northwest SCCA Region was the host for this event and did not disappoint anyone involved. On Friday, participants were greeted by a welcome party. The Saturday evening banquet also got rave reviews. Several prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses, an entry to an Evolution driving school and data acquisition software, were raffled off.</p> <p>Street Modified FWD provided the closest margin of victory during the meet. Quinn Campbell (SMF, Q Tuned Volkswagen Scirocco), of Kent, Washington, emerged the winner by only 0.042-second. Adam McCausland (SMF, Dales Alignment Mazda 323) was the day-one leader; however Campbell came through on his last run to overtake McCausland.</p> <p>Adam Ruff (Street Touring R, Adrenaline Racing/MCS Mazda MX-5), of Oregon City, Oregon, was the winner in STR, the largest class of the completion with 16 cars. Kevin Dietz (STR, Evo Schools/Jims Detail/Chase Race Honda S2000) was the class leader following Saturday&rsquo;s three runs. After a night to think about it, Ruff was able to best Dietz on Sunday resulting in a 0.114-second margin of victory.</p> <p>Ricky Bang (B Street, Mazda MX-5), of Richland, Washington, was able to pull out a nail bitter of a win over David de Regt (BS, Honda S2000) in another large class. After day one, Bang sat second behind de Regt by less that 0.1-second. On Sunday, Bang was the quickest in the class with a lap of 58.632. That was good enough to take the victory by 0.296-second.</p> <p>Street Touring Xtreme provided a feel-good story for those at Packwood. In a large class with closely grouped times, Joey Sim (STX, Nameless Performance/Raceseng Scion FR-S), of Gig Harbor, Washington, was the leader after day one. The overnight break changed nothing for Sim as he went on the score his first National Tour win.</p> <p>Don Wooten (Street Touring Compact, DirtFish Rally School Honda Civic Si), of Renton, Washington, also celebrated his first National event victory in Packwood. However, his road to the win was not as easy as that of Sim. During Saturday&rsquo;s competition, a cone hit was called on Wooten resulting in a two second penalty. That put him second, behind Jim Harnish (STC, Honda Civic Si).</p> <p>On Sunday, the penalty was overturned by officials after evidence showed that a previous competitor had hit the errant cone. With his corrected time, Wooten was the fastest of the drivers on day one. Wooten then sealed the deal with the second-quickest lap of the day, which allowed him to finish in the lead with a 0.130-second gap.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Packwood Championship Tour is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Series next heads to the Wilmington Airpark, in Wilmington, Ohio, Aug. 2-3. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Magee Snags Tire Rack SCCA Peru Match Tour Win <p><strong>PERU, Ind. (July 7, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Paul Magee, of Troy, Ohio, had what it took to win the Super Shootout at The Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo Peru Match Tour held at the Grissom Areoplex. The Ladies Shootout was won by Crissy Weaver, of Beavercreek, Ohio.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Conditions were perfect for competition, with temperatures in the low 80s each day. The Indianapolis Region hosted the event, which featured very challenging courses for each of the 171 entrants. Many cones were hit, so a driver who put in a clean lap had a good chance of winning.</span></p> <p>On Saturday, the traditional class competition wrapped up early. That allowed some time for fun runs. Drivers were given the opportunity to make four extra runs in the opposite direction they had run the course during competition.</p> <p>Magee (F Modified, KBS Mk. 4) began his run as one of the top eight drivers from Saturday&rsquo;s Group Three. As the result of the customary random draw, Youngers was matched up against Chris Miller (C Prepared, Ford Mustang Turbo) in the opening round of the head-to-head bracket. He took the victory and moved onto the next round.</p> <p>&ldquo;Competing in bracket competitions is one of my favorite parts of Solo, and I feel it really suits me well,&rdquo; Magee said. &ldquo;I knew this one would be particularly challenging because this area of the country is the home to some of the fastest A, B and C Modifieds in the country -- and many of them were in my heat!&rdquo;</p> <p>Magee took Brandon Lavende (C Modified, Van Diemen RF89) out of the competition during the second round. That moved him to the Heat Two final against Will Lahee (F Modified, Mowtini Racing Red Devil). He came out the other side as the winner, earning him a spot in the three-way Super Shootout final.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each matchup in the bracket was very difficult, but matching up against Will Lahee again was toughest,&rdquo; Magee said. &ldquo;He is really figuring out the new car and had laid down a killer run during the prior round.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also earning positions in the Super Shootout final were Sam Strano (Super Street R, Chevrolet Corvette), from Heat One, and Aaron Miller (A Street Prepared, Mitsubishi Evo 8 RS), from Heat Two. In the final bracket there was a combined nine National Championship held by the drivers involved, with Strano having seven by himself.