SOLO: Eight soloists make Rev It Up finals

Sharks In the Water: Eight SCCA Soloists in Mazda Rev It Up Finals TOPEKA, Kan. (July 14, 2004) -- Thousands of drivers from across the United States tried to earn a trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for the chance to win...

Sharks In the Water:
Eight SCCA Soloists in Mazda Rev It Up Finals

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 14, 2004) -- Thousands of drivers from across the United States tried to earn a trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for the chance to win a brand new Mazda3 through the Mazda Rev It Up finals. Only 20 made it. And an incredible 40 percent of them are SCCA competitors, including last year's winner Mark Daddio and second-place finisher Mike King, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Daddio won the Washington, D.C., portion of the nationwide event and leads an impressive SCCA crew into the event's last round, which is set for Labor Day weekend.

Including Daddio, four former SCCA Solo National Champions qualified to take a shot at winning the new Mazda3. Mazda Rev It Up, now in its second year, began with 15 cities hosting regional competitions over 15 weeks. The top driver from each site, along with five wild cards, earned an all-expense paid trip to California to compete in the final.

In the event that a single driver won in a previous competition, the second-place driver then became that event's representative.

For more information about the Mazda Rev It Up competition, visit www.mazdarevitup.com. For more information on how to get involved with SCCA Solo, visit www.scca.com.

The list of SCCA Solo competitors who will be making the trip to Monterrey, how they got there and some current highlights for each:

Karter Bollmann (Texas City, Texas) - Houston City Winner. Finished second in H Stock at 2003 The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.

Brian Priebe (Mishawaka, Ind.) -- Chicago City Winner. Finished as G Stock National Champion at 2003 The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.

Mark Daddio (Beacon Falls, Mass.) -- Washington D.C. City Winner. Finished as C Modified National Champion at 2003 The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships. Won 2003 Mazda Rev It Up competition.

Keith Casey (Somerset, Mass.) -- New York City Winner. Finished as Street Touring X National Champion at 2003 The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.

Ryan Thompson (Duluth, Ga.) -- Finished second at Atlanta, Ga., City competition, but qualified as top driver had already qualified elsewhere. Finished third in Street Touring S at 2004 ProSolo round one event in Atlanta.

Mike King (Jacksonville, Fla.) -- St. Petersburg, Fla., City Winner. Has two ProSolo Street Touring X wins and two second-place finishes this season. Finished second in Mazda Rev It Up competition behind Mark Daddio last year.

Steve Brolliar (Melbourne, Fla.) -- Finished second at Miami, Fla., City competition, but qualified as top driver Mike King had already qualified in St. Petersburg.

Pat Salerno (Danbury, Conn.) -- Wild Card entry as top scorer, non-city winner. Finished as Super Stock National Champion at 2003 The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.

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