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1997 Acura Integra Type R - Rumble Strips

Andy Hope
Jan 23, 2009
Photographers: Henry Z. DeKuyper, Courtesy of Chris Cornwell, Courtesy of Jon Felton
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Congratulations 2008 NASA National Champions!
Mid-Ohio September 11-14

Spec Miata
1st Todd Lamb, Atlanta GA, '99 Miata, OPM/TraqMate/SafeRacer
2nd Sammy Valafar, Las Vegas NV, '94 Miata, Applied Racing Technology
3rd Mark Drennan, San Jose CA, '94 Miata, Hooverspeed/Brookstone Builders

Spec Focus
1st Craig Capaldi, Richmond MI, '05 Focus, CapaldiRacing.com
2nd Scott Lear, Lenox Twp. MI, '09 Focus, Grassroots Motorsports
3rd Lowell Marx, Pataskala OH, '03 Focus Cold Stream Financial Services

Honda Challenge
H1
1st Graham Downey, San Jose CA, '99 Civic, Redstone Motors
2nd Jonathan Meris, Elk Grove CA, '97 Civic, Skunk2 Racing
3rd Brian Shanfeld, Powell OH, '07 TL, Honda R&D

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H2
1st Walter McKinney, Morgantown WV, '99 Prelude, teamMFactory.com
2nd Richard Hunter, Belchertown MA, '97 Integra Type R, Schoolboy Racing
3rd Erik Olson, Allentown PA, '92 Civic

H4
1st Manny Coats, Las Vegas CA, '90 CRX, Iron Clover Inc.
2nd Benoit Pecqueur, La Crescenta CA, '89 CRX, AdDynamix/Racetech
3rd John Howard, Lafayette CA, '99 Civic, Burns Stainless/Imports@UCI

Spec E30
1st Michael Skeen, Durham NC, '87 325i, Harrison Motorsports
2nd Simon Hunter, Fishers IN, '90 325i, Elephant Motorsports
3rd Carter Hunt, Raleigh NC, '89 325i, ChemStation

Performance Touring
PTA
1st John Schmitt, Sunbury OH, '93 Prelude, Red Line Oil
2nd Eric Wong, Silver Spring MD '95 M3, BrakeSwap.com/TheWIFE
3rd Sam Halkias, Westerville OH, '75 TR6, Catawba Island Marina

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PTB
1st David Schotz, Chandler AZ, '01 Firebird, SCCAForums.com
2nd Kumar Viswalingam, Cincinnati OH, '99 Firebird, Hoosier
3rd James Holloway, Huntington Beach CA, '04 RX-8, Mothers Polish

PTC
1st Dan Gardner, Redondo Beach CA, '07 tC, Scion
2nd Greg Greenbaum, Peoria AZ, 04 SRT4, DRG Racing
3rd Dennis Holloway, Huntington Beach CA, '04 RX-8,

PTD
1st Scott Shelton, Los Angeles CA, '04 RX-8, Mazdaspeed/Hoosier
2nd Robert Davis, Irvine CA, '04 RX-8, Riverside Auto Auctions
3rd Brian Shanfeld, Powell OH, '06 Civic Si, Honda R&D

PTE
1st Steven Eich, Marysville OH, '92 Sentra SE-R, Koni
2nd Mike Rose, Ventura CA, '83 RX-7, TMG Communications
3rd Eric Waddell, Canal Winchester OH, '91 Civic, Buckeye Honda

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PTF
1st Jim Bishop, Fresno CA, '94 Celica, The Master's Helping Hands
2nd Gregory Stasiowski, Wellsburg WV, '90 Miata,
3rd Dennis Holgate, Poquoson VA, '82 RX-7, Patricia K. Jones

TTA
1st Ryan Gates, Corcoran MN, '08 EVO X, AMS
2nd Jesse White, Glen Ellyn IL, '03 Corvette Z06, RAFT
3rd Ed Nazarian, Northridge CA, '06 EVO IX

TTB
1st Jim Platis, Boca Raton FL, '06 EVO IX, Team BDR Motorsports
2nd Denis Malevanyi, North Miami Beach FL, '02 M3
3rd Cliff Blanchard, North Ft. Myers FL, '00 S2000, Team BDR Motorsports

TTC
1st Rene Badia Jr, Hialeah FL, '07 S2000, Team BDR Motorsports
2nd Greg Greenbaum, Peoria AZ, '04 SRT4, DRG Racing
3rd Luke Belverd, Concord NC, '98 M3

TTD
1st Patrick Smith, Norton OH, '92 Miata, Momentum Motorsports
2nd Bill Brees, Wooster OH, '03 Protg, Nitto Tires
3rd Tom Hatem, Col OH, '88 M3, Tha Motorsports

TTE
1st Michael Blanchard, Cape Coral FL, '99 Miata, Team BDR
2nd Alex Bolanos, Miami FL, '95 Miata, Team BDR
3rd Jonathan Davis, Seven Hills OH, '04 Sentra SE-R

Congratulations 2008 SCCA Solo National Champions!
Heartland Park, September 16-19, 2008

A Stock
1 Gregory W Hahn, St Augustine FL, '00 S2000, Team Peculiar
2 Jeff Janzen, Winnipeg MB, '02 S2000, wscc.mb.CA
3 Eric Stemler, Peoria IL, '07 Solstice

A Stock Ladies
1 Barbara LeRoy Boehme, San Diego CA, '90 Corvette,
2 Barbara Seeger, Pepperell MA, '88 Corvette,
3 Christina Peterson, Hillsborough NC, '05 STi, Tarheel Motorsports

B Stock
1 Jason Isley, Ladera Ranch CA, '05 RX-8, SportsCar/Mazdaspeed
2 Neal Tovsen, Saint Paul MN, '04 RX-8, Team One Out
3 Bryan Heitkotter, Fresno CA, '93 MR2 Turbo, Noll Racing Hi Mom!

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B Stock Ladies
1 Gretchen Austin, Minneapolis MN, '04 RX-8, Team One Out
2 Jennifer Isley, Ladera Ranch CA, '05 RX-8, Mazdaspeed
3 Debbie Kerswill, Reno NV, '04 RX-8, Mazdaspeed

C Stock
1 Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach CA, '07 MX-5, Evo School/ChaseCam
2 Dan Pedroza, Round Rock TX, '07 MX-5, Auto Spec and Olaf!
3 Bartek Borowski, Elmwood Park IL, '06 Solstice, KevTec

C Stock Ladies
1 Mary Bahr, West Salem WI, '07 Solstice
2 Sierra Danielle Pedr, Round Rock TX, '07 MX5, JCAutoSpec
3 Lynn Collins, Berlin MA, '07 Solstice, A123Systems

D Stock
1 Patrick Smith, Edmonton AB, '97 Integra
2 JT Letkeman, Winnipeg MB, '02 TT Quattro, Pevac America
3 Kevin Dietz, Federal Way WA, '08 Cobalt SS, MAXQDATA

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D Stock Ladies
1 Beth McClure Strelni, Cedar Park TX, '08 135i, JungleCat Racing
2 Karen Kraus, Harmans MD, '06 WRX, IAG Performance/Koni
3 Tasha Marlow, Wichita KS, '98 Integra

E Stock
1 Jerry Jenkins, Vancouver WA, '94 Miata, Americas Tire, FCM
2 Brian Johns, Murfreesboro TN, '95 Miata, Real Living
3 Robert Carpenter, Knoxville TN, '93 MR2, Team UnderDog Racing

E Stock Ladies
1 Meredith Brown, Los Alamos NM, '93 MR2, Isotope Wheels
2 Jodi Fordahl, Bremerton WA, '84 944, Fordahl Motorsports
3 Tara Johns, Murfreesboro TN, '95 Miata, ABC Plumbing

G Stock
1 Craig Wilcox, Blue Springs MO, '07 Cooper S, Oasis Tan
2 Anthony Savini, Cochranville PA, '05 Cooper S, BimmerWorks
3 Greg Reno, Lawrence KS, '06 Cooper S, Baron Mini, MiniUSA

G Stock Ladies
1 Kristi Brown, Des Moines WA, '07 Cooper S, K & K Racing
2 Mindi Cross, Phoenix AZ, '06 Cooper S, MC Racing
3 Ann LaRandeau, Omaha NE, '07 Cooper S, Thanks John

H Stock
1 Ron Williams, Topeka KS, '05 Cooper, Mini USA
2 Jerry Irvine, Lenexa KS, '07 Cooper, Hill Racing Team
3 Mark Allen, Jacksonville Beach FL, '05 Cooper

H Stock Ladies
1 Wendi Allen, Jacksonville Beach FL, '08 Cooper
2 Stephanie Chang, Morris Plains NJ, '07 Cooper, DCH Auto Group
3 Tina Williams, Topeka KS, '05 Cooper

Street Touring S
1 Tim Smith, Tucker GA, '89 Civic Si, RPG, Sham Wow!
2 Jason Frank, Racine WI, '89 Civic Si, Redshift
3 Stephen Yeoh, Oak Park CA, '89 Civic Si, Hyper16Valve

Street Touring S Ladies
1 Katie Elder, Folsom CA, '89 Civic Si, Bilstein,
2 Meredith Najewicz, Mableton GA, '89 Civic Si, Gran Turismo East
3 Megan Young, Milwaukee WI, '89 Civic Si, Datatoys, Redshift

Street Touring S2
1 Mike King, Jacksonville FL, '88 CRX Si
2 Ian Baker, Herndon VA, '89 CRX, Stranoparts.com/SSC Tint
3 Tim Herron, Independence MO, '91 CRX, Evolution Driving School

Street Touring S2 Ladies
1 Michelle Seelig, Edmond OK, '89 CRX Si, Redline,
2 Carrie Snyder, Elizabethtown PA, '89 CRX Si, SSC Tint
3 Jennifer Leliaert, Louisville CO, '93 Miata, Tri-tip

Street Touring Ultra
1 Colin Fiedler, Pewaukee WI, '07 WRX STI
2 Geoff Clark, Monroe WA, '03 EVO VIII, GiroDisc, WORKS
3 Corey Ridgick, Allentown PA, '06 EVO IX, COBB Tuning

Street Touring Ultra Ladies
1 Annie Bauer, Newport Beach CA, '06 WRX STI, zzyzx motorsports
2 Paula Diehl, Lees Summit MO, '06 EVO IX, Northowne Mitsubishi
3 Jane Garfield, Ellicott City MD, '06 EVO IV, Thanks Danny

Street Touring Xtreme
1 Greg McCance, Toledo OH, '02 WRX, Cobb Tuning
2 Billy Brooks, Park City UT, '02 WRX, COBB/Crazy Money Racing
3 Chris Conant, Lenexa KS, '88 M3, Bimmerworld

Street Touring Xtreme Ladies
1 Amy Coleman, Renton WA, '02 WRX, Tight-n-Tidy Racing
2 Connie Booker, Shreveport LA, '04 VW R32, Big 5 tire
3 Tara Knoll, Danville VA, '95 325is, Mann Motorsports

Street Modified
1 Andrew Lieber, Bay City MI, '06 EVO IX, Showcase Mitsubishi
2 Jarrod Hoops, Midland MI, '06 EVO IX, Showcase Mitsubishi
3 Victor Sias, Santa Clara CA, '01 M3, Siastuning.com

Street Modified Ladies
1 Christine Berry, Alta Loma CA, '06 EVO IX, Berry Family Racing
2 Elise Sias, Santa Clara CA, '01 M3, Siastuning.com
3 Kristell Janusz, Hunlock Creek PA, '88 Civic, RedShift

Street Modified 2
1 Erik Strelnieks, Cedar Park TX, '93 RX-7, JungleCat Racing
2 Andrew McKee, San Jose CA, '93 RX-7, A.R.E., Sias Tuning
3 Randall Noll, Encinitas CA, '91 MR2, ChaseCam, MCSmotorsports

Street Modified 2 Ladies
1 Sue Eckles, Malcolm NE, '01 S2000
2 Denise Stubbs, Fort Lauderdale FL, '04 Corvette, Picka Racing
3 Brianne Maier, Livermore CA, '93 RX-7, Maier Racing

B Street Prepared
1 Tom Berry, Alta Loma CA, '06 EVO IX, Berry Family Racing
2 John Winchester, Milford CT, '03 EVO VIII, Holunfie, Hi Gabe
3 Aaron Miller, Auburn Hills MI, '05 EVO

C Street Prepared
1 Brian Peters, Litchfield Park AZ, '06 MX-5, Blackwatch Racing
2 Tim Aro, Glen Allen VA, '95 Miata, Thanks Harry!
3 Scott Fraser, San Jose CA, '91 Miata, SiasTuning, ProParts

C Street Prepared Ladies
1 Kathy Wolfskill, Nederland CO, '91 Miata
2 Monica Harrison, Austin TX, '06 MX-5, John Longs Automotive
3 Linda Duncan, Denver CO, '91 Miata

F Street Prepared
1 Kevin Wenzel, Longmont CO, '68 2002, Sign Edge
2 Iain Mannix, Morrison CO, '68 2002, PMWLTD.com
3 Jason Tipple, New Albany OH, '99 Civic, Realspeed/BobbyRahal.com

F Street Prepared Ladies
1 Ginette Jordan, Terrell NC, '93 Civic, Koni/RR-AX
2 Lisa Krueger, Midland MI, '82 Rabbit, Lees Auto/Blackdog Racing
3 Bonnie Mueller, Eugene OR, '03 Focus, Just Ducky Racing

X Prepared
1 Fred Zust, Tempe AZ, '05 Elise, Blackwatch
2 Jesse Naughton, Atlanta GA, '01 MR Spyder, Team Underdog
3 Greg Fordahl, Bremerton WA, '02 GT2, Fordahl Motorsports

X Prepared Ladies
1 Valerie Lieber, Bay City MI, '06 EVO IX, Showcase Mitsubishi
2 Diane Deanovic, Tempe AZ, '05 Elise, Blackwatch Racing
3 Velma L Boreen, Westfield IN, '96 Miata, AIM Tuning

D Prepared
1 Charles Shelton, Salt Lake City UT, '99 Miata, ModernSoloRacing
2 Steve Hoelscher, St Augustine FL, '86 MR2, TerrieHoward.com
3 Keith Brown, Des Moines WA, '90 Miata, Chaserace/Vorshlag/Tight

D Prepared Ladies
1 Kim Wilson, Bowling Green KY, '00 MR-S, Team BlenderBlaster
2 Anne Robinson, Highland IN, '00 MR-S, Team BlenderBlaster
3 Elizabeth Dranow, Park City UT, '01 Miata, ModernSoloRacing.com

E Prepared
1 Christopher Raglin, Findlay OH, '86 Civic
2 Allen Kugler, Springtown PA, '90 Civic, DART/RedShift Motorsport
3 Tom Ellam, Livermore CA, '72 RX-3, Ankeny Racing

E Prepared Ladies
1 Denise Kugler, Springtown PA, '90 Civic, DART/Redshift
2 Jennifer Parker, Kailua HI, '72 RX-3, Altamont Technical
3 Charina Hansen, Canton MI, '87 CRX, Pure Tuning /Casino Motor

What's Up SCC Staff?
First off, I would like to congratulate Andy Hope on his win at Infineon Raceway in the Opak Racing/Spoon Sports RSX in the United States Touring Car Championship Series [Nov '08 issue - JL]. What a splendid race! I must say, I was on the edge of my seat watching the event on YouTube, and I even knew the outcome! I can tell by the way your article was written, that there is no way the memories and events of that day will ever leave you. Which I must say leaves me quite anxious to lead on with my own life journey, and pursue the possibility of one day becoming my boy-hood dream of being talented pro driver. I hope that one day I am given the opportunity to prove myself and let it all out on the track, lap after lap.

You see however, I am 19 years of age and do not come from a background of racing of any kind. Nor can I see the path for which I am to follow for my dreams. There are so many different classes of all kinds of racing, just how does someone without a karting background get a good opportunity? Are instructed schools the right path to meeting the correct people in the industry, or should I spend a small fortune on a small scale series and try to get my name out there? Do sanctioning bodies like the NASA or SCCA have scales for drivers to work their way to the top? Please SCC staff, any guidance at all would be greatly appreciated.
Perry R. Ninness

Sadly I don't know the answers to your questions. There are about 150 people listed on the previous four pages, all of them really good drivers. But I doubt any ten of them would agree on the best way to reach the top. I have almost zero experience with autocross and even less in a real kart. I can however give you a few general concepts to think about if you want to get started in racing.

Money
Racing is expensive. When you get to the track, you will find that there are people there who obviously have a lot more money than you. Don't hate them for it. You won't get very far in the racing world if you hate people with money. I honestly believe that anyone who ever gets to drive on a racetrack has too much money. Be thankful.

School
The most important aspect of racing is the skill of driving. Triple adjustable shocks, racing tires, and entire cars will come and go. Your skills will stay with you. Money spent on instruction is usually well worth it. But the costs vary greatly. I see professional racing schools as being higher education. $2000 for a weekend at a professional school may buy you the final skills you need to win a championship. But there are much cheaper ways to learn what the flags mean and how to give a point by.

Track Days:
I would start by going out with a local club racing organization that requires beginners to take their school. Typically this will include classroom instruction and an experienced driver that will ride with you in the passenger seat of your street car. With most of these organizations, all of the beginners will be on the track in their own run group. From there you will advance to groups with less supervision and more open passing regulations. Avoid organizations that do not require newbies to take a school. While yahoos tend to gravitate toward racetracks anyway, disorganized groups attract a higher percentage of them.

Racing
Typically about half of the people who come out to a track day will never come back. Then only half of those that return will come out for a third weekend. By that point you will know if driving is for you. If it is, get in a racecar. Street cars and restricted passing zones are great for getting a taste of things. But, before long your car will rapidly devalue and your skills will level off. Get in a racecar, the cheaper the better.

It may seem contradictory to drive a slow racecar instead of a fast street car. But following the mantra that driving skills come first, it is the best thing to do. Firstly there is the safety. If you're going to push a car to 100%, there's a good chance you're going to go off the track a few times. Every time you go off, and even sometimes when you don't, you roll the dice. Having extra impact and fire protection will allow you to push harder. Secondly, racecars are better for feeling what the tires are doing. High noise, vibration, and harshness, (NVH) levels are considered bad in a street car. But on the track you want all that stuff you can get. You need to know what a car is doing in order to hold it at its limit. A gutted car with hard or solid bushings has fantastic NVH levels. And if you're going to do all that, you might as well go all the way and have a racecar. Finally and most importantly, the rules of the track are different for racers. You will no longer waste expensive track time waiting for a passing zone. If the track is clear it's like the best lapping day ever, if there's traffic it gets even better. You will learn to pass wherever you can, and learn that others will do the same thing. You learn to watch your ass.

Responsibility
The word responsibility seems out of place when talking about something as irresponsible as auto racing. But before driving on the track you need to know that it's your ass. I know that I just said you need to watch your ass, and while I've stopped swearing in my writing at the request of some readers, I'll take the heat for this since it may be the only important thing I ever write. Watch your ass. You are responsible for yourself and your car on the track. Weather you're racing wheel to wheel or turning your first lap at a school, nobody else is obligated to pay for damage that happens to you. Another driver can crash into your car, destroying it, and paralyzing you. If you believe that they should be considered at all responsible for your suffering, do not go out on the racetrack.

Smile, And Take Lots Of Pictures
Whatever motorsports path you choose, be sure to enjoy it. You are one of the lucky ones that get to do it. Your career could be long but it will still feel short. Be sure to take plenty of photos and videos so your friends can enjoy it with you. Good luck and have fun. -Andy Hope

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