Andrew Pallotta, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, earned his second Sports Car Club of America National Championship Friday, 8/29 at the 42nd Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships held at the Lincoln, Neb. Airport.
Driving a Scion FR-S, Pallotta topped 66 other competitors in the Street Touring Xtreme class to win the two-day competition that pits drivers from across the country in a single-event, winner-take-all format. Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif., finished second, 0.409-second behind Pallotta in aggregate time.
“The competition was really close after day one,” Pallotta said. “I was really happy with yesterday, since I’ve never been strong on the West Course. I did what I had to do yesterday and was hoping to get ahead enough for today’s racing. I wasn’t happy with the last run, because I know there was a 62-second pass in the car. But, it was enough for the win, and that’s all you need.”
Held for the fifth-straight year on three million square feet of concrete at the Lincoln Airport, the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships is the largest motorsports competition in the world, where more than 1,000 drivers compete for titles in 66 separate car classes. The event is the pinnacle of autocross competition in the United States, where two distinct courses are set up on the tarmac with traffic cones. Competitors are afforded three runs on both the East and West courses over two days, with the fastest aggregate time of the two courses determining the winner.
While extremely skilled, SCCA race drivers are classified as amateurs, meaning they compete for the love of the sport rather than for money.
SCCA holds more than 1,200 Solo competitions across the country each year, culminating with the Tire Rack Solo National Championships each September. Half of the entered drivers competed Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Wednesday, Sept. 3, with the other half competing Thursday, Sept. 4, and Friday, Sept. 5.
For additional information, please visit www.scca.com/solonationals.