SOLO: National Tour Washington DC summary

Soloists Work Out "Bugs" at D.C. Solo Tour TOPEKA, Kan. (June 1, 2004) -- A host of creatures, including Toyota Spyders, Volkswagen Rabbits and Ford Mustangs were on hand, as usual, for this past weekend's The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National...

Soloists Work Out "Bugs" at D.C. Solo Tour

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 1, 2004) -- A host of creatures, including Toyota Spyders, Volkswagen Rabbits and Ford Mustangs were on hand, as usual, for this past weekend's The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour event at FedEx Field Washington, D.C., May 29-30.

However, nobody seemed to know who brought the cicadas.

The little devils that have plagued the D.C. area this year as part of their 17-year cycle made sure their presence was known as they landed in cars, in peoples' hair and flew through sensor beams wreaking havoc with timing and scoring. And their around-the-clock buzz left some competitors' and enthusiasts' with a ringing in their ears.

The adverse conditions didn't affect everyone, though, as several drivers continued hot seasons.

Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, showed that his Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 didn't have any bugs in its system this weekend, blowing out the Super Stock field by a rather large 1.185 seconds. Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., finished second in his Eckler's/VetteSport/RAFT 2002 Corvette behind Strelnieks, while Steve Landstra, of Chester Springs, Pa., wound up third driving the Phoenix Performance 2002 Corvette Z06.

Paul Kozlak and his wife, Lynne, of Harleysville, Pa., proved that patience does pay off. After scanning classified ads for years looking for the "perfect" Porsche 911, the duo found a 1997 Porsche 993, slapped the necessary livery on it and dominated A Stock, finishing first and second, respectively, with Paul out-doing his mate by 1.773 seconds. G.H. Sharp, of Kernersville, N.C., in his SF Motorsports 2003 Porsche Boxter S, finished third.

Three drivers made valiant efforts to claim D Stock this weekend, but in the end it was Vern Anderson, of Pittsburgh, Pa., outlasting Samuel Krauss, of Stratford, Conn., and Brian Hair, of Herndon, Va., who finished second and third, respectively. Anderson, in his McB Autosport 2001 Acura Integra Type-R, trailed Krauss' ileagle racing 1998 Eagle Talon by just 0.052-sec. going into day two with Hair's OG Racing 1998 BMW 323is just 0.055-sec behind him in third. On Sunday's faster course, Anderson's Acura pulled away, putting the final touches on the weekend's results.

Andrea Cairone, of New York, N.Y., finished ahead of the boys in A Street Prepared in the Axis of Oversteer 2001 BMW M Coupe. Her time of 122.003 seconds was 0.299-sec. better than silver-finisher Kienan Weber, of Chesapeake, Va., who drove the Coastal Glass-sponsored 2004 Corvette. Cairone's teammate, Carolos Gomez, of New York, N.Y., finished third in the shared BMW.

Course-designer Lee Piccione, of Severn, Md., not only plotted the design for the pyloned courses, but also mapped out a win in B Street Prepared in his McGeorgeToyota.com/Skittles 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder. Heath McMillan, of Woodstock, Ga., finished a distant second, 3.776 seconds back, in his Team CRX/Knowledge/OPM 1985 Honda CRX. Rod McGeorge, of Richmond, Va., teamed up with Piccione to drive the MR2 and finished third.

Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, out-dueled 26 other competitors to walk away wit the Street Touring title. Hollis' Mazda South 1989 Honda Civic was 0.875-sec. faster than the 2003 Toyota Celica GT driven by Jeff Hurst, of Bay Shore, N.Y. and 1.233 seconds better than Thomas Buckley, of Effort, Pa., who finished in third in his 2001 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5.

Ian Stewart, of Tallahassee, Fla., in his Maitland Importer Inc. 1999 Mazda Miata bested his teammate, Robert Palmblad, of Orlando, Fla., by 2.783 seconds in Street Modified 2 action. Kevin Camire, of Atkinson, N.H., was seven-tenths behind Palmblad while driving his Apex Automotive 1990 Mazda Miata.

The first of three final stops on The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour is set for Toledo Express Airport in Toledo, Ohio, June 19-20.

Soloists competing in the sixth round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries will hang around, with the cicadas, in Washington, D.C., for another week as FedEx Field hosts the event coming up this weekend, June 5-6.

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

-scca-

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