Project STR Scores Big at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals

This is what we’ve worked all season for –- to compete in the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals on the wide open concrete of the Lincoln Air Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our lead drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers were joined by former G Stock Ladies champ and Tire Rack team member Angie Rogers in the quest for glory in our bright red Mazda MX-5. Our team found both courses to be longer than anything they’ve driven on so far this year, with several spots on each course to really stretch the legs of the MX-5. There were also plenty of technical elements, and a mix of slow and fast corners. Nine ladies and 51 open class drivers would fight it out for top honors in the new STR class.

Angie started things off on the west course running in first heat, laying down a solid time on her second run. Both Angie and her closest challenger, Meredith Najewic, coned away quicker times on their third and final run, leaving Angie in front by less than 0.4 seconds heading into day two. Chris was fast right out of the gate, but could not improve on his first run time leaving him in 11th place after day one. John had trouble staying off the cones, with penalties on his first two runs. His third run was safe, but only 14th quick. Both drivers had some work to do the following day.

Day two dawned overcast and cool which worried some drivers hoping for extra tire traction from higher temps. But that didn’t bother our team as our Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires have proven to work well even in cool race conditions. The east course featured a mix of transitions, long sweeping corners and a hairpin turn leading to the fastest section of the course. Angie started off strong and kept her momentum going as she posted the quick time on all three of her runs to clinch the inaugural win in STR Ladies by nearly a full second.

John and Chris were ready to drive flat out when their turn finally came. Our MX-5 was in its element through the quick slalom transitions and sweeping corners. But it was evident that third gear was needed in two places to post a quick time. John ripped off a second run that would prove to be the third fastest time of the day. Chris’s second run was slightly faster than John’s but was pushed back two seconds with a cone penalty, so he had to settle for his first run time which was sixth fastest for the day. Neither driver improved on their third runs, but the gains on day two moved Rogers all the way up to sixth overall, with Harvey close behind in ninth place overall.


Monday, September 13, 2010 by Bert R. Peterson

Awesome "Win" by Tire Rack Team Member.....Angie Rogers...who clinches the inaugural win in STR Ladies by nearly a full second....Congrats to an Outstanding and Professional Driver in Angie...

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