SOLO: National Tour Toledo preview

Second of Back-to-Back SCCA ProSolos This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (June 10, 2004) - The tires are still warm from last weekend as soloists have had just a few days to make their way from the nation's capital to Toledo, Ohio, for the seventh round...

Second of Back-to-Back SCCA ProSolos This Weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 10, 2004) - The tires are still warm from last weekend as soloists have had just a few days to make their way from the nation's capital to Toledo, Ohio, for the seventh round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series.

The heat left on the treads, however, is nothing compared to the hot streaks several drivers continue to ride as the National Series heads to the Toledo Express Airport this Saturday and Sunday.

Nobody has been hotter in 2004 than drivers Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., and Mark Chiles, of Rocky Mount, N.C. The two have combined for eight class wins (four apiece) and 10 podium finishes in six events this season.

Tunnell picked up his first D Street Prepared win of the year last weekend and is going for his fourth Street Modified victory in his Bimmerhaus/Hoosier/H&R Springs 1995 BMW M3. His only non-win to date was a second place finish at the first round Atlanta ProSolo event in February.

Chiles, in his blue Mini of Charleston/ 2003 Mini Cooper S, has been nearly untouchable in two different classes this year, spending time in both H Stock and G Stock competition. In fact, only 0.496-second is all that separates him from a perfect record in 2004 as that was the margin between him and third round G Stock winner Robert Carpenter.

While the entry list looks favorable for Tunnell to rack up another class win, Chiles may have a bit tougher time as Brian Garfield, of Mount Airy, Md., in his Mini Mania/CG Lock 2002 Mini Cooper S, is set to run this weekend as well. Garfield, who took the win in G Stock at the last event, has two overall this year. Also competing in G Stock is Topeka Super Challenge winner Jeff Templeton, of Maplewood, Mo. He finished second between Carpenter and Chiles at Topeka in his 2000 Subaru Impreza.

C Stock's Steve Telehowski, of Novi, Mich., has captured three wins in his silver 1999 Mazda Miata heading into round seven, the third coming in Washington, D.C., four days ago. A pair of 2004 Toyota Spyders driven by Eric Peterson, of Hillsborough, N.C., and Tracy Ramsey, of Hinckley, Ill., could battle Telehowski for the top spot.

Rod McGeorge and Tim Aro, both of Richmond, Va., are set to battle it out once again in E Street Prepared. Of McGeorge's three wins this year, Aro has finished second twice. The two share McGeorge's 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder and should either happen to stumble this weekend, it could be the Video Stop 1986 Honda CRX driven by Steve Mieritz, of Fort Wayne, Ind., that comes out on top.

With 23 entries currently, Street Touring S is the event's largest class and competition should be tight throughout. Billy Brooks, of Park City, Utah, is looking to make it back-to-back winning weekends after his win in Washington, D.C. in his Crazy Monkey Racing/Team ARG! 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS. Atlanta ProSolo STS winner Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, Pa., is also entered, driving his RedShift Motorsports 2000 Subaru Impreza RS.

Courtney Cormier, of Richmond, Va., is on top of the Street Touring X world right now after beating out incumbent Mike King, of Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend. King, in his SE Region/ 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX had won twice this season (the only two events he entered) and was looking for his third victory when Cormier, in his Mini Motorsport/KW/Helix 2003 Mini Cooper S, grabbed the win instead.

An impressive collection of names dots the 16-entry strong Ladies 1 docket. Donna Frank, of Durham, N.C., in her Charles Frank/Goldsmith 2002 Toyota Celica GT, is coming off her first career class win last weekend. In order to make it two in a row, she will have to knock off front-runners like 2003 B Stock Ladies National Champion Juliann Pokorny, of Lake Forest, Ill., who is driving her 2001 Honda S2000. Others such as Kim Bullis, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., in her 5 Cams/Raft 1995 Chevrolet ZR-1, D.C. ProSolo Ladies Challenge winner Michelle Wyant-Seelig, of Edmond, Okla., and Denise Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., in her Inacom Info System 1993 Toyota MR2, also are in the mix this weekend.

Action at the Toledo Express Airport gets underway Saturday with the first car due on the course at 9 a.m. The Hawk Performance Super Challenge, pitting all class-winners and a few top wildcards against one another in a bracket format, begins Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., approximately.

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