Final 34 Champions Crowned as 34th Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals End TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2006) -- The 34th annual Tire RackÂ® SCCA Solo National Championships came to a close Friday, crowning the final 34 of the 72 National Champions for...
Final 34 Champions Crowned as 34th Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals End
TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2006) -- The 34th annual Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships came to a close Friday, crowning the final 34 of the 72 National Champions for the 2006 season. The event marked an all-time record for number of competitors, with 1169 drivers taking part over the course of four days.
In the final two days of competition, there were both upsets and predictable results. Some of the highlights included:
Shelbi Zigler, of Bothell, Wash., ended Kyung Wooton's five-year run of C Stock Ladies. Zigler trailed after the first day of competition, but was nearly a second faster on the East course in her Team Pajama/Kumho Pontiac Solstice. Wooton held on for second, 0.530-second behind.
Nationals rookie Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif., drove his Toyota MR2 to a 0.091-second win over Paul Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M. It is Brown's sixth runner-up finish in 22 attempts at scoring that elusive first National Championship.
Andrew McKee, of San Jose, Calif., won the battle of the turbo Mazdas in Street Modified 2, surpassing first day leader Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, in his Kumho/A.R.E./Sias Tuning Mazda RX7 and winning by 0.102-second. It is McKee's fifth National Championship.
Matthew Braun, of Northville, Mich., topped the biggest field of the week in the final heat, winning Super Stock by 0.318-second in his PowerPlug Lotus Elise. Ian Stewart moved up to finish second in his Porsche 911 GT3.
For complete results from the event, please visit www.scca.com.
National Champions from the final 34 classes competing Thursday and Friday in the 34th Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships at Heartland Park Topeka with class, driver, hometown, car and notes. Drivers in bold with asterisk after class were not the day one leader.
Super Stock: Matthew Braun, Northville, Mich,, Lotus Elise, Third National Championship
Super Stock L: Lori Robertson, Chino Hills, Calif., Corvette, Fourth National Championship
C Stock: Kevin Dietz, Seattle, Wash., Pontiac Solstice, First National Championship
C Stock L*: Shelbi Zigler, Bothell, Wash., Pontiac Solstice, First National Championship
E Stock: Bryan Heitkotter, Fresno, Calif., Toyota MR2, Rookie National Champion
E Stock L: Jodi Fordahl, Bremerton, Wash., Porsche 944, Eighth National Championship, second-straight in ESL
H Stock: Karter Bollmann, Houston, Texas, Mini Cooper, Second-Straight HS National Championship
H Stock L: Kristi Brown, Des Moines, Iowa, Mini Cooper, First National Championship
C Street Prepared: Matt McCabe, Omaha, Neb., Mazda Miata, First National Championship
C Street Prepared L: Danielle Engstrom, Frankfort, Ill., Toyota MR2, Fifth National Championship
D Street Prepared*: Mike Shields, Temple, N.H., BMW 325is, First National Championship
D Street Prepared L: Beverlee Larsson, Anaheim, Calif., BMW 325is, Second-Straight DSPL National Championship
F Street Prepared: Kevin Wenzel, Denver, Colo., VW Scirocco, Third National Championship, second straight in FSP
F Street Prepared L: Lisa Krueger, Midland, Mich., VW Rabbit, Sixth National Championship, third-straight in FSPL
C Prepared*: Darrel Padberg, Muskego, Wis., Ford Mustang, Second National Championship
C Prepared L: Desiree Padberg, Muskego, Wis., Ford Mustang, First National Championship after bring runner-up four times
E Prepared*: Tom Ellam, Livermore, Calif., Mazda RX3, Fifth National Championship
E Prepared L*: Jennifer Lee, Kailua, Hawaii, Mazda RX3, Second National Championship
F Prepared: John Thomas, Tampa, Fla., Datsun 240Z, 13th National Championship
F Prepared L: Stephanie Chang, Morris Plains, N.J., Porsche 911, Rookie National Champion
Street Touring S*: Jason Rhoades, San Diego, Calif., Nissan 240SX, First National Championship
Street Touring S L: Katie Elder, Folsom, Calif., Honda Civic, Ninth National Championship, Four-Straight in STSL
Street Touring S2: Andrew Canak, Waterford, Mich., Mazda Miata, First National Championship
Street Touring S2 L: Megan Young, Milwaukee, Wis., Mazda Miata, First National Championship
Street Modified 2*: Andrew McKee, San Jose, Calif., Mazda RX7, Fifth National Championship
Street Modified 2 L: Angela Moffett, Puyallup, Wash., Corvette, Fifth National Championship
A Modified: Todd Bowland, Huntersville, N.C., BBR, Second National Championship, First since 1990
A Modified L: Jenny Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio, Prototype; No other competitors.
B Modified: Tommy Saunders, Southlake, Texas, Dragon, 11th National Championship
B Modified L: Kiersten Scharnberg-Koch, Stilwell, Kan., Ralt, 12th National Championship
C Modified: Gary Godula, Farmington Hills, Mich., Reynard, Second National Championship
C Modified L: Stacey Sawyer, Rindge, N.H., Reynard, First National Championship
Formula SAE: Erick Kohler, Arlington, Texas, FSAE, Third-Straight National Championship
Formula SAE L: Gretchen Christenson, Lawrence, Kan., FSAE; No other competitors