Toronto: Friday notebook

TORONTO, Ontario (July 9, 2004) -- The Trans-Am Series used a new qualifying format today for tomorrow's Trans-Am in T.O. The 45-minute session was divided into three segments. The first 15-minute segment was an open practice, followed by a ...

TORONTO, Ontario (July 9, 2004) -- The Trans-Am Series used a new qualifying format today for tomorrow's Trans-Am in T.O. The 45-minute session was divided into three segments. The first 15-minute segment was an open practice, followed by a 10-minute rest period. The final 20-minute segment set the grid for the race. Teams were allowed to make technical adjustments during each of the first two segments. No adjustments were allowed during the qualifying segment.

TOUGH TOW...Garrett Kletjian (No. 20 www.upscalelingerie.com Qvale Mangusta) returned to Trans-Am competition here after missing the first four races of the season; though he didn't miss those events by choice. Kletjian's transporter, containing a race car, as well as all of his pit equipment, was stolen from a hotel parking lot while he was attending a press conference in Trois-Rivières several months ago. Kletjian plans to compete in several Trans-Am races this season.

CANADIAN CUP... The top finishing Canadian in tomorrow's race will receive a special trophy, called the Canadian Cup, and will be honored in victory circle. He will also be given the opportunity to participate in the post-race press conference in the media center. The Canadian Cup is a new award, announced today by Series Executive Director John Clagett. The cup will also be awarded at the next race in Trois-Rivières Aug. 1.

NEW CAR...Ron Fellows took his first turn behind the wheel of his No. 40 Molson Indy Chevrolet Corvette in today's practice session. In fact, aside from a seat fitting, Fellows hadn't even sat in the car prior to the start of the 45-minute session. Interestingly, his Derhaag Motorsports team has a car built specifically for Fellows at its Shakopee, Minn. shop. However, they didn't bring that car to Toronto as Fellows' deal didn't come together until Thursday. Fellows therefore is driving Derhaag's backup car this weekend.

STILL IN THE SHOW...Paul Gentilozzi is driving the same "show car" he used to win last week's race in Cleveland here at Toronto. Gentilozzi crashed his primary car in qualifying at Cleveland, forcing his crew to transport a show car from his Lansing, Mich. shop. The crew spent all night in Cleveland rebuilding the show car, which is usually used at tradeshows and media events. Gentilozzi started last and drove through the field for the victory. There wasn't adequate time between races for the team to fix the primary car for the Toronto event.

EXPERIENCED...Only Gentilozzi, Randy Ruhlman, Tommy Kendall and Ron Fellows have competed at Toronto in the past. Of the quartet, only Gentilozzi and Fellows competed in both previous Toronto Trans-Am events in 1993 and 1994.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Ron Fellows , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Garrett Kletjian , Tommy Kendall