Also, because it is part of the SCCA Solo Tour companies offer contingency money for the top drivers in each class. They pay out just like with trophies:
- 1st paid if there are 3 competitors
- 2nd paid if there are 5 competitors
- 3rd paid if there are 7 competitors
To be eligible for contingencies you have to sign up for them before the event and also run company stickers:
Also, since Tire Rack is the title sponsor they require a windshield banner for all competitors...sorry CMS, dems da rulz. Still rocking the rear banner and the sexy RPF1s though, thanks for the support.
We get folks from much further out than our normal regional events. In STU we had two from NM, three from CO, one from AZ and one from WY. Grid was packed full of folks, here are a couple of pics.
We also had this beast from CA:
It is a highly modified 2013 Nissan GTR...unfortunately I had to run in the same heat as this guy and promptly got my butt spanked. He moved from SSP to SM this year because the PAX was actually softer but also allows for more modifications?? As if 500whp wasn’t enough, he is now up over 650whp running on 385mm Race Tires. Watching this guy launch was a thing of beauty. Though I don’t do so bad myself:
Fast enough to pull out a class winning run on Saturday by just 0.05s, getting paid to race is awesome!! The course was very deceiving because the designer gave us a huge amount of space on the sweepers. This let you hang yourself out wide when the faster line was tight and tidy. Within the class I was fast but we had a group of hot shots in my heat so to the looser’s bracket I went :-(
I just give up way too much running on skinny 245mm street tires in my 3200lb family car:
Made it through three rounds of the looser’s bracket but coned my final run away so my day was done. Almost clawed my way back to the Super Shootout...bummer. All and all it was a fantastic event, thanks to CMS for the support and Tire Rack for coming to Colorado. Nationals in Lincoln, NE is just over a month away, see ya there.
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