Ruman and Haley lead second practice sessions at Homestead-Miami
April 8, 2017
Kinsland and Outzen top production charts
HOMESTEAD, Fla. [April 8, 2017] – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli continued the weekend’s activities with a second practice session at Homestead-Miami for Round 2 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship with Amy Ruman, Justin Haley, Randy Kinsland and Chris Outzen leading their respective classes.
Two-time defending champion Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, once more led the way for the TA class in the second practice session, this time with a 1:16.579 lap. While not quite as quick as her fast lap from the previous session, a 1:16.343, it still stands well beneath the official qualifying track record of 1:17.380.
Second quick in the TA class was Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund/ Beta Tools Ford Mustang, with a time of 1:16.698, improving upon his existing time of 1:17.562 from the earlier practice session. Third was three-time Homestead-Miami pole-sitter RJ Lopez, in the No. 06 Republica Brewing/ ACP Chevrolet Corvette, with a time of 1:17.375.
The TA class top five was completed by Trans Am rookie Stanton Barrett, in the No. 33 Ojai Energetics Ford Mustang, and Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, with times of 1:17.808 and 1:18.079, respectively.
The TA class top ten was completed, in order, by Cliff Ebben, Tomy Drissi, Kerry Hitt, Steve Burns and Henry Gilbert.
The TA2 class would continue to turn fast times throughout the second practice session with Justin Haley, in the No. 99 Justin Haley Motorsports/Mike Cope Ford Mustang, leading the way with a time of 1:20.314. Haley, no longer a full-time TA2 competitor, is making his first appearance of the 2017 Trans Am season after finishing 6th overall in last year’s championship.
Second in the session was Haley’s Mike Cope Racing Enterprises teammate Louis-Philippe Montour, in the No. 13 Montour Ltd Chevrolet Camaro, with a time of 1:20.484, his best of both practice sessions. Practice 1 leader Shane Lewis, winner of the 2016 TA2 race at Homestead-Miami and driver of the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, was third quick in the second session with a time of 1:20.642.
2014, 2015 Homestead-Miami victor Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 19 Class Auto Centers Chevrolet Camaro, was fourth quick with a time of 1:20.727 while Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum/ ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, was fifth quick with a time of 1:20.825.
The session’s TA2 top ten was completed by Gar Robinson, Adam Andretti, Scott Lagasee, Jr., Keith Prociuk and Jordan Bernloehr, in order.
In TA3, Randy Kinsland, in the No. 11 Kinsland Racing Chevrolet Corvette, set the pace with a 1:22.011, improving upon his time from the previous practice session by a tenth of a second. Kinsland was followed in the second practice session by Conor Flynn, in the No. 95 Irish Mike’s Automotive Porsche 977 Cup, with a time of 1:22.894.
Practice 1 leader, Mark Boden, in the No. 46 Fall-Line/ Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, was third quick in the second session with a time of 1:23.065 while the TA3 top five was completed by Tom Herb, in the No. 16 Fall-Line/ Calypso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and Jason Berkeley, in the No. 67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, with times of 1:24.316 and 1:24.564, respectively.
In TA4, Chris Outzen once more led the way, this time with a 1:27.915 lap from behind the wheel of the No. 97 DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang. Outzen was followed in the session by Steve Davison, in the No. 2 DaVinci Plastic Surgery Aston Martin Vantage GT4, with a time of 1:28.215.
Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Tremec/ SKF/ Backstreet Chevrolet Camaro, was third quick with a time of 1:28.404; while JR Pesek, in the No. 00 Rennesport KC Ford Mustang, and Fernando Seferlis, in the No. 28 Compulab Panama Chevrolet Camaro, completed the top five with times of 1:28.497 and 1:28.698, respectively.
Trans Am will return to the track shortly for qualifying sessions, commencing with TA2 at 1:30 PM ET.
The weekend will feature two, 45-lap, 102.15-mile races— a TA, TA3 and TA4 multiclass race at 1:15 PM ET and a TA2 presented by AEM exclusive race at 11:00 AM ET, both on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Joining Trans Am on the weekend will be the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda.
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 in Full:
Saturday April 8, 2017
1:30 PM — 1:50 PM TA2 Qualifying
1:55 PM — 2:15 PM TA Qualifying
2:20 PM — 2:40 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday April 9, 2017
11:00 AM — 12:15 PM TA2 Race, Powered by AEM
1:15 PM — 2:30 PM TA/TA4/TA4 Race
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.
Broadcast: This weekend’s event is not included in Trans Am’s CBS Sports Network Broadcast Package