|2002 SCCA Solo II STS National Champion!!|
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Featured Racers >> Chris Shenefield
Chris has been autocrossing since 1991, when he first heard about the sport from a friend. And he's never been quite right since! Since that first autocross, Chris has driven and raced many types of cars including several FWD cars, a couple RWD cars, and a purpose-built autocross formula car (FSAE). He ventured into road racing for a year in 1998 with a 1995 Neon ACR, but it proved to costly while in graduate school; so he's been autocrossing ever since. Chris has now attended the 1994, 1998, 1999, and 2002 Solo2 National Championships.
Chris started out 2002 in a 1996 BMW 328i in STS competition, but it quickly proved to be an uphill battle of too much weight on the spec 225mm width tires. So, in the interest of finding the optimal weight/performance/tire combination, Chris changed his weapon to a 1989 Honda Civic Si. In fact, he was able to purchase the same Civic that had won the 2001 STS National Championship in Jason Tipple's hands, but because it was purchased only a few weeks before Nationals, Chris had time for just new springs, simple suspension tweaks and new shocks.
The big Topeka event was extremely competitive, but Chris managed to take the top trophy position in STS for 2002. The 1989-1991 Honda Civic Si has proven to be a particularly lethal choice of vehicle in STS, and it seams likely that Street Touring will continue to develop over the next few years into and even more competitive group of classes.
Lastly, Chris is pursuing his dream of opening a sport compact performance tuning shop in northeastern Pennsylvania starting October 15, 2002. Look for activity shortly at his company's website http://www.redshiftmotorsports.com in the very near future, and you can be sure you'll get quality advice and product offerings there. Chris can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris' 1989 Civic Si is setup as follows:
205/50-15 Falken Azenis tires
15" X 7" SSR Competition wheels (43mm offset)
Eibach Race Springs 400f/450r (2.5")
Koni single-adjustable shocks (off-the-shelf) with threaded perches (runs shocks full soft in front and full stiff in rear)
22mm ST rear swaybar, stock front 1989 Civic Si swaybar
Neuspeed front upper chassis tiebar
custom exhaust with big-ass chrome muffler (cause the chicks dig it!)
Unorthodox crank pulley
Short throw shift kit
Momo pedal kit
Momo steering wheel
Grandma-brand driver's seat cover (cause the chicks dig it!)
camber = 3.25 deg negative in front, 2.3 negative in rear
toe = slight toe out in front (depends on tightness of course) and zero toe in rear
tire pressures = 41 psi front, 25 psi rear
lots of touch up paint!
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