Solo Event Set for Sunday at Portland's P.I.R.

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Round #2 of Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America Series is backed by Fluge Global Adventures at Portland International Raceway.

Round two of the 2007 Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Solo Championship is sponsored by Fluge Global Adventures and kicks off Sunday in the South Paddock parking area at Portland International Raceway.

Registration is open Sunday from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. for the morning session and noon to 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon session, with run group competition beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. Spectator admission is free.

"We expect to have several trophy winners from last weekend's SCCA Solo National Tour event in Atwater, CA attending this weekend," explained Andy Howe, Solo Director for the Oregon Region SCCA. "They include Morris Green of Milwaukie, Ore. (4th in D Stock, 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege), Jerry Jenkins of Vancouver, Wash. (2nd in E Stock, 1994 Mazda Miata), and Ryan Otis of Beaverton, Ore. (4th in Street Touring Ultra, 2005 Subaru STi), Howe said.

"We also are expecting Jim Daniels from Gladstone, Ore. (3rd in C Street Prepared, 2007 Mazda MX-5), Dudley Milder of Cornelius, Ore. (4th in D Street Prepared, 2006 Mini Cooper JCW), and Rebecca Zacharda of Sherwood, Ore. (3rd in D Street Prepared Ladies, 2006 Mini Cooper)," he said.

Solo is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition. Solo events are driving skill contests that emphasize the driver's ability and the car's handling characteristics. This is accomplished by driving a course that is designated by traffic cones on a low hazard location, such as a parking lot or inactive airstrip. While speeds are no greater than those normally encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of concentration and car feedback creates an adrenaline pumping experience.

Over 1200 Regional - and Divisional-level Solo events are held across the country at local shopping centers, airports, and stadium parking lots -- or wherever competitors can find a large amount of pavement to safely layout their courses. The sport typically attracts ordinary sports and sports-type cars used for daily transportation, as well as heavily modified vehicles used for racing only.

Owners of "street" cars usually inflate the tires to higher than normal pressures, remove the hubcaps, empty the interior of loose items, buckle the seat belts, and have a go.

The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship, held annually in Topeka, Kansas, is the epitome of Solo competition and camaraderie. Over 1,000 drivers travel to Topeka to create the world's largest autocross competition where over 50 National Class Champions will be crowned in the men's and women's Solo classes.

All vehicles must pass safety inspection on the following points prior to competing: seat belts, throttle return action, secure battery, no oil or antifreeze leaks, adequate brake pedal, tire condition, wheel bearings. All loose items, snap-on hubcaps, detachable fender skirts and trim rings must be removed. Real shoes are required (no sandals or flip-flops). Helmets are required (Snell 95 or newer) with some loaners available.

Entry fees are $20 SCCA members and $30 non-members with a valid driver's license. Minors under 18 must have a "Minor Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement signed by parent or legal guardian.

Further information is available at http://www.oregonregionsolo2.com.

2007 Solo II Calendar

Event #2 Sunday, April 22 - PIR South Paddock

Practice Day Saturday, June 2 - Packwood, WA
Event #3 Sunday, June 3 - Packwood, WA

Novice School #2 Saturday, June 30 - PIR South Paddock
Event #4 Sunday, July 1 - PIR South Paddock

Practice Day Saturday, July 28 - Packwood, WA
Event #5 Sunday, July 29 - Packwood, WA

Practice Day Saturday, September 8 - Packwood, WA
Event #6 Sunday, September 9 - Packwood, WA

About Fluge Global Adventures

Fluge Global Adventures consists of a series of events and adventures sure to please anyone wishing to rekindle their relationship with adrenaline and excitement. These include a 19,000 foot summit run at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a cross country road race in The Cannonball Run 2007, a very serious hike to Base Camp at Mt. Everest in Nepal, a full scale onslaught on the World Series of Poker, and High Octane Adventures in the SCCA behind the wheel of full-on Super cars. These are just some of the events already in progress for 2007 with more to come. Their Web site can be found at http://www.flugeadventures.com.

About Oregon Region SCCA

The Oregon Region of the SCCA was established in the 1960's and has grown to its present membership of over 1,200 members. The Region obtained its charter from SCCA in 1962. It is a member oriented, member operated club with the primary purpose of "promoting, maintaining and improving automobile sports and interest in the ownership, operation of, and safety of sports cars."

The roots of SCCA and Oregon Region run deep in racing history. The origin of SCCA can be traced back to the pre-World War II "Auto Racing Club of America" which disbanded because of World War II. Originally, the State of Oregon was included in the territory of Northwest Region, SCCA (NWR), and it remained that way until the official creation of Oregon Region in 1962.

From its beginning, Oregon Region SCCA has been organizing and administering sports car/club racing events at Newport, Goshen (South of Eugene) and Portland's West Delta Park (now Portland International Raceway - PIR). The Region's first race was held at the Newport municipal airport (an ex-WWII air base) in 1962.

Currently, Oregon Region has active programs in Club Racing, Vintage Racing, Road Rally, Rallycross, and in Solo II - SCCA's autocross program where competitors compete against the clock in a controlled atmosphere. The Oregon region also provides workers and officials to major professional international racing competitions here in Oregon and across North America. Their Web site is http://www.oregonscca.com and may also be reached at 503.224.9469.

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