Shane Chinnon and Brian Karwan win Pro Shootouts at 4-13 AI Events

April 17th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Shane Chinnon and Brian Karwan won the Pro Shootouts at Autocrossers, Incorporated’s “double” event on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md.

Shane won the morning session and Brian won in the afternoon, and each took home $150 for their wins thanks to contingency from PG Tools and FASTSIGNS of Waldorf.

In the Pro Shootout format, competitors take their normal four competition runs and are scored on their best overall PAX time.  The top five in PAX qualify for a one-run shootout where each of
them select their own dial-in, and whoever comes closest to their dial-in wins $150.

In the morning session, Mike Kline qualified first overall — and also had the fastest time and fastest PAX time in the morning — in his 2008 CRG Showtime K Modified shifter kart. But Shane,
who qualified third driving James Dunham’s STR Mazda MX-5, came out on top in the shootout. He ran a 45.832, which was just 0.032 off his dial in to hold off Mike by about three tenths of a

Final results for the morning shootout (driver, class/car, difference from dial-in):

1. Shane Chinnon, STR Mazda MX-5, 0.082
2. Mike Kline, KM CRG Showtime, 0.112
3. Brian Karwan, STR Honda S2000, 0.150
4. James Dunham, STR Mazda MX-5, 0.209
5. Tom Bleh, DSP BMW 325is, 0.584

The story in the afternoon session looked to be about Brian Garfield. Brian, driving Kevin Henry’s DSP E30 BMW, didn’t participate in the morning Pro Shootout but decided to drive in the
afternoon Pro class the last minute. His 41.9 put him in the top qualifying spot and first overall in PAX. But like in the morning, the driver who qualified third ended up winning the
shootout. This time it was Brian Karwan in his Karcepts STR Honda S2000, and he did it in much tighter competition than in the morning. Three of the five qualifiers ended up less than a tenth
off their dial in, but Brian took the win with a time just 39 thousands off his dial in.

Final results for the afternoon shootout (driver, class/car, difference from dial in):

1. Brian Karwan, STR Honda S2000, 0.039
2. Tom Bleh, DSP BMW E36 325, 0.081
3. Shane Chinnon, STR Mazda MX-5, 0.083
4. Andy Thomas, GS Toyota Celica, 0.111
5. Brian Garfield, DSP BMW E30 325, 0.484

The next event for Autocrossers, Inc., is Aug. 23., at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md. Online registration will be at

About the contingency sponsors: PG Tools is an authorized Matco Tools distributor owned and operated by Pat Griffith.  FASTSIGNS of Waldorf is a FASTSIGNS franchise owned by Eric Kriemelmeyer.

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