RACE: Valvoline Runoffs

Event - SCCA Valvoline National Run Offs Car - ...

Event - SCCA Valvoline National Run Offs
Car - #90 King Motorsports / Hoosier / Reinertsen Honda S2000
Driver - Kris Skavnes

Sullivan, WI -- Kris Skavnes would want nothing more for his birthday this year, which falls on September 20th, than to bring home an SCCA National Run-Offs Championship in his King Motorsports prepared Honda S2000. Skavnes has proven himself on the professional circuits winning fourteen professional sports car races and the 1995 IMSA Touring Class Championship (the predecessor to the Grand Am Cup). Because of his rapid rise to success in the professional ranks, Skavnes has never won an SCCA National Championship. This season looks to be Skavnes' best shot ever at the annual event, amateur racing's crown jewel. He already has taken three SCCA National wins and the SCCA Northeast Division Championship driving the #90 King Motorsports prepared Honda S2000.

"We got the Northeast Division Championship, now we just need to go get the National Championship," Skavnes stated matter of factly. "We have done five races with this King car, won three of them, and got a second and a third. So we were in the top three all year long. When we get to the Run-Offs, there will be some good guys driving there. Mark Sandridge in the Boxster; Eric Van Cleef in the Supra; Kelm and Oates are both fast."

Securing the National Championship at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend will mean that Skavnes will have to finish the King Motorsports S2000 ahead of big displacement Camaros and Mustangs, as well as Boxsters that cost twice as much as the S2000. Some might say that it would be impossible to take a 2.0 liter Honda and run with the $50,000++ Porsche Boxsters and large displacement V8s. Skavnes is confident in the Honda platform and the King Motorsports preparation of the S2000 model.

"The S2000 pulls its advantages from braking and handling," said Skavnes. "That will help me a lot at Mid Ohio because it is a momentum track. The King S2000 is going to be a tough car to beat. The guys in the big cars are going to burn their tires right off in the race.

"If it rains, the car will be more difficult to drive than the other cars in class. The chassis is so stiff compared to the other cars in the class that it makes it a handful. The car is already loose to begin with."

Skavnes will take to the track for the first round of qualifying on September 17th. The T2 race will start at 2:25 PM on Friday September 20th. Watch for the #90 King Motorsports / Hoosier / Reinertsen Honda S2000 to be up front in the 29 car T2 class. The race will be aired on Speed Channel on a tape delayed basis - November 16th at 12:30 PM.

Information of Interest:

King Motorsports is the sole authorized North American distributor for Mugen Co., Ltd., the premier manufacturer of performance products for Honda and Acura automobiles. Since 1981 King Motorsports has provided the highest quality performance products and services proven by eight road racing championships. Their cutting edge technology has always set the industry standard.

Websites of interest:

King Motorsports Homepage:
www.kingmotorsports.com

Valvoline National RunOffs Homepage:
www.scca.com/amateur/club_racing/runoffs/index.html

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Drivers Mark Sandridge