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Aloha driver Cindi Lux finds more SCCA success

TOPEKA, Kan - It wasn't a win, but Aloha driver Cindi Lux created another strong performance at the Sports Car Club of America Touring One class race at the National Championship Runoffs on Oct. 15.

Lux sped to second place at Heartland Park Topeka, ranking as the highest-placing driver ever for her team, NayKid Racing, and the highest-finishing Dodge Viper SRT10. Lux started fifth in the field and finished behind only winner Lance Knupp.

Lux, who made a spectacular jump from fifth to third on the first lap, stalked and then masterfully out-braked the Ferrari of Edward Zabinski on the sixth lap to move to second, and later, momentarily, took over first.

But Knupp, in his lighter Corvette, slowly ate into Lux's lead, and on lap 16, edged along-side the 1999 American Le Mans Series Women's Global GT Series Champion.

The two touched for the second lap in a row - this time mirror-to-mirror contact - as they rushed onto the main straightaway. Knupp took the upper hand and though Lux fought to regain the lead, was unable to rally.

In placing second, Lux narrowly missed becoming the first T1 class driver to ever win the prestigious SCCA 'Triple Crown.'