Danny Kao wins Pro class at first AI Event; Results are now up!March 12th, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized
The results link is under “2014 AI Events” –> Thanks to everyone who came out!
Danny Kao won the inaugural Autocrossers, Inc., Pro Challenge sponsored by PG Tools and FASTSIGNS of Waldorf at A.I.’s first event of the season held today at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
Danny piloted his new Street Touring Xtreme Scion FR-S to the win the class and pocket $150 in contingency.
The new Pro class had six competitors attempt the challenge. The format for the class is simple — all competitors get their usual four runs, and the top five in PAX move on to a one-run shootout. Those five drivers then declare a dial-in — similar to bracket racing at the drag strip — and whoever gets closest to the dial-in wins. Competitors are allowed to “break out” — go faster than their dial in — during the shootout and not get penalized. However, cone penalties are counted as DNFs.
Danny qualified third in regular competition and chose a dial-in of 46.999. He tripped the lights with a 47.074 on his one shootout run, just 0.075 off his dial-in! Doug Keiler finished second — running a 46.974 to his dial-in of 46.500 — in his D Street Prepared BMW 323.
The rest of the finishers were: Josh Luster, third, Scion FR-S; Andy Thomas, fourth, Toyota Celica GT; Peter Florance, fifth, BMW 323; and Learic Cramer, sixth, Porsche GT3.
A.I.’s next event is April 13 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, and registration will be opening soon. Entry into the Pro class is an extra $10, and competitors must display contingency decals or magnetics (for sale at the event site for those who don’t have them already). Any competitor who is NOT an A.I. member is allowed to enter, and all SCCA Solo classes are eligible.
Points will be tallied for the Pro class at each event like A.I.’s normal classing structure, which means competitors are eligible for a year-end class championship. PG Tools and FASTSIGNS of Waldorf will each award $250 gift certificates for store credit to the overall Pro class winner for the year.
President, Autocrossers, Inc.
PG Tools LLC — authorized Matco Tools distributor