SOLO: Topeka Solo Nationals preview

Nearly 1200 Drivers Fighting For Championships at Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 26, 2006) -- All eyes of the grassroots motorsports world are on Topeka this week as the 2006 installment of The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo...

Nearly 1200 Drivers Fighting For Championships at Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 26, 2006) -- All eyes of the grassroots motorsports world are on Topeka this week as the 2006 installment of The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships begins today and runs through Friday at Heartland Park Topeka, with nearly 1,200 drivers fighting for National Championships in 72 different classes.

For the first time in the event's 34-year history, Soloists from 47 states and three Canadian provinces head to the asphalt of Heartland Park Topeka, creating a new challenge for the competitors accustomed to running on the historic concrete at the previous, Forbes Field site. Many believe that the change in pavement will reward drivers who have run asphalt courses this season and participated on the HPT Solo Pad in an event this year, including last weekend's Tire Rack ProSolo Finale.

Of the 66 Champions crowned in 2005 (six classes are new), 35 are back to defend those titles, and a host of other 2005 winners have moved to new classes for 2006.

Kyung Wootton, of Austin, Texas, goes for her fifth-straight title in C Stock Ladies, and switches from her traditional Mazda Miata to a new Pontiac Solstice.

The Super Stock class has the largest entry of the week (55 cars), and will run last on Thursday and Friday. Former National Champions including Patrick Salerno, Tom Kotzian, Matthew Braun and Rita Wilsey hope to add more hardware to their mantles, but will battle a host of drivers looking for their first wins. Wilsey, who, in 2005, became just the second woman to win an "open" class (B Street Prepared), looks to become the first woman to win twice.

The 72 classes are split up into Tuesday-Wednesday run groups and Thursday-Friday run groups. Weather looks good throughout the week, with a slight chance of showers on Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s for the first groups, with Thursday-Friday classes running in temperatures in the 60s.

The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships began in 1973 to crown North America's best autocross drivers. Solo, SCCA's version of autocross, is a competition of drivers against the clock on a course laid out with pylons. There are two courses, and a driver's best aggregate time from both courses determines the winner. Drivers who move or knock over a pylon receive a two second penalty to their time for that run.

For all the event information, please visit www.scca.com.

-credit: scca

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