California Portion of The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour Closes With A Bang ATWATER, Calif. (May 4, 2004) -- The state of California hosted The Tire RackÂ® SCCA Solo National Tour this past weekend, its last SCCA Solo event of the year,...
California Portion of The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour Closes With A Bang
ATWATER, Calif. (May 4, 2004) -- The state of California hosted The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour this past weekend, its last SCCA Solo event of the year, and it couldn't have put on a better show if it had tried.
Over 340 competitors crammed the courses for the Tour event, bulging out class entry lists and providing Solo enthusiasts with plenty of entertainment all weekend.
Super Stock lived up to its billing as Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore., battled all the way to the end of Sunday to prove his Trackside Coachman 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was the best Corvette in the class that featured 13 Z06 models overall. Finishing second, 0.420-sec. behind Kotzian, was Stacey Molleker, of Granite Falls, Wash., in his Medallion Healthy Homes 2004 Z06. Jeff Glorioso, of Folsom, Calif., wound up third.
Scott McHugh, of Santa Clarita, Calif., never gave the other 18 competitors in A Stock a chance as he jumped out to the front after the first run and eventually grabbed the win by 0.834-sec. in his Kumho 1989 Corvette. Brian Hobaugh, of San Ramon, Calif., earned second-place honors in his 1996 Corvette, and Jim Martin, of Modesto, Calif., in his Hoosier Racing Tires 1991 Corvette nabbed third.
Where SS and AS weren't relatively close, B Stock action was a heart-stopper as the 2004 rivalry shaping up between Joe Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash., and Mitch Fagundes, of Fresno, Calif., added another twist. With Fagundes coming into the last day leading by 0.056-sec. in his Dad Racing 2000 Honda S2000, Goeke needed some magic and he pulled it out on the final run in his Team Butt Heat!/Tires Plus 2000 Honda S2000, ripping off just enough time to take the class win by 0.079-sec. John Hyon, of Glendora, Calif., finished a distant third, 0.800-sec. off the pace.
Though the end result was a modest 0.275-sec. win for Chris Cox, of Morgan Hill, Calif., the way the result came about was anything but. Cox, in his ARE/Maier Racing 1995 BMW M3, went into Sunday with a slim 0.039-sec. lead over the Fordahl Motorsports 1972 Porsche 914 driven by Greg Fordahl, of Bremerton, Wash. Fordahl then leaped into the front on his last run of the day, only to watch Cox, on his last run, shave almost four-tenths of a second from his time, resulting in the final victory margin. Pilar Miranda, of Morgan Hill, Calif., finished third driving the same BMW as Cox.
In Street Modified, Vic Sias, of Santa Clara, Calif., blitzed the 16-person field by 1.439 seconds in his Sias Tuning 1995 BMW M3. The battle for second was much tighter between Bret Norgaard, of Poway, Calif., and co-driver Gary Richardson, of Sunnyvale, Calif. Norgaard, in his Reitmeir's Workstatt/Sias Tuning 1995 BMW M3, outlasted the tug-of-war between the two and wound up second, 0.286-sec ahead of Richardson.
Katie Elder, of Folsom, Calif., solidified her case as one of the top lady drivers in the country this weekend as she simply thrashed her competition in Street Touring Ladies. Elder, in her Kumho/HAP/Bilstein/Am's Tire 1989 Honda Civic, was never seriously challenged either day as she took the win by an unbelievable 9.309 seconds. Kristy Cheng, of El Cerrito, Calif., took home the silver trophy in her Noel Esporo 2000 Toyota Celica GTS. Sarena Tam, of Fremont, Calif., wound up third in her 2002 Acura RSX-S.
Even though California gets a break from Solo action for the remainder of the year, there is no rest for many competitors as they will travel across the desert into Farmington, N.M., for the fifth round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries. McGee Park, in Farmington, will host Round Five, which is the second ProSolo event in the past three weeks, May 8-9.
For more information about The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour or The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries, visit www.scca.com.