</p> <p>The overall winner of the Super Shootout was decided following a final timed run from each driver. Magee took the win after setting a time closest to that of his dial-in.</p> <p>&ldquo;This was a very meaningful win,&rdquo; Magee said. &ldquo;It was a very challenging course, and I was matched up against some exceptionally challenging competition. It's a great group of people and I enjoyed the company as much as the competition. Definitely one I won't forget.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would like to thank Jeff Blumenthal for perpetually providing his knowledge, resource and assistance. Most importantly, I would like to thank Lisa Holdren. She is my partner and is by my side every step of the way. This would absolutely not have been possible without her.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Ladies Shootout, Weaver (Super Street R Ladies, FattBoyz of Dayton/Muffler Pros Chevrolet Corvette) won an opening-round battle against Stephanie Reeve (Street Modified Ladies, G-Fab Racing Nissan 240SX). In the semis, Weaver took down Lin Cox (Street Touring Sport Ladies, Mazda Miata). That moved her ahead to a final battle with Kate Regganie (Kart Modified Ladies, Honda) for the title. Weaver pulled out the win and took home the trophy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Roberta Wetzel and I were ready to pack up after our elimination heat on Sunday morning but Kent [Weaver] &amp; Jeff [Wetzel] wouldn't let us leave!&rdquo; Weaver exclaimed. &ldquo;We figured any extra runs we got were bonus seat time.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> When I saw I was paired with Stephanie [Reeve], in Panda, I figured I'd be going home after first round. But I was able to win and my next opponent was driving a shifter kart! I was yelling across grid for tips from Sam [Strano] on how the heck to beat that thing. I got lucky.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kenneth Tsang, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, took home the Club Shootout victory in an all-Detroit Region final. He was able to beat multi-time National Champion Matthew Braun (Street Touring R, Power Plug Mazda MX-5).</p> <p>&ldquo;I had made the Club Shootout in Wilmington in April,&rdquo; Tsang said. &ldquo;In the first round, I hit the last cone on the course and threw away a large improvement that would have otherwise moved me to the next round. I didn't want to make that mistake again, especially on the penalty-heavy course that we had at Peru.</p> <p>&ldquo;My last three runs in the LCQ were all within about a tenth of each other so I knew that I could at least stay close to my dial-in, which would give me a decent shot because the shootouts really reward consistency. With those things in mind, I tried to drive fast without taking big risks in places where it was easy to hit cones and was able to run right on my dial-in for almost all of my runs.&rdquo;</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Match Tour is slated to go off at Miller Park, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 16-17.</p> <p>Additional information, including full results, for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Peru Match Tour can be found <a href="">here</a>. More on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at</p> Solo Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Youngers Tops Tire Rack SCCA Rocky Mountain Match Tour <p><strong>FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 24, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Kevin Youngers, of Greeley, Colorado, proved to be the king of the mountain by winning the Super Shootout at The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Rocky Mountain Match Tour held at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The Ladies Challenge winner was Maegan Contrera, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Great views and wonderful weather conditions were a treat for the 151 entrants. With the impressive Pikes Peak as a backdrop, racers experienced temperatures in the upper 80s with mostly clear skies. The rain that threatened the Club Shootout held off until the end of competition, starting just five minutes after the final cars had completed their runs.</span></p> <p>The course, designed by SCCA Hall of Famer Karen Babb, had something for everyone. The flowing course promoted a lot of choice when it came to the diving line. Drivers had to be careful to look down course, while keeping focused on what the car was currently doing. The course was so well received that the local Continental Divide Region marked it for future use.</p> <p>On Saturday, the traditional class competition wrapped up early. That allowed two hours for fun runs. Competitors were given the opportunity to run the course backwards, following some minor changes, for an hour. Then, they would work the course while the other group of racers ran their hour-long allotment.