SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:05:02 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 SSPL, SSM, FM, FSAE Complete on West Course http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52009 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Following heat three on the East Course at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals, three new National Champions were crowned in Super Street Prepared Ladies, Super Street Modified and F Modified. Formula SAE also named a winner.</p> <p>Jocelin Huang, of Edina, Minn., dominated SSPL in her No. 90 Porsche 911 Turbo. The margin of victory for her second National Championship was a massive 5.572 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was really just trying to drive my own race,&rdquo; Huang said. &ldquo;I was trying to execute that plan. The rain was a bit of a challenge.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was a thin coating of water that made things difficult after the first run. We didn&rsquo;t have any wet tires and these already have 30 runs on them, but we were able to pull it out. It means a lot to me to have a second jacket.&rdquo;</p> <p>Matthew Glagola, of Atlanta, Ga., was able to make a significant turnaround from his performance on Thursday in SSM. His overnight deficit to the class leader was a manageable 0.625-second while driving his No. 88 Lotus Elise. Glagola claimed the Championship with a 0.158-second margin of victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;Coming into this week it was about making a no excuse car,&rdquo; Glagola said. &ldquo;I was just going to drive the best I could and see where I placed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yesterday, Tom O&rsquo;Gorman drove my car and I got to see the in-car footage of it and I realized left foot braking is not needed in this car. I got lucky with a dry second run, today. Everything came together, and that&rsquo;s just luck.&rdquo;</p> <p>In FM, Darren Seltzer, of Orlando, Fla., took home his second consecutive National Championship in convincing fashion. In the No. 75 Darrenseltzer.com Raptor F500, Seltzer finished the two-day competition with a 3.019-second gap over Jason Hobbs in the No. 140 Vision Speedworks Novakar F500.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year we came here with no expectations because we hadn&rsquo;t run with anyone before,&rdquo; Seltzer said. &ldquo;This year everyone knew what we were going to do. So, mentally, it was tougher for me. I had to really get in the zone and focus more than usual. It was really a lot of pressure. Boy, did that rain today make me nervous.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a good crew of people on the car that kept everything dry, clean and organized. We just took it one run at a time. I couldn&rsquo;t change the weather, but I knew that every run had to count.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christopher Moulckers took the win in Formula SAE, but not a National Championship as it is supplemental class for this event.</p> <p>The Tire Rack Solo National Championships wraps up this afternoon. More information can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals. </p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT ES, GSL, AM and DP Crown National Champions Out East http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52008 <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash; Despite the threat of rain and the radar showing a large patch of green directly over the Lincoln Airpark, nothing in heat two on the East Course of Friday&rsquo;s Tire Rack Solo National Championship was influenced by the weather.</p> <p>Ron Bauer, of Seatac, Washington, won an absolutely thrilling D Prepared battle that could have gone either of three directions on the final runs. Steve Hoelscher set the mark in the No. 27 Race-Keeper/TerrieHoward.com Toyota MR2 with the fastest class time of the day on his final run, but could only watch as Bauer crossed the line to move 0.271-second in front. Just a few seconds later, the No. 196 K&amp;K Racing/Tight-N-Tidy Racing/Jim's Detail/ChaseRace Mazda Miata of Keith Brown crossed, but didn&rsquo;t improve his time and remained just 0.009-second behind Hoelscher to complete the podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel awesome,&rdquo; Bauer said. &ldquo;Steve [Hoelscher] put it together on his first run today, and really made it work. I run against Keith [Brown]all the time. We had four of us from the Northwest Region all in the top five at the end of yesterday. I&rsquo;ve been running really fast at home but the cold temperatures today was not to our benefit. I won back in D Stock in 2004, but it was one of those issues where we had a dry day and the second day was wet. I was able to take the win this year, but it&rsquo;s always a little tainted when you&rsquo;re dealing with rain. To basically go out there today and have the wettest of all the runs be my fastest, it just meant a whole lot. And having my best buddies here in DP around to be able to share it with is fantastic.&rdquo;</p> <p>The fastest time of the day came, unsurprisingly, from the A Modified class, where Dan Wasdahl, of Massillon, Ohio, took his sixth A Mod National Championship. Wasdahl&rsquo;s two-day time of 97.725 was 3.635-second ahead of his closest competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;My confidence was at quite an ebb this year. I bought a new car this year, and had been working on it to get it to where I wanted to be. I wasn&rsquo;t quite there, so I switched late in the season back to this. I was hitting cones and doing kind of a messed up jobs. Partially due to bad driving, and partially because this car turns in so early. I came out here early and made 10 runs on the practice course and got used to the car again. Then I over prepared the car, and reduced the number of things I had to think negatively about. I guess that tipped the balance, because the night before the first runs I started feeling the regular mojo.