Cleveland: Friday practice two notes

GRAF FASTEST IN SECOND-ROU TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT CLEVELAND CLEVELAND (June 24, 2005) -- Klaus Graf carried forward the Rocketsports Racing domination of the Cleveland speed charts by setting the fastest time in second-round practice Friday for ...

GRAF FASTEST IN SECOND-ROU TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND (June 24, 2005) -- Klaus Graf carried forward the Rocketsports Racing domination of the Cleveland speed charts by setting the fastest time in second-round practice Friday for tomorrow's Trans-Am on the Tarmac race at Burke Lakefront Airport. Graf, from Dornhan, Germany, lapped the 2.106-mile airport circuit in one minute, 15.040 seconds (100.051 miles per hour) in his No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR).

"I've been to other airport circuits and it's hard to find your line in the beginning because there are no reference points," said Graf. "Cleveland is a fun place to be. It's by the lake; the scenery and the atmosphere are beautiful, and the weather is fantastic too. I really enjoyed my first couple of laps here, we have some work to do on the car, but I'm sure we'll get better and better as the weekend progresses. We'll have a good car for qualifying this evening."

Graf led a Rocketsports sweep second-round practice as Tomy Drissi was second fastest in the No. 5 Fantastic Four -- the Movie Jaguar XKR. Paul Gentilozzi (No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR) was third fastest, but his session ended early when he made minor contact with the tire wall in turn eight, causing the session to be stopped. Joey Scarallo was fourth quick in the No. 06 Group A Wheels/Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette).

Amy Ruman, who is substituting for her father, Bob, this weekend in the No. 23 McNichols/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette, was fifth fastest in just her second session of Trans-Am competition.

Qualifying is scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m. The Trans-Am on the Tarmac, Round 3 of the 2005 Trans-Am Championship and part of the Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by U.S. Bank weekend, is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's race will air on a tape-delayed basis, Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

NOTEBOOK:

THRASH--Randy Ruhlman's Derhaag Motorsports team went into thrash mode following a major crash late in the first practice session this morning. The team reported an upright broke, causing the crash, which caused significant damage the left-front corner of the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette. Team owner Jim Derhaag has brought in the fabricator that originally built the car from his Shakopee, Minn. shop to help rebuild the car on site. The team will miss qualifying later today to work on the car. Ruhlman was unhurt in the incident.

HELPING HAND-- Paul Gentilozzi, owner of Rocketsports Racing, actually offered his East Lansing racing shop to the Derhaag squad to repair their car. Citing time constraints, the team elected to make the repairs at the track.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Klaus Graf , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Amy Ruman