SOLO: ProSolo season finale preview

Out of the Woodwork: Lots of Champs Set to Compete in Last ProSolo TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 13, 2004) -- Almost 200 Solo competitors, including six of the season's nine Hawk Performance Super Challenge winners, will take advantage of one more tune up...

Out of the Woodwork:
Lots of Champs Set to Compete in Last ProSolo

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 13, 2004) -- Almost 200 Solo competitors, including six of the season's nine Hawk Performance Super Challenge winners, will take advantage of one more tune up before September's The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships as the season's final ProSolo event takes place this weekend at Grissom Aeroplex in Peru, Ind.

So while many competitors' eyes may be focused on the larger goal next month, that doesn't mean things won't be intense this Saturday and Sunday as the event field is loaded with many of the same names that have the potential to end 2004 with a national championship.

The past four Super Challenge winners are all in Peru as C Stock's Michael Wootton, of Austin, Texas; Street Touring X's Tom Hoppe, of Raleigh, N.C.; G Stock's Brian Garfield, of Mount Airy, Md.; and Super Stock's Eric Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas all head into the weekend's action in each of their respective classes.

Just because they lack a Super Challenge win this year, however, doesn't mean several other soloists aren't necessarily favorites going into the final ProSolo round.

No one has had a more consistent, high-performance 2004 season than Mark Chiles. Though he hasn't yet won a Super Challenge (falling just short by finishing second in Wendover), Chiles has split time between G Stock and H Stock, compiling an amazing seven class crowns in the process.

Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., is second behind Chiles in the win department with five class wins to his credit. After winning five out of six events (he skipped Round Four in Atwater, Calif.) between Street Modified and D Street Prepared, Tunnell is looking to get back on top of the podium after finishing second in SM last round.

Jason Saini, of Lake Forest, Ill., last year's B Stock National Champion, has won the class title in each of the past three ProSolos after getting back into Solo competition upon finishing his Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook season.

G.H. Sharp, of Kernersville, N.C., has also taken three class titles in a row, his coming in D Stock. Sharp's bid at a fourth straight win might be tricky, however, as Matthew Grainger, of Florissant, Mo., who won two DS titles early this year, could emerge on top as well.

First-day action of the final ProSolo event is set to begin at 9 a.m. Day two is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the Hawk Performance Super Challenge slated to begin at 1 p.m.

For more information about The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series, visit www.scca.com.

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