SOLO: ProSolo season finale report

Hollis "Brakes" Out, Gets First Challenge Win of 2004 in Peru TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Andy Hollis roared back from almost eight-tenths of a second down after the first run in Sunday's Hawk Performance Super Challenge, coming from...

Hollis "Brakes" Out, Gets First Challenge Win of 2004 in Peru

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Andy Hollis roared back from almost eight-tenths of a second down after the first run in Sunday's Hawk Performance Super Challenge, coming from behind to beat out fellow Texan Eric Strelnieks in the final regular season The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series event in Peru, Ind.

The Super Challenge win was the first of the year for Hollis, and capped off a perfect weekend for the Austin, Texas-driver as he also captured the Honda Street Challenge award (best finish by a street class entry in the Challenge) and earned his first class victory of 2004 in his Street Touring S JLong/Mazda South/Soulspeed 1989 Honda Civic Si.

Hollis said the profitable weekend, which netted him more than $2,000 in contingency earnings for his efforts, nearly didn't happen after a gaff during the first run of the final round.

"I was having trouble with the car stalling, so I was using the emergency brake to help me get situated at the line," Hollis said. "I headed out on the first run and the car felt sluggish and got loose in the first slalom. I continued on all the way out through the crossover where I noticed a red light on the dash. It said 'brake.'"

The mistake left Hollis 0.8-second behind Strelnieks' Super Stock Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette going into the final run.

"I figured I had blown it," Hollis said. "So, I just went banzai on the next run, looking really far ahead and barely lifting in places I had been braking before. Eric [Strelnieks], on the other hand, ran 'carefully,' slowing at the final tight turn to avoid the apex cone. Turns out, he slowed too much finishing a full second behind. I guess I'd rather be lucky than good."

Behind Hollis and Super Stock driver Strelnieks, Brian Garfield wound up in third after traction control issues and a redlight cost him in the semifinals against Hollis.

Denise Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., captured her second Ladies Challenge title of the season in her Inacom Info System 1993 Toyota MR2, outlasting a second-run charge from the BimmerHaus/CRracing/Hoosier 2002 BMW 330Ci driven by runner-up Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo. Ladies 1 class winner Jennifer Merideth, of Westland, Mich., finished third.

In class action, Strelnieks won Super Stock by a healthy 1.155 seconds, making it three SS wins in the past five events and four first-place finishes overall (the exception being an A Street Prepared win after being bumped into that class at Oscoda). Eric Heller, of Uniontown, Ohio, finished second in his Kumho/Heller Motorsports 2002 Corvette, while Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., earned third place.

It's fast becoming more apparent that B Stock again belongs to Jason Saini, of Lake Forest, Ill. Driving his speedniche.com/moton/+6r 2001 Honda S2000, Saini smoked the class by over a second and earned his fourth-consecutive ProSolo B Stock win. Two other Illinois competitors completed the podium as Bradley Lamont, of Chicago, capped off his final 2004 ProSolo with a silver trophy in the over6racing.com 2001 Honda S2000, and James Yom, of Palatine, Ill., also in an S2000, nabbed third.

Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., picked up his fourth class win of the past six SCCA ProSolos, taking the win by 1.135 seconds in his BimmerHaus/Hoosier/H&R Springs 1995 BMW M3. Jason Tipple, of Galloway, Ohio, squeaked out a second-place finish in his Team Sandbag/Realspeed/Koni 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII by a scant 0.069-second over Canadian Dennis Grant, of Windsor, Ont., who finished third.

Other notes --

Mark Chiles, of Rocky Mount, N.C. was denied his eighth class win of 2004 when Brian Garfield, of Mount Airy, Md., dropped 0.6-sec. from his time on his final run to get the win by 0.3-second over Chiles in G Stock....20-year solo veteran Michael Potocki, of Kenmore, N.Y., got the first ProSolo win of his career by winning H Stock over Chang Ho Kim, of Maynard, Mass....The tightest battle of the weekend was in A Stock as Mike Bullis, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., beat out Paul Kozlak, of Harleysville, Pa., by only 0.030-second.

Competitors now turn their attention to the Sept. 11-12 ProSolo finale in Topeka, Kan., the precursor to the Mecca of SCCA Solo -- The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships, Sept. 14-17, also in Topeka at Forbes Field.

For more information about the Solo National Championships, ProSolo finale and a complete listing of results from the Peru ProSolo, visit www.scca.com.

-scca-

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