Jenkins Takes ProSolo Finale Shootout Title
Lincoln, September 8, 2010: The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo® Finale drew 263 competitors to the Lincoln (Neb.) Airfield for the final heads-up competition of the season. While many of the ProSoloists will stay for this week’s SCCA Tire Rack Solo National Championship event, the focus over Labor Day weekend was on the ProSolo prize. At the conclusion of the event, Jerry Jenkins, of Vancouver, Wash., earned the Gumout Super Challenge title.
Jenkins, driving a 1994 Vancouver Americas Tire Mazda Miata, made the Gumout Super Challenge elimination round after finishing second to Robert Carpenter, of Knoxville, Tenn., by just 0.040-second in the E Stock class. Jenkins advanced through the round of 32, 16 and eight to square off with Erik Strelnieks, of Cedar Park, Texas.
Strelnieks drove his 1993 Jungle Cat Racing/Hoosier/7Parts Mazda RX-7 to a 1.144-second win in Super Street Modified, but didn’t have enough to take down Jenkins in the semi-finals.
In the other bracket, Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, moved from fourth in the Street Touring class (where he sat just 0.144-second behind class-winner Bill Bounds, of Atlanta, in a very close competition) to the Super Challenge final four to meet Formula 125 winner Paul Russell, of San Diego. Hollis’ run ended there, leaving Russell as the last competitor with the change to knock off Jenkins.
Jenkins eliminated Russell in the final runs of the weekend to earn the weekend crown.
Hollis topped Strelnieks in the consolation run for third place, and also earned the Honda Challenge crown in a final elimination run of James Feinberg, of Cary, N.C., in a 1997 SoloPro Driving School Acura Integra.
Katy Nicholls, of San Diego, Calif., earned the Ladies Challenge title in a 1995 BMW M3 after finishing as the runner-up in the Ladies Class 2 to Christine Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif. Nicholls dispatched Ladies Class 1 winner Leslie Cohen, of Cardiff By The Sea, Calif., in the round of four before earning the title with a win over Tara Johns, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., in a 1995 Prudential/ABC Plumbing/Tweakit Mazda Miata.
The class racing was especially close in Lincoln, proving the talents of a very strong field. Between Bounds’ 1989 Team Handysmiff Honda Civic and Hollis in Street Touring sat Tim Smith, of Tucker, Ga., and David Omaley, of Greensboro, N.C. Smith’s1989 Team Toyo/Moton Honda Civic Si finished just 0.003-second behind Bounds, with Omaley’s 1989 Race Technology/Koni/ASR/7&Seven Honda Civic Si just 0.013-second in arrears of the class lead.
The A Street Prepared class was nearly as close, with Eric Stemler, of Peoria, Ill., hanging on for the win in a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette. Stemler led by just 0.006-second over Courtney Cormier, of Glen Allen, Va., driving a 2006 Evolution Chevrolet Corvette. Sharing a car with Cormier and finishing just 0.152-second behind in third was Michael Johnson, also of Glen Allen.
In C Street Prepared, Scott Fraser, of San Jose, Calif., drove his 1991 Mazda Miata to a 0.131-second class victory over Bill Schenker, of Corona Del Mar, Calif, in a 1999 Miata Roadster/ChaseCam/OS Giken/Motul Mazda Miata. E Street Prepared was even closer, with Greg McCance, of Toledo, Ohio, driving a 2002 Pure-Tuning/MODERacing Subaru WRX to a 0.059-second class win over Mark Madarash, of Red Oak, Texas. Madarash drove a 1988 Pontiac Trans-Am in the event. Jinx Jordan, of Terrell, N.C., earned a 0.127-second win in his 1993 SoloPro Driving School/Hoosier Honda Civic over David Fauth (1968 Signedge.com/PMWLTD.com BMW 2002), of Aurora, Colo.
In Street Modified, Craig Wilcox, of Blue Springs, Mo., drove a 2006 PPI/Oasis Tan/Got Grip/SoloRacer Mitsubishi Evo to victory. Just 0.078-seconds behind sat David White, of Chicopee, Mass., in a 1995 G-Fab Racing Nissan 240SX.
The 2010 Tire Rack ProSolo Finale ends the 2010 ProSolo season. For full results from Lincoln and for more information, visit www.scca.com/solo.
Results from Lincoln are available directly at http://scca.com/eventresults.aspx?event=15178&hub=3.