Cicadafest Part II: Soloists Ready for D.C. ProSolo This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (June 2, 2004) -- It became very apparent last weekend that Brood X cicadas were in fact SCCA Solo enthusiasts. That said, the troublesome insects will get a second...
Cicadafest Part II: Soloists Ready for D.C. ProSolo This Weekend
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 2, 2004) -- It became very apparent last weekend that Brood X cicadas were in fact SCCA Solo enthusiasts.
That said, the troublesome insects will get a second helping of pylon action this weekend as the sixth round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries takes place at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.
Cicadas will have to dodge windshields and grills all weekend long as over 200 competitors are entered for the event. It might even turn into a tug-of-war of sorts, as engine noise dukes it out with cicada singing, which has recently been measured as high as 102 decibels.
When not slugging it out with the bugs, several competitors are looking to use the D.C. event as a transition from successful early seasons to the remaining events in preparation for The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Championships in Topeka, Kan., in September.
Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., will pilot his BimmerHaus/Hoosier/H&R Springs 1995 BMW M3 this weekend in the Street Modified class in hopes of finding his fourth win in 2004. Tunnell, a Street Modified runner-up in last year's national championships, is going for back-to-back wins for the second time this season. He won the class in rounds two and three before coming back after a break to win round five in Farmington.
A couple of other entries are back and hungry for a win after getting off to fast starts earlier this year.
Among those, Mark Sipe, of Montgomery, Ala., in his 2003 BMW Z4, took the B Stock win in Atlanta back in February, but hasn't been back on top since. Brian Garfield, of Mount Airy, Md., is in a similar situation. After winning G Stock in Atlanta, Garfield has yet to add another win to his season total. Alex Shchipkov, of New Albany, Ohio, was the first Hawk Performance Super Challenge winner of 2004 in his his BMW2002.com/SoloRacer.com 1989 BMW 325i, but since then has not earned another win.
Tunnell's wife, Patty, followed up her 2003 Stock Modified Ladies National Championship with a win at Atlanta in Stock Modified. Since then, she has popped up on the podium with second-place finish in Ladies 2 at the round three ProSolo in Topeka. Driving her BimmerHaus/CRracing/Hoosier 2002 BMW 330Ci to another podium could prove tricky this weekend, going up against the Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 driven by Beth McCure Strelnieks, of Austin Texas, who finished ahead of Tunnell at Topeka.
Also in the Ladies 1 mix are Paula Whitney, of Sherwood Ark., in her Dragon Racing/Mazda 1990 Mazda Miata, and Mari Clements, of Alta Loma, Calif., in her 1995 BMW 325i.
Round six of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries gets underway with the first cars due off the starting line at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event wraps up with the completion of the Hawk Performance Super Challenge, which begins Sunday at 1 p.m., approximately.
For more information on The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries or the SCCA National Championships, visit www.scca.com.