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eric Peterson, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, ran the best time on both courses to take a 0.884-second win in E Street behind the wheel of the No. 84 Solo Pro Driving/Atomic Empire Toyota MR2 Spyder. It the first National Championship for Peterson.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is fantastic,&rdquo; Peterson said. &ldquo;It still hasn&rsquo;t sunk in yet. Especially after winning the ProSolo, I had never won a national championship. Everyone in E Street is especially nice, and it&rsquo;s great to run against people you respect.&rdquo;</p> <p>Laura Harbour, of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, opened competition with the lead in G Street Ladies and held on through the second day of competition to take her second National Championship. Taylor Towns topped the class on Friday in the No. 115 Storybook Farms Toyota Celica, but fell 0.181-second short at the finish.</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 National Champions Crowned In Heat One on the Lincoln East Course http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52007 <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) - Friday morning on the Lincoln Airpark&rsquo;s East Course at the Tire Rack Solo National Championship saw the crowning of six Champions, opening the final day of competition.</p> <p>Bill Rogerson, of Seelys Bay, Ontario, captured his first SCCA National Championship in the No. 90 Subaru STI in A Street Prepared after setting his best time of day in his third run and then hanging on as Aaron Miller fell 0.236-second short in his final attempt.</p> <p>&ldquo;My co-driver that owns the car, Eric Janveaux, we&rsquo;ve been working on this for three years,&rdquo; Rogerson said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a class winning car, it&rsquo;s an underdog. We knew that going in. This year, we changed the suspension and put on 315 Hoosiers for the first time and the car was transformed. Because we live in Canada, our amount of seat time is limited, so we made a concerted effort this year to make more events. We were in Wilmington in April when we were digging the trailer out of seven feet of snow, and just did as many big events as we could make to get the seat time, and I think that changed everything.&rdquo;</p> <p>Doug Rowse, of Phoenix, Ariz., needed every bit of the time he posted on the final run to win D Street Prepared, taking his third National Championship by just 0.017-second in the No. 92 Hoosier/Evolution/Cortez BMW 330.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was just the last run,&rdquo; Rowse said. &ldquo;Everyone is so evenly matched in this class. We were sitting there basically all stacked together, the top four of us were all within two-tenths of each other yesterday. Today, it basically just came down to one run and being really aggressive, really early on the throttle, and being on time for the transition stuff.</p> <p>&ldquo;It means a lot. Especially with the group of guys we have here, it&rsquo;s been fantastic. John [Vitamvas, in second place]has been developing this car for quite a while, and now he&rsquo;s really coming up to speed. Between he and Julian [Garfield, third place], they&rsquo;re lightning fast, and it means a lot to be able to beat somebody that&rsquo;s at that kind of level.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bartek Borowski, of Elmwood Park, Ill., send the E Street R class out with his fifth consecutive National Championship in the class before the full conversion to street tires for next year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was good to close off a very successful year in the R Compound world, where this car has been a blast on the Hoosiers,&rdquo; Borowski said. &ldquo;The nicest feeling about it is being able to do it once more on the sticky tires.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gretchen Austin, of Minnapolis, Minn., came from behind in C Street Prepared Ladies to take her second National Championship, and first since 2008, in the No. 198 Apruve/Vision Speedworks/Mazdaspeed/Hoosier Mazda Miata. Austin swapped positions with Katie Lacey on the final day.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very stiff competition,&rdquo; Austin said. &ldquo;We had a lot of National Champions in the class. They&rsquo;ve been working really hard on this car, and it&rsquo;s been a pleasure to drive it all year. Unfortunately, we had a diff break in practice runs, so we did a little scramble.</p> <p>&ldquo;We kind of threw some settings at it and hoped it would work since we were running first heat, but it worked great and I&rsquo;m just excited.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nicole Wong, of Moorpark, California, sent her No. 46 Toyo Tires/Pro Parts USA Honda Civic Si off the car she shares with her husband, Jeff (a three time National Champion in the car) in style.</p> <p>&ldquo;The motor had problems last week, so we got it back together and got here,&rdquo; Wong said. &ldquo;We felt unprepared set up wise, but we&rsquo;ve been working on the test and tune course and got it working in time.