Lewis and Ruman pace first practice sessions at Homestead-Miami
April 8, 2017
Boden and Outzen fast in TA3, TA4 as new Pirelli tires showcased
HOMESTEAD, Fla. [April 8, 2017] – Shane Lewis and Amy Ruman led their respective practice sessions at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with each showcasing the new purpose-built Pirelli P ZERO™ on the 2.27-mile modified road course as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli opened Round 2 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship. Mark Boden and Chris Outzen also showcased their own speed as well, leading the TA3 and TA4 classes in practice.
The TA2 class would open official sessions for the weekend with an independent practice session, with last year’s race winner Shane Lewis, in the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, atop the charts with a time of 1:19.457, showcasing the new purpose-built TA2 Pirelli tires. The lap, if emulated during qualifying, will shatter the existing qualifying record of 1:21.645, set by Lewis himself last year.
Lewis was not the only driver to turn a fast lap under the qualifying record. In fact, he was joined by a whopping 11 drivers in the 17-car TA2 field, a testament to the Pirelli tires developed in part on this very track.
Second quick in the TA2 class was Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum/ ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, with a lap of 1:19.465, just .008 seconds off of Lewis’ lap. Lewis’ Robinson Racing teammate, Gar Robinson, in the No. 74 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, was third fast with a 1:19.648 lap of his own.
The TA2 top five was completed by Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 19 Class Auto Centers Chevrolet Camaro, and Justin Haley, in the No. 99 Justin Haley Motorsports/ Mike Cope Ford Mustang, with times of 1:19.831 and 1:19.831, respectively.
The session’s TA2 top ten also featured, in order, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Dillon Machavern, Jordan Bernloehr, Keith Prociuk and Adam Andretti.
In TA, two-time defending champion Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, led the way with a 1:16.343—well beneath the TA class qualifying record that stands at 1:17.380. Ruman, who last won at Homestead-Miami in 2015, will look to capitalize on her fast start at Homestead while the competition works to get up to speed.
RJ Lopez, in the No. 06 Republica Brewing/ ACP Chevrolet Corvette, was second quick with a time of 1:17.014. Lopez has been near dominant at Homestead-Miami in the past, qualifying on pole for the past three events and leading the vast majority of race laps in each event. However, only 2014 resulted in a victory; the other two saw Lopez the casualty of cut tires, forced to watch the race finish from the sidelines.
Third quick was Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, with a time of 1:17.145, while Stanton Barret, in the No. 33 Ojai Energetics Ford Mustang, was fourth with a time of 1:17.270. South Florida local Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund/ Beta Tools Ford Mustang, was fifth with a time of 1:17.562.
The TA class top five also included, in order, Vinnie Allegretta, Tomy Drissi, Daniel Urrutia, Jr., Henry Gilbert and Cliff Ebben.
In TA3, Sebring victor Mark Boden, in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports/ Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, once more led the field with a time of 1:21.931. Again, the time was far quicker than last year’s TA3 qualifying record, a 1:23.910.
Boden’s time just edged the 1:21.953 of Conor Flynn, in the No. 95 Irish Mike’s Automotive Porsche 997, who was second quick in the session. Randy Kinsland, in the No. 11 Kinsland Racing Chevrolet Corvette, was third quick with a time of 1:22.120.
The TA3 top five was completed by Jason Berkeley, in the No. 67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, and Thomas Herb, in the No. 16 Fall-Line Motorsports/ Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with times of 1:23.476 and 1:23.511.
In TA4, Chris Outzen in the No. 97 DWW Motorsports Inc., led the way with a time of 1:27.096, just quicker than the lap of Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 TREMEC/ SKF/ Chevrolet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, who turned a 1:27.298. Also included in the TA3 top five were Fernando Seferlis, in the No. 28 Compulab Panama Chevrolet Camaro, Steven Davison, in the No. 2 DaVinci Plastic Surgery Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and debutant JR Pesek, in the No. 00 Rennsport KC Ford Mustang.
Trans Am will return to the track shortly for a second practice session, commencing with TA2 at 10:35 AM ET.
The weekend will feature two, 45-lap, 102.15-mile races— a TA, TA3 and TA4 multiclass race at 1:15 PM ET and a TA2 presented by AEM exclusive race at 11:00 AM ET, both on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Joining Trans Am on the weekend will be the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda.
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Trans Am Schedule in Full:
Saturday April 8, 2017
10:35 AM — 11:05 AM TA2 Practice 2
11:10 AM — 11:40 AM TA/TA3/TA4 Practice 2
1:30 PM — 1:50 PM TA2 Qualifying
1:55 PM — 2:15 PM TA Qualifying
2:20 PM — 2:40 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday April 9, 2017
11:00 AM — 12:15 PM TA2 Race, Powered by AEM
1:15 PM — 2:30 PM TA/TA4/TA4 Race
all times eastern
Live Timing: All on-track sessions can be followed at www.gotransam.com and on the Race Monitor app available on Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout sessions on Twitter at @gotransam.
Broadcast: This weekend’s event is not included in Trans Am’s CBS Sports Network Broadcast Package