Paul Fix Leads Practice for TA, TA3 and TA4 in Indianapolis
June 16, 2018
Kezman leads TA3 while Dexter tops TA4 charts in Trans Am debut
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. [June 16, 2018] – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli continued its Berryman Trans Am at the Brickyard weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes taking to the 2.43-mile combined road course for practice, their first official session of the event.
A returning Paul Fix, in the No. 4 StopFlex/ Ave Racing Ford Mustang, would lead the way in the session with a 1:26.477 lap to top the TA class charts. Tim Kezman, in the No. 44 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3 Cup, did the same for the TA3 class with a 1:31.057 lap while Trans Am debutant Warren Dexter, in the No. 61 Joe’s Hand Cleaner Ginetta G55, topped TA4 with a 1:34.212.
Indianapolis marks Fix’s first Trans Am appearance since the season’s opening round at Sebring International Raceway where, despite setting pole, the No. 4’s day was cut short by mechanical issues. Now, Fix returns with that same pace in-hand, ready to add to a Trans Am resume that includes 11 wins, 21 podium finishes and 14 poles across 66 starts.
Following Fix in the TA class was Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 2 Pennzoil/ ETE/ GoShare Chevrolet Camaro, second quick with a time of 1:26.969. Loshak was followed by Burtin Racing teammate Tomy Drissi, in the No. 8 GoShare Chevrolet Camaro, with a 1:27.784 lap of his own.
Boris Said, making his first Trans Am appearance since 2005, was fourth quick with a 1:28.807 lap behind the wheel of the No. 21 SRI Performance/ Weaver Dodge Challenger. Said, the 2002 Trans Am champion, returns in conjunction with Pancho Weaver, as the duo debuts a new TA class chassis this weekend.
David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kyrderacing Cadillac CTS-V, completed the TA class top five with a time of 1:28.912.
Kezman enters the weekend fifth in the TA3 points, despite sitting out Round 3 at Homestead-Miami, and is on a podium streak that spans his last six races entered. Kezman’s lap, a 1:31.057, was underneath the qualifying track record for the class set by Mark Boden in 2017.
Boden was close behind with a 1:32.159 lap of his own from behind the wheel of the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. Boden stands the defending TA3 class champion and the defending Indianapolis pole sitter and race winner with the No. 46 currently sitting third in the TA3 points.
Indianapolis area resident Aaron Pierce, in the No. 04 LSI/ Sam Pierce Chevy Chevrolet Corvette, was third quick in class with a time of 1:32.520, while Tom Herb, in the No. 16 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3, and Alline Cirpiani, in the No. 60 Ginetta Cars Ginetta G55, completed the TA3 top five with a 1:34.829.
In TA4 Warren Dexter’s first official Trans Am session was one to remember, with the No. 61 topping the TA4 class by over two seconds with a 1:34.212 lap. The session also marked the TA4 debut for the Ginetta G55.
Indianapolis resident Bill Baten, in the No. 38 Priority Communications/ Van Winkle Chevrolet Camaro, was second quick in the TA4 class with a time of 1:36.735, while Dane Jorgenson-Smith, in the No. 28 Bob Smith Motors Ford Mustang, was close behind with a 1:37.083 lap of his own.
Class veteran Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Chevrolet Performance/ SKF Chevrolet Camaro, and Joe Bogetich, in the No. 65 Westover Controls Chevrolet Camaro, completed the TA4 class with times of 1:38.125 and 1:38.859.
The TA, TA3 and TA4 classes will return to the track later today for qualifying sessions for their multi-class Berryman Trans American competition on Sunday June 17 at 3:15 PM. Trans Am’s TA2 class will hold their 102.06-mile, 42-lap race at IMS today at at 2:40 PM ET.
Trans Am also partners on the weekend with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, holding their Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, bringing the best of motorsport, past and present, to Indianapolis.
Both races will be available for viewing via live streaming on Motor Trend On Demand and will be showcased in a CBS Sports Network broadcast on July 1 at 2:00 PM ET.
Live Streaming on Motor Trend On Demand:
Berryman Muscle Car Challenge – June 16, 2:40 PM ET – 3:55 PM ET
Berryman Trans American – June 17, 3:15 PM ET – 4:25 PM ET
Trans Am’s races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be broadcast, tape delayed, on CBS Sports Network.
Berryman Trans Am at the Brickyard Recap – July 1 at 2:00 PM ET
Berryman Trans Am at the Brickyard Remaining Event Schedule:
Saturday June 16, 2018
2:40 PM – 3:55 PM Berryman Muscle Car Challenge
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM TA Qualifying
4:20 PM – 4:35 PM TA3/ TA4 Qualifying
Sunday June 17, 2018
3:15 PM – 4:25 PM Berryman Trans American
All times eastern
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 The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:
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.
2017 Champions include: Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Gar Robinson (TA2), Mark Boden (TA3) and Brian Kleeman (TA4).
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