</p> <p>Youngers (F Street R, Youngers Insights Ford Mustang GT) began his run as one of the top eight drivers from Saturday&rsquo;s Group Two. As the result of the customary random draw, Youngers was matched up against Mark Baer (Street Modified, SCR Performance/StopTech Brakes BMW M3) in the opening round of the head-to-head bracket. He took the victory and moved onto the next round.</p> <p>Youngers next head-to-head win came against William Hill (Street Touring Xtreme, Scion FRS). That moved him to the Heat Two bracket final against Saturday class-winner Eric Hyman (Street Modified, Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R). He came out the other side as the winner, earning him a spot in the three-way Super Shootout final.</p> <p>Also earning positions in the Super Shootout final were Paul Brown (C Street, Nissan 370 Z), from Heat One, and Ryan Neff (E Street Prepared, Zebulon MSC), from Heat Three. For Brown, it was an uneventful progression to the final bracket. However, the same was not true for Neff. In the Heat Three final Neff and his co-driver, Drew Little, were pitted against each other. Since both drivers were using the same vehicle, ice was being thrown on the intercooler of the machine as water was being used to cool the tires in order to keep the car running in top form.</p> <p>The overall winner of the Super Shootout was decided following a final timed run from each driver. Youngers took the win after setting a time closest to that of his dial-in.</p> <p>In the Ladies Shootout, Contrera (Street Touring Compact Ladies, Hosting Honda Civic Si) won an opening-round battle against Breanna Campbell (G Street Ladies, Ford Focus ST). In the final Contrera got it done against Jamie Yost (Street Touring Compact Ladies Hosting Honda Civic Si), and took home the win.</p> <p>Bryce Kliewer, of Denver, Colorado, made it a Colorado sweep by winning the Club Shootout. He was able to beat multi-time National Champion Meredith Brown (C Street Ladies, Nissan 370Z) by a scant 0.044-second margin.</p> <p>The next meet for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Match Tour is scheduled to take place at the Grissom Aeroplex, in Peru, Indiana, July 5-6.</p> <p>Additional information, including full results, for The Tire Rack SCCA Rocky Mountain Solo Match Tour can be found <a href="">here</a>. More on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at</p> Solo Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Solo Championship Tour Returns to Crows Landing <p><strong>PATTERSON, Calif. (June 17, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Following a nearly 20-year hiatus, SCCA Solo&reg; competition made it return to Crows Landing Airport, near Modesto, California, for this past weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo Championship Tour event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The airfield, which was built as a World War II Naval Air Station and later used as an alternative landing site for the space shuttle and Moffett Field, played host to the sixth of eight meets leading up to the National Championships that all use class-based competition.</span></p> <p>The Chris Cox-designed course, set up on the unused runways, featured many slaloms and other challenges to drivers of differing still levels. The weather added to the success of the weekend with highs in the high 80s and low 90s, following the previous weekend where Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo drivers endured temperatures that soared over 100 degrees at the same location.</p> <p>Of the 286 entries, Blair Reid (Kart Modified, GP Honda), of Boise, Idaho, recorded the fastest time of the two-day competition. Following three runs on Saturday and another three on Sunday, Reid finished with a composite time of 106.121 seconds.</p> <p>Close racing was the result of the favorable conditions. None was closer than the margin of victory in Street Touring FWD. Joseph Austin (STF, a Dime Racing Mini Cooper), of Newburgh, New York, walked away as the eventual winner over Travis Sackwar. Heading into the overnight break, Austin was the clear class leader with 0.7-second in hand. However, Sackwar make a race of it, posting a Sunday time that fell just 0.076-second short of Austin&rsquo;s two-day total.</p> <p>Street Modified was one of the larger classes in the competition, which featured 16 entrants. Eric Hyman (SM, Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R), of Fall City, Washington, slept on a scant 0.036-second lead over Joshua Salvage (Rich Jones Racing Mitsubishi Evo 9) following Saturday&rsquo;s runs. On Sunday, Hyman was able to stretch his lead after putting down what became the winning lap, during his first run of Sunday. Salvage came close to equaling Hyman during his last run on Sunday, but ended up 0.207-second short of taking home the win.</p> <p>In D Modified, another close battle emerged but was eventually decided by bad racing luck. Steve Goldine (DM, Henry Caterham Superlight), of San Jose, California, established himself as the favorite, after setting the fastest lap on Saturday. Sunday was another story as Mark Huffman put down two runs that would have sewed up the win for himself if he had not taken out a cone on each of those laps. On his third run, Huffman&rsquo;s Elan suffered a mechanical issue that guaranteed the win for Goldine.