Tommy Kendall Bounces Back, Tops Final Trans-Am Practice at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 7, 2004) -- Tommy Kendall recovered from electrical problems experienced in qualifying yesterday to set the fastest time in final practice for Sunday's 35th Annual Trans-Am Rumble at the Road Saturday at Road America. Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR) turned the 4.048-mile course in two minutes, 8.625 seconds at an average speed of 113.297 miles per hour. Interestingly Kendall, who turned only three laps in qualifying yesterday timing 16th, bested the pole time of two minutes, 9.164 seconds, set by Randy Ruhlman.
Paul Gentilozzi was second quickest in the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR, ahead of Greg Pickett (No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar XKR). Tomy Drissi (No. 5 Taxi -- The Movie Jaguar XKR) was fourth quick, though mechanical problems sidelined him early in the session. Jorge Diaz, Jr. (No. 8 Puerto Rico Grand Prix Jaguar XKR) completed the top five.
Today's race is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m. CDT. The race will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet, with tape-delayed highlights coverage on Spike TV's popular "Dangerous Curves timeslot, Sunday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. (EDT, PDT).
The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th year of competition in 2004.