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Jennifer Isley, of Coto De Caza, Calif., captured her fifth SCCA Solo National Championship in dramatic fashion, winning C Stock Ladies by a record-close margin of victory 0.001-second ahead of day one leader Briget Sawatsky.
Final 31 Champions Crowned at Tire Rack
SCCA Solo Nationals - 2010
Rookies Win Battles, But Veterans Win the War in D.C. ProSolo
Final 31 Champions Crowned at Tire Rack
SCCA Solo Nationals - 2010
Jennifer Isley, of Coto De Caza, Calif., captured her fifth SCCA Solo National Championship in dramatic fashion, winning C Stock Ladies by a record-close margin of victory 0.001-second ahead of day one leader Briget Sawatsky. Isleys fastest time of 63.317 seconds on her final run put her into the lead in her Mazdaspeed Mazda RX-8, meaning Sawatsky needed to turn a 64.051-second run to put her back in front. She ran a 64.053, giving Isley the title.
The margin broke the previous record of 0.002-second by Chris ODonnell over Kim Knapp in the 1995 D Modified class. Erick Kohler won the Formula SAE class by 0.001-second in 2009, but the win was not for a championship as the class has supplemental status for the event. The previous closest Ladies class margin of victory was 0.005-second by Laura Harbour over Kim Whitener in STSL on Wednesday and Jan Whitworth over Kim Bollinger in the 1988 D Prepared Ladies class.
Wednesdays report misidentified the Street Touring Sport Ladies Champion as Kim Whitener. The Championship, in fact, went to Laura Harbour, of Stamping Ground, Ky., and tied the record for the closest Ladies class margin of victory, which was subsequently broken by Isley on Friday. Harbour drove her The dark side we have Mazda Miata to a 0.005-second win over Whitener.
For a full listing of results, please visit www.scca.com/solonats.
National Champions from the final 31 classes run Thursday and Friday to award top honors at the 38th Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships at Lincoln Airpark with class, winning driver, hometown, car and number of Championships. Note: Asterisk/bold denotes change in leader from day one. (D) denotes defending Champion.
Super Stock L: Shelly Monfort (D), Saratoga, Calif., Lotus Elise; Second-consecutive SSL Championship.
C Stock L*: Jennifer Isley, Coto De Caza, Calif., Mazda RX-8. Fifth National Championship
E Stock L: Kyra Jenkins, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda Miata. First National Championship.
F Stock L*: Holly Schwedler, Owings Mills, Md., Ford Mustang Shelby. Rookie National Champion.
Street Touring L: Leslie Cohen (D), Cardiff By the Sea, Calif., Honda Civic Si. Fourth National Championship, second-consecutive.
A Street Prepared L: Jill Snell, Puyallup, Wash., Lotus Exige. Third National Championship, first since 1988.
B Street Prepared L: Christine Berry, Alta Loma, Calif., Mitsubishi Evolution. Third National Championship.
C Street Prepared L: Kathy Wolfskill, Nederland, Colo., Mazda Miata. Fourth National Championship.
D Street Prepared L: Katy Nicholls, San Diego, Calif., BMW 330i. Second National Championship.
X Prepared L: Rebecca Zacharda, Sherwood, Ore., MINI Cooper S. First National Championship.
C Prepared L: Brianne Maier (D), Livermore, Calif., Ford Shelby GT350. Second-consecutive Championship.
F Prepared L*: Jodi Fordahl, Bremerton, Wash., Porsche 914-6. 10th National Championship.
Street Modified L*: Connie Smith, Sante Fe, N.M., VW Golf. First National Championship.
Street Modified FWD L (Supplemental): Laura White, Atlanta, Ga., Honda Civic Si.
Super Street Modified L: Tonya Langley, Umatilla, Ore., Chevrolet Corvette. Rookie National Champion.
F Modified L: Michelle Quinn, Oswego, N.Y., KBS Mk7. First
Rookies Win Battles, But Veterans Win the
War in D.C. ProSolo - 2007
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.
Therell 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.
For full results from the Washington D.C. ProSolo and more information about upcoming events, visit the TireRack SCCA ProSolo page at www.scca.com .