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The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series Makes 2006 Debut at Fontana This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (March 10, 2006) -- Mirrored courses, Christmas tree starts and the popular Hawk Super Challenge make their season debut at California Motor ...

The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series Makes 2006 Debut at Fontana This Weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (March 10, 2006) -- Mirrored courses, Christmas tree starts and the popular Hawk Super Challenge make their season debut at California Motor Speedway as the Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series begins its season in Fontana, Calif. this weekend.

A host of recognizable names are on the docket for Fontana, including several who that already picked up class wins in the early part of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour.

Among those who will help usher in the new ProSolo season is Scott McHugh, of Santa Clarita, Calif. McHugh, in his Kumho/MC Racing 1989 Chevrolet Corvette, took A Stock last weekend at the San Diego National Tour and he very well could be A Stock's top representative when the 32-competitor, single-elimination bracket Hawk Super Challenge gets underway Sunday afternoon.

A pair of women will compete for the top spot in B Stock this weekend. Jennifer Isley, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., (Kumho Motorsports/Mazda 2005 Mazda RX-8) and Barbara Leroy-Boehme, of San Diego, Calif., (Kumho 2004 Mazda RX-8) will take on each other and a very competitive class as solid shoes like San Diego National Tour B Stock winner Joe Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash. (Team Butt Heat! 2005 Mazda RX-8) and Jennifer's husband, Jason Isley, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., will be formidable opponents.

Ryan Buetzer, of Long Beach, Calif., is also coming off of a class win in San Diego, where he handily took the C Stock win in his 1999 Mazda Miata. While he was able to get that win by almost two seconds, this weekend could be a different story for the young gun as others such as Darrin DiSimo, of Coral Springs, Fla., (1999 Miata) have entered into the mix for the first ProSolo.

Any number of Soloists could emerge as B Street Prepared winner, like Jim Daniels, of Gladstone, Ore., and Ron Bauer, of Bellevue, Wash., who will co-drive the Kumho/Team RH/Team Butt Heat 1994 Miata against top-flight competition in the form of Eric Clements, of Alta Loma, Calif. (1999 Miata) and George Doganis, of Lakeside, Calif. (Dino's/Racing Beat/Goodwin/AWR 1994 Miata), among others.

The Honda Street Challenge is back in 2006, ready to honor the top-finishing street class car in the Hawk Super Challenge. Among the street classes, several potential Honda Street Challenge winners are in Street Touring S, where successful Ladies' class competitors Katie Elder, of Folsom, Calif. (Bilstein/H.A.P./America's Tire of Orangevale 1989 Honda Civic Si), and Leslie Cohen, of Encinitas, Calif. (Leslie Cohen Design 1989 Honda Civic Si), have jumped into the Open class waters and will take on 12 other competitors including Jason Rhoades, of San Diego, Calif., who will be very competitive in his Yokohama/ProPartsUSA 1992 Nissan 240SX.

Though Elder and Cohen will compete in Open class competition, the Ladies' classes are far from bare. In fact, they are loaded.

Mary Medicus, of Lafayette, Colo. (Advanced Spine/Built-By-Bones 2005 Mini Cooper S); Meredith Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M. (Isotope Wheels/Automotive Professionals 1993 Toyota MR2); Annie Bauer, of Renton, Wash. (2005 Mini Cooper S); Dawn Maxwell, of Phoenix, Ariz. (2005 Mini Cooper); and Jodi Fordahl, of Bremerton, Wash. (Fordahl Motorsports/Hoosier 1984 Porsche 944) have crammed into a 12-entry Ladies 1 class, which is so loaded with talent that one of the drivers who doesn't win the class could very well go on to win the Ladies Challenge.

The same can be said concerning Ladies 2, where another slew of drivers will duke it out. Elise Sias, of Santa Clara, Calif. (2002 BMW M3); Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo. (BimmerHaus Performance 1995 BMW M3); Christine Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif. (Kumho/USA Mortgage Corp./Berry Family Racing 1996 Chevrolet Camaro) and Teresa Neidel-McKee, of San Jose, Calif. (SiasTuning/A.R.E./7parts.com 1993 Mazda RX-7) lead the impressive class and if any of these drivers emerge as Ladies Challenge Champion, no one would be surprised.

The first cars are expected off at California Motor Speedway at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday. The Hawk Super Challenge, which will pit all class winners plus wildcard entries against one another in a single-elimination, bracket format, is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, including full entry lists and schedules, visit www.scca.com.

-scca-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Ryan Buetzer , Eric Clement , Ron Bauer