their first runs, as did two of them on
their second. Of the two who didn’t,
Gretchen Austin would rule the day
with a 69.164 aboard a Mazda RX- 8.
Lisa Berry was second at 71.0. Katelyn
Johnson and Traci Austin finally got
clean runs on their last tries, Johnson
taking over second place at 70. 3.
Friday dawned on the cone-furious
West Course, and the premonition was
that pylons might be the deciding
factor. They were for Austin, as she
found herself in a hole with cones on
her first two runs, so the tables were
turned. Young Miss Johnson, 17, a
product of the Formula Jr. program
and still attending high school, was
finding the “keys” to the unfamiliar
Hollis Civic, and on her third run
would lay down a 72.659, which would
stand as the fastest run of the day.
With one chance left, Austin would
get the clean run she needed but it fell
just short. With a total time of 143.986,
Johnson secured her first championship
by 0.502sec over some heady
competition with an exciting comeback.
“I’m freaked out,” was her
declaration as she was congratulated
by all of her competitors.
Street Touring Xtreme STX, diversity is thy name – Subaru WRXs, various BMW models, Mazda RX-8s, a Nissan Spec V, and then there were the Honda Civics which ended up in seven of the top nine trophy positions. Cal Club Region compatriots Jeff Wong and Sebastian Rios, both in single-driver Hondas with consecutive car numbers, went out one behind the other each run so neither knew what he other had done until both were back in grid.
STREET TOURING XTREME
1. Jeff Wong CSCC Honda Civic Si 135.531
2. Sebastian Rios CSCC Honda Civic Si 136.372
3. Craig Mankiewicz Milw Honda Civic Si 137.281
4. Adam Ansorge DMV Honda Civic Si 138.411
5. Jeff Stuart CSCC BM W 325i 139.093
6. Michael Waich Milw Honda Civic Si 139.900
7. Mike Wood SanF Mazda RX- 8 139.966
8. T. J. Pierson NNJ Honda Civic 140.016
9. Mike Kazmierczak CSCC Honda Civic Si 140.037
10. Shaikh Ahmad SanF Mazda RX- 8 140.077
11. Chris Conant KC BM W M3 140.167
12. Michael Kuhn CCar Mazda RX- 8 140.218
13. George Hudetz/Nwst (Mazda RX- 8); 14. Mike Hsu/SanF (Honda Civic Si); 15.
Stephen Rife/E Tnn (Honda Civic Si); 16. Jason Morrow/Nwst (Subaru WRX); 17. Ivan
Austin/Milw (Mazda RX- 8); 18. Sean O’Gorman/OhV (Honda Civic Si); 19. Tyler
Gronowski/Colo (Subaru WRX); 20. Preston Jordan/LOL (BMS 330i ZHP); 21. Mark
DeShon/CSCC (BMS 325i); 22. Derek Punch/SanD (BMW 328); 23. Randall Prince/Atl
(BM W 328is); 24. Matthew Waich/LOL (Honda Civic); 25. Mark Sipe/ Tex (Mazda
RX8); 26. Matt Murphy/LOL (BM W 330i ZHP); 27. Chuck Bower/LOL (Honda Civic Si);
28. Stephen Ingram/Atl (Honda Civic Si); 29. Mark Yakich/LOL (Mazda RX8); 30.
Shane Donahue/Milw (Subaru Impreza WRX); 31. Brian Cembor/Atl (BM W 328is); 32.
Stuart Taylor/Nwst (Mazda RX8); 33. Mark Gronowski/Colo (Subaru WRX); 34.
Douglas Hitchcock/KC (BMW 325i); 35. Daniel Berge/LOL (Subaru WRX); 36. Charles
Wilson/KC (BM W M3); 37. Wayne Dyck/Nwst (Subaru WRX); 38. Chris Cline/Atl
(BMW 325is); 39. Andre Downey/SJy (Subaru WRX); 40. Jason Proksch/Indy (BMW
325i); 41. Pete Bates/OhV (Nissan Sentra Spec-V); 42. Jeremy Salenius/KC (BMW
325is); 43. Sonja Hitchcock/KC (BMW 325i).
STREET TOURING XTREME LADIES
1. Katelyn Johnson Tex Honda Civic Si
2. Gretchen Austin Milw Mazda RX- 8
3. Lisa Berry/CSCC (BMW 325is); 4. Traci Austin/LOL (Mazda RX- 8).
S TREET TOURING
Cal Club Region
Toyo Tires/ProParts USA
Honda Civic Si
X TREME LADIES
Honda Civic Si
After first runs, Rios would find
himself in the lead with a very low
67 – after second runs it was Wong
on point with a 66.468. On third runs,
Wong coned a slightly quicker 66 but
Rios closed up with a 66. 7. With the
level of tension going “to 11” for the
final attempts, nobody else could do
better than a 67, the closest being
Craig Mankiewicz at 67.1 after two
coned runs and Adam Ansorge at 67.2.
Civics held the top four places.
Day two would be a wild one as
Wong made a statement right off with a
70. 6, but Rios made a bigger one with a
shocking 69. 7, taking the lead right
back. They both had to keep an eye in
the mirrors for Mankiewicz though,
going out with the second drivers,
whose 70. 3 moved him to within 0.3sec
of Wong’s now tenuous position.
Things happen fast in STX, though.
Wong stormed back into the lead with
a 69.2 on his second run, as Rios coned
his, and Mankiewitz managed slight
improvement to 70.1. On final runs,
Wong barely managed to stay clean,
lowering the top time of day to 69.063.
Rios could only manage to find another
two tenths himself, so there would be no
change in the leaders, separated by
0.841sec after first drivers.