Chris Dyson Breaks Track Record for Second-Consecutive Pole Award, Tomy Drissi Has Top Practice Speed at Laguna Seca
April 22, 2022
Practice and qualifying are complete for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s TA/XGT/SGT/GT event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca tomorrow. Tomy Drissi, who finished second at both Charlotte Motor Speedway and Road Atlanta, topped practice in his No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang with a best time of 1:24.969.
Chris Dyson was second in his No. 20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang with a 1:24.979, followed by Dyson’s CD Racing teammate Humaid Masaood’s No. 21 allgram Ford Mustang with a 1:27.793. Ken Thwaits’ No. 7 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro was fourth with a 1:27.893, and Amy Ruman rounded out the top five in her No. 23 McNichols Co. Corvette with a 1:28.321.
Full practice results can be found here.
Today’s qualifying session saw Chris Dyson earn his third Motul Pole Award of 2022 and second in a row when he recorded a lap time of 1:23.796. Tomy Drissi was hot on his heels with a 1:23.802.
“It was a lot closer than I think any of us expected,” said Dyson of the qualifying session. “Frankly, we shouldn’t be surprised because Tomy [Drissi] has been hard on us all weekend. We lost the radio there, so I thought my time was quick enough, but I didn’t realize how close it got. It was an interesting session because 99.9-percent of the track is dry except for a stream running through Turn 4, and you can’t drive it the same way twice, so it was a unique challenge for today. I think we’ve got a great racecar for tomorrow. We’ve got the ALTWELL Mustang up front, and we’ll try to keep it there tomorrow.”
Third fastest in qualifying was Ken Thwaits with a 1:26.665, followed by Simon Gregg’s No. 59 Burtin Racing/59 Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, which put down a speed of 1:26.757. Humaid Masaood was fifth with a time of 1:27.559.
Erich Joiner’s No. 10 goodboybob Coffee Roasters Porsche GT3R was the fastest qualifier in XGT, also setting a new track record for his class with a 1:28.723. Cindi Lux led the SGT class with a 1:33.253 in her No. 45 Black Rock Coffee Dodge Viper.
Full qualifying results can be found here.
The TA race will be contested on Saturday, April 23 at 1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET. Free live coverage begins at 12:20 p.m. PT/3:20 p.m. ET at www.youtube.com/TheTransAmSeries.