SOLO: Walnut Ridge ProSolo National preview

Walnut Ridge Battle Embers Ready To Rekindle at Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo National Series This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (April 7, 2006) -- One week after the Walnut Ridge community poured out its support for the Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour...

Walnut Ridge Battle Embers Ready To Rekindle at Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo National Series This Weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 7, 2006) -- One week after the Walnut Ridge community poured out its support for the Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour event at the Walnut Ridge Airport, local enthusiasts will have a chance to cheer for Christmas tree, drag-racing style starts, mirrored courses and the Hawk Super Challenge as the Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series comes to town this weekend.

The ProSolo will also give competitors a chance to rekindle any smoldering remnants of battles played out a week ago.

In A Stock, Steve Wynveen, of Germantown, Wis., finished second in his mercuryracing.com 2001 Honda S2000, three places ahead of Jeff Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., who will compete this weekend in his Inacom Information Systems 1989 Chevrolet Corvette.

Andy Hohl, of St. Ann., Mo., got the B Stock win six days ago in Walnut Ridge, and he'll try to make it two weekends in a row in his Mr. Mom Racing/Solo2.org 2003 Nissan 350Z. Also from the "Show-Me" State, Chris Hammond, of Manchester, Mo., finished second to Hohl in the National Tour event, and will look to even up the score with his co-driver. If it's not one of those two, another to watch for is Aaron Buckley, of Charlotte, N.C., in the Timeless Machines 2004 Mazda RX-8.

Coming back to Walnut Ridge after a third-place National Tour showing, Joel Fehrman, of Smyrna, Ga., is hoping to improve on his podium finish in B Street Prepared. Fehrman will pilot his Knowledge Performance 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, taking on SCCA ProSolo veterans Lee Piccione, of Severn, Md. (BimmerHaus/Autocrossers Inc. 1995 BMW M3), and Mitch Beranek, of Cheyenne, Wyo. (CR Racing 1995 BMW M3).

Matthew Braun, of Northville, Mich., took the top spot in Super Stock in the National Tour and is back in his PowerPlug 2005 Lotus Elise, taking on a field that contains the likes of Brian Conners, of Philadelphia, Pa. (who finished second to Braun less than a week ago), in the LJB Racing 2005 Lotus Elise; Jerry Onks, of Smyrna Tenn. (VetteSport/RAFT 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06) and Ian Stewart, of Orlando, Fla. (www.maitlandimports.com 2005 Porsche 911 GT3).

The Walnut Ridge ProSolo Ladies classes are both loaded with talent, including Beth McClure-Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas (Jungle Cat Racing/www.lonestarcraft.com 2005 Cooper S) in Ladies 1, who will strike up familiar rivalries with the likes of Denise Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis. (Inacom Information Systems 1989 Chevrolet Corvette) and Meredith Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M. (Isotope Wheels/Automotive Professionals 1993 Toyota MR2), both of whom will not only compete with McClure-Strelnieks for the Ladies 1 win, but the Ladies Challenge victory also.

In Ladies 2, Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., will run her 1995 BMW M3, going for the class and Ladies Challenge win against Karen Krauss, of Brownsville, Md. (Knowledge Performance 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi) and Ann Hollis, of Austin, Texas (Soulspeed/ART/GRM Porsche GT3) among others.

SCCA ProSolo class competition at the Walnut Ridge Airport begins Saturday at 8:15 a.m. The first cars are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and the Hawk Super Challenge, a bracket-style, single-elimination format that pits the top 32 cars (including all class winners and wild-card entries) against each other, will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, including a full schedule and entry list, visit www.scca.com.

-scca-

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