The San Diego Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour event is one of the season favorites, combining the scenic location and Southern California sunshine with the Qualcomm Stadiumparking lot that is a solo event dream – elevation changes and enough space to lay out an excellent course.
Multi-time E Modified champion Jeff Kiesel designed this year’s layout, taking advantage of that space to design a fast, flowing course. The competition remained tight, with no class battle tighter than the H Stock competition, won by Barbara LeRoy-Boehme by just 0.159-second over Joseph Austin. LeRoy-Boehme, from San Diego, won the class in the C2 Mini Cooper.
The San Diego Super Tour was the first round of 2012 to host the Gumout Collegiate Shootout. The program pits area Formula SAE teams head-to-head behind the wheel of the Gumout “Use Your Motorhead” Project Volkswagen Golf, with each driver getting three runs on the course in San Diego. Elias Izpisua-Rodriguez, from USC, captured the first title over UC-San Diego’s Andrew Homan by 0.302-second, with Richard Mazur from Arizona State University in third.
Elsewhere in class competition, Josh Salvage grabbed the lead during Saturday’s runs in the FF Tech Mitsubishi Evo and held off day-two charges from co-driver Sean O’Boyle and Ken Motonishi to take his first-ever National Tour victory.
Twenty-five Stock Category drivers elected to participate in the indexed Road Tire classes in San Diego. New to the National Tour events in 2012, the Road Tire classes are split into simplified Road Tire FWD and Road Tire RWD classes, where Morgan Trotter took the FWD win in the Chula Vista Photo Dodge SRT-4 ACR that would typically have been classed in G Stock, while Stephen Hui’s Honda S2000 snagged the win in the class for rear-wheel drive cars.
Street Touring R, which is traditionally the largest class at a Tire Rack National Tour event, didn’t disappoint in sunny California. When the dust settled on the 32-car class, Jeff Cawthorne had posted a 0.782-second win in a Honda S2000. Jonathan Lugod’s A.R.E./C2 Motorsports Honda S2000 was second, followed by Bob Endicott’s King Motorsports Honda S2000.
The long history of Lotus was on display in Super Street Prepared at San Diego. While Jason Uyeda grabbed the win in a 2005 Lotus Elise by 0.274-second over a similar machine piloted by Jason Munchof, Ted Lewis was driving his 1965 Lotus Elan to third place – just 0.278-second behind Uyeda’s class win.
The Tire Rack Solo National Tour meets up in the Nebraska Region for the 2012 Lincoln National Tour Central States Championship on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, in a four-day event that also includes a Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo stop. The event held at the Lincoln Airpark in a preview for the season-ending Tire Rack SCCA National Championship event and is expected to attract competitors from across the country.
More information on the SCCA Solo programs is available at www.scca.com/solo.