outperformed 54,000 Gran Turismo 5 gamers to win a seat in a professional
racecar (a competition that concluded
with the final 16 spending six days at
England’s Silverstone circuit).
Heitkotter, however, returned briefly
from Europe to a co-drive in Don
As conditions improved, it was
Corrales and David White sharing
another 240SX making a charge
toward the front of the field. White
finished out the day with the fast time
of 70.424sec followed by Corrales only
0.014sec back and Simanyi at 70. 5.
White expressed confidence for day
two and relief that no all-wheel-drive
competitors had fully exploited their
advantage in the low grip conditions.
With nobody sharing cars in Street
Mod Ladies, scheduled for the fifth
heat, the toys were taken back to the
paddock to wait for the new day. (The
newlywed Jenna Corrales, if you’re
wondering, drove in Street Touring
Ladies.) On Wednesday, Street Mod
ran the East Course in dry conditions
but the weather still played a factor
with temperatures and humidity that
challenged both human and machine.
White and car owner Corrales
resumed where they’d left off and
continued to post competitive times.
Simanyi and his co-driver, Katy
Nichols, would not go down without a
fight. Ultimately it was Nichols who
laid down the fastest second day time
of 61.893, but being five seconds
behind on day one meant her valiant
effort only earned her seventh place in
the final standings.
Simanyi, second-quick at 62.0,
managed to pull himself up one
position to displace Corrales to third
while Heitkotter held station in fourth.
SUPER STREET MODIFIED
1. Andrew McKee SanF Mazda RX7 130.786
2. Erik Strelnieks LnSt Mazda RX7 R1 20B T 133.189
3. Dan Pedroza LnSt Mazda RX7 R1 20B T 134.771
4. Brian Johns Tenn Mazda RX7 13B T T 135.680
5. Nick Bjoin CSCC Corvette C5 136.557
6. Duke Langley Ore Corvette 136.624
7. Teresa Neidel-McKee SanF Mazda RX7 136.666
8. Carter Thompson/ Tenn (Mazda RX7); 9. Jake Namer/N Y (Mazda RX7); 10. Eric
Stemler/Chi (corvette); 11. Chuck Pyanowski/SCar (Nissan 300ZX); 12. Dan
Chadwick/ Tenn (Mazda RX7); 13. David Corsaro/NNJ (Mazda RX7); 14. Lee Frisvold/LOL
(Mazda Miata); 15. Paul Kreutzwiser/Fing (Mazda Miata); 16. Lynn Proctor/SnRv
(Dodge Viper); 17. Robert Switzer/Intl (Mazda Miata); 18. Jim Thompson/ Tenn (Mazda
RX7); 19. Paul Dornburg/SInd (Porsche 911 T); 20. Kris Swanson/ WMch (Mazda Miata);
21. Fred Langley/Tex (Corvette); 22. David Parsons/LOL (Mazda Miata); 23. Steve
Swanson/WMch (Mazda Miata); 24. Terry Davis/SInd (Porsche 911T).
SUPER STREET MODIFIED LADIES
1. Tonya Langley Ore Corvette 135.227
2. Elena La Rosa/NNJ (Mazda RX7).
White, who had coned his third run,
found himself in the familiar
nail-biting position watching as the
second drivers attempted to move past,
but none did. In the end, White’s
second run of 62.1 was all he needed
to clinch the victory with a winning
time of 132.569sec and a scant 0.093
gap over Simanyi.
Super Street Modified
Changing weather conditions can play havoc with the status quo. That
certainly was true for multi-time
National champion Erik Strelnieks. A
combination of poor rain tire size choice
and a sputtering motor kept him more
than a couple of seconds behind day one
leader Andy McKee, even through his
69.0 was still second-quick on the day.
“We’ve had a lot of practice with our
rain setup over many years and I know
where to set it,” said a satisfied McKee,
whose second run time of 66.830 in his
RX- 7 bested the field by a huge margin.
Dan Pedroza, co-driving the Strelnieks
car, was “excited about driving the car”
even though it was his first time in the
rain in the massively muscled Mazda.
He finished day one just a quarter of a
second behind his co-driver.
The surprise of the day was Nick
Bjoin who shares his Corvette with two
drivers who run it in ASP. That means
the car is significantly under-prepared
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“We had some good fortune with the
weather,” Bjoin said. “We were the only
car on Kumho [rain tires] and it really
hooked up well.” His 69. 4 placed him in
a close fourth, only 0.2sec behind
Pedroza. Filling out the top five was
Duke Langley, who because of
mechanical issues did it in just one run.
Also with a strong showing in the rain
was Theresa Neidel-McKee in the family
RX- 7, just 0.3sec behind Langley.
As SSM gridded for the slalom-intensive West Course there was
trepidation that weather would again
play a role, but the morning fog burned
off, the temperature heated up and so
did the competition.