Drissi repeats atop the practice charts at Willow Springs in Trans Am West
March 25, 2017
Cook and McQuarrie continue to lead TA2 and TA3 classes
ROSAMOND, Calif. [March 25, 2017] – Just as he had earlier in the day, Tomy Drissi continued his streak atop the speed charts; as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli held its second practice session for Round 1 of the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship at Willow Springs International Raceway. Joining Drissi atop their respective classes in the session were Trans Am newcomers Chris Cook and Tyler McQuarrie in TA2 and TA3.
Drissi, in the No. 8 Ghost in The Shell Chevrolet Corvette, led all session participants with a 1.18.818-lap time around the 2.50-mile “Big Willow” course—slightly off the 1:17.860 time he set in the first practice session. Still, Drissi’s speed around Willow Springs comes as little surprise; as a Los Angeles native it is a track he has visited throughout his racing career, including vintage racing in the 90’s.
Drissi was followed in the session, and the TA class, by Greg Pickett, long-time Trans Am competitor and driver of the No. 66 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang, who turned a 1:20.114 lap of his own. Third quick in the TA class was rookie Ken Davis, in the No. 64 Davis Stone Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, with a time of 1:21.193.
The TA class top five was completed by Richard Wall, in the No. 7 Welded Fixtures LLC Chevrolet Corvette, and Adam Carolla, in the No. 33 GoShare Chevrolet Corvette, with times of 1.23.546 and 1:24.788, respectively.
Chris Cook, in the No. 21 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, continued his success on the day with a 1:22.812 lap to lead the TA2 class once more. Cook, a veteran of motorsport but rookie to Trans Am, led both practice sessions for the TA2 class as it makes its first ever appearance on the West Coast.
Second and third quick in the TA2 class was the father-son duo of Joe and Justin Napoleon, in the No. 91 and 90 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaros, with times of 1:23.103 and 1:23.804. The TA2 top-five was completed by rookie Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, and Shane Lewis, in the 92 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, with times of 1:23.813 and 1:27.496.
The TA3 class was once more led by Tyler McQuarrie, another California resident, in the No. 14 Safecraft/ CLP Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo, with a time of 1:23.845—continuing what has been a successful start to this, his first Trans Am appearance. McQuarrie was followed in the production-based class by fellow Californians Oli Thordarson, in the No. 22 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, and Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4, with times of 1:25.165 and 1:28.410, respectively.
The Trans Am Series will return to the track at Willow Springs tomorrow, Sunday, March 26, 2017, for qualifying sessions commencing at 9:20 AM PDT to determine starting order for the ensuing 100-mile, multi-class race at 3:00 PM PDT.
The entirety of the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship schedule is as follows: Willow Springs International Raceway March 25-26, Auto Club Speedway April 29-30, Portland International Raceway July 29-30 and Circuit of The Americas November 3-4.
Fans can keep up with the event and all of The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Trans Am Schedule:
Sunday March 26, 2017
9:20 AM – 9:35 AM TA2 Qualifying
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM TA Qualifying
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Trans Am Feature Race
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.