Tim Barber Takes Thunderhill Pole in First Trans Am Race Since 2005

March 2, 2024

Tim Barber Takes Thunderhill Pole in First Trans Am Race Since 2005

Rick Wright Fastest in XGT, Greg Pickett Quickest in TA, David Hampton Tops GT

WILLOWS, Calif. (March 2, 2024) – Practice and qualifying are complete for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship’s season opener at Thunderhill Raceway Park. CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series driver Tim Barber in the No. 33 DIG Motorsports Ford Mustang won the overall pole award with a best time of 1:46.189. Barber returns to the Trans Am Series as a driver for the first time since 2005.

Wind and rain have been a factor since cars hit the track yesterday, and with a track damp from rain earlier in the morning, several competitors opted not to make laps during the qualifying session.

"We've been chasing the weather and a new car," said Barber after qualifying. "I'm happy to be in the DIG Motorsports Mustang this weekend. We kind of partnered up for this deal; the other driver couldn't make it, so it was kind of a last-minute deal. We've had some silly stuff come up; we burned some plug wires and we lost a six-inch little coolant line, which shortened our sessions, on top of the weather, but I was able to throw some changes at it and it worked out. Hopefully, it just stays dry so we can quit thinking and just leave the car alone. It's a long race and tire degradation is a big deal in these. These cars have gotten so much faster over the years, and they need a lot of maintenance. So, [considering the doubleheader], you just want to finish, really. Stupid little stuff can break and hurt your weekend. I need to just focus on taking care of the car."

CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series Qualifying Top Five:
1. Tim Barber, No. 33 DIG Motorsports Ford Mustang (1:46.189)
2. Troy Ermish, No. 38 Ermish Racing Ford Mustang (1:46.347)
3. Michael LaPaglia, No. 31 Papini’s Garage/F.A.S.T. Auto Ford Mustang (1:46.359)
4. Bobby Hodges, No. 54 NATC Ford Mustang (1:47.637)
5. Ken Sutherland, No. 68 Kallberg Racing/Wyatt Fire Chevrolet Camaro (1:48.149)

XGT Qualifying:
1. Rick Wright, No. 45 AR Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3 (1:46.661)
2. Tim Rankin, No. 5 TCR IT Solutions Ford Mustang (No Time)
3. Michelle Nagai, No. 72 Nagai Racing/Berkeley Jet Drive Chevrolet Camaro (No Time)
4. Rob Gordon, No. 79 Chris Evans Race Cars Ford Mustang (No Time)
5. Chris Evans, No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang (No Time)

TA Qualifying:
1. Greg Pickett, No. 6 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang (1:48.268)
2. Steve Goldman, No. 13 LIG Racing Chevrolet Corvette (No Time)

GT Qualifying:
1. David Hampton, No. 14 AR Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR (1:56.682)

Full qualifying results can be found here.

CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series Practice:
1. Kyle Kelley, No. 80 PK+k Properties/UPRacing.com Ford Mustang (1:48.974)
2. Tim Barber, No. 33 DIG Motorsports Ford Mustang (1:49.056)
3. Michael LaPaglia, No. 31 Papini’s Garage/F.A.S.T. Auto Ford Mustang (1:50.067)
4. Tim Carroll, No. 46 CRDMFG.com Chevrolet Camaro (1:50.129)
5. Barry Boes, No. 32 Accio Data/TRB Autosport Ford Mustang (1:50.292)

XGT Practice:
1. Michelle Nagai, No. 72 Nagai Racing/Berkeley Jet Drive Chevrolet Camaro (1:50.218)
2. Rob Gordon, No. 79 Chris Evans Race Cars Ford Mustang (1:53.024)
3. Chris Evans, No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang (1:53.208)
4. Rick Wright, No. 45 AR Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3 (1:54.298)
5. Tim Rankin, No. 5 TCR IT Solutions Ford Mustang (2:01.139)

TA Practice:
1. Greg Pickett, No. 6 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang (1:53.571)

GT Practice:
1. David Hampton, No. 14 AR Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR (2:01.529)

Full practice results can be found here.

Race 1 of the Thunderhill SpeedTour will be contested today at 12:40 p.m. PT.

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