</p> <p>High drama was also the name of the game in Super Street Prepared. After day-one runs, Ryan Johnson led the class following a quick first lap coupled with two scratch runs. Joel Villarreal (SSP, La Mexicana/Maier Racing Chevrolet Corvette), of Livermore, California, proved to have the necessary speed to take the class win by erasing his deficit with a clean second run - his only clean lap of the day. Villarreal ended up with a 0.299-second margin of victory after Johnson hit a cone on his last run.</p> <p>Street Touring Xtreme was not only the events largest class, but also the deepest. Mack Tsang and Stephen Yeoh sat first and second after the class&rsquo; opening runs, but it didn&rsquo;t stay like that for long. Eventual winner Steve OBlenes (STX, Giken/RSR Subaru BRZ), of Garden Grove, California, stepped it up on this third Saturday run to take the lead, after hitting a total of four cones during his first two laps.</p> <p>OBlenes shone on Sunday by setting a class-winning time during his first run. With the win all but decided, OBlenes swung for the fences, and connected, extending his lead to an eventual 0.898-second margin of victory. Bryan Heitkotter was left clinging to second ahead of Mack Tsang.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Series next heads to the Hamilton Lumber Plant, in Packwood, Washington, July 5-6. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Solo Crows Landing Championship Tour is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kiesel Leaves Crows Landing as Tire Rack ProSolo Winner <p><strong>PATTERSON, Calif. (June 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Jeff Kiesel, of Poway, California, won The Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge at Crows Landing Airport this past weekend. Annie Gill, of Renton, Washington, followed that up with a win in the Ladies Challenge.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">With temperatures soaring over 100 degrees, hydration was one key for the 200 entrants to stay in top form. With that said, each driver needed to bring their A game to compete against some of the best SCCA Soloists from around the country on the Charlie Davis-designed course.</span></p> <p>Kiesel (Race Tire Index 1, Avon Tire/Roger Kraus Racing/Carvin Guitars KFR Turbo Sprite) began his quest for the Super Challenge winner&rsquo;s trophy after being seeded third in the bracket. He earned the position by setting the quickest time in his class on Saturday.</p> <p>Once Sunday&rsquo;s head-to-head competition began, Kiesel came roaring out of the gate by beating Morgan Trotter (Street Touring Compact, C2 Motorsports/ Honda Civic Si) in the opening round. In the second round, Kiesel knocked Will Kalman (Street Touring Compact, Honda Civic) out of the competition.</p> <p>Kiesel&rsquo;s next opponent was Ken Motonishi (Street Touring R, OS Giken/ARE/Winmax/ Honda S2000) in his quarter-final matchup. Kiesel took the win over Montonishi, earning a spot in semi-finals. There, Kiesel lined up next to Gary Thomason (Super Street R, ProParts USA Dodge Viper) and emerged the winner.</p> <p>In the final round, Kiesel faced Paul Russell (Kart Modified, Tony Kart Honda). Russell&rsquo;s quest for the Super Challenge title began with wins over Sean O&rsquo;Boyle (Street Touring Ultra, Mitsubishi Evolution) and Jonathan Lugod (Street Touring R, Toyo Tires/OS Giken/A.R.E./Winmax Honda S2000) in rounds one and two, respectively.</p> <p>Russell continued to claw his way to the final after beating Michael Heinitz (B Street, Mazda MX-5) in the quarter-finals, then getting past Jeff Wong (Street Touring Compact, Toyo Tires/ProParts USA Honda Civic Si) in the semis.</p> <p>When the dust settled, Kiesel emerged as the winning driver after beating Russell. Wong ended up completing the podium after beating Thomason in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Gill (Ladies Class 3, ChaseRace/StranoParts/Drift Office Scion FR-S), a five-time National Champion, started her run to the Ladies Challenge win by beating Jamie Yost (Ladies Class 1, Nissan GTR) in the opening round. Gill then took out seven-time National Champion Shelly Monfort (Ladies Class 2, Ford Focus) in round two. In the final round, Gill met Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX) &ndash; a multi-time National Championship driver in her own right.</p> <p>Grice got to the final after beating Nicole Wong (Ladies Class 3, Toyo Tires/ProParts USA Honda Civic Si) and Meredith Brown (Ladies Class 2, Nissan 370Z) in rounds one and two, respectively. In the final, Gill managed to get the best of Grice and took home the win. The podium was completed by Monfort, who beat Brown in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Dennis Healy (Calculatorz Suk/Tyrez on Fyre Shelby GT500), of Beaverton, Oregon, took home top honors in the Bonus Challenge.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo tour will be at the Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio, June 28-29.</p> <p>Information on the Crows Landing round of The Tire Rack ProSolo Series, including full results, can be found <a href="">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at</p> Solo Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT