RJ Lopez and Adam Andretti lead practice as Trans Am makes Detroit return
June 3, 2016
Local driver Dean Martin sets the pace in TA4 as Motor City 100, presented by 3-Dimensional Services Group, commences
DETROIT, Mich. [June 3, 2016] – RJ Lopez led the way from behind the wheel of the No. 06 Optica Lopez/Republica Brewing Chevrolet Corvette in the TA class as the Trans Am Series made its formal return to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix with an official practice session, the first on track action of the Motor City 100, presented by 3-Dimensional Services Group.
Lopez was joined atop the charts by Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 ECC/Anchor Bolt and Screw Chevrolet Camaro, who set the fast time for the TA2 class with a time of 1:39.733 and Dean Martin, driver of the No. 52 Picture Cars East Ford Mustang out of Westland, Mich., who turned a TA4 class fast lap of 1:41.977.
Lopez was followed in the TA class by defending class champion Amy Ruman, driver of the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, with a time of 1:38.271 and 2013, 2014 champion Doug Peterson, in the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Cadillac CTS-V, with a time of 1:38.815. The class top five was completed by Paul Fix and Greg Pickett, with times of 1:39.019 and 1:39.225.
In TA2, Kyle Marcelli, in the No. 96 MBRP Performance Exhaust Chevrolet Camaro, was second quickest; in the session with a time of 1:39.915; while Louis-Philippe Montour, in the No. 77 SpeedLogic/Montour Ltd Dodge Challenger, was third with a 1:40.837 lap. Defending TA2 champion Gar Robinson and 2013 and 2014 TA2 champion Cameron Lawrence, were fourth and fifth with times of 1:40.870 and 1:42.669, respectively.
Brian Kleeman, in the No. 07 DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang, was second quickest in the TA4 class with a time of 1:43.114. Craig Capalid, another Michigan native, placed third behind the wheel of the No. 8 Wolverine Bronze/ Ford Performance Ford Mustang with a time of 1:44.118. Todd Napieralski, also of Michigan, was fourth while two-time defending class champion Ernie Francis, Jr. was fifth with times of 1:44.455 and 1:44.481, respectively.
The Trans Am Series will return to the track later this afternoon for qualifying at 2:30 PM ET to determine the order for the first of two dual races, each lasting 50 minutes and together constituting the Motor City 100. The first of the two races will take place at 8:55 AM on Saturday, June 4, with the second at 11:40 AM on Sunday, June 5.
The Motor City 100, presented by 3-Dimensional Services Group represents Trans Am’s first appearance in Detroit since 2001, and is the series’ 19th appearance in the Motor City. The two race event is an invitational and not a part of the 2016 Trans Am Championship.
Fans can keep up with the Trans Am Series throughout the weekend at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Motor City 100 Event Schedule:
Friday, June 3, 2016
9:50 AM - 10:15 AM Trans Am Practice - All Classes
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM Trans Am Qualifying - All Classes
Saturday, June 4, 2016
8:55 AM - 9:45 AM 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City 100 - Dual 1
Sunday, June 5, 2016
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Trans Am Driver Autograph Session
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City 100 - Dual 2
ALL TIMES EST
3-Dimensional Services Group:
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The Trans Am Series:
The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), through a five-year agreement in which TARC oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
Defending Champions include: Amy Ruman (TA), Gar Robinson (TA2), Ernie Francis, Jr., (TA3 American Muscle) and Lee Saunders (TA3 International). For more on the Trans Am Series visit www.gotransam.com, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam, or follow Trans Am on Twitter at @gotransam.