1995 SCCA Trans-AM Series, Round One, Phoenix,Az
Pos Qual Driver Sponsor / Team Car Points ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.( 8) Price Cobb Highway Master/Rocketsports Camaro 31 2.( 1) Tom Kendall All Sport Body Quencher/Roush Mustang 34 3.( 4) Boris Said Unsponsored / Tom Gloy Mustang 25 4.( 6) Brian Till RAL Group / Pickett Camaro 23 5.(13) Ray Kong Sunsource Camaro 21 6.(12) Tony Ave Carlin Combustion/Phelon Camaro 20 7.(16) Dale Phelon Carlin Combustion/Phelon Camaro 19 8.(17) Michael Lewis Mustang 18 9.(15) Bob Sobey Camaro 17 10.(11) Brian Simo Valvoline / Gloy Mustang 16 11.( 2) Ron Fellows AER & AC Delco/McCall Camaro 18 12.(20) Bill Sanders Highway Master/Rocketsports Camaro 14 13.(22) Jon Gooding Mountain Dew / Roush Mustang 13 14.(14) Chris Kneifel Matco Tools / Bob Patch Firebird 12 15.( 3) Dorsey Schroeder Raybestos Brakes / Gloy Mustang 12 16.(18) Tim McAdam Rocketsports Camaro 10 17.(19) Peter Shea Rain-X & Matco Tools Camaro 9 18.(28) Phil Bartlet Mustang 8 19.(21) R.J. Valentine Pennzoil/Pickett Camaro 7 20.(18) Jim Guthrie Camaro 6 21.(24) Claudio Burtin Mustang 5 22.(26) Jim Maguire Camaro 4 23.( 7) Paul Gentalozzi Highway Master/Rocketsports Camaro 3 DNF 24.(25) Tom Beattie Camaro 2 25.(10) Robert Rizzo Ford Care / Roush Mustang 1 Contact 26.(27) Milton McPeek Pontiac 0 27.( 9) Jamie Galles ICI & Glidden / McCall Camaro 0 Crash 28.( 5) Dino Crescentini Camaro 0 Crash DNS Greg Pickett Cytomax / Pickett Camaro Crash
Dino Crescentini started on the pole due to new rule that inverts top five qualifiers. Dorsey Schroeder broke a hose to the power steering pump on the pace laps and was in the pits when the green flag fell. Dorsey joined the race one lap down. Greg Pickett didn't start because he crashed his car in the warm-up session. At that time Greg was one of the three fastest cars.
Crescentini took Galles out early in the race (poetic justice?) while Galles was trying to pass Crescentini into 3rd place. In looked to me like Dino made little attempt to stop, brakes???, and pushed Galles out of turn one clear over to turn one of the oval. TV coverage provided no intervied of Crescentini so who knows. Jamie bumped Dino going by the first time so it may have been retaliation, but ????
Kendall and Fellows, it'll be strange seeing Ron in a Camaro, ran away from the field early but Price Cobb moved steadily upwards. After the second yellow flag laps Cobb was firmly in third hounding Fellows. Paul Gentalozzi ran well early, but faded back as his differential gradually siezed. Paul didn't see the checker.
About mid point in the race a dust storm caused a yellow flag as visibility dropped to zero. The wind was so strong part of the fencing on the outside of the oval was blown down.
When racing resumed Cobb got past Fellows and attached himself to Kendall. In the beginning the All Sport Roush Mustang of Kendall was clearly the class of the field. Late in the race Cobb's Rocketsports Camaro easily ran with Kendall. After a late yellow, Cobb blasted past Kendall and held on for the last two laps to win.
The Roush and Rocketsports teams seemed to benefit from previous experience at PIR. I doubt that Gloy or McCall have ever raced there. It looks like Kendall, Cobb and Fellows will be the major contenders for the Championship. Dorsey Schroeder and Paul Gentalozzi will be serious contenders, but inconsistancy will keep them from the championship. Call me crazy, but I think that Fellows and McCall will find a way to win it all.
One further comment, I thought that this was the worst coverage Prime as ever given any race. They missed most of the action and Cobbs pass at the end. Also night racing is lousy on TV. The glare of the car lights makes the camera work ineffective. Can hardly wait for Lime Rock.