Loshak and Ruman set tone for Mid-Ohio weekend in first practice sessions
August 11, 2016
Boden and Francis lead TA3, TA4
MANSFIELD, Ohio. [August 11, 2016] – Lawrence Loshak, Amy Ruman, Mark Boden and Ernie Francis, Jr., started off the First Energy Weekend in strong positions, leading their respective classes in the first practice sessions of the First Energy Weekend, Round 6 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship.
The event officially commenced with the TA2 class taking to the 2.258 mile course with their first practice session for the Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions, another independent TA2 event. Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 PennzoilPlatinum/ MOMO/ ETEReman Chevrolet Camaro, led the participating members of the 25-car TA2 field in the session with a 1:26.217 lap time—well under the TA2 qualifying record, a 1:26.955, already setting the tone for yet another competitive TA2 weekend.
Loshak was followed in the session by Mike Cope teammate Justin Haley, in the No. 99 Braun Foundation Ford Mustang, with a time of 1.26.730. Shane Lewis, in the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, was third quick in the session with a time of 1:26.848 while another Mike Cope duo, Tony Buffomante, in the No. 34 Mike Cope Ford Mustang, and Dillon Machavern, in the No. 24 Heritage Motorsports Ford Mustang, completed the top five with times of 1:26.887 and 1:27.140, respectively.
The TA2 session top ten also featured, in order, rookie Tonis Kasemets, Keith Prociuk, Tommy Archer, Jordan Bernloehr and John Atwell.
The TA2 session was immediately followed by TA, TA3 and TA4, holding their own practice in preparation for the First Energy Trans Am 100 with Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, making an immediate statement with a 1:22.954 lap time despite sitting out the first half of the session with mechanical issues. Ruman, the defending TA champion and Ohio native, has never won a Trans Am race at Mid-Ohio and will look to use any momentum to her advantage in her pursuit of what has been an elusive victory on her home track.
Ruman was followed by Simon Gregg in the No. 59 Derhagg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette with a fast time of 1:23.238. Paul Fix came in third in the No. 50 StopFlex/CarCoach/Chevron Techron Chevrolet Corvette, driving a 1:23.813. Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group/ Lamers Ford Mustang, and David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kryderacing Cadillac CTS-V, completed the top five with times of 1:23.982 and 1:24.548, respectively.
The TA class top ten also included Kerry Hitt, Claudio Burtin, John Baucom, Jim McAleese and Todd Peterson.
Running alongside TA, were the TA3 and TA4 classes. The TA3 practice saw three rookies in the top three, Mark Boden, in the No. 47 FallLine Motorsport/ Calypso/ BevgFlvIntl Porsche 997, Conor Flynn, in the No. 95 Irish Mike’s Auto Porsche 997, and Randy Kinsland, in the No. 11 Crossroads Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, with times of 1:29.944, 1:30.155 and 1:30.875, respectively. Randy Mueller and Milton Grant completed the top five for the TA3 class.
Two-time defending champion Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Beta Tools/Liquid Performance Ford Mustang, led the TA4 class with a time of 1:31.325, continuing his dominance of the class. Tristan Herbert, in the No. 33 DC Prime Steak Lobster/ Tilton Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro, was second quick in the session with a time of 1:32.454, while Brian Kleeman, in the No. 07 DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang, was third with a time of 1:32.652.
Fans can keep up with all the action throughout the First Energy Trans Am weekend, the First Energy Trans Am 100 and the Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Remaining First Energy Trans Am Weekend Schedule
Friday, August 12
10:35 – 10:50 AM TA2 “Fast Five” Qualifying
10:50 – 11:05 AM TA “Fast Five” Qualifying
11:05 – 11:20 AM TA3/TA4 “Fast Five”
4:10 – 4:30 PM TA2 Practice 2
4:30 – 4:50 PM TA/TA3/TA4 Practice 2
4:55 – 5:10 PM 2nd Chance to Qualify
Saturday, August 13
9:30 – 10:45 AM First Energy Trans Am 100
12:45 – 2:00 PM Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions
*All times Eastern
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