talent. Chances are the top tier of
trophies will all be in ND Miatas, so
not much in the way of course or
weather dependencies to consider.
That leaves this to a battle of car
prep and driving talent – and that’s
a good recipe for a fun class to
watch. Mark Shrivastava, Mark
Dudek, and William Koscielny are
all contenders, but we expect
this to be a close battle between
Brian Karwan and Texans Daniel
McCelvey and David Whitener.
For STR Ladies, this year’s
field is anyone’s guess. As such,
we’ll let you guess the results.
Street Touring Xtreme seems
to have settled down to two
different car choices: either a
twin or an RX- 8. The latter will be
represented by Adrian Cardenas,
Steve O’Blenes, and Evan Schickel;
the former will be driven by Kyle
Herbst, James Tatad, Raymond
Dsouza, and possibly Brian
Karwan. Our expectation is that
Bryan Heitkotter will be in Teddie
Allexandrova’s BRZ, and we just
aren’t going to pick against him.
STXL should be fun to watch,
leaving us guessing between
Cat Tran in the O’Blenes RX- 8
and Kate Fisher in an FR-S.
Street Touring Sport is an
interesting conflict between old
front-drive Hondas and old rear-
Matt McCabe, Chris Hammond,
Dave Schotz, Jimmy Vajdak,
and Mike Lawson have been
chasing each other at events
all around the country. But we
expect this to come down to either
Andrew Pallotta or Kevin Dietz.
We have to flip a coin to pick
SSCL, since co-drivers Jennifer
Bedell and Chris Peterson seem
to swap wins at every event. If
we knew who would come out
ahead at the ProSolo Finale the
weekend before the big event,
we’d pick the other one here.
Street Touring Ultra saw a
shakeup last year due to rain.
We don’t expect STI driver John
Hale to have that misfortune
two years in a row. Bill Zerr has
recently upgraded his 370Z and
will be joined by Evo drivers Talha
Sadik and Jimmy Au-Yeung,
along with M3 driver Kai Jones
and maybe Chris Mayfield.
Rumor has it that Tasha
Mikko will not be in Lincoln to
defend her STUL title. That
opens up the pick for Eileen
Blando in the Au-Yeung Evo.
Street Touring Roadster will
be well-attended with lots of