As Ave passes Kendall, different eras come together under Trans Am
July 9, 2012
Recently, at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, Tony Ave broke Tommy Kendall’s long-standing record of 10 consecutive pole setting qualifying sessions. A streak he’s extended to 12 and is still intact going forward.
While the duo raced in different times, both Ave and Kendall have set the standards for their respective eras. Ave is the two-time defending champion for the TA class and has 12 career wins to his name. Kendall won four in his time and had 28 career wins, which puts him 3rd all time for the Trans Am series.
Each have become a legend in their own right: one, a fabled driver from 1990s, the other, a modern day speed demon and threat to win any race he enters. Yet, despite the fact that Kendall raced in the days of manufacturers and Ave builds his own car, they’re linked by the mythos that is Trans Am, and now in the history books.
Ave, was particularly proud of the achievement, but holds a reverence for Kendall and his accomplishments.
“It’s great. We’re good friends, and it means a lot. It’s a different era now; he was doing that back when they were factory teams. It was a different time, but its great to be there next to him. I love this series and hopefully I can break a few more of those records as time goes by.”
Ave, in his #4 Lamers/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette, will join the Trans Am Series as it travels to Road America on August 19th for its sixth race of the year.