Rookies Win Battles, But Veterans Win the War in D.C. ProSolo WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2007) -- After a break of nearly two months, TireRackÂ® SCCA ProSolo competition was back under way this past weekend at the country's largest National...
Rookies Win Battles, But Veterans Win the War in D.C. ProSolo
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2007) -- After a break of nearly two months, TireRack® SCCA ProSolo competition was back under way this past weekend at the country's largest National Football League stadium, FedEx Field, in Washington, D.C.
Competitors and officials alike were delighted that the weather was much more cooperative this year than last, when a Sunday morning rain shower of biblical proportions flooded the stadium parking lots. Thankfully, it was nothing but sunny skies shining down on the beautiful Lee Piccone-designed courses set up in the West parking lots of FedEx Field.
Several competitors from the recent TireRack SCCA Solo National Tour in Devens, Mass., were on hand, hoping for another successful Solo weekend in D.C. That includes Paul Kozlak and Lynne M Rothney-Kozlak, of Litchfield, Maine, who once again piloted the Red Haus Racing Chevrolet IROC in the F-Stock Category. In Devens, it was Lynne who took the win, but in D.C. both Kozlaks would be out-maneuvered by Sam Strano, of Knoxville, Pa. Strano was driving a brand new Strano Performance Parts Ford Mustang Shelby GT owned by Michael Snyder. Paul Kozlak would finish 0.667-second behind in second, followed by Lynne in third.
Boosted by her Devens win in Street Touring Extreme Ladies, Cara Ness, of Medfield, Mass., entered her first SCCA ProSolo event at D.C., and proved she was no one hit wonder by taking Ladies Class 1. Driving an H Stock Fun Hondas Racing Honda Civic Si, Ness beat out Karen Kraus, of Frederick Md., who is no stranger to the DC ProSolo after finishing runner-up in the Ladies Challenge last year at this event. Kraus was obviously on a mission this year in her Subaru Impreza WRX and turned the tables on Ness by taking the Ladies Challenge victory.
The tightest win of the event came in D Stock where the Chrysler Crossfires of Bryan Hertweck and rookie Keith Vail had quite the battle. It was Vail, of Pittsboro, N.C., who was able to pull out the win by 0.015-second over Hertweck, of Summerfield, N.C.
David Newman, of Allentown, Pa., backed up his first X Prepared SCCA Solo National Championship by taking his first Hawk Super Challenge win at the wheel of a 1970 Porsche 911. The final round was decided when veteran SCCA ProSolo competitor G.H. Sharp, of Kernersville, N.C., shocked the rest of the field and himself, by red-lighting the start of the second run in his Mini Cooper S.
Other challenge winners included Evanthe Salisbury, of Baldwin, Md., who captured Bonus Challenge honors in a Subaru WRX STi, and Chang Ho Kim, of Maynard, Mass., who drove a Honda Civic Si to the Honda Tuner Challenge victory.
There'll be no time off for SCCA ProSolo as the next round is set for this weekend, June 30 -- July 1, at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Atlanta Region will host the Doublecross Challenge. The unique event uses a course layout which allows competitors to go head-to-head in a race to the finish line without ever crossing each others' paths.