Laguna 'Rookie' Kendall Fastest in First Round Friday

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2004) -- Tommy Kendall didn't let his lack of Motorock Trans-Am Series experience at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hold him back Friday as the driver of the No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR set the fastest time in first-round practice. Kendall, who has never before made a Trans-Am start here, turned the 2.238-mile circuit with a lap of 1:27.797 at 91.766 miles per hour.

Boris Said was second fastest in the No. 33 ACS Express/GE Access Ford Mustang, ahead of Ron Fellows (No. 40 Derhaag Motorsports/Balijet Chevrolet Corvette). Paul Gentilozzi (No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR) and Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) completed the top five.

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Qualifying is scheduled for today at 4:45 p.m. The 45-lap Trans-Am race is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday. The Trans-Am Series is part of a full weekend of racing, which also includes the featured Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama, and Formula BMW USA.

The race will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet, with tape-delayed highlights coverage on Spike TV's popular "Dangerous Curves" timeslot, Sunday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. (EDT, PDT).