Drissi leads practice session as Trans Am West opens Auto Club Weekend
April 28, 2017
Above: Drissi last round at Willow Springs
Justin Napoleon paces TA2, Brinkop TA3
FONTANA, Calif. [April 28, 2017] – Tomy Drissi led the way for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli competitors in practice today at Auto Club Speedway as the series officially began the weekend and its first-ever appearance on the 2.8-mile Auto Club sports car course, for Round 2 of the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship.
Drissi, a life-long resident of Los Angeles, showcased his hometown knowledge from behind the wheel of the No. 8 Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet Corvette, turning a 1:34.374-lap to lead all participants in the practice session. The performance also continues Drissi’s dominant string of performances on the West Coast, fresh off a victory at Willow Springs—an event at which he led every session.
Trans Am veteran Gregg Pickett, in the No. 66 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang, turned the second fastest lap of the session, and TA class, a 1:36.114; while Richard Wall, in the No. 7 Welded Fixtures Chevrolet Corvette, was third quick with a time of 1:39.442—a full five seconds off Drissi’s pace-setting time.
In TA2, Justin Napoleon, in the No. 90 Napoleon Motorsports/ Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, turned the fast lap for the class, a 1:43.664,just edging out Willow Springs victor Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, who turned a 1:43.698.
William Brinkop, in the No. 78 Red Top Racing/ TCD Design Chevrolet Corvette, and Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Grand Tourismo GT4, led their respective classes with times of 1:43.529 and 1:43.698, respectively.
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General admission tickets may be purchased for $20 online at www.autoclubspeedway.com under the ACS SVRA Sunday event or at the gate.
Remaining Trans Am Event Schedule:
Saturday April 29, 2017
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM Trans Am Practice 2
4:25 PM – 4:40 PM TA2 Qualifying
4:45 PM – 5:05 PM TA Qualifying
5:05 PM – 5:25 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday April 30, 2017
4:10 PM – 5:40 PM Trans Am Feature Race
All times Pacific Daylight Time
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.
About Trans Am:
The Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
Defending Champions include: Amy Ruman (TA), Tony Buffomante (TA2), Randy Mueller (TA3) and Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA4).
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