SCCA Trans-Am Trois-Rivieres,Quebec, Canada. Aug. 6th 1995 Held at Trois-Rivieres street circuit.
The Player's Ltee Trans-AM was given the green flag on lap two due to poor alignment of the cars. Canadian Eric Boisvert's Camaro never got the green when his drive shaft let go on the aborted start on lap one. Eric's misfortune was a omen of the mechanical failures that highlighted the entire event.
Boris Said slipped Gloy Mustang past pole-sitter Price Cobb in the third turn after the pair ran two abreast from the re-start. Dorsey Schroeder also muscled his Raybestos Mustang past Cobb's Highway Master Camaro by following teammate Said on the inside. Cobb and Schroeder ran paint to paint for several yards until Dorsey slipped past.
Said, sporting new sponsorship from Sure Fine Foods, ran in first with Schroeder close behind and pulled out a good lead over the pack as Ron Fellows and Tom Kendall tried everything possible to pass Cobb. Cobb couldn't keep pace with the Gloy Fords, but was able to hold ovv Fellows and Kendall for several laps.
There was a lot of minor contact early, due to spins and narrow track conditions. As a result Robert Rizzo, Jamie Galles, ICI/Glidden Camaro, and Brian Simo, Valvoline Mustang, all circulated mid-pack with assorted body damage. Rizzo's Red Carpet Lease Mustang was worse off as he could barely see over the nose of his damaged car. Rob pressed on as best as he could, but the car was understeering badly.
Mechanical ills beset Tony Ave and Brian Till as they both had lengthy pitstops early to fix their ailing cars. Both returned to action several laps down, but they ran well late in the race. Tim McAdam lost 2nd and 3rd gears early and after spinning his World's Best Oil Camaro pitted for good on lap 12.
Robert Rizzo, after pitting twice to try to get his car to drive in a straight line, crashed his ill-handling Mustang into the arch. This brought out the pace car. The yellow flag laps allowed Fellows to catch the Said/Schroeder duo after having finally gotten past Cobb. Kendall was now in fourth, also having passed Cobb. Mr Cytomax, Greg Pickett, and Mr. Rocketsports, Paul Gentalozzi were languishing back in the pack after spinning their Camaros trying to improve their respective positions.
When racing resumed Said, Dorsey, Fellows, and Kendall, clearly the fastest cars, pulled easily away from the pack. They settled in this order until lap 36, there Said spun when his gear box locked up. Schroeder barely slipped past with tires smoking. Boris limped back to the pits and the car was retired with a terminally ill clutch.
Scott Sharp, returning to Trans-Am in a temporary capacity driving for father-in-law Greg Pickett, brought out the pace car again. Scott was crusing along in 6th spot when he lost his brakes totally. His Camaro vaulted over a tire barrier, and through a catch fence and various billboards, eventaully coming to rest in a field used as a parking lot. No one was injured and the pace car again took the lead on lap 43.
When racing resumed Fellows harrased Schroeder continually as they pulled away from Kendall's All Sport Body Quencher Mustang. Fellows finally got past the Raybestos Mustang on lap 51 when Dorsey went wide in turn six opening the door for Ron to slip past on the inside of turn seven. Fellows was easily in command and lead easily to the end.
A late caution period allowed Paul Gentalozzi to move his Highway Master Camaro from 7th to 8th. Also special attention should be given to Jon Gooding who, in a smart smooth drive, moved his Mountain Dew Mustang from 16th starting spot to finish 6th. Tony Ave was given the Raybestos Rising Star Award, but it should have gone to Gooding.
This was a VERY popular win and the crowd went nuts when Toronto area native Fellows took the lead. Even though he finished third, Tom Kendall maintained most of his Championship point lead by clainimg the five bonus points for the fastest qualifying time. It seems that the strategy employed by the Roush team is to qualify as fast as possible and then hang on for the best possible finish. Not a bad plan when you have a 15 point lead with only three races left.