Peterson fends off Ruman for pole

June 20, 2014

 Peterson fends off Ruman for pole

Lawrence sets track record en route to TA2 pole, Berkeley and Napieralski lead TA3

Doug Peterson and the #87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette will start on pole for the VP Small Engine Fuels 100 Miles of Madness, Round 6 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, at Road America.

Throughout the qualifying session Peterson battled back and forth with Amy Ruman, behind the wheel of the #23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, each outdoing the other from lap to lap. And while ultimately Peterson’s time of 2:05.375 was enough to secure his place at the front of the grid tomorrow, it was by a small margin; as Ruman’s final time of 2:05.675 was just off pace. The two will start side by side tomorrow for the second race in a row—appropriate given that they only have 2 points separating each other in the Championship standings.

Road America veteran and hometown favorite Cliff Ebben, in the #36 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, came in third. Ebben has a long history of success on this, his home track, including a win in 2011. He also has not missed a podium here since then—coming in second in 2012 and 2013.

The top five in the TA class was rounded out by Simon Gregg, in the #59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, and John Baucom, in the #86 Baucom Motorsports/ RoadRaceparts.com Chevrolet Corvette.

In TA2, Cameron Lawrence, current TA2 defending Champion and current points leader, set a track record pace of 2:16.124 on his way to the pole position for tomorrow’s race. Lawrence, in the #1 Trick Titanium Chevrolet Camaro, will have Adam Andretti, in the #44 ECC Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, start alongside him. Andretti, currently second to Lawrence in the points, and Lawrence have started side by side every race this year; but Andretti has claimed the last three pole positions.

Joe Ebben, son of Cliff Ebben and driver of the #14 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, will start third in TA2, following his father’s example in the top three.

Ron Keith, in the #25 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang, and Bob Stretch, in the #98 FixRim Mobile Wheel Repair Ford Mustang, will start fourth and fifth, respectively.

In TA3, Jason Berkeley, driving the #67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, led the way for both the International Group and the entire TA3 class with a time of 2:19.554. He was followed in the International Group by Trans Am newcomer Jerry Greene, in the #93 Ever Greene Jewelry Porsche GT3 Cup, and Clint Sawinski, driving the #94 Temp Air/ Porsche Super Cup.

The American Muscle Group was led by Todd Napieralski, in the #39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet Performance/ Chevrolet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, with a time of 2:24.407, just edging Ernie Francis, Jr., in the #9 Breathless Performance Chevrolet Camaro, who put in a time of 2:24.445, just a few hundredths off Napieralski.

Rich Jones, in the #37 JOMAC Bodies/ Cranes-Debs Peppers Ford Mustang, will start third in the American Muscle Group.

Trans Am will take to the track at 5:15 p.m. CDT tomorrow, June 21, for the 100 mile Trans Am race for Round 6 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship. Keep up with the action before, during and after the race at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.

Provisional Results

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