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KONI CHALLENGE SERIES AT
MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

6-24-08
Submitted By: Paula Nate

Lakeville, IN (June 24, 2008) – Kristian Skavnes and Chuck Hemmingson defended their Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Street Tuner race Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, only this time the No. 111 ICY/Phoenix Racing Subaru of America Subaru Legacy drivers did so on Hoosier wets.

Skavnes led the final 30 laps of the two-and-a-half hour, 78-lap race at the 2.258-mile track, beating No. 32 i-MOTO Racing Cybernation Solutions/Alpinestar Acura TSX of Kuno Wittmer and his co-driver Peter Cunningham by 5.697 seconds. It marked the pair’s third career KONI Challenge victories and their first this season. 

Kuno and Nick Wittmer ran second and third for multiple laps, but Nick Wittmer slid to fourth behind Ott when he slid off the back side of the course. Ott and Tony Rivera, who drove the No. 51 Brass Mitchell Racing Hal Joy Renewable Fuels Mazda RX-8, finished a season-best third.

Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the sole racing tire provider for the Koni Challenge racing series. This weekend race was serviced by Hoosier’s service team of: Scott Huffer, Jim Bartholomew, Jake Budezielek, Mike Haenes, Rick Sisk, Jordan Szymanowski, and engineer: Charlie Gray.

The next action for the KONI Challenge will be July 5 at Watkins Glen International, when both the GS and ST classes race in conjunction with the Indy Car Series.

DRIVER QUOTES

Kristian Skavnes (No. 111 ICY/Phoenix Racing Subaru Legacy): “When I started it had just started to rain. There was a lot of traffic and we worked our way around and caught the leaders. Then it started raining harder and a full-course caution came out. We were talking back and forth with the pit crew, wondering if we should put Hoosier rain tires on or not. But it got to the point where we were having a hard time even keeping up with the pace car, so our decision was made for us. When I came in, I watched everybody behind us come in and take on rains. It came down to just beating Kuno out of the pits – I saw him on the inside of me but I managed to come out ahead of him, fortunately – and I was able to pick up a little bit of a lead as it rained harder. I was pushing as hard as I could, but not too hard where I could make a mistake. At that point, it was my race to lose. When it started drying out, we knew what our intervals were, so we just ran the clock out with the Hoosier tires holding up well.”

      

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