SOLO: Tire Rack Solo 2 - Peru report

Peru National Tour sets stage for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo 2 Nationals. PERU, IN With a little over two months to go before the Tire Rack SCCA Solo2 Nationals, 363 drivers converged on Peru Indiana for a final rehearsal before heading to Topeka...

Peru National Tour sets stage for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo 2 Nationals.

PERU, IN With a little over two months to go before the Tire Rack SCCA Solo2 Nationals, 363 drivers converged on Peru Indiana for a final rehearsal before heading to Topeka for the championships. Stock Classes had the normal strong turn out with 41% of the total entry matching the combined numbers put up by Street Prepared, Prepared and Modified. SCCA newest classes, the Street Classes also had a strong showing with four classes combining for 14% of the total entry. The ideal of the traditional two seater sports car continues to pull competitors to B and C-Stock each over the 20 drivers mark. G-Stock's new conglomerate of cars also yielded unusually high numbers with 23. Outside of Stock Classes C-Modified posted the highest numbers with 20.

Amongst the standouts of the weekend an unusual number were women. Both Danielle Engstrom and Kathleen Fitzpatrick took Saturday leads in their respective open classes. While neither of the pair could hold on to the win Fitzpatrick earned the fourth trophy in D-Stock while Engstrom claimed third in A-Modified. Karen Kraus, the highest finishing woman in an open class, came from mid-pack on Saturday to claim the second place trophy in F-Stock. Juliann Pokorny and Jennifer Merideth also had outstanding efforts in Ladies Classes. Winning B-Stock Ladies and E-Street Prepared Ladies both turning time worthy of trophies in the respective open classes.

Junior Johnson and Dennis Grant continue to move toward their first National Championship. Johnson followed up his first Tour win in Rome with a win in Peru in F-Stock. Grant continues to show the strongest results on the East Coast in Street Modified but will have to face strong competition from the West Coast in Topeka. The two driver team of defending champion John Ames and Roger Johnson shared a car to put a second on the rest of Super Stock with a mere tenth of a second between the two.

With many of the best making it to Peru several of the key battles to watch in Topeka are beginning to emerge. The weekends battle in C-Stock should carry through to the championship with Matthew Braun, Steve Telehowski and Tim Aro all showing the ability to win. Braun got the best of Aro with a 92 thousandth win while Telehowski took the third spot. Sam Strano has indicated that he will be in E-Street Prepared for the Solo2 Championship. Strano managed a slim win over championship contenders Mark Jorgensen and Marcus Meridith.

In C-Prepared, defending champion Ron Ver Mulm needed his final Sunday run to take the win over the Mustang of Buddy Jasman. To their credit, both Jasman and Ver Mulm were cone free for the entire weekend. The fastest battle of the weekend was also one of the closest. John Engstrom edged out Scott Nardin by a 94 thousandth margin. Nardin, the 2000 F-Modified National Champion, has teamed up with car owner George Bowland to campaign Bowland's latest creation, the 2001 BBR Shark.

After much speculation, the BMW 330 saw its first Tour win with Victor Michael at the wheel. Michael was among six drivers within three-tenths in D-Stock after Saturday runs and took the win on the strength of his final Sunday run. Though no stranger to winning or Toyotas for that matter, Jeff Cashmore took a first win in E-Stock in his new MR2. His wife, Denise matched the win with the top spot in E-Stock Ladies. Jack Burns, wheel supplier extraordinaire, took his first win in his 2002 Mini Cooper in H-Stock. Coopers and Civics each took two of the four trophy spots in the class.

Special thanks goes to the Kentucky Region for taking on the overwhelming task of the years largest Tour and pulled it off with ease. Event Chair Michael Clevenger and a host of others ensured that the event was fun, efficient and challenging for all competitors.

The Tire Rack SCCA Solo 2 National Tour takes National Solo on the road to various locations around the country. These events average over 250 drivers from a wide geographical area though most of the competitors come from nearby states. The drivers come together to get a taste of the "Nationals" experience of competition and camaraderie found at the Championships. Each event is presented in a format similar to that found in Topeka during The Tire Rack Solo 2 National Championships.

The Sports Car Club of America Inc. is a 67,000-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 Runoffs0x00ae National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Tire Rack Solo 20x00ae Nationals and Tire Rack ProSolo0x00ae National Series at Topeka, the ProRally0x00ae Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St Louis, Mo.

For additional information about SCCA Solo competition:
SCCA Solo 2:
SCCA ProSolo: Tire Rack SCCA
National Solo Program:


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Drivers Junior Johnson