Drissi Leads SCCA Trans-Am Series Practice Day at New Jersey Motorsports Park MILLVILLE, N.J. (May 8, 2010) -- Defending SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series champion Tomy Drissi got his 2010 season off on the right foot at New Jersey Motorsports...
Drissi Leads SCCA Trans-Am Series Practice Day at New Jersey Motorsports Park
MILLVILLE, N.J. (May 8, 2010) -- Defending SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series champion Tomy Drissi got his 2010 season off on the right foot at New Jersey Motorsports Park by posting the quickest practice time of the day in the No. 5 Marmaduke -- June 4 Jaguar XKR.
Despite battling strong wind gusts throughout the day's second practice session, Drissi ran a best lap of 1:19.722 (101.603 mph) to top the time chart. The RSR driver noted following the day's second practice session -- and a promoter test day on Friday -- he was still familiarizing himself with New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway. The track is hosting Trans-Am for the first time this weekend.
"We've been working pretty hard and yesterday we tried a lot of combinations," said Drissi, of Hollywood, Calif. "The RSR team rolled out pretty good and we're on momentum from last year, even though we're not connecting the two years together. We're starting all over this year and we've got good momentum going.
"Whoever designed this track really did something almost like a Hollywood director to really mess with your head in a couple places. You go by and you do a lap, and you figure you're going to remember everything, but I don't know, I still haven't gotten it quite figured out yet. There are some really interesting and challenging aspects of the track. My hat is off to New Jersey Motorsports Park to put this facility together. We're happy right now, but they don't pay on Saturdays."
Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., was second quickest in the No. 4 Tony Ave Racing/Pro Motor Engines Chevrolet Corvette at 1:19.988 (101.265 mph). Ave, who led the 2009 championship with five pole positions, was quickest in the first practice session of the day, but ran a limited number of laps in the afternoon owing to the weather conditions.
"It's real windy," Ave said. "It went okay for us today. We found some stuff with the car that was giving us a little drama yesterday and that's good. I didn't run many laps this afternoon. I sort of knew what I had and parked it. The wind is blowing sand across the track and stuff. It'd be one thing if it was the race, then you always have to deal with it, but we knew what we needed to know, so there was no point in standing out there and getting sandblasted."
Third quickest on the day was RJ Lopez, of Bal Harbour, Fla., in the No. 6 WabashPower.com/Mobil 1/Goodyear Chevrolet Corvette. Lopez ran a best lap at 1:20.734 and will make the sixth start of his Trans-Am career on Sunday.
Daniel Ramoutarsingh, the 2009 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, was fourth quickest on the day at 1:22.237 (98.495 mph) in the No. 8 TRINRICO Steel & Wire Products Jaguar XKR. The RSR driver, who hails from Trinidad, is looking for the third podium result of his Trans-Am career.
Simon Gregg, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., completed the top five in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette with a best lap at 1:22.850 (97.767 mph). He finished third in the 2009 Trans-Am championship standings.
Both of Saturday's practice sessions were run without incident, despite strong winds throughout the day. The forecast calls for the gusty winds to continue on Sunday, when the Trans-Am Series is scheduled to qualify from 10 to 10:30 a.m. EDