Hot Times A Mile High: Denver Tour Soloists Beat The Heat At DIA DENVER, Colo. (July 19, 2006) -- 100 degree heat challenges even the most diehard of competitors, but 222 soloists would not be denied the opportunity to compete on the concrete...
Hot Times A Mile High:
Denver Tour Soloists Beat The Heat At DIA
DENVER, Colo. (July 19, 2006) -- 100 degree heat challenges even the most diehard of competitors, but 222 soloists would not be denied the opportunity to compete on the concrete at Denver International Airport for Round Nine of The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour.
Courses were described as moderately fast, with Sunday's unique course by Kevin Wenzel requiring a bit more discipline than the Saturday opener. While 18 states were represented, more than half of the trophies stayed in Colorado.
After having his streak of top-two finishes broken at Milwaukee, Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, got back to his winning ways in Denver, taking the Street Touring® S2 class win in his Soulspeed/ART/GRM Mazda Miata over Enrique Garcia, of Seattle, in his Bacon.com/Team DHR Miata. It is Hollis' third win on the season to go with three seconds and one third. His three-win total is tied for tops with six other competitors, three of which were also in Denver.
Greg Reno, of Lawrence, Kan., topped a tough G Stock field in his MiniUSA/Baron Mini/Kumho Mini Cooper S to earn his third win of the season. Reno set quick time on both Saturday and Sunday for the class, and topped second-place Graeme Weston-Lewis by 0.801-second. Reno's other wins came at Walnut Ridge and Milwaukee.
Paul Costas, of San Antonio, Texas, trailed Mike Minear, of Hudson, Colo., after Saturday's runs, but came back on Sunday to take his third win of the season in the Witchdoctor Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro over Minear by 0.694-second. Costas also won at Walnut Ridge and in Houston.
Ann Hollis, also of Austin, Texas, kept pace with husband Andy by taking her third win of the season. Previous wins for Ann came in STXL in Houston and STS2L at Atwater. But this weekend, it was G Stock Ladies for Hollis in the "Thanks Brandt" Mini Cooper S by more than two seconds over the rest of the field.
Other three-time winners on the 2006 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour season, but not participating in Denver, are Velma Boreen, Lisa Frankel and Sam Strano.
David Fauth, of Centennial, Colo., trailed Monument's Paul Leonard after Saturday's action in D Street Prepared, but he recovered nicely on Sunday to take the win by 0.328-second in his BimmerHaus/Hoosier BMW 325is.
E Street Prepared had the close finish, as Mark Madarash, of Red Oak, Texas, edged Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore., by just 0.061-second on his final run in his Pontiac Trans-Am. It was Madarash's second win of the 2006 Tour.
However, tightest competition for the win went to D Stock, where Kinch Reindl, of Denver, drove his RiptideHosting.com Acura Integra Type R to a 0.002-second win over fellow Coloradan Mark Alan Smith in his SCR Performance/Ska Brew Volkswagen.
The parking lots of Denver International Airport will again be busy this weekend, with better weather predicted for Round Seven of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series.
The final regular-season round of The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour will be held Aug. 12-13 in Packwood, Wash. For program information including results from this weekend's event, please visit www.scca.com.