Harrington Starts March Madness Early With Win at the second Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo. San Bernardino, Calif. (March 17, 2004) -- March Madness got started a little early this past weekend as Tom Harrington, of Las Vegas, Nev., emerged victorious...
Harrington Starts March Madness Early With Win at the second Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo.
San Bernardino, Calif. (March 17, 2004) -- March Madness got started a little early this past weekend as Tom Harrington, of Las Vegas, Nev., emerged victorious Sunday afternoon over the 32-person bracket to claim the Hawk Performance Super Challenge victory at Norton Airport in San Bernardino, site of Round Two of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries.
Driving his Chase CAM/Acceleration Karting 2003 Honda/Crg RoadRebel, Harrington got his one shining moment of the weekend as he beat out H Stock top-man Alan Dahl, of Federal Way, Wash., in his 1995 Audi 90 Quattro. Also from Federal Way, Kevin Dietz did his best "Cinderella" impression as he came on strong during the Challenge to finish third in the Super Challenge after finishing fourth in Super Stock competition in his Jim's Detail Evolution 2004 Chevrolet Z06.
Rookie Josh Sorter, of Glendale, Ariz.. did a fine job in his first-ever ProSolo as he earned a berth to the event's big dance by finishing first in Street Touring X and snaring the Honda Street Challenge award as his Fokusracing/5-zigen/Progress 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX was the top-finishing Street Touring entry in the Super Challenge field. In STX, Sorter smoked his competition, beating Jason Rhoades, of San Diego, Calif., by 1.911 seconds and Eric Clements, of Alta Loma, Calif. by over two seconds.
In Super Stock, Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore., threw in a buzzer-beater to grab the class victory. After stopping for a misplaced cone, Kotzian asked for and was granted a rerun. He made the most of it, running a time 0.558-second faster than his previous best. The improvement jumped his Trackside Coachman 2001 Chevrolet Corvette all the way to the top, just 0.090-second ahead of eventual second-place finisher Stacy Molleker, of Redmond, Wash., who was in the Medallion Healthy Homes 2004 Chevrolet Z06. Dan Livezey, of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished third.
Rookie James Yom, of Palatine, Ill., was an at-large bid of sorts for the weekend as he co-drove the 2003 Honda S2000 belonging to Tony Payne, of Sunland, Calif. and won B Stock. Yom's mark of 58.283 seconds was 0.466-second better than silver finisher Joe Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash., who was in his Team Butt Heat!/Tires Plus 2000 Honda S2000. David Schotz, of Granada Hills, Calif., finished third after his SCCAforums.com/Kumho Tire 2004 Ford Mustang was bumped to the class as an F Stock entry.
Mark Chiles, of Rocky Mount N.C., had a little trouble firing out early during the weekend (tripping a red light on each course), but proved he was a crunch-time performer by posting clean runs all through the second-half of the weekend and grabbed the G Stock win in his Mini of Charleston/MINIUSA 2003 Mini Cooper S. Chiles co-driver, Jeff Jacobs, of Philadelphia, Pa., finished second by a scant 0.001-second over Mike Lillejord, of Redmond, Wash. Lillejord had one final chance to eclipse Jacobs, but he red-lighted, negating any chance to move up.
Leslie Cohen, of Encinitas, Calif., in her Brindle Racing 2003 Chevrolet Corvette, notched her first Ladies Challenge victory of the year after finishing as the top Ladies 2 entry. She beat out the Kumho/HAP/Bilstein/Am. Tire 1988 Honda Civic driven by Katie Elder, of Folsom, Calif., who was tops in Ladies 1 action. Angela Moffet, of Puyallup, Wash., in her Kumho/Team NayKid 1989 Chevrolet Corvette, finished third in the Ladies Challenge behind the two class winners.
The Madness continues as The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries sets its sights on the nation's heartland and Topeka, Kan., March 27-28. The event will give competitors a chance to get their first look at Forbes Field, site of the 2004 The Tire Rack® SCCA National Championships.
For more information about the SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries or the Solo National Championships, visit www.scca.com.