Long Beach Wilden qualifies eighth

Long Beach, Ca. - Oakville Ontario driver Kenny Wilden will start the Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette from the 8th position for round two of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Cup. With cool temperatures and a slippery track just about ...

Long Beach, Ca. - Oakville Ontario driver Kenny Wilden will start the Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette from the 8th position for round two of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Cup.

With cool temperatures and a slippery track just about everyone was fighting lack of grip and wheel spin. Kenny Wilden qualified the Banner Corvette in 8th spot with a time of 1:24.230. "We would perfer to be higher up on the grid," said Wilden. "But, we tried all session to get the read end to stick, especially on the sweeping turns."

"The tires never really got up to temperature," Kenny continued. "The car was loose in practice and we tried changing tire pressures, but we overshot the tire pressures and it got worse."

"We changed gears about 2 hours before qualifying," added Leighton Reese. "But we are changing the gears again for (tomorrow mornings) practice session. If we can improve the car for the race, we can still be a factor."

"I need to stay off the walls," Wilden commented. There is certainly a history of contact and trouble on this track and if the slippery conditions remain just finishing will be an accomplishment.

When asked to compare driving a Trans-am car to the open wheeled Formula Atlantics on a street course, Kenny Wilden said, "You can be more aggressive in the Atlantic car. The Trans-am cars carry more weight into the turns and specifically in the long sweeping turn before the hairpin turn you have to go through trailing the throttle."

Below the top ten qualifying times are listed. Paul Gentilozzi grabbed the pole after having troubles in the practice session with a time of 1:22.871.

<pre> Top 10 Qualifying Results

P Car Driver, Hometown Time Lap Speed Laps Sponsor-Car 1 3 Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich. 1:22.871 10 85.579 12 Johnson Controls/Homelink-Jaguar XKR 2 33 Boris Said III, Carlsbad,Calif. 1:23.031 6 85.414 8 Applied Computer Solutions-Ford Mustang 3 88 Brian Simo, Carlsbad,Calif. 1:23.350 10 85.087 12 Tommy Bahama/Valvoline-Qvale Mangusta 4 12 Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif. 1:23.517 11 84.917 12 Autocon Autosport-Jaguar XKR 5 64 Johnny Miller, Johnson City, Tenn. 1:23.946 5 84.483 12 Automationdirect/Cuttler-Hammer-Jaguar XKR 6 36 Tommy Archer, Duluth,Minn. 1:24.059 5 84.369 9 Motor City True Performance-Dodge Viper 7 28 Lou Gigliotti, Dallas,Tex. 1:24.225 7 84.203 12 LG Motorsports/G2 Performance Parts-Chevy Corvette 8 66 Kenny Wilden, Oakville, Ont.Canada 1:24.230 8 84.198 10 Banner Engineering-Chevy Corvette 9 40 Justin Bell, London, Eng 1:24.543 9 83.886 10 Derhaag /Justin Bell GT MtrsprtExper.-Chevy Corvette 10 15 Tomy Drissi, Hollywood,Calif. 1:24.660 10 83.770 12 TDM Motorsport-Jaguar XKR

-Jim Bourn

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Johnny Miller , Lou Gigliotti , Michael Lewis
Teams LG Motorsports