Ruman’s momentum continues into Road America during first practice session

June 19, 2014

 Ruman’s momentum continues into Road America during first practice session

Cameron Lawrence leads the way in TA2, Napieralski and Berkeley set pace in TA3

Trans Am took to the track at 3:30 p.m. today for the first official event of Round 6 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship at Road America, the VP Small Engine Fuels 100 Miles of Madness, in full force with XX cars of the 50-car field participating.

Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, led the session— carrying on her impressive form from her win at the 100 at New Jersey Motorsports Park earlier this month. Ruman held the top spot twice during the session, shortly being overtaken by Simon Gregg, in the #59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, but ultimately came out on top with a time of 2:07.520.

Ruman’s time was enough to withstand a 2:08.423 late in the session from defending TA Champion Doug Peterson, in the #87 Chevrolet Corvette. Peterson finished the session second in TA.

Peterson and Ruman are just two points off each other in the TA class point standings, and both will be looking to grab vital points here at Road America, as an ultra competitive title race continues to heat up.

Simon Gregg finished third in the session with his time of 2:08.783.

Likewise, David Pintaric, in the #59 Kryderacing/ CarboTech/ WRP Investments Chevrolet Corvette, and Appleton, Wisconsin, native Denny Lamers, in the #66 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group Ford Mustang, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out the top five in the TA class.

In TA2, Cameron Lawrence continued his tour of force behind the wheel of the #1 Trick Titanium Chevrolet Camaro. Lawrence, the defending TA2 Champion and current points leader, led the TA2 field with a time of 2:17.600. So far this year Lawrence has won four of the five TA2 races, a streak he will be determined to continue this weekend.

Second in the TA2 was rookie Adam Andretti, in the #44 ECC Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, with a time of 2:18.780. This weekend’s race marks Andretti’s anniversary in Trans Am; as he made his debut here at Road America in 2013, finishing seventh—a mark he seems set to improve on. Andretti is on a hot streak of his own with three consecutive poles, helping him up to second in the TA2 class championship.

Joe Ebben, in the No. 14 Stumpf Ford, McMahon Group Ford Mustang, was third in the class, with a 2:18.937. Ebben, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, represented his home state with a strong performance on this, his home track.

Rounding out the top five in TA2 were Bob Stretch, in the No. 98 FixRim Mobile Wheel Repair Chevrolet Camaro, and Kevin Poitras, in the No. 73 Mike Cope Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

Jason Berkeley, in the #67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, led the TA3 International Group with a time of 2:19.935, beating out the likes of Jerry Greene and Clint Sawinski.

Todd Napieralski, in the #39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet/Chevrolet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, led the TA3 American Muscle group with a time of 2:27.876. Following him in second and third were Rich Jones and defending TA3 Champion Chuck Cassaro.

Trans Am will take to the track tomorrow, Friday, June 20, at 8:45 a.m. CDT for a second practice session, followed by qualifying at 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The 100-mile race for Round 6 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship will take place Saturday at 5:15 p.m. upon the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide race here at Road America.

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