Cleveland: Pre-race grid changes

SCARALLO CHANGES ENGINE, FORFEITS STARTING POSITION FOR THE TRANS-AM ON THE TARMAC AT CLEVELAND CCLEVELAND (June 25, 2005) -- Joey Scarallo (No. 06 Group A Wheels/Autotrend/ Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette) will make an engine change prior to ...

SCARALLO CHANGES ENGINE, FORFEITS STARTING POSITION FOR THE TRANS-AM ON THE TARMAC AT CLEVELAND

CCLEVELAND (June 25, 2005) -- Joey Scarallo (No. 06 Group A Wheels/Autotrend/ Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette) will make an engine change prior to today's Trans-Am on the Tarmac race at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland and therefore will forfeit his qualifying time.

Scarallo, who was slated to start first today, will instead start at the to back of the grid due to the engine change. Due to the disqualification, John Baucom (No. 86 MAP Quality Engineering/Software Toolbox Ford Mustang) will roll off first in today's race.

Cleveland native Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) and Csaba Bujdoso (No. 93 Checkered Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro) will also start at the back of the field as both missed qualifying. Ruhlman crashed in first-round practice yesterday and his Derhaag Motorsports team worked until 5 a.m. today to make repairs on his car.

The top five in yesterday's qualifying session were inverted under Trans-Am's Fast Five® Qualifying program. The top five will grid in their original qualifying slots, and will then roll off in their inverted starting positions. However, since Scarallo forfeited his qualifying time, Baucom gets to start first today. Fourth-place qualifier Max Lagod (No. 83 Hypermax Diesel Turbo Systems Chevrolet Corvette) will start on the outside of the front row. Tomy Drissi (No. 5 Fantastic Four -- The Movie Jaguar XKR) will remain third, while Paul Gentilozzi (No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR) and rookie Klaus Graf (No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR) will start fourth and fifth, respectively.

Today's Trans-Am Series race, the Trans-Am on the Tarmac, is Round 3 of the 2005 Trans-Am Championship and part of the Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by US Bank weekend. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Today's race will air on a tape-delayed basis, Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Klaus Graf , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Max Lagod , John Baucom , Csaba Bujdoso