ProSolo Competitors Get Early Look at Topeka This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2004) -- Like a groom getting a premature look at the bride before the wedding, ProSolo competitors will get an early, unexpected look at Forbes Field this ...
ProSolo Competitors Get Early Look at Topeka This Weekend
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2004) -- Like a groom getting a premature look at the bride before the wedding, ProSolo competitors will get an early, unexpected look at Forbes Field this weekend as the third round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries heads to Topeka after originally being scheduled for Ft. Worth, Texas.
The venue change means competitors will get to test their cars on the Forbes Field surface, something that was not originally planned until the final ProSolo event (Sept. 11-12), just before The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships makes its annual late-season stroll into Kansas' capital city.
Many top names will be on hand this weekend as the first third of 2004 wraps up and the pressing issue of earning crucial National Championship-qualifying points begins to emerge.
Hector San Nicholas, of Hollywood, Fla. will fire up his Regal Racing/ Team Hooho 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the first time since grabbing the Super Stock win in Atlanta, Ga., in mid-February. Getting class victory number two won't be easy for San Nicholas, as big guns like 2003 SS National Champion Eric Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, in his Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 2003 D Modified National Champion John Ames, of Colorado Springs, Colo., in his Ames Tech Consultants 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06; Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., in his Eckler's/VetteSport/Raft 2002 Corvette; and Kevin Dietz, of Federal Way, Wash., in his Jim's Detail/Evolution Schools 2004 Corvette, will all be on hand as well. Onks finished second to San Nicholas in rainy Atlanta.
A Stock is rich with talent as well this event. Jason Isley, of Chino Hills, Calif., and Michael Bullis, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., will try to hold off the rest of the class, while in B Stock, both previous class winners in 2004, round one winner Mark Sipe, of Montgomery, Ala., and round two winner James Yom, of Palatine, Ill., will battle each other for the first time this season.
In C Stock, it's not a question of whether a Mazda Miata will emerge on top Sunday, it's a question of whose. Steve Telehowski, of Novi, Mich., is a name to watch in his 1999 Miata and so is his teammate Matthew Braun, of Farmington Hills, Mich., who will compete in the same car. Braun finished runner-up in an A Stock Corvette in the 2003 National Championships. Michael Wooton, of Austin, Texas, could also be a factor in his own 1999 edition.
Ron Williams, of Topeka, Kan., will be in action this weekend, teaming up with 2003 National Championship G Stock runner-up Robert Carpenter, of Knoxville, Tenn. Williams, who finished 19th out of 43 in the Championships last year, will compete in Carpenter's 2001 Toyota Celica. Mark Chiles, of Rocky Mount, N.C., is looking for his first GS win of the year after nabbing an H Stock win in Atlanta.
D Street Prepared sees the return of first round Hawk Performance Super Challenge winner Alex Shchipkov, of New Albany, Ohio, in his BMW2002.com/SoloRacer.com 1989 BMW 325i. It's the first action for Shchipkov in over a month as he didn't take part in the second round ProSolo in San Bernardino, Calif.
The Ladies' side of the field is as star-studded as any round of the ProSolo circuit will be this year. Heavy hitters such as Jennifer Isley, of Chino Hills, Calif., Kim Bullis, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Meredith Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M., are all set to compete in Ladies 1; while Beth McClure-Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, and Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., will duke it out in Ladies 2.
Practice sessions begin at 3 p.m. Friday, with registration to follow until 7 p.m. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and will wrap up early in the afternoon. Day two action starts at 8 a.m. Sunday and the Hawk Performance Super Challenge, which features every class winner in a bracket-style, single-elimination format, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.