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2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: WHO WILL WIN?! 6 years, 4 months ago #1074

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After two consecutive years at the U.S. Truck Driving School in Fountain, the 2011 SCCA RallyCross National Championship moves from the scenic vistas of Colorado to the hill country of northeastern Oklahoma, a short 700 mile/11-hour drive from Denver. SCCA’s Northeast Oklahoma region will host this year’s National Championship event at Tulsa Raceway Park (TRP) during the weekend of October 7-9.

 



The event will be run on the hard-packed dirt parking lots adjacent to the TRP dragstrip. The racing surface is expected to hold up relatively well, but don’t be surprised to find conditions quite different from the rock-hard surface at USTDS. Early season videos of R-X events at the TRP site show cars experiencing bumpy oscillations (the technical term is “oingo-boingoing”) while navigating the grassy course. No word on whether any course preparation or grading will be performed in advance of the event, so Colorado R-X competitors should anticipate a racing surface vastly different from our regular venues. And if it rains, expect a sweet mud fest!

 



Although course conditions will be a bit uncertain, one thing that will be certain is everyone from Colorado will be making noticeably more horsepower. At 750 feet above sea level, Tulsa’s elevation is more than 4,000 feet lower than the Front Range. The scientific geeks among us will note that engines gain 3% more power for each 1,000-foot drop in elevation. Expect at least a 12% horsepower bump. And it’s free! But be sure to use high octane fuel to avoid detonation/pre-ignition problems, especially if you drive a blue Subaru.

 



If you haven’t registered yet, stop reading this article immediately and sign up at scca.com. You’d just spend the $120 on beer or gambling debts anyway, so you might as well cough up the money and spend it on a worthwhile cause. Also, you can save some green by camping at the track. If you drive a Honda, Subaru or Volkswagen, remember to sign up for manufacturer contingency award programs too.

 



The event schedule will be nearly identical to the 2010 schedule at USTDS. On-site registration will open Friday, October 7. Test & Tune runs will be available Friday afternoon for a modest per-run fee. After the class inspection and drivers’ meeting on Saturday morning, racing will take place the remainder of the day Saturday and finish early afternoon on Sunday.  Check out the Forums posts for the latest hotel info.

 



WHO WILL WIN?

Colorado R-X members should make up at least one-third of this year’s entry list. Pre-registration currently lists 54 entries. The Colorado RallyCross group is the strongest R-X program in the nation, with more national champions than all other regions combined. With a plethora of experienced and exceptional driving talent, we expect CO R-X drivers to once again dominate the podiums at this year’s event. So much so, in fact, that we predict a CO R-X driver will win in every class in which at least one is entered. So who will win? It is hard to predict with great certainty due to the unknown course conditions, but our prodigious prognosticators rolled the bones and here’s what they predict (with tongue somewhat firmly in cheek):

 



Stock Front

Um, this is awkward. Since there aren’t any Colorado R-X drivers entered in Stock Front, we predict no one will win in this class. The battle for second place should go to Alabama Region’s Ron Foley in his Honda Civic if he can muster the talent to drive the fastest car in the field.



Stock Rear

Michael Byington where are you? With only one entry to date in Stock Rear, Greg McMahon, Toyota MR-2, is guaranteed the win if he can avoid mechanical gremlins. Interesting to note he’ll also finish last in class too. Greg has logged some exceptionally fast times this season and we wish he had some competitors to challenge him. Good grief, someone please enter a rental car so Greg has some competition!



Stock All

Might be the closest finish of the entire event. Kubo[sub]© and Jason Miller will be fast in their Subarus, but Gary Marascola’s Subie is in the groove this season and will take the win by less than two seconds.



Prepared Front

Although PF is arguably the most exciting class in R-X, there are only four entries at this time. What’s up with that? With Ryan Haenny sitting this one out while his Beretta works on its tan, we predict Keith Lightfoot, Focus SVT, will defend his National Championship, unless his power steering gets all giggy again or his daughter Lauren finds a little more speed. All bets are off if Bret Hunter shows up with his diminutive Honda CRX.



Prepared Rear

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Cue the chirping crickets. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone to win a National Championship in a $500 AMC Pacer. Just think of all the sponsorship dollars that will roll in!



Prepared All

With his normally aspirated Impreza 2.5 RS enjoying the oxygen-rich Tulsa atmosphere, Cody Hatfield should be in the hunt. Diego DeCastro continues to pick up speed and Californian Brent Blakely will be fast all weekend in his WRX, but Peter Zlamany will take the win in his Plymouth Laser RS.



Modified 2

Most difficult prediction of the weekend, with a variety of intangible factors to consider. Nice to see Utah’s Jon Olschewski back from Afghanistan, but his untested Nissan Sentra SE-R will suffer from teething pains. (Sorry Jon!) Will Eric Adams be the driver to beat as he debuts his new MazdaSpeed3? The car should handle well and have more than enough power. The always fast Ken Cashion, who still retains his Colorado citizenship despite a recent migration to California, will finish in the top three in his nearly bone-stock Honda Civic. Should be great competition in this class all weekend, but in the end, when the dust finally settles, Aaron Miller will take the win in his ancient, lightweight Honda Civic.



Modified 4

Mod 4 will best be described as Ultimate Fight Club on wheels. The ever-unpredictable Warren Elliott (yes, he’s from Connecticut, but we like him anyway) will be sharing Tommy Kilpatrick’s Mitsubishi Evolution. Both will be fast. Andy Kingsley is peaking at just the right time this season in his Subaru 2.5 RS. But after overcoming a “blowed up” engine in September, Eric “The Rock” Genack will add another National Championship title to his resume.

 



And that’s the way it will be. Unless it’s not! 

Re: 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: WHO WILL WIN?! 6 years, 4 months ago #1085

For those who are interested, here's the smack talk thread from the SCCA's forums:

www.sccabb.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=10187&PN=1&TPN=1

Re: 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: WHO WILL WIN?! 6 years, 3 months ago #1113

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I will try to be more predictable from now on. Seems like a certain svt would have won by more than 30 seconds so a competitor said I'm fine with just 26.9 seconds,lol. I guess the fix for next year they will have to put more Honda's in the class. I guess I should have been in the pa class so I could have raced the bad boy suck it car. So where is all the post smack. LOR
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