September 20, 2004
NayKid Runoffs at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, OH., September, 20, 2004 – NayKid Racing has dominated the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) T1 class in 2004. In 11 races, lead drivers Cindi Lux (Aloha, Ore.) and Scotty B. White (Puyallup, Wash.) have taken 11 wins, 11 pole positions and two divisional titles. However, as the three-Corvette C5 Z06 KUMHO Tire/ Suburban Chevrolet/ CORSA Exhaust/ Red Line Oil team enters Friday’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kohler all bets are off. Unlike any other season-based national title, SCCA National Champions are decided not by a season-long tally but, instead, in one, winner-take-all, 45-minute race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course here in Lexington. Lux (red Corvette, No. 78) and White (white, No. 3) will be joined by Ryan Snodgrass of Kirkland, Wash. (black, No. 75) who is making his first Runoffs appearance following a strong 2004 T1 class rookie season for NayKid.
The NayKid Racing triple-threat for victory is good. White has had the strongest season coming into his seventh Runoffs start. White, who was part of the inaugural T1 class Runoffs race in 1998, took the top-step of the podium seven times in ’04. He also enjoyed 10 poles and three track records. Lux, who spent the early part of the season still strengthening her shoulder from an injury at last year’s Runoffs, beat White to the line in the remaining events earning four wins, six second-places, three track records and one pole. Included in her tally was a spectacular June Sprints title at Road America. With that victory, Lux became only the second woman in the 49-year history of the SCCA major to win the event. That prestigious victory, plus her NorPac title, also gave Lux the chance to make history at this year’s Runoffs as the first woman in history to win the SCCA Triple Crown. A win at the Runoffs would give Lux the final jewel in the SCCA Triple Crown (June Sprints, divisional title and a Runoffs victory). Snodgrass did not take a victory in his rookie season but earned his spot at the Runoffs with several top-tens and his first podium finishes in SCCA racing. While this is his first visit to Mid-Ohio for the Runoffs, Snodgrass has a goal becoming the highest finishing rookie against the best competition in the class.
In a season without a single DNF by any NayKid entry, the team has earned…
* Northern Pacific T1 Championship (Lux) and Rocky Mountain T1 Championship (White)
* 11 total races, 11 wins, 11 pole positions
* 6 different tracks, 6 track records
* Six NayKid Racing podium sweeps, 9 second place finishes, 8 third place finishes
* June Sprints win (Lux), June Sprints pole (White)
NayKid Racing will have three qualifying sessions, the first on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 2:25 pm (ET), Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9:25 am and Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9:50 am. The three NayKid Vettes will turn their KUMHO Tires at the drop of the green flag for the championship race on Friday, Sept. 24th at 3:20 pm. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, Sunday, November 21 at 3 pm (ET). As a special bonus, White will be carrying the SPEED Runoffs onboard camera in his No. 3 KUMHO Tire Corvette.
Cindi Lux: “Whoever is going to win this thing will have to drive a flawless race. A little bit of luck along the way won’t hurt either. The field is large and the competition is more fierce than anything we’ve seen all year. But, what else would you expect at the National Championship? With the competition in T1 getting faster and faster, it will be fun to see if we have done our homework correctly and be as competitive as we have been all season. I think the way Scotty and I have been running all year shows how hard our crew has worked, how good our sponsors’ products really are, and how much we try to improve our driving in non-traditional ways. No more talk, it’s time to go racing and see what happens.”
Scotty B. White:
(about the Runoffs) “The Runoffs are a phenomenal event. I love the event, I love the track. It’s kind of a bummer one race has so much importance placed on it but the reality is that it is the same for everyone. The team has not been laying around with its feet up watching soap operas. We are doing everything we can to make sure we get the best result possible. The preparation is all there, KUMHO has the tire. We just need to get on the track and make it happen. It’s one event and we’ve had an incredible season. It makes me confident in one way but it makes me a little nervous of the possibility that lady luck might catch-up to us on the wrong day. It truly would be everything for one of us to win the Runoffs. It would be huge. The only thing that would be bigger is to have the other one on the second-step and a top-ten for Ryan on his first trip to the Runoffs. The goals won’t come easy but they are doable. We’re just going to lock and load and get it on and see who comes out the other end.”
