Thomas Merrill Wins TA2 Pole at Sonoma Raceway, Roy Fulmer IV Fastest in Western Championship
April 30, 2022
Practice and qualifying have concluded for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s TA2 class. Rafa Matos’ No. 88 3Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang was the fastest car in practice with a lap time of 1:36.423.
Thomas Merrill was second fastest in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang with a time of 1:36.773, followed by Connor Mosack’s No. 26 High Point University Camaro with a time of 1:36.945. Misha Goikhberg was fourth fastest in his No. 20 BC Race Cars Ford Mustang with a 1:37.357, and Brent Crews rounded out the top five with a 1:37.498 in his No. 70 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang. Jeff Holden was the fastest of the Western Championship competitors in practice in his No. 11 Dakota Lithium/RELAXandCBD.com Camaro with a lap time of 1:39.186.
Full practice results can be found here.
In qualifying for the TA2 event, Merrill’s lap of 1:36.195 was enough to earn him his first Motul Pole Award since Sebring in February of 2021.
Matos was second fastest in qualifying with a 1:36.199, followed by Mosack with a 1:36.554. Crews was fourth in qualifying with a 1:36.892, and Connor Zilisch rounded out the top five with a 1:36.892 in his No. 57 Silver Hare Racing Camaro.
“It’s about darn time,” said Merrill. “Sebring last year was a long time ago. I’ve owed it to the Cope crew for a long time to put this thing back on the top of the board. I’m very happy to do it in the BridgeHaul and HP Tuners colors. It’s been a tough season for us and it’s really nice to have a good result. I need it for confidence, the team needs it for morale. We know we’ve been better than our results up until now, so it’s good to actually put a pin in it and own the top position. The real event is tomorrow, but today is a good start.”
Roy Fulmer IV, who won the Western Championship season-opener at Thunderhill Raceway Park, won the Western pole with a time of 1:38.168.
“I’ve had a great weekend so far, I definitely can’t complain,” said Fulmer. “We’re going to keep making adjustments to the chassis and we’ll hopefully find some more time, and we’ll see if we can keep up with those National guys.”
Full qualifying results can be found here.
The TA2 race will be contested tomorrow, Sunday, May 1 at 1:40 p.m. PT/4:40 p.m. ET. Free live coverage begins at 1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET at youtube.com/TheTransAmSeries.