Greg Pickett, Shane Lewis pace Portland Practice to Commence Weekend
July 28, 2017
Streimer and Brown lead TA3, TA4
Portland, Ore. [July 28, 2017] – As the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli commenced with practice at Round 3 of the West Coast Championship at Portland International Raceway, Greg Pickett and Shane Lewis set the fast laps of the session and, in turn, set the tone for the coming weekend.
Pickett, a 1978 Trans Am Champion and driver of the No. 68 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang, would lead the TA class charts, and all competitors, with a 1:12.722 lap around the 1.967-mile turn surface. This weekend will mark Pickett’s 183 career Trans Am start, and a victory would make him the first driver in Trans Am history to win a race five different decades.
Pickett was followed in the TA class by another Trans Am veteran, Brian Richards, in the No. 12 Canned Heat/ Amantii Chevrolet Camaro, with a time of 1:14.749. The session marked Richards’ first Trans Am appearance since 1994, also at Portland. Trans Am West Coast competitor Ken Davis struggled to bring the No. 64 Davis Stone Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette up to speed in the session, turning a 1:24.996.
Shane Lewis, a contender this weekend for the TA2 Championship in Trans Am’s primary competition, and sporting the No. 92 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, would lead the TA2 field, Trans Am’s largest class on the weekend, with a 1:16.081—just edging the No. 21 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro of Chris Cook, who is making his second Trans Am appearance. Cook would log a 1:16.142 lap, just a tenth under Lewis, setting up what could be a back-and-forth battle to watch throughout the weekend.
Portland native Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, was well within striking distance of the TA2 lead as well, with a 1:16.309 lap of his own. The rest of the TA2 top five was completed by the father-son duo of Joe and Justin Napoleon, in the No. 91 and 90 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaros, with times of 1:18.220 and 1:18.515, respectively.
In TA3, Steve Streimer, a past Trans Am race-winner in the No. 42 Lux Performance Dodge Viper ACRX, put his own hometown knowledge on display with a 1:16.338 lap, running with the TA2 leaders. Oli Thordarson, in the No. 23 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Chevrolet Corvette, would follow Streimer in the session by some distance with a 1:23.363.
Trans Am debutant, Tim Brown, in the No. 66 Brown Bros Ford Lincoln Ford Mustang, led the TA4 class with a 1:18.364-lap, kicking off his series career in fine form. Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4, was second quick in the class with a 1:20.157 lap of his own.
The Trans Am West Coast Championship will return to the track at Portland International Raceway at 4:55 PM PDT this afternoon for a second practice session.
Joining the Trans Am West Coast Championship on the weekend will be the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding the Portland Vintage Racing Festival.
Fans can follow the action throughout the weekend at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Round 3 of the Trans Am West Coast Championship Schedule:
Friday July 28, 2017
4:55 PM – 5:35 PM Practice 2
Saturday July 29, 2017
11:50 AM – 12:10 PM TA2 Qualifying
12:10 AM – 12:30 PM TA Qualifying
4:55 PM – 5:15 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday July 30, 2017
11:05 AM – 12:35 PM Race
*all times Pacific
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