SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sat, 30 May 2015 20:10:04 GMT Sparks Clinches Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win at Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52406 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (May 27, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Dennis Sparks, of Birmingham, Alabama, captured the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge win at the Lincoln Airpark, over the extended Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, took home top honors in the Ladies Challenge at the ProSolo event that led off a weekend featuring two national-level Solo events at the home of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and the ProSolo Finale.</p> <p>Weather conditions during the two-day event, held on Friday and Saturday, were predominantly cool throughout each day. Both mornings started with moisture on the ground. But by the afternoon, the course was dry allowing drivers to take advantage of the horsepower-producing air conditions.</p> <p>Following his class-based runs, which determined the seeding for the bracket style Super Challenge competition, Sparks was seeded 19th after claiming the runner-up position in the Bump Class 1 by 0.008-second.</p> <p>In the opening round, Sparks (Bump Class 1, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX) met and defeated Ricky Crow (Street Touring R, My Wallet S2000). That allowed him to move to a second round match with Neal Tovsen.</p> <p>Sparks beat Tovsen (Bump Class 4, Apruve/SoloPro/Vision Speedworks Mazda Miata), which moved Sparks to a pairing with Paul Brown (E Street, Toyota) in the quarter-finals. Sparks was able to down Brown, moving him forward in the competition.</p> <p>In the Semis, Sparks took on Sam Strano (Super Street R, Chevrolet Corvette). He was able to get the best of Strano, allowing him to reach the bracket final where Sparks was matched up against Craig Wilcox (Street Touring Xtreme, MC2/BFGoodrich Tires/OSGiken/HVT Mini Cooper).</p> <p>Wilcox earned his way to the final by knocking off Stan Whitney (Bump Class 4, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman) in the opening round. Wilcox them moved forward to a battle with Brian Peters (E Street Prepared, ProPartsUSA Ford Mustang), from which he was able to emerge with the victory.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Wilcox was paired to take on Mark Hill (Street Touring Ultra, Jayhawk Racing Mitsubishi Evo IX). Wilcox scored the win in that match, moving him on to a semi-final meeting with Robert Pendergest (Street Touring Ultra, Grimmspeed/Racecomp Engineering Subaru STi). Wilcox won that battle, which allowed him to move to the Super Challenge final.</p> <p>In the final pairing, Sparks took down Wilcox. In the third-place runoff, Pendergest completed the podium positions after beating Strano.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m totally surprised to have won,&rdquo; Sparks said. &ldquo;I'm usually lucky to qualify for the Super Challenge. I never dreamed of winning one.</p> <p>&ldquo;My biggest challenge was just maintaining concentration. I was up against some excellent competition with Charles Kim and Ron Williams during the qualifying rounds. I then faced Ricky Crow, Neal Tovsen, Paul Brown, Sam Strano, and Craig Wilcox during the Challenge. None of those guys made any mistakes, and neither could I. In the end, I had the right car for the conditions and came out on top.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Monfort (Ladies Class 1, Strano Performance Parts/Shameless Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette) qualified for the bracket competition as the No. 2 seed. That pitted her against Jamie Yost (Ladies Class 3, Riptidehosting.com Honda Civic Si) in the opening round.</p> <p>Monfort earned the victory in her opening round battle, which allowed her to move forward to the bracket quarter-finals. There, she met Meredith Brown (Ladies Class 2, Toyota of Santa Fe Toyota Spyder) and was able to come out on top with the win. The next opponent for Monfort to face was Jocelin Huang (Ladies Class 2, Porsche GT3) in the semis.</p> <p>Monfort was able to win the meeting with Huang, which moved her to the bracket final against Su Brude (Ladies Class 1, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman).</p> <p>Brude made her way to the final by beating Becca Nell (Ladies Class 2, Argylepm.com/G-Fab Racing Nissan 350Z) in the opening round. Brude then went to take wins over Jordan Towns (Ladies Class 2, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX) and Kim Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic), which advanced her to the final versus Monfort.</p> <p>In the final, Monfort was able to get the best of Brude. Huang completed the top-three by winning the third-place runoff against Whitener.</p> <p>Jeremy Salenius (Street Touring FWD, Dare 2 Dream Motorsports/HVT Suspension Mini Cooper), of Bonner Springs, Kansas, took home the Bonus Challenge title.</p> <p>&ldquo;To be able to win my first Challenge, of any sort, in front of the many friends who made the trip to Lincoln from our Region makes this win very sweet,&rdquo; Salenius said. &ldquo;The praise, the &lsquo;Well done&rsquo; and &lsquo;Great job&rsquo; handshakes and high-fives all put a giant smile on my face.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had to work Thursday night, and got off work at about 1:00 a.m. I went home and started to get the last few things packed up in the car, and had planned to leave my house about 3:00 a.m. I finished packing at about 1:30 a.m., and decided to sleep for an hour. I somehow managed to sleep through my alarm and woke up late. I ended up with just enough time to throw everything in the car and make it to the event just before registration and tech closed. It was a very stressful start to a great weekend!&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Lincoln ProSolo, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8387">here</a>.</p> <p>Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">SCCA.com/Solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Spring Nationals at Lincoln Complete http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52404 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (May 26, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The fifth of nine events on the 2015 SCCA Tire Rack National Championship Tour calendar, the Tire Rack Lincoln Spring Nationals Championship Tour, was held at the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark this past weekend. The two-day event, May 24-25, was held on the same site that will host the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, later in the year.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">For several reasons, this is one of the most popular SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour events. Chief among those reasons is many competitors use this as a measuring stick to prepare for the National Championships later in the year. A total of 292 drivers did battle across 52 classes on the expansive concrete surface in Lincoln.</span></p> <p>The competition utilized the same competition format as the National Championships which allows each driver to take a total of six runs throughout the weekend. With the expansive real estate at the Lincoln Airpark, organizers were able to construct two completely separate courses much like what is done at the National Championship. Competitors were given three runs on the west course on Sunday, which was Lee Piccon&rsquo;s 2014 Nationals course run in reverse. On Monday, the field transferred over to run the East Course designed by John Hunter.</p> <p>Weather conditions were of paramount concern for each on Sunday. Wet conditions were present throughout the day, forcing drivers to slow down and take some different driving lines. The changing conditions throughout the day put a premium on being able to be flexible and make the best out of each run. Monday was a different story, although not less tricky. The proceedings started under overcast skies with one heat run during light sprinkles. But, sunny skies were present by the end of the day.</p> <p>H Street featured a battle that came down to the wire between winner Greg Reno (MiniUSA/Baron Mini-BMW Mini Cooper), of Lawrence, Kansas, and Trevor Jones. Heading into the overnight break, Reno held the advantage by 0.009-second. On Monday, he came out of the box on fire by setting the fastest timed run by anyone in the class on his first lap. That would be the decider, which allowed him to take the win by 0.096-second.</p> <p>Street Touring Ultra saw another close battle that included a Lawrence, Kansas resident. This time, however, it was Robert Pendergest (Grimmspeed/Racecomp Engineering Subaru STi), of Wichita, Kansas, that beat out Lawrencian Mark Hill. Pendergest had the advantage following the first day of competition, after opening the meet with his fastest lap. He then logged the best time of the class on Monday, resulting in a 0.180-second margin of victory.</p> <p>Bob Bundy (949 Racing/MAZDASPEED Mazda Miata), of Anacortes, Washington, took home a narrow victory in Super Street Modified. Bundy progressively worked his way down to setting the fastest lap of the day in the class. On Monday Bundy did not capture the best time, but had built enough of a gap to take the win over Randall Wilcox by 0.178-second.</p> <p>The battle for supremacy in Street Touring R was won by Ricky Crow (My Wallet Honda S2000), of Bulverde, Texas, but it was not looking like that would be the result following the first day of competition. David Whitener finished the first day as the top driver in the class, with a 1.3-second lead over Crow. On Monday, Crow came roaring out of the box by setting the fastest time posted in the class on his first run. It proved to be enough to change the tide of the competition resulting in a 0.321-second win for Crow.</p> <p>Tom Harrington (Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG), Austin, Texas, drove to victory after bouncing back from a slow lap on day one to take the Kart Modified class win. On Sunday night, Harrington was at a 0.5-second deficit to Ryan Windfeldt. However, on Monday, Harrington bounced back with a blistering lap that cleared Whindfeldt&rsquo;s time by 0.9-second that resulted in a 0.465-second margin of victory.</p> <p>In Street Touring FWD, Jeremy Salenius (Dare 2 Dream Motorsports Mini Cooper), of Bonner Springs, Kansas, went into the Sunday night break with the clear lead in the class. On Monday, he set the fast time in the class, but had built enough of a lead to ensure his win in the class by 0.499-second over Kim Whitener.</p> <p>Additional information on the Lincoln Tire Rack Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8375. The next stop for the Championship Tour is scheduled for June 13-14 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Daddio Secures Long-Awaited Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52391 <p><strong>EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (May 12, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Mark Daddio, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, was the Super Challenge winner, following a long drought, at last weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo meet, held at the MetLife Stadium complex. Stephanie Reeve, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, took home the victory in the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The event took place in the shadow of the stadium that plays home to the National Football League&rsquo;s New York Giants and Jets franchises. The weather conditions themselves gloomy as high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 80s cloudy skies. The sun finally broke through the cloud cover as the three Challenge winners were crowned on Sunday.</span></p> <p>The course, itself, was designed by Mark Labbancz and was challenging for many of the drivers. Aside from the technical challenge of the course, there was also a straight that featured a wonderful view of the New York City skiyline from which was hard to look away.</p> <p>Daddio, in his Daddio&rsquo;s New Auto Parts, Inc. Chevrolet Corvette, qualified for the Super Challenge in the 22nd position after narrowly winning the A Street class over Mike Johnson. The battle proved to be one of the best during the class-based portion of the competition as the winner was decided by only 0.019-second through eight runs.</p> <p>In the Super Challenge, Daddio defeated No. 16 seed Bill Rogerson (A Street Prepared, Subaru STI) in his first-round matchup. That win allowed Daddio to move forward to the second round.</p> <p>There, Daddio met and downed Dick Rasmussen (F Street, 50 Years of Employment Ford Mustang). Following the win, Daddio moved on to a quarter-final meeting with Grant Reeve.</p> <p>Daddio proved too much for Reeve (Super Street R, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) and took the win to move him onto the penultimate round of the competition.</p> <p>In the semi-finals Daddio defeated G.J. Dixon (Street Touring Roadster, Monticello Motor Club/Grand Prix New York Honda S2000) earning Daddio the right to move to the final meeting with Evan Schickel.</p> <p>Schickel (B Street, HAMFIST Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started his march to the final round with wins over Ron Bistrais (E Street Prepeard, Evolution/Stranoparts.com Ford Shelby) and Todd Kean (Street Modified, G-Fab/iRacing.com Nissan 240 SX) in the first two rounds, respectively.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Schickel took out Martin Kriz (Street Touring Ultra, IAG Performance/OS Giken/MCS/Evolution Subaru WRX), then got to the finals by beating Erik Carlson (E Street Prepared, CarTuned.com Ford Mustang).</p> <p>When the dust from the final runs came to rest, Daddio was the final competitor standing. Dixon completed the top three positions after beating Carlson in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was beginning to think that I would never win another Challenge, so I was as shocked as I was excited with the win,&rdquo; Daddio said. &ldquo;It has been a really long time since my last one, and Super Challenge wins are really tough to come by. Not only do you have to be consistent, but you always seem to have to have a little bit of luck on your side. Luck was definitely on my side for this one.</p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest hurdle for me was from being a bit rusty. This is only my second event of the year, and was a crash course in figuring out the car setup with the new tires. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season. I plan on running two more ProSolo events, a National Tour, the ProSolo Finale, and Nationals. I am just planning on taking one event at a time, and seeing what happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Ladies Bracket, Reeve (Ladies Class 1, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started the bracket portion of the meet as the three seed. She defeated Tamara Hunt (Ladies Class 2, Honda S2000) in the opening round.</p> <p>The win moved her forward in the competition, where she was paired with Elisabeth Flannagan (Ladies Class 2, Honda Civic Si). Reeve downed Flannagan, and moved to a final-round meeting with Kandy Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson (Ladies Class 2, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette) was the top qualifier in the bracket and matched up with Dawn Ammirata in the opening round.</p> <p>The win moved her to the semi-finals, where she met Rachel Baker (Ladies Class 1, Thanks PJ/G-Fab PPR Nissan 240 SX). Johnson won the matchup with Baker, allowing her to move forward in the bracket.</p> <p>In the final round, Reeve ended up as the driver on top after besting Johnson. Baker completed the podium positions after beating Flannagan in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn't believe that I won and smiled so much that my face hurt,&rdquo; Reeve said. &ldquo;Once the high wore off I started wondering how I actually pulled it off. Luck&hellip;lots of luck.</p> <p>&ldquo;Self-doubt is one of my biggest hurdles. I get to run with some of the quickest and most talented women around. I trust Horse, my Corvette Z06, completely, but often don&rsquo;t trust myself to carry that extra speed into a turn or figure I&rsquo;ll blow it somewhere. I tried to push myself to focus on what was in front of me, to forget about the mistake I just made, and to give it my best. My husband Grant and my G-Fab family help me remember to have fun and enjoy myself. It feels strange to be the Reeve who brought home the most tires this time. I don&rsquo;t know if this will ever happen again, but I will continue to enjoy running with my friends.&rdquo; </p> <p>Michael Buck (F Street, Lexus IS300), of North East, Maryland, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge as he defeated Nathan Young (B Street, Honda S2000) in the final.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am shocked more than anything,&rdquo; Buck said. &ldquo;The whole challenge happened so fast. It was the biggest moment of my autocross career and I got to share it with lots of folks. My wife and sister-in-law were at the event as co-drivers in L2, along with many drivers from our Region. My two-year-old daughter and wife's parents came on Sunday afternoon, just in time. It was a really proud moment for me.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn't drive very well all weekend until the Challenge. I red-lit five consecutive runs on Saturday and was well behind my co-drivers on the right course. I knew that if I could stay clean in the Challenge that I had &lsquo;time&rsquo; in hand that could work to my advantage. Somehow I held it together for all three rounds and went faster and faster while staying clean.&rdquo;</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA New Jersey ProSolo, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8386">here</a>.</p> <p>Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">SCCA.com/Solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Opening Tire Rack Match Tour Event Goes off Without a Hitch http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52384 <p><strong>BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 6, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Scott Giles, of Union, Kentucky, was the Super Shootout winner at this past weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour event, held at the National Corvette Museum, May 2-3. Cody Mason, of La Grange, Kentucky, was the winner of the Club Shootout.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">For each Tire Rack Match Tour event, Saturday is a full day of class-based competition. Sunday morning&rsquo;s three runs then set the field for the Super Shootout brackets. From each heat, the top eight indexed times are places into a Super Shootout bracket. The next eight qualifiers are placed in the Club Shootout, while the remaining competitors are eligible for the Bonus Shootout.</span></p> <p>In both the Super and Club Shootouts, the bracket competition whittles the field down to one driver from each heat. In the final round of both the Super and Club Shootouts, each driver takes one run to determine the bracket winner. The winner is the driver that is closest to their dial-in time.