Pickett and Cook Close Out Day Atop Portland Practice Charts
July 28, 2017
Streimer and Dreier Lead Production Classes
PORTLAND, Ore. [July 28, 2017] — Greg Pickett and Chris Cook finished the first official day of action at the Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli at Portland International Raceway atop their respective class charts as the second, and final, practice session came to a conclusion. Portland native Steve Streimer also made the most of the session to lead the TA3 class, while Guy Dreier paced TA4.
For Pickett, in the No. 68 Picket Racing Ford Mustang, the session marked the second consecutive practice in which he has easily topped the charts, this time with a 1:12.112 over the 1:15.843 of second-quick Brian Richards, in the No. 12 Canned Heat/ Amantii Chevrolet Camaro. Picket’s history in the Trans Am Series is unparalleled, with a championship and 17 career wins stretching across four decades. If his momentum in Portland is any indication, that history is far from over.
The TA2 battle atop the charts has taken shape nicely; this time with Chris Cook, in the No. 21 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, leading the way with a 1:16.572 lap, swapping positions with Shane Lewis, who led the first session in the No. 92 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, this time second quick with a time of 1:16.843. Portland native, and current TA2 west points leader, Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, was third quick with a 1:16.936 lap— keeping pace with the top two.
Justin Napoleon, in the No. 90 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, was fourth quick in the TA2 class, turning his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:17.523; while his father, Joe Napoleon, was fifth quick with a 1:18.118 in the No. 91 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro.
Steve Streimer, in the No. 42 Lux Performance Dodge Viper ACRX, showcased his knowledge of his home track with a 1:16.610 in TA3, easily mixing it up with the TA2 class leaders. Streimer will look to build on his history of success in the TA3 class, having already 5 career wins to his name—tied for fourth in the record books. A win here at his home track would boost him into a three-way tie for second all-time in class with Lee Saunders and Tim Gray.
Streimer was followed in class by current TA4 West points leader Oli Thordarson, in the No. 22 Alvaka Networks Chevrolet Corvette, with a time of 1:21.860.
In TA4, Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4 was the only competitor who elected to participate in the session, turning a 1:22.454 lap.
The Trans Am West Coast Championship will return to the track tomorrow for qualifying sessions commencing at 11:50 AM PDT.
Joining the Trans Am West Coast Championship on the weekend will be the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding the Portland Vintage Racing Festival.
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Round 3 of the Trans Am West Coast Championship Schedule:
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
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Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout sessions