SCHROEDER FASTEST QUALIFIER FOR TROIS-RIVIERES TRANS-AM
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. -- Dorsey Schroeder, in the #12 Raybestos Ford Mustang Cobra, posted a time of 1:03.099 (85.922 mph) to qualify fastest for Sunday's 55-lap, 82.83-mile SCCA Trans-Am Championship race on the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, part of the Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres.
"The handwriting is on the wall--we're down to just five races," said Schroeder. "We're going to run for the fastest-qualifier spot every time now. We're real happy and I have a good car for the race."
Schroeder, of Osage Beach, Mo., will start fifth with the Trans-Am's inverted Goodyear Fast Five qualifying. Posting the second-fastest qualifying time to start fourth was Tom Kendall, in the #11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra. Kendall, a two-time winner on the streets of Trois-Rivieres, posted a time of 1:03.282 (85.673 mph).
Qualifying third to start third was defending Trois-Rivieres race winner Ron Fellows, of Toronto, Ontario, Can. Fellows, in the #3 Sunoco/AER Manufacturing Chevrolet Camaro, posted a time of 1:03.284 (84.670 mph) to lead a Chevrolet 3-4-5 qualifying effort, locking in the top three starting positions for Chevrolet, which trails Ford by two points in the Manufacturers' Championship point standings, 69 to 71.
"I was not going for the pole (fastest qualifier) and I almost went too fast," said Fellows. "We (the Chevrolet drivers) were under strict orders not to be the fastest qualifier and start in the front rows, instead."
Qualifying fourth to start second was Paul Gentilozzi, in the #5 HighwayMaster Camaro, and Scott Sharp, in the #33 Rain-X Oil Energizer Camaro, qualified fifth to start on the pole. Sharp, another two-time Trois-Rivieres race-winner, will make his first "pole" start of the 1996 season.
"I've always liked coming to Trois-Rivieres, and I've enjoyed a fair amount of success here," said Sharp. "If I can't be the fastest qualifier, I'd rather qualify fourth or fifth and start on the front row."
Sunday's Trans-Am Classic at the 1.506-mile, 10-turn Trois-Rivieres street circuit will be broadcast live on the Speedvision Network, beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EDT).
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. -- RIVISED starting grid for Sunday's 55-lap, 82.83-mile SCCA Trans-Am Championship race, part of the Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, with starting position, including inverted Goodyear Fast five, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.
1, (33), Scott Sharp, Danville, Calif, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:03.772, 85.015. 2, (5), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:03.716, 85.090. 3, (3), Ron Fellows, Toronto, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:03.284, 85.670. 4, (12), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:03.099, 85.922. 5, (22), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:03.849, 84.912. 6, (6), Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:04.032, 84.670. 7, (2), Jamie Galles, Albuquerque, N.M., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:04.120, 84.553. 8, (16), Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:04.508, 84.045. 9, (8), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:04.891, 83.549. 10, (67), John Fergus, Columbus, Ohio, Ford Mustang cobra, 1:05.448, 82.838. 11, (66), Dale Phelon, San Juan, P.R., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:05.515, 82.753. 12, (49), Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., Dodge Daytona, 1:06.608, 81.395. 13, (23), Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:07.662, 80.127. 14, (64), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:09.067, 78.497. 15, (52), Eric Boisvert, Quebec, Can., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:09.430, 78.087. 16, (76), Jerry Simmons, Ancaster, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:11.316, 76.022. 17, (29), Ed Hinchcliff, Ypsilanti, Mich., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:13.616, 73.647. 18, (21), Ted Sullivan, Hampton, Conn., Chevrolet Camaro, no time. 19, (11), Tom Kendall, Apopka, Fla., Ford Mustang cobra, 1:03.282, 85.673.* 20, (7), R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:05.893, 82.278.*
* Both #11 Kendall and #7 Valentine elected to change a tire and were moved to the back of the grid.