The 2017 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships have come and gone, and with over 1,300 autocrossers in contention, the competition was fierce.
One winning competitor was Jeff Kiesel, who ran a modified 1958 Bugeye Sprite. The car weighs less than 1,900 pounds, and is powered by a turbocharged 13b rotary engine – similar to this Chevy Nova. Impressively, Kiesel outran his class by a whopping 3.579-seconds.
Sam Strano also earned another title – his eighth – in the highly competitive Super Street R class behind the wheel of his Chevy Corvette Z06. Strano managed to beat the second-best time by 0.399-seconds.
“It can’t be rivaled, I don’t think, in any other motorsport,” says autocrosser Chris Vanderwolk about the camaraderie. “So here in our class, we’ve got a bunch of GM engineers that are running, and they’re running factory cars. I had some issues with my new car the other day, and they spent 5 hours in it trying to help me figure it out. People jump in and help out because you want to win against the best option.”
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