This was definitely a one
manufacturer class – all 27 competitors
in the Mazda roadster originally called
Miata but since the new millennium
more often called MX- 5.
Tim Aro drew first blood with a 75. 5
that gave him the lead despite carrying
a cone on the wet course. Jason McCall
took advantage of getting two reruns to
put down a 72.6sec run for his first
official time. As the course dried, many
competitors began swapping rain
rubber for dry weather tires, but Chris
Robbins opted to stay on his wets and
ran another 72. 6.
As second runs began, the decision
to run dries versus wets made for a
frantic grid. McCall dropped to 72. 4.
Harry Aro knocked off more than six
seconds to jump into third position
behind McCall and Robbins, who
failed to improve.
The dance of wet and dry tires
continued into third runs, drivers not
knowing what to do with a course
that was 50-percent dry but still had
standing water in several sections.
Among the drivers switching back to
wets for third runs was Tim Aro, who
took advantage of newfound traction
with a 71. 6. Scott Fraser came up just
short at 71. 9. McCall failed to improve.
Matt McCabe at 71. 4 was the only
driver to post a top time on dry tires.
The final blow would come from
Chris Robbins, able to take full
advantage of wets that had heat in
them from eight times out between
his runs and co-driver McCall’s.
“My co-driver’s two re-runs early
in the run group got the needed heat
into our brand-new Hoosier H2O
wet-weather tires and allowed us to
adjust our setup even more to the
conditions,” said Robbins, whose
70.909 gave him a half-second lead
going to the East Course.
Wednesday morning welcomed the
competitors with a layer of fog but no
rain to speak of, and much less
drama. One thing that didn’t change
was Tim Aro laying down the target
time at 61.5sec on his first run to
C STREET PREPARED
1. Tim Aro WDC Mazda Miata 132.694
2. Scott Fraser SanF Mazda Miata 133.695
3. Matt McCabe Neb Mazda Miata 134.049
4. Chris Robbins Tex Mazda MX- 5 134.295
5. Bill Schenker CSCC Mazda Miata 134.418
6. Charles Koulik NePa Mazda Miata 136.309
7. Tom Kubo SanF Mazda Miata 136.544
8. Harry Aro Milw Mazda Miata 136.883
9. Jason McCall/ Tex (Mazda MX5); 10. John Becker/Neb (Mazda Miata); 11. Howard
Duncan/Kan (Mazda Miata); 12. Glenn Ellingson/SanF (Mazda Miata); 13. Victor
Livengood/Nwst (Mazda MX5); 14. Joe Brennan/NePa (Mazda Miata); 15. David
Feighner/SagV (Mazda Miata); 16. Brandon Travasos/CLa (Mazda Miata); 17. Steve
Meschke/LOL (Mazda Miata); 18. Will Schambach/Mo Hu (Mazda Miata); 19. Darren
Darby/Delt (Mazda Miata); 20. Christopher Collucci/NNJ 21. Eric Smith/MoHu (Mazda
Miata); 22. Alan Cesar/CFla (Mazda MX5); 23. Jeff Schmidt/ODom (Mazda Miata); 24.
Todd Hesskamp/KC (Mazda Miata); 25. Raleigh Boreen/Indy (Mazda Miata); 26. Scott
Deane/KC (Mazda Miata); 27. Doug Schmidt/NCar (Mazda Miata).
C STREET PREPARED LADIES
1. Sue Eckles Neb Mazda Miata 134.481
2. Vickie Livengood Nwst Mazda MX- 5 135.539
3. Dawn Ammirata/NNJ (Mazda MX- 5); 4. Velma Boreen/Indy (Mazda Miata).
reclaim the lead. Fraser answered
with a 61. 9 for second place,
McCabe’s 62. 8 was good for third,
leaving day one leader Robbins
standing on a 63. 3 to hold fourth
position overall. Second runs saw the
top three all improve, Aro doing a
61.033, but the top four positions not
changing. None of them improved on
the third runs,
“It is such an unbelievable feeling
as I have so much respect for all the
drivers in CSP,” said Aro, now with
his second National Championship.
“They are the best group of guys
around. I really need to thank my
brother Harry for building such an
amazing racecar and letting me
compete in it with him. The car was
perfect all week!”
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C Street Prepared Ladies
By the time fourth heat action began on the West Course, it was
completely dry for the four drivers in
C Street Prepared Ladies. Still, it took
this quartet a run to get the feel of the
Lincoln Airpark concrete as spins and
pylons marked their attempts.
On second runs, both Sue Eckles
and Vickie Livengood clocked 70sec
times, and on their third runs each
had a 69. Eckles was quickest at
69.358 but Livengood’s 69. 4 carried a
cone, so she was left with her 70.0
going into day two.
Wednesday Eckles came out of the
gate pushing hard, running 67.0.
Livengood again caught a cone to