</p> <p>The course for this event, held on the grounds of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, featured an autocross pad that was constructed with racetrack-grade asphalt. The coned circuit featured an excellent mix of sweeping turns and technical slaloms.</p> <p>Giles (F Street Prepared, SemperFiFund.org/PME/Koni Honda CRX) was the top qualifier from Heat Two. In his opening match up, he met up with Gordon Maciulewicz (Street Touring Xtreme, Active Autowerke/Diffsonline BMW 128i).</p> <p>After defeating Maciulewicz, Giles faced, and beat, Ryan Finch (E Street Prepared, Gearhead Homes Chevrolet Camaro Z28).</p> <p>In his final head-to-head matchup of the bracket, Giles went up against Nick Myers (F Street Prepared, Toyota Corolla GTS). Giles emerged as the winner, earning him the right to represent the heat in the final round.</p> <p>In the final, Giles was up against Heat One finalist Scott Dobler (C Street, Z1 Motorsports Nissan 350Z) and Heat Three winner Shelly Monfort (Super Street R, StranoParts.com/Shameless Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette). When the final tallies were made, Giles emerged as the winner.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great to take a victory of any kind over the level of talent at this event,&rdquo; Giles said. &ldquo;The FSP class win was hard enough, but the shootout was even harder.</p> <p>&ldquo;This was our first big event of the year and it gets us off to a great start. Thanks to the Hoosier contingency it also gets us a pair of new tires for the Wilmington Pro Solo.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Club Shootout, Mason (C Street Prepared, Mazda Miata) also started Sunday&rsquo;s bracket completion as the top qualified driver of Heat Two. Mason&rsquo;s first battle came against Jason West (F Street Prepared, WorldBycycleRelief.org Toyota Corolla GTS).</p> <p>Mason proved to have what it took to beat West, and moved to the second round of competition where he was paired with Stephen Lee (Street Touring R, Honda S2000).</p> <p>After beating Lee, Mason moved on to the Heat Two final against Tim Viars (Street Touring R, Mazda Miata). Mason emerged from that Match as the winner.</p> <p>In the Club Shootout Final, Mason met Heat One winner Chris Harp (C Street, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue/MAZDASPEED Mazda RX-8) and Heat Three finalist Bryan Schafer (Super Street R, Dave Kutney Tire/RAFT Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>Mason ended his day as the closest of the three to his dial-in time which earned him the overall Club Shootout title.</p> <p>Cody Willett (H Street, Ford Fiesta ST), of Louisville, Kentucky, began his march to the Bonus Shootout title with a win against Killian Jones (Street Modified, Subaru BRZ) in the opening round. Willett then downed Chris Bolt (E Street Prepared, Chevrolet Camaro) in the semi-finals.</p> <p>In the Bonus Shootout final, Willett met with Daniel Stone (B Modified, LeGrand Mk18). Willett walked away with the victory, once everything was settled.</p> <p>&ldquo;The win was great and totally unexpected,&rdquo; Willett said. &ldquo;I was lucky to get in, and twice as lucky to advance. When I pulled into grid for the Bonus Shootout and saw some of my fellow Kentucky Region drivers, Ray Dsouza and Shawn Lambert, I knew from experience they were far more consistent and didn't think I stood a chance. So, I just went for broke and it paid off.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I came through the lights on my second pass in the Bonus Shootout, the temperature gauge wasn't looking happy. The car was trying its best to live up to the name of its Molten Orange paint job, and I didn't have much time to get it cooled down for the next round. Fortunately, a few guys from my region, Stephen Lee, Jamey McDaniel and my fellow Bonus Shootout competitor, Ray Dsouza, all stepped up to fan the hood and spray down the heat exchangers while I sat in the car with the heat cranked and tried to concentrate on making my next run. I couldn't have made it happen without them.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour from Kentucky, including full results, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8374">here</a>.</p> <p>Facts on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Madarash Takes Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win at Blytheville http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52385 <p><strong>Blytheville, Ark. (May 6, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Mark Madarash, of Red Oak, Texas, was the winner of the Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge, held at the Arkansas Aeroplex, this past weekend. Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the big winner in the Ladies Challenge Bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The course, designed by Grady Wood and J. Jackson, had a flowing feel to it, but was bookended by technical and tight slaloms. The clear weather conditions furthered the enjoyment of many competitors that were on hand.</span></p> <p>All ProSolo events utilize class-based competition on Saturday and Sunday to set the initial seeding for the head-to-head bracket competition. The bracket portion of the meet uses a drag racing-style Christmas tree to start the competitors according to their dial-in set during the class-based part of the event. A perfect run for both competitors, even if they are in different classes, would result in each car crossing the finish line at the same time.</p> <p>Madarash completed the class-based part of the competition as the No. 7 seed, overall. His seeding came as a result of his 0.553-second margin of victory over Darrin DiSimo in the Race Tire Index 2 class.</p> <p>As a result of his seeding, Madarash (R2, Pontiac Trans-Am) met Marc Osgood (Super Street Modified, Lotus Elise). Madarash was able to take the win that allowed him to move forward in the bracket-style competition.</p> <p>In the second round, Madarash met, and defeated, Dennis Sparks (Bump Class 1, Lotus Elise). That win allowed Madarash the opportunity to move to the quarter-final round where he met David Whitener.</p> <p>Madarash was able to move to the semi-finals after downing Whitener in their head-to-head battle. Brad McCann (G Street, Korean Camaro Racing Hyundai Genesis) was the next challenge for Madarash. However, Madarash found what it took to best McCann. The win moved him to the final round of competition, against Ricky Crow.