Utah: Series round three preview

The SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series makes in inaugural trip to the state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah this weekend for the third round of the 10-race championship. It will be the 455th race in series history. Leading the...

The SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series makes in inaugural trip to the state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah this weekend for the third round of the 10-race championship. It will be the 455th race in series history.

Leading the championship standings on the strength of second-place results in each of the season's first two races is RJ Lopez, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Lopez will once again pilot the No. 6 Disco 106/ECR Engines/Goodyear Chevrolet Corvette for Lopesport, and goes in search of his first career Trans-Am race victory this weekend.

Lopez holds a five-point advantage, 226-221, over defending Trans-Am Series champion Tomy Drissi of Hollywood, Calif. Drissi -- who won the 2010 season opener last month at New Jersey Motorsports Park -- is once again slated to drive the No. 5 THE A-TEAM: THERE IS NO PLAN B Jaguar XKR for the RSR team. Drissi has never won more than one race in a single Trans-Am season and will be looking to reverse that trend this weekend.

Sitting third in the championship standings, just three points in arrears of Drissi and eight out of the lead, is Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C. Ave has started from the front row in both of this season's races to date and took the pole position in Round 1 at New Jersey. He too is looking for his first career Trans-Am race victory in the No. 4 Tony Ave Racing/Pro Motor Engines Chevrolet Corvette.

Drissi's RSR teammate, Daniel Ramoutarsingh, of La Romain, Trinidad, holds down fourth in the championship standings heading to Utah. Ramoutarsingh took Trans-Am Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and will be looking to improve upon a season-best result of fourth at New Jersey when he straps himself back into the cockpit of the No. 8 Trinrico Steel & Wire Products Jaguar XKR.

Simon Gregg, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., rounds out the top five in the championship standings after two rounds. The road-racing veteran will again pilot the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette this weekend with an eye toward taking his first podium result of the season.

This weekend will see the 2010 Trans-Am debut for a couple of racers. Rookie Mike Skeen, of New Braunfels, Texas, is slated to make his series return this weekend in the No. 81 Baker Manufacturing/Next Table Chevrolet Corvette for Agee Racing, while Robert Kelley, of Signal Hill, Calif. is entered in the No. 3 Apex/Upracing.com/Jamison Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Skeen and the team were present for the promoter test day at New Jersey last month, but the car unfortunately sustained mechanical problems during one of the test sessions, and those problems prevented the No. 81 from competing in either of the first two races this season. Skeen expects to make his fourth Trans-Am start on Sunday and looks to build on a career-best result of second at Road Atlanta last year.

Kelley, meanwhile, will make his first-ever Trans-Am Series start on Sunday.

-source: scca pro racing

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Tomy Drissi , Simon Gregg , Mike Skeen , Daniel Ramoutarsingh