Ernie Francis, Jr., leads second practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

June 16, 2017

Ernie Francis, Jr., leads second practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fall-Line leads TA3 charts, Kleeman’s speed showcased in TA4

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. [June 16, 2017] – As he has for much of the year, Ernie Francis, Jr., topped the charts as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli held a second practice session for the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).   Tim Kezman was the quickest in the TA4 class, the start of a cascade of Fall-Line teammates who captured three of the top four positions in the class, while TA4 points leader Brian Kleeman continued his dominance with another session-leading effort. 

Francis, the TA class points leader and driver of the No. 98 Breathless Pro Racing/ Beta Tools Ford Mustang, turned a 1:28.054 lap around the 2.439-mile “Grand Prix” road course, as he and the Breathless team made their final preparations for this afternoon’s qualifying session.  If Francis can replicate that feat in qualifying, it will stand as his third pole—putting him in prime position to capture a fourth consecutive win in the TA class.  

Vinnie Allegretta, in the No. 41 TA Sights and Sounds Chevrolet Corvette, continued his fine form as of late with a 1:28.694 lap—second fastest in the session; while two-time defending champ Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, turned a 1:28.990 as the McNichols machine looks to improve after a disappointing Detroit outing.  

The TA class top five was completed by Tomy Drissi, in the No. 8 War for the Planet of the Apes Ford Mustang, and David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kryderacing Cadillac CTS-V, with times of 1:29.061 and 1:29.432, respectively.  A surprising entry to the TA class now comes in the form of Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 6 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, who is now pulling double duty on the weekend between his full-season effort in the No. 19 Class Auto Centers Chevrolet Camaro in TA2 and the No. 6 in TA— Lawrence was sixth quick in the session with a 1:29.489, as he gets back up to speed with the TA platform.   

The Fall-Line Motorsports contingent flexed its muscle in the TA4 class, with Tim Kezman leading the way from behind the wheel of the No. 4 Fall-Line/ Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with a 1:31.924—Kezman was the first of three Fall-Line drivers to finish the session in the top four.  

Preston Calvert, in the No. 76 Calvert Dynamics/ Boys Republic Chevrolet Corvette, broke up the potential of a Fall-Line sweep with a 1:32.767—second fastest in the class.  Tom Herb, in the No. 16 Fall-Line/Calypso Porsche 911 GT3, was third quick with a 1:32.957, while Mark Boden, in the No. 46 Fall-Line/Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, was fourth with a 1:33.088.   Hometown driver Aaron Pierce, in the No. 04 LSI/Sam Pierce Chevrolet Corvette, was fifth with a time of 1:33.173.  

Brian Kleeman, yet to miss a pole or victory on the year, once more led the TA4 class in the No. 07 DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang, turning a 1:34.139, out pacing the second fastest car by nearly two seconds.   Bill Baten, in the No. 38 Priority/ Hendrickson Chevrolet Camaro, was that second fastest driver, turning a 1:36.969 lap of his own.  

Trans Am first-timer Andrew Entwistle, in the No. 78 Phoenix Performance/ Hawk Ford Mustang, was third in the class with a time of 1:37.633, while Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4, and Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Chevrolet Performance/ Tremec Chevrolet Camaro, completed the top five with times of 1:38.355 and 1:38.720, respectively.  

The TA2 class will take to the track this afternoon for their first official practice at 3:25 PM ET today, while TA, TA3 and TA4 will hold their qualifying sessions commencing at 5:25 PM ET.  

The Trans Am Series is joined on the weekend by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding their Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, including the Indy Legends Pro-Am as well as the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series. 

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.  


Tickets: 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, children 15 and under are free with a paid adult.  

Round 5 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship Schedule: 

Friday, June 16, 2017     
    3:25 PM – 3:50 PM         TA2 Practice 1
    5:25 PM – 5:40 PM         TA Qualifying
    5:40 PM – 5:55 PM         TA3/TA4 Qualifying
        
Saturday June 17, 2017
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM     TA2 Practice 2
    2:40 PM – 4:00 PM         Trans Am Speedway Showdown - TA/TA3/TA4
    4:30 PM – 4:50 PM         TA2 Qualifying

Sunday June 18, 2017
    3:30 PM – 5:00 PM         Indianapolis Muscle Car Challenge – TA2

*all times Eastern Daylight

Session Coverage: 

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.

Broadcast: This weekend's event will be broadcast, tape delayed, on CBS Sports Network. 

Trans Am Speedway Showdown (TA, TA3, TA4) –  Jul 08, 12:00p.m. ET

Indianapolis Muscle Car Challenge (TA2) – Jul 15, 12:00p.m. ET

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