</p> <p>&ldquo;This might be the last year in the car, so I wanted to do it again. This is number four [for the car], but I wanted to get close to the open class [times].&rdquo;</p> <p>Greg Reno, of Lawrence, Kan., took his third consecutive National Championship in E Street on Friday after leading both days in the No.36 MiniUSA/Baron Mini BMW/Kumho Tires Mini Cooper.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was hoping for dry runs, and we got that, just barely,&rdquo; Reno said. &ldquo;I just went in trying to do my best every time, and I think I did that.</p> <p>&ldquo;It means a lot, especially because it seemed H Street was on the verge of dying earlier in the year. I think the class brought it back, and I&rsquo;m glad to be a part of it.&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 Championships in FS,BSP, SMFL, SML Decided on West Course http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52006 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Heat two of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals on the East Course was headlined by four classes &ndash; F Street, B Street Prepared, Street Modified FWD Ladies and Street Modified Ladies.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">David Corsaro, of Denville, N.J., was the big winner on Friday after claiming his first National Championship as he drove the No.76 Hamfist Racing/NJ Drive/SJF Performance Chevrolet Camaro. He finished just 0.074-second ahead of James Yom in his No. 92 BMW M3.</span></p> <p>On Thursday, Corsaro set the bar high ripping off the fastest time of the top three finishers in class. With Friday&rsquo;s conditions threatening rain, Corsaro slowed but had built enough of a lead to seal his Championship after setting only the fifth-fastest time on course.</p> <p>&ldquo;The trip out here was not short on drama,&rdquo; Corsaro said. &ldquo;I drove out on my competition tires. They&rsquo;ve had several events on them. Being as the Street classes are new, I wanted to prove a point that you can drive out on your competition tires and win.</p> <p>&ldquo;Going into yesterday&rsquo;s competition, I felt like I had an advantage on the East Course. I have a lot of horsepower available to me, and it was more open over there. Going to the West Course, I knew it was an uphill battle. So, I was able to stay clean on the third run and stay level headed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Christopher Mayfield, of Fort Collins, Colo., was able to edge his co-driver, Robert Thorne, for the BSP title driving the No. 80 3R Auto Racing/Weston Auto Gallery/Thanks Robert! Honda S2000. All that separated the two racers was 0.038-second in the consolidated times. Between the two drivers, Thorne was the best on the West Course. But, Mayfield was able to make the most of his time on the more technical East Course.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t get out here until about 7 o&rsquo;clock, on Wednesday night,&rdquo; Mayfield said. &ldquo;I felt like I was running behind this whole week. I got one course walk in on Wednesday and didn&rsquo;t do very well on Thursday. Robert [Thorne] had me by quite a bit, and I knew I had to come out here and get things moving.</p> <p>&ldquo;On my first run the tires were cold, and I was way off the pace. We were also fighting with the sound meter to make sure we were under the specified level. We were doing everything but what we usually do, which is focus on the driving and the car. I sat down before my second run, put my helmet on a few minutes before the run, and calmed myself down. Then, I was really able to do what I needed to do by carrying speed and making my car skinny through the slaloms.&rdquo;</p> <p>In SMFL, Rachel Baker, of Westford, Mass., cruised to the class National Championship win. After putting down the quick time of the class on Thursday in her No. 137 Pixie Posse Racing/Karcepts/Thanks Kuehls! Honda CRX. She followed that up with another run on the West Course that proved to be the best of the class.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the fifth time I have driven the car,&rdquo; Baker said. &ldquo;So, it was really just trying to learn the car, and it&rsquo;s a great car. This is my second time at Nationals and I was able to finish second at the ProSolo. So, I&rsquo;m having a really good year and I&rsquo;m really excited.&rdquo;</p> <p>Laurie Hyman, of Fall City, Wash., took home her second consecutive National Champions&rsquo; jacket in SML, while driving her No 191. Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R. She finished a comfortable 2.093 seconds ahead of her closest competition, Stephanie Reeve in her No. 199 G-fab/Big Budget Racing/Thanks Corraleses Nissan 240sx.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a rough year,&rdquo; Hyman said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a lot of breakage with the car. During the ProSolo Finale, we had a front differential break. Fortunately we had a spare.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year was my first Championship, so this year I just wanted to have the car stay together and drive my drive. Yesterday was a great day, because I felt like the course suited my driving style well. Today was a little tougher, between the weather and the nerves.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Tire Rack Solo National Championships wraps up this afternoon. More information can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals. </p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT