(LEFT) Solo Spec Coupe competes on aspec Falken tire, but that tire may soon bechanging. (BELOW) There are plenty of plansfor the evolving Tire Rack ProSolo NationalSeries, including a new timing system.
writing, the fate of future events at thesite – including the 2020 Solo ChampionshipTour and ProSolo – was unclear.
On a different note, Falken has releasedits latest performance street tire, theRT660. No one knows if the RT660’sproduction numbers will allow it to makethe cutoff for this season’s Solo tire wars,but the new model could become the newspec tire for SSC anyway. Regardless ofwhen SSC makes the move to the new tire,the performance difference between thecurrent RT615K+ and the new RT660 wouldbe large enough to require an alterationto SSC’s ProSolo and Solo Indexes.
And, finally, the aging ProSolo timingsystem is being replaced with an all-newversion that is based on the traditionalFarm Tek timers. While this new systemsupports the features ProSolo competitorshave come to expect, from the Christmastree start to reaction times and 60-foottimes, it will eliminate the most glaringlimitation of the old system: the inability todeal with more than two cars on a course atthe same time. This will allow longer coursesat the few sites that will support them.
rounds, a move toward segregatingall-wheel-drive cars into their ownclass, allowing a return to longerstart straights, and some appropriateadjustments to qualifying tiers for the
Tire Rack ProSolo Finale in Lincoln.
Then there are Match Tours – or, at
least, there were Match Tours. For now,
the Match Tour series is gone (having
nothing to do with the pandemic), and
the new ProSolo PS1 (single course)
format essentially replaces them.
Then there are autocross class changes.
The Teslas move from B Street directlyto Super Street – we’ll see if absurdacceleration is enough to compete withextreme levels of power and handling.
Meanwhile, the BMW M2 Competitiongot demoted from A Street to B Street,with the thought that the extra poweris offset by additional weight.
New car classifications include thenew Toyota Supra going into B Street.
On that note, it’s interesting that therehave not been many cars with traditionalautomatic transmissions that have beencompetitive in National classes for awhile. Perhaps that’s about to change.
The National Solo event schedule has alsoseen quite a few changes, both before andafter its initial publication. Crow’s Landingwas going to have its usual back-to-backProSolo and Championship Tour weekends,but site conflicts eliminated one of theweekends, so now there’s just a ProSolo.
The Mineral Wells site was lost, and aftersome discussion, that ProSolo moved toGrandSport Speedway near Galveston, whichwould require a change to the ProSolo PS1format. After more discussion, this eventthen became a Solo Championship Tour.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted aTour event back in the early 1990s and hasfinally returned to the schedule. Originallyscheduled as a Solo Championship Tour,a site visit during the SCCA NationalConvention revealed that the location wasthat rare gem that could support ProSolo’straditional PS2 format, so the schedule wasmodified yet again – and then even morewith COVID- 19 taking hold of America.
Word also came down that the HamptonMills site finally sold after being on themarket for years. At the time of this
“The entire ProSolo timing systemhas been replaced after morethan a decade of ongoingevolution of the old system”