SOLO: Tire Rack Pro Solo round four Atwater report

McKee wins Super Challenge in Tire Rack Pro Solo Round 4 ATWATER, Ca Andy McKee claimed his first Peavey Super Challenge win in the fourth round of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Series. McKee drove his B-Stock Honda S2000 to the over all win ...

McKee wins Super Challenge in Tire Rack Pro Solo Round 4

ATWATER, Ca Andy McKee claimed his first Peavey Super Challenge win in the fourth round of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Series. McKee drove his B-Stock Honda S2000 to the over all win defeating G-Stock driver Chris Hartman in the final round.

McKee narrowly escaped the third round with a 33 thousandth win over E-Stock driver Paul Brown. The win advanced McKee to the final four were he was joined by Hartman, Teresa Neidel and Erik Strelnieks, all of whom where advance by opponents red lights.

Strelnieks managed a tenth of a second lead over McKee while on the slower left side course, however, was unable to capitalize on the advantage due to a cone on his right side run. The two-second penalty for Strelnieks advanced McKee into the Top Eliminator where he faced Hartman.

Hartman defeated Teresa Neidel in the semifinals. Neidel then went on to knock off Peavey Super Challenge points leader Strelnieks in the runoff round to finish third. Neidel who had never even qualified for a Peavey Super Challenge was pleased with the finish though disappointed to have lost the opportunity to face McKee in the finals.

Strelnieks holds on to his Peavey Super Challenge points lead with 54 points. The second place finish moves Hartman into the third spot one point behind Dean Sapp and one point ahead of McKee who now has 35 points.

Patty Tunnell sweeps Ladies competition in the Fourth Round of the Tire Rack ProSolo Series

You would never know that Patty Tunnell was still in the recovery process from a brain injury suffered while playing racquetball last summer. Tunnell had a dream weekend in Atwater. Driving Vic Michael's BMW 330ci, she took the win in Ladies 1, was the Top Ladies Qualifier and went on to win the Ladies Challenge. When asked if the car that she had only six runs in prior to the ProSolo weekend was fun, Tunnell, who is still adapting to a stock class car, replied, "It is now."

The first round saw Angela Moffet, Laura Molleker and Yvonne Short red light while Jodi Fordahl caught a cone to advance, Annie Gill, Leslie Cohen, Elder and Tunnell. Gill defeated fellow Acura Integra driver Elder to advance to the finals and an eventual second place finish. Elder went on the Runoff round to face Cohen in her Corvette Z06. Cohen won both sides of the round to take the third spot.

Tunnell will wait to see if the car is offered to her again in for the seventh round in Wendover, Utah. With her round four win, Tunnell matches the wins of Beth McClure, Katie Elder and Juliann Pokorny. McClure currently has 59 Ladies Challenge points to give her a ten point lead over Elder. Tunnell is in the fourth spot, just one point behind Meredith Brown.

Hiroo Sumida wins the Honda Street Challenge
Street Touring S winner Hiroo Sumida took his Subaru Impreza to a win in the Honda Street Challenge Shootout. Sumida defeated Street Modified winner Corey Smith. Smith struggled on the left side course and then missed a shift on the right to give Sumida an easy win and $250 from Honda.

The win gives Sumida 20 Honda Street Challenge Shootout points putting him in a three-way tie for third behind Dennis Grant and Vic Sias.

Hiroo Sumida Top Qualifier for Peavey Super Challenge
Hiroo Sumida took a 1.015 win in Street Touring S to claim the top qualifier spot for the Peavey Super Challenge. Sumida credited his win in part to the driving and set up tips given to him by his co-driver, multi-time ProSolo Champion Grady Wood. Wood said of Sumida's performance, "Looks like our old boy did pretty good."

Steve O'Blenes claimed the second qualifier spot with a .576 win in A-Prepared. O'Blenes won the class in his B-Prepared Mazda RX-7 Turbo that was bumped to A-Prepared. Camaro driver Tom Berry qualified third with a .442 win in E-Street Prepared. A-Stock winner Scott McHugh was the top stock class driver, qualifying fourth in a 1989 Corvette.

Hartman, Schotz and Buetow all hit the magic 40-point mark
With their wins, Chris Hartman (G-Stock), Dave Schotz (F-Stock) and Bill Buetow (B-Street Prepared) have each won twice in class competition. Schotz now moves ahead of Kevin Youngers who has 36 F-Stock points. Hartman will wait to see what east coast G-Stock drivers Rick Cone and Robert Carpenter do in the next two rounds. Buetow is currently leading co-driver LJ Moffet by 11 points, though BMW driver Bob Tunnell has not ruled out the possibility that his B-Street Prepared M3 will make an appearance in the class before seasons end.

In A-Stock Jason Isley's second place finish behind Scott McHugh moved him into a tie for the A-Stock points lead with Chris Ramey. McHugh currently sits in the sixth spot though his win count matches that of third placeholder, Mike Bullis. Joe Goeke and Andy McKee finished first and second in B-Stock reversing the order of their finish in the second round. The two are now tied with 36 points in the B-Stock points lead. D-Stock winner Kevin McCormick brought his points total to 36 points and the D-Stock points lead over Heyward Wagner. In E-Stock Randy Noll also hit the 36 mark with a win. Noll is now tied with Paul Brown for the points lead.

Tom Berry's win over co-driver Steve Eguina moves Berry into the E-Street Prepared points lead with Eguina tied with third place finisher Glen Hernandez for second. While Berry has dominated the class this year he is encouraged by the progress made by Eguina citing wholesale improvements in his teammates driving. In F-Street Prepared Taka Aono posted a win over round two winner Abe Potter. Potter and Aono are now tied atop the class point standings.

The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Series now heads back to the east coast for the fifth round in Petersburg, Virginia. The final three rounds will be focused on the middle of the country with stops in Michigan, Indiana and Utah before the season Finale in Topeka.

ProSolo combines a drag racing start with traditional curvy Solo 2 maneuvers on side-by-side, mirror-image autocross courses. Lining up at the familiar "Christmas tree" start, drivers compete heads-up in various classes by combining their fastest times from each course. After class competition is completed, all ProSolo events feature the top drivers from each class competing head-to-head in a variety of single-elimination handicapped Challenges culminating with the Peavey Super Challenge. The ProSolo National Series provides national-level competition in a series structure using all regular National Solo 2 classes.

The Sports Car Club of America Inc. is a 64,000-member motorsports organization, which incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions nearly 2,000 events through its 109 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events for the Club include the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Tire Rack Solo 2 Nationals and Tire Rack ProSolo National Series at Topeka, the ProRally Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St Louis, Mo.

For additional information about SCCA Solo competition:
SCCA Solo 2: www.scca.org/amateur/solo2
SCCA ProSolo: www.scca.org/amateur/solo2/prosoloThe Tire Rack SCCA
National Solo Program: www.scca.org/amateur/solo2/nationalsolo.html

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Drivers Paul Brown , Taka Aono