SOLO: ProSolo Atlanta season opener preview

First Round of 2004 The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series in Atlanta This Weekend. TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2004) -- The Solo name itself is a bit of a misnomer. Solo means one, but when enthusiasts venture out to the Gwinett ...

First Round of 2004 The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series in Atlanta This Weekend.

TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2004) -- The Solo name itself is a bit of a misnomer.

Solo means one, but when enthusiasts venture out to the Gwinett County Fairgrounds this weekend in Atlanta for the first round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries Championship, they'll see two.

Two cars line up at a drag racing-style Christmas tree on two separate, mirrored courses outlined with pylons. And when the tree flashes green, those cars will flash in, around and through the cones, running against not one but two foes - time and class competitors - for the chance to move on and take on the best drivers from each class in the newly-named Hawk Performance ProSolo Super Challenge.

To take part, men and women will travel from as far away as Colorado, Wisconsin and Michigan to display their skills in one of the 24 classes featured Saturday and Sunday. The Georgia event definitely has a peach flavor to it as 39 of the 182 listed competitors are from within state boundaries. Nine of those 39 list Atlanta as their home.

But if the locals want to defend their state's honor, they will have to beat some of the country's best soloists to do so. Three husband and wife tandems: Bob and Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., (top-finishing stalwarts in Solo competition for almost 20 years -- including last year's Street Modified Ladies National Championship for Patty); Jeff and Denise Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., (Jeff won E Stock's National Championship in 2003 while Denise finished second in ES Ladies); and Erik Strelnieks and Beth McClure-Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, (Erik took home the 2003 Super Stock National Championship while Beth finished eighth, tops for women, in a ferocious Street Modified 2 class) will all be on hand for 2004's ProSolo kickoff event.

D Stock's Kevin Youngers, of Greeley, Colo., (who never finished lower than third in any event last season) will also be among the non-Georgia drivers who are out to grab an early-season victory.

Nine more rounds of SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries action will take place coast-to-coast across the United States in 2004, capped off by a regular-season finale Sept. 11-12 in Topeka, Kan. The finale is a precursor to the pinnacle of The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo Program - The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.

The National Championships, held in Topeka Sept. 14-17, is an all-inclusive, week-long gathering of competitors who have qualified in either The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour or the ProSolo NationalSeries.

Individual class champions are crowned over a four-day period, and this weekend's event in Atlanta could very well be the first step for those who climb the championship ladder in 2004. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and at 8 a.m. Sunday.

About the Sports Car Club of America, Inc.

Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 60,000-plus member motorsports organization incorporating all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions nearly 2,000 events through its 110 regions and professional subsidiary, SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. Landmark events for the Club include the SCCA ProRallySM Championship Presented by Hot Wheels®, the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo® NationalSeries at Forbes Field, Topeka, Kan.

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