</p> <p>Crow&rsquo;s ascension to the final started as the top qualifier of the meet. Crow (Street Touring Roadster, My Wallet Honda S2000) defeated Daniel McCelvey (B Street Prepared, Chevrolet Corvette) in the opening round.</p> <p>In round two, Crow delivered the knockout blow to John Mensch (Street Touring Sport, Frugal Racing Enterprizes Honda CRX Si), taking him out of the competition. In the quarter-final round, Crow beat Joe Tharpe (Bump Class 4, R and S Racing/Loctite Chevrolet Corvette), which allowed him to move forward in the competition.</p> <p>The victory moved Crow to the semi-final round, where he met Chris Harvey (C Street, Tire Rack Mazda MX-5). Crow was the winner of that match, which pitted him against Madarash in the final.</p> <p>When it came time for Crow to face Madarash, Madarash emerged as the winner once the times were computed. While Madarash is a multi-time National Champion, this is only his second Challenge win. His other win came at this same site, one year ago.</p> <p>In the third-place runoff, McCann completed the full complement of podium positions following his win over Harvey.</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic) was the top qualifier. In her first match, she met up with Jordan Towns (Ladies Class 2, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX). After winning that round Whitener moved on to tangle with Chris Peterson for top honors.</p> <p>On the other side of the bracket, Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder) met Su Brude (Ladies Class 2, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman S). Peterson was able to take the bracket win. That allowed her to move forward with a final between herself and Whitener.</p> <p>After the dust settled, Whitener was the winner in of the Ladies Challenge bracket. Towns completed to podium positions by beating Brude in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>David Ogburn, Jr. (C Street, Yaw Moment Racing Scion FR-S), of Richmond, Virginia, was the Bonus Challenge winner.</p> <p>For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo event at Blytheville, including full results, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8383">here</a>.</p> <p>The next stop for the series will be at the South Parking Lot of MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, May 9-10.</p> <p>For additional information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program, visit SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Coulson Claims Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge at Crows http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52371 <p><strong>CROWS LANDING, Calif. (April 28, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo tour completed it second stop of the 2015 campaign this past weekend at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration&rsquo;s Crows Landing Airport, April 25-26. Brian Coulson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took the Super Challenge win, while Christine Grice, of Redondo Beach, Calif., was the last driver standing in the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The two, nearly-symmetrical courses took advantage of the high-grip surface at the former military air installation. The courses were fast and flowed well, causing many to comment that these were the fastest and most fun ProSolo courses on which they had ever competed.</span></p> <p>For the most part, the weather cooperated as the rain forecasted for Saturday arrived early. Rain fell on Friday and persisted on-and-off throughout the evening hours. Almost every run on Saturday was in the dry, however extreme wind would prove to play havoc on all cars that had aerodynamic aides.</p> <p>The two-day event began with class-based competition on Saturday and Sunday morning. Those runs also served to set the seeding for Sunday&rsquo;s Challenge brackets.</p> <p>Coulson (B Street, Stranoparts.com/SNAIL Spec Racing Chevrolet Corvette) began the bracket portion of the competition as the ninth overall seed. In his opening matchup, he dispatched with Mike Nakata (C Street, OS Giken/Fenstermacher Time Shares Scion FRS).</p> <p>The win allowed him to move to the round of 32, where he met Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net Mazda Miata). Coulson took out O&rsquo;Blenes, moving him to the bracket quarter-finals.</p> <p>In the quarters, Coulson scored a victory over Adrian Cardenas (C Street, Mazda RX-8). He then went on to meet with Andy McKee (Race Tire Index 2, Mike Maier, Inc./Ankeny Racing Engines Mazda RX-7) in the semi-finals. A win over McKee gave Coulson a spot in the bracket final against Michael Heinitz.</p> <p>The road to the final for Heinitz began as the second overall seed, meaning he was matched up against Jensen Tang (F Street Prepared, Toyota Corolla). Heinitz won that battle, pushing him forward in the competition.</p> <p>In the second round, Heinitz met Mark Scroggs (Bump Class 2, Stranoparts.com/Bridgestone Tires Ford Focus ST). Heinitz emerged with the win, and moved on to match up with Max Hayter (Bump Class 2, FRSport.com Subaru WRX).</p> <p>Heinitz was the winner of the quarter-final fight with Hayter and moved on to the semi-finals. Heinitz beat Ryan Otis (A Street, Chevrolet Corvette) in the penultimate round to earn a spot in the final against Coulson.</p> <p>When the dust settled, Coulson emerged as the Super Challenge winner. McKee completed the podium positions after beating Otis in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I ran my first Pro Solo in 2002,&rdquo; Coulson said. &ldquo;I've seen lots of different Super Challenge winners over the years, but the best I had ever done was to make the final eight a couple times. I can appreciate just how rare and special this is.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have a tough class with lots of talent. The hardest part this weekend was to come out on top in that class to qualify for the Super Challenge. It required my best driving, and even then some luck. In the Super Challenge it was difficult to not get excited when it started going well...to stay focused on executing and staying clean.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge, Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX) started her run to the finals as the top seed in the bracket. Her opening-round matchup was against Jami Olerich (Ladies Class 2, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>Grice was able to take the first-round win, moving onto the semi-finals where she met Jocelin Huang (Ladies Class 2, The Alignment Guy Porsche GT3). Grice won that matchup, moving her forward to the bracket final with Pamela Kannan (Ladies Class 2, Auburn Tire Service Ford Fiesta).</p> <p>To get to the finals, Kannan beat A. Tasha Mikko (Ladies Class 3, MAPerformance/English Racing Mitsubishi Evo IX) and Michelle Miller (Ladies Class 3, TCKline Racing/DirtFish Rally School Mini Cooper).</p> <p>In the final, Grice proved too much for Kannan and took the bracket title. Huang finished the competition on in third after beating Miller in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have been lucky enough to compete in a bunch of Challenges, and win several over the years,&rdquo; Grice said. &ldquo;At the start of every Challenge I still get butterflies in my stomach. It's all about having a little skill and a lot of luck.</p> <p>&ldquo;The transmission in my car decided to spit out chunks on the second side of the final round of the El Toro ProSolo Ladies Challenge. So, we spent the whole Crows Landing Pro worrying about the &lsquo;new to us&rsquo; transmission in the car. Luckily it survived and didn't smell too much like left over burning gear oil.&rdquo;</p> <p>Micah McElravy (Bump Class 4, Startled Armadillo Productions Mazda Miata), of La Honda, California, took home the win the Bonus Challenge bracket.</p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest challenge for me this weekend was trying to find time,&rdquo; McElravy said. &ldquo;I got a low 32 with a cone on the right side course on Saturday morning, so I figured I'd be able to find a 31 on both sides in the afternoon when the sun was out and the course was clean. When I didn't improve my scratch times Saturday afternoon, I figured Sunday morning would bring results but it was more of the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was still mid pack in the bump group with a really under prepped CSP car, so that was pretty cool, but it was frustrating to be so consistent and not improve.&rdquo;</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo will be in Blytheville, May 2-3. This event is the rescheduled date from the cancelled season-opener.</p> <p>For additional information on the Crows Landings ProSolo event, including full results, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8385">here</a>. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>For the latest information, Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Champ Tour Wraps at Crows Landing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52366 <p><strong>CROWS LANDING, Calif. (April 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack National Tour meet at Crows Landing, held April 18-19, was the fourth of nine events on the road to the Tire Rack Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Utilizing the same class-based competition as the National Champion-crowning event, the Crows Landing surface has a similar grip level, making it a natural choice for both a competitive weekend and a measuring stick for later in the year.</span></p> <p>Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net Mazda Miata), of Garden Grove, California, set the best overall indexed time. He also scored the class win by 0.470-second over Anthony Porta.</p> <p>Pulling out the win by the narrowest margin was Jami Olerich (A Street Ladies, Chevrolet Corvette Z06), of Fairview, Oregon. Olerich held the class lead after day one, but Lacey Otis made her best attempt at a comeback to score the win. In the end, Otis fell 0.080-second short.</p> <p>In Street Touring Xtreme, Joseph Sim (Nameless Performance/Kartboy Scion FRS), of Gig Harbor, Washington, scored the win by 0.090-second when the dust settled on Sunday. After Saturday&rsquo;s three runs he sat third in the standings, behind co-drivers Justin Tsang and Mack Tsang. However, he made his move on Sunday to clinch the win.</p> <p>Dallas Cutler (English Racing Mitsubishi Evolution), of Tigard, Oregon, was able to seal the class win in Street Modified on the strength of his Saturday runs. On his third run of the day, he logged a time in the 55-second rage. As the only car able to do that, he carried a 0.6-second lead into Sunday where he did what he needed to do in order to hold off Michael Yanase.</p> <p>John Tritsch (Subaru WRX), of Hillsboro, Oregon, left Crows Landing the winner in D Street. After finishing Saturday&rsquo;s competition in second, about 0.2-second behind Justin Moore, Tritsch came back for the second day of the meet like a man possessed. On his last run, after taking out a cone on his previous lap, he ripped off a time of 57.212. That allowed Tritsch to take the lead, and also the class win.</p> <p>Street Touring Ultra came down to a battle between Jonathan Lugod (OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT US Chevrolet Corvette), of Oceanside, California, and Jeff Stuart. Following Saturday&rsquo;s runs, Lugod held a tenuous lead over Stuart. Coming back from the overnight break, Lugod was able to stay one step ahead of Stuart by lengthening his lead. The result was a 0.451-second win for Lugod.</p> <p>For more information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Championship Tour at Crows Landing, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8373">here</a>.</p> <p>The next stop for the series is Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Summer Nationals, slated for May 24-25.</p> <p>Additional facts regarding the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at www.scca.com/solo.</p> <p>Remember to like the Club on Facebook, at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Peters wins Super Challenge at SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Event at El Toro http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52344 <p><strong>IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo season made its official start this past weekend at El Toro, after an aborted event in Blytheville, Arkansas, caused by extreme winter weather. Brian Peters, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, took the Super Challenge win in what may be the final event at the site, as the area is set to undergo commercial development later this year. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, was the Ladies Challenge winner.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">An event attendance record was set as 235 entrants made their way to El Toro, which has become a favorite competition spot for Southern California autocrossers. The previous record was 234, set just two years ago.</span></p> <p>Cal Club Region played host to the event, which included a Friday night welcome party. The weather conditions were a non-issue, featuring clear, sunny skies throughout the event.</p> <p>Peters (E Street Prepared, ProParts USA Ford Mustang) began his march to the final round of bracket competition from the third overall seed. That seeding was a result of fast runs in the class-based portion on the meet, held Saturday and Sunday morning.</p> <p>In the first round, Peters defeated No. 30 seed Ryan Johnson (Super Street Prepared, Ryno Management Inc./Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise). Peters&rsquo; next matchup was against Tom Harrington (Kart Modified, Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG Road Rebel). Peters got the best of Harrington and moved to the quarterfinal round.</p> <p>As one of the final eight drivers, Peters was pitted against Navid Kahangi (H Street, Edge Motorworks Ford Fiesta ST). Peters downed Kahangi to advance to the semi-finals against Michael Heinitz (Street Touring FWD, Acura RSX Type-S). Peters emerged the victor, earning the opportunity to face Jeff Kiesel for the Super Challenge win.</p> <p>Kiesel (Race Tire Index 1, Seventh-Gear.com KFR Turbo Sprite) earned his way to the final after starting the bracket competition as the top overall seed. He took out Leonard Cachola (E Street, Mazda Miata) in the first round.</p> <p>In the second round, Kiesel took out Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net/West End Mazda Miata), and moved on to face Jonathan Lugod (Street Touring Ultra, OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT USA/ARE Chevrolet Corvette) in the quarters.</p> <p>After beating Lugod, Kiesel met Chris Cox (F Street, Mike Maier Inc. Ford Mustang) in the semi-finals. Keisel bested Cox, earning a spot in the Super Challenge bracket final opposite Peters.</p> <p>Once the dust settled, Peters proved to be quickest driver of the two. In the third-place runoff, Cox completed to podium after winning the matchup with Heinitz.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great weekend continuing strong momentum coming off a successful San Diego National Tour,&rdquo; Peters said. &ldquo;Winning the Challenge was especially satisfying given three second-place Challenge finishes, in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;John Hogan&rsquo;s Mustang was working well this weekend, which allowed me to pull up to the line each time with my focus solely on execution. Ending up with late round pairings against some of the drivers I respect the most, such as Michael Heinitz and Jeff Keisel, pushed me to dig unforgettably deep.&rdquo;</p> <p>Monfort (Ladies Class 2, StranoParts.com Ford Focus ST) started as the third seed in the Ladies Challenge bracket. In her opening-round matchup, she took out Mindi Cross (Ladies Class 3, Scion Racing/JDL Auto Design Scion FRS) to move to the semi-final round.</p> <p>There Monfort met, and downed, Kristen Acharya (CUSCO/FRSport/TheRacersStore.com Scion FRS). In the final, Monfort met Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX).</p> <p>En route to the final, Grice won matchups against Lisa Berry (Ladies Class 3, BMW 325 IS) and Teddie Alexandrova (Ladies Class 3, Roswell Driving Academy Nissan 350Z), respectively.</p> <p>Monfort wound up taking the bracket win over Grice, while Acharya completed the podium after beating Alexandrova in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great - and oddly familiar - to take the Ladies Challenge win in the first event of the season,&rdquo; Monfort said. &ldquo;I took the win last year at the first Pro event in Washington, D.C. in another Focus.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope to get at least one more Pro event under my belt in L2 this year. I like campaigning the Focus because I'm least experienced in FWD cars, and because it's an affordable and practical current car that is also fun to race, which is good for our sport. As for a points championship, I'd love to go after it! It usually comes down to the finale for me, and I know I will have fantastic skilled women to compete with no matter what car I'm driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dennis Trevino (Street Touring Xtreme, Hank Yamfang Honda Civic Si), of El Cajon, California, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge bracket.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo series is scheduled for April 25-26, in Crows Landing, California.</p> <p>For additional information on the El Toro ProSolo event, including full results, visit http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8384. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program can be found at www.SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial</p> Solo Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces Winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52340 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 26, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Elisabeth Flannagan, of Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Wildenberg, of Menasha, Wisconsin, were named as the two winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship for the 2015 Solo season. The two drivers were nominated by the general membership, with the award presented by a committee of well-respected female SCCA autocrossers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In its second year awarded, the scholarship provides financial support to offset travel costs to National Solo events. In addition, the Club will waive entry fees to National events for these two drivers and work with the Solo community, and its commercial partners, to seek out other forms of support for the winners. This includes, but it not limited to, driver training, mentoring, product support and logistical assistance.</span></p> <p>The award is given to two female soloists who not only display a high level of driving talent, but also a deep involvement in the Solo Community.</p> <p>Flannagan, who works as a therapist for children in foster care, said she has been able to get some good behind-the-wheel experience near her home. Additionally, she will be using the scholarship funds to make sure she is at the Tire Rack National Championships, in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p>&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t been able to stop smiling since I was notified that I won,&rdquo; Flannagan said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the biggest honor I have ever received in my life. To be recognized by these women is truly amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Philadelphia region is the best place to be an autocrosser. There are so many opportunities happening throughout the summer months. In fact, I knew that the ProSolo event at MetLife Stadium was going to fill up fast. So just after the event opened, I had to run out to my car in the middle of a ballet class just to make sure I got entered.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wildenberg, a student in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was equally happy to have the opportunity to compete in an expanded role with the help of the scholarship funds.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels amazing to be recognized like this,&rdquo; Wildenberg said. &ldquo;When I was first told about it, I honestly thought it many have been someone playing a joke on me.</p> <p>&ldquo;By winning this scholarship, I can attend a lot more events this season than I would have been able to do otherwise. I have already made plans to go to Wilmington (Ohio) for the ProSolo event, in addition to the mid-season visit to Lincoln (Nebraska) for the Championship Tour and ProSolo events. This will also be my first time going to Nationals. To say the least, I am really excited.&rdquo;</p> <p>The selection committee is made up of several influential female Solo National Champions. The committee includes Denise Cashmore, Tara Johns, Beth McClure-Strelnieks, Shelly Monfort and Patty Tunnell.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both of these women are dedicated members to their local regions,&rdquo; Johns, the chairperson for the selection committee, said. &ldquo;They also show promise and dedication to becoming extraordinary competitors. We are hopeful that both ladies will benefit from the scholarship and use this opportunity to thrive in our sport. We look forward to seeing them both compete on a national level this year.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We appreciate all of the nominations we received this year,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, Senior Director of Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;It made the Selection Committee&rsquo;s job challenging, but they chose two great recipients. We look forward to working with them during the 2015 Tire Rack National Solo season, and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>The scholarship was developed as a wish of Wendi Allen, a Solo National Champion in her own right, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. In November of 2014, Allen lost her battle to the disease, while the scholarship in her name endures as a legacy of promoting female achievement in the male-dominated arena of motorsports.</p> <p>For additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, please visit SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Oseth Named SCCA Pro Racing Vice President/General Manager http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52338 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Steve Oseth was named Vice President and General Manager of SCCA Pro Racing today, assigned with overseeing the day to day operations of the for-profit subsidiary of the Sports Car Club of America.</p> <p>Oseth will manage the staff and Pro Racing activities from the Topeka office, including the sanctioning of the Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am Championship and Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.</p> <p>Oseth comes to SCCA Pro Racing from AWRS International, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he owned the Nashville-area franchise of the automotive wheel sales and repair company. Prior to that, Oseth was the Founding President of Castle Concrete Corp., managing a company of more than 80 employees.</p> <p>He is a three-time SCCA Club Racing National Champion, winning the Runoffs&reg; three times &ndash; in 2003, 2006 and 2007, all in the Formula Vee class. Oseth is currently one of the Series Tech Coordinators for the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 and F1600 Championship Series.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to having Steve&rsquo;s experience and knowledge, both of motorsports and the business world, in house at SCCA Pro Racing,&rdquo; Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, said. &ldquo;Steve will manage both our in-house and event staff, and work closely with each of the series that we currently sanction to give them all the support that we can provide.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oseth will begin in the new role immediately, and will soon relocate to Topeka from his Nashville-area home.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am excited about this appointment and the challenges it presents,&rdquo; Oseth said. &ldquo;I have been a member of SCCA for 36 years and now having the opportunity to work with the people and organization that has been such an important part of my life is really extraordinary.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. - a 65,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports events. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series, documented within this web site. Each series holds events on high-profile race weekends and annually crowns Champions.<br /> <br /> Known for its operational expertise, SCCA Pro Racing has been the choice of privately-owned racing series, as well as those promoted by automobile manufacturers, to conduct all facets of their Championships.<br /> <br /> SCCA held its first professional racing event on February 3, 1963 - a United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race won by Jim Hall at Daytona International Raceway. Throughout the years, SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans-Am, Can-Am, Formula 5000 and World Challenge. SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for this country.</p> Solo Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT