Contact: SCCA Pro Racing (303) 694-7223 LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 26) -- Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra Cobra, scored his third consecutive Trans-Am Championship win of the season at Lime Rock Park, ...
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LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 26) -- Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra Cobra, scored his third consecutive Trans-Am Championship win of the season at Lime Rock Park, topping Dorsey Schroeder by 1.362-seconds for his 18th career victory. With the win Kendall became the second driver in the Trans-Am's 32-year history to open the season with three straight wins, tying the feat accomplished by John Paul Sr., in 1979.
Kendall, of Santa Monica, Calif., was the fastest qualifier and started the 66-lap, 100.98-mile race third after the Trans-Am's drawing for the Goodyear Fast Five Qualifiers. By the second turn of the opening lap Kendall was in the lead position and would hold the top spot for the remainder of the 1:11:30.409 contest, although Schroeder, in the No. 12 Raybestos Mustang Cobra Cobra, ran nose-to-tail with Kendall for most of the race and made several strong bids for the lead as the duo sliced through lapped traffic.
"I tried to force the issue early while our tires were cold, and I was able to get to the lead at the first turn," said Kendall. "Traffic was the key today. At the end I put my head down and focused on keeping the lead -- a couple of times Dorsey made a real run in traffic, but I was able to stay out front."
"We were trying to wear Tommy (Kendall) down," said Schroeder. "The car was loose -- a little bit looser than Tommy -- we ran a good race and gave it our best shot."
Finishing third was Paul Gentilozzi, in the No. 5 RISO Chevrolet Camaro. Despite sustaining damage by debris spread onto the track in a lap-21 incident involving Peter Shea, Gentilozzi was able to stay with the lead pack, holding off a late-race charge by Brian Simo, who finished fourth in the No 22 Valvoline Mustang Cobra Cobra.
After starting second Simo dropped to third before falling back to 11th while trying to avoid lapped traffic on lap 17. Simo recovered and steadily climbed back through the 26-car field and was in fifth, behind Gentilozzi, by lap 45. Simo earned the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race Award for this lap-44 pass of fifth-place finisher Mike Borkowski, who earned the Raybestos Rising Star of the Race Award.
Kendall's win also earned the three-time and defending Trans-Am Drivers' Champion the DynoMax Turn On the Power Award, and brings his career top-three total to 44, tying Greg Pickett's record for top-three finishes.
Pickett, in the No. 6 AutoLink/HighwayMaster Camaro, finished ninth after starting on the pole -- the victim of an early-race nudge by Dorsey Schroeder. Pickett's finish was the 1978 Trans-Am Champion's 100th top-10 finish, coming in his 144th career start.
The OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Of the Race Award went to Leighton Reese, who advanced his No. 66 Fieldworks Pontiac Grand Prix 10 positions to finish 15th.
After three races, Kendall lead the Drivers' Championship point standings by 28, 101 to 73 over Simo. Schroeder, with 71 points, is third, followed by Jon Gooding, and Gentilozzi, 67; Pickett, 57; Bill Saunders, 54; Mike Borkowski and John Miller IV, 50; and Borkowski, 46.
In the Manufacturers' Championship standings, Ford extends its lead to 17, 27 to 10 over rival Chevrolet, with Pontiac third with one point.
LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Results from Monday's 66-lap, 100.98-mile Trans-Am Championship race at Lime Rock Park, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out (if any).
1, (3), Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 2, (4), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 3, (5), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro, 66. 4, (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 5, (6), Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 6, (8), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 7, (11), Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra, 66. 8, (7), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, 66. 9, (1), Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 66. 10, (9), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 66. 11, (12), R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass., Chevrolet Camaro, 65. 12, (18), Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 65. 13, (17), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 65. 14, (14), Paul Alderman, Hockessin, Del., Ford Mustang Cobra, 65. 15, (25), Leighton Reese, Eden Prairie, Minn., Pont Grand Prix, 64. 16, (19), Todd Sprinkle, Mechanicsburg, Penn., Chevrolet Camaro, 64. 17, (16), Domenic Toto, Short Hills, N.J., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 63. 18, (21), Jack Busch, Torrington, Conn., Chevrolet Camaro, 63. 19, (20), Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 63. 20, (22), Frank Cioppettini Jr., Morristown, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 62. 21, (24), Clint Welding, Oneonta, N.Y., Chevrolet Camaro, 60. 22, (10), Don Meluzio, York, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 53, Crash. 23, (15), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 43, Elect. 24, (13), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif, Chevrolet Camaro, 17, Crash. 25, (23), Vinnie Musicaro, Wantagh N.Y., Chevrolet Camaro, 0, Crash. 26, (26), Ted Sullivan, Hampton Corners, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camaro,0,DNS
Time of race: 1 hour, 11 minutes, 30.409 seconds. Average speed: 84.730 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.362 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-66, No. 11 Kendall Fastest race lap: No. 11 Kendall, 0:51.912 (106.102 mph); lap 38.