2017 Tire Rack Fontana ProSolo: Saturday Recap

Day one of two at the 2017 TireRack SCCA ProSolo in Fontana, California is in the books. Simple but not easy describes this Jonathan Lugod designed course. After setting up four iterations trying to get the right feel and timing, the end result was a flowy, well balanced, single crossover ProSolo course. There were over 200 people in 27 classes competing for trophies and contingency, making for some aggressive driving. This included David Webb making a 360 spin through the finish lights without hitting a cone!

Formula Junior A and B took to the course first thing in the morning, slipping and sliding around. When the dust settled, Robert Ekstrand in JA squeaked out a five-tenths lead over Erika McKee, while Ethan Fudge took a commanding four-second lead in JB after recovering from a spin on his first run.

The largest ladies class of the day, L3, saw 12 drivers take to the course with one of the favorites, Annie Gill, leading another favorite, Nicole Wong, by .245. Mina Ingraham is just about three-tenths back in third while Neelu Yeoh is .255 back for the final trophy spot. Meredith Brown will take a .374 advantage into Sunday in the seven-driver L2 class, with Kristen Acharya in second but Deana Kelley only 30 thousandths behind for third. Finally, class favorite Christine Grice tops L1 by 3.7-seconds against Mari Clements.

STR is tied for the largest class in the event with 19 drivers, saw multi-time national champion Ken Motonishi use a pair of fast afternoon runs to take the lead over Matt Ales by .430. Ales stood on his morning runs, as did Jeff Cawthorne in third and James Yom in fourth. The battle for second, third, and fourth will surely be decided on Sunday as all three competitors are within 54 thousandths of one another.

The other large class in the event, STX, saw a Volkswagen Golf R lead the way, as Chris Thorpe heads into Sunday with a seven-tenth advantage over course designer Jonathan Lugod. Similar to STR, the second through fourth positions are within .056 of each other with Manfred Reysser in third and Brandon Porambo in fourth.

In STU, multi-time national champion Bryan Heitkotter went faster in the afternoon to take an eight-tenths advantage over Jimmy Au-Yeung. STS featured a tight battle with Stephen Yeoh ahead of Kinch Reindl by .152, who in turn is leading Eric Stolz by .128, with Peter Loney in fourth just .145 behind.

Another really close class is A Street, with Matthew Gonzalez ahead of Matt Jones by the slimmest .027 margins. Scott Fraser enjoyed a one-second advantage in the six-person Super Street Class, while Sean O’Boyle leads F Street by almost seven-tenths. Ryan Clark has a seven-tenths lead in the 12-person B Street class, with Kyle Williams in second and Navid Kahangi trailing him by just .115.

Maurice Velandia from Northern California is running away from a very competitive C Street class, leading Jeff Bandes by 1.2 seconds. Brian Coulson is in third place .183 back, while Kenton Koch in the lone RX-8 has a hold on the final trophy spot just .136 behind. In D Street, Mark Scroggs in his camaro took advantage of fast afternoon runs, cleaning up a dnf, to move up into the top spot over Mitch Metling, leading by just .125, while Brett Madsen on new shocks he just installed last night is .193 back in third and Ian Farrel .117 behind in fourth.

A battle for first place is brewing in E Street with Paul Brown in his MR2 and Sammy Valafar in his miata just .018 away from each other in the 15-person field. H Street is led by Scott McHugh, just .150 on top of James Harnish, while the street tire bump class, B1 has Doug Rowse on top of David Howdyshell by three-tenths.

Mitch Fagundes in his Audi R8 leads the close to a million-dollar class, SSP, with an eight-tenths advantage over Ryan Johnson in his Lotus Elise. Steve Lau is hot on his heals just 31 thousandths back for third place in the eight-driver field. Another tight battle for first was in BSP with Anthony Porta edging Tony Rivera by half a second following coned runs for Rivera. Both drivers dropped over a second on their afternoon runs. Greg McCance utilized fast afternoon runs to take a .447 advantage in Street Modified over Jeff Staurt, who is in turn .477 in front of Peter Bollenbecker for the third and final trophy spot.

In Bump 4, Tom Berry soared into a 1.4-second lead in the afternoon following a morning which saw him red-light twice and DNF once. Paul Russell, favored to win Kart Modified has the day-one lead by nearly seventh-tenths over co-driver Eric Nelson.

Marshall Grice was dirty in the morning, but finally laid down some clean runs in the afternoon to lead the always competitive Race 1 class by nine-tenths against Jeff Keisel. Matt Ellam went faster in the afternoon to place third while Jonathan Clements is .270 back for the fourth trophy spot. In Race 2, Andy McKee stands on his morning runs to lead the field, edging Brian Peters by only two-tenths, who is ahead of Justin Moore by three-tenths.

In Classic American Muscle (or Cubic American Money) it was Chris Cox in his 2015 Ford GT350 R taking the eight-tenths lead over Thomas Kamman in his 2002 Corvette Z06. The nine-person indexed CAM class, which ran throughout the day due to another event occurring at the same location saw Chad Ryker with the big 1.4-second lead over Efrain Diaz. Diaz is ahead of Michael Cuthbertson by only .089, while Paul Molina is fourth only .090 back.

With another beautiful and sunny day expected in Southern California on Sunday, expect some times to drop as competitors battle it out for plastic trophies and bragging rights (and maybe some contingency thrown in there for good measure).