(about the importance of the Runoffs compared to the undefeated season) “If it doesn’t happen it is almost to be expected but it will be disappointing. It would be absolutely beyond glorious to cap this season off with a win at the Runoffs. But, it won’t take away from the year we’ve had if it doesn’t happen. It would be silly think that we would ever be able to duplicate 33 starts and 33 finishes. So, it would be hard to tarnish what has happened this season. We are just looking to put a crown on it. The opportunity is there to go forward and turn an incredible season into an unbelievable season that couldn’t be duplicated. What we’ve done is done and there is no taking that away.”
To learn more about NayKid Racing go to www.NayKidRacing.com. Daily updates written by Cindi Lux can be found throughout the week at www.CinidLux.com.
September 07, 2004
The NayKid Truth
by Tom Moore, NayKid Racing
Racing, no matter if you’re at Le Mans or making your first start in a SCCA autocross, is a tough business. The truth about racing is that it takes dedication, hard work and more than just a little sacrifice while offering more disappointment than celebration. Few teams have come to the SCCA Runoffs here at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a better understanding of all it takes to win at the National level than NayKid Racing of Puyallup, Wash. However, despite having earned eight SCCA division T1 titles, as well as five SCCA Pro Solo Championships and seven Solo II titles, the crown jewel, a win at the Runoffs, has eluded the team and its drivers.
The three KUMHO Tire/ Suburban Chevrolet/ Redline Oil/ Kodiak Racing Wheels/ CORSA Exhaust Corvette Z06s of Scotty B. White of Puyallup, Wash. (white, No. 3), Aloha, Oregon’s Cindi Lux (red, No. 78) and Ryan Snodgrass of Kirkland, Wash. (black, No. 75) come to the Runoffs to try and put the final touches on a dominating season and return to the Northwest with the T1 National title in their grasp. What is being called NayKid’s “2004 Destruction Tour” will make its final ’04 appearance here this weekend having concluded a sweep of the 11 events around the country.
Lux and White battled like dire enemies rather than the close friends and teammates that they are this season. During the season, NayKid Racing’s KUMHO Tire-shod Corvettes have won every event entered, taken nine one-two finishes and swept the podium six-times. White walked away with the Rocky Mountain T1 divisional championship while Lux grabbed her second-straight Northern Pacific class title. In the process, the team obliterated six track records and White won the pole position for the June Sprints at Road America and Lux became only the second woman in the 49 year history of the June Sprints to win the event.
Entering the 2003 Runoffs, NayKid had 11 victories in 13 starts and was looking at a probable national title. However, an injury to Lux and a rare mechanical issue for White kept the team from victory lane once again. Since the disappointing checkered flag last year, NayKid has approached the 2004 Runoffs with laser precision.
While Snodgrass is a rookie at the Runoffs, White and Lux have each competed here several times. White was part of inaugural T1 class round in 1998 and has finished on the podium every year since. Despite being major contenders in motorsports, neither White nor Lux holds a SCCA National road racing title. Lux was the 1999 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Women’s Global GT Series champion and will be going for a tri-fecta in 2004 by attempting to add a Runoffs’ title to her division title and June Sprints crown. White was the first driver to ever win a professional road racing event with the Chevrolet Corvette C5 (Vancouver, SCCA World Challenge, 1999). However, year in and year out, both have fallen just short of the most prestigious award in SCCA racing.
Now, NayKid comes to culmination of the year’s effort. If hard work, determination and attention to detail again payoff, as they have all year, NayKid Racing will earn that first title with one of its triad of Corvettes. And that is the NayKid Truth.