SOLO: National Tour Houston summary

Drama Galore at The Tire Rack SCCA Tour Event in Houston HOUSTON, Texas (April 6, 2004) -- The third stop on The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour could have doubled as a soap opera as last-minute partnerships, revenge and misfortune all...

Drama Galore at The Tire Rack SCCA Tour Event in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (April 6, 2004) -- The third stop on The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour could have doubled as a soap opera as last-minute partnerships, revenge and misfortune all made their way into the drama that unfolded at Houston's Gulf Greyhound Park last weekend.

After a dry beginning to the day, showers dampened the park and competitors' spirits as Saturday quickly turned into one-run battles for several classes for later groups.

One competitor's spirits couldn't be lowered, however, as Mike Johnson, of Rutherford, N.J., convinced fellow Super Stock competitor Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., to let him use Onks' Eckler's/VetteSport/RAFT 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the weekend. Johnson took full advantage as he wound up taking the top spot by 0.337-sec. over Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas. Lance Adams, using Strelnieks' Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, finished third. Meanwhile, Onks finished fourth.

It was a matter of revenge in Street Touring as Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, (who finished second at The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries in Topeka a week ago to Gerry Terranova, of Allen, Texas) returned the favor to Terranova as Hollis' Mazda South 1989 Honda Civic Si blasted Terranova's Kumho/Evolution/intercrew 1989 Honda Civic Si by 2.121 seconds. Wayne Atkins, of Lewisville, Texas, finished third.

Several competitors had impressive runs wiped out by pylons on Sunday. Among the unfortunates was B Stock driver Tim Pryor, of Houston, Texas, whose fastest run (50.815), in a Mazda South 2004 Mazda RX-8, would have been the fastest time in BS and would have given the Mazda RX-8 its first win in a Solo Tour. However, two impacted cones made the time disappear and Pryor finished third behind class winner David Hedderick, of Houston, whose ProAm Auto Accessories 2001 Porsche Boxster was 0.297-sec. faster than silver-finisher Gregg Lee, of Glen Rose, Texas, in his 2000 Honda S2000.

Misfortune dealt Robert Palmblad, of Orlando, Fla., a cruel hand as he trekked 17 hours to make the Tour event only to have his Street Modified Kenne Bell/Evolution School 1999 Mazda Miata break down during practice runs. Intent on running, Palmblad teamed up with C Stock's Adrian Iley, of Austin, Texas, in Iley's Road Trip Racing Team 2001 Toyota MR2, where the weekend's final blow came as he finished last.

The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour next heads back west as Castle Airport in Atwater, Calif., is set to host the next stop May 1-2. The fourth round of The Tire Rack® ProSolo NationalSeries will be at the same location a week earlier, April 24-25.

For more information about either the SCCA Solo National Tour or SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries, visit www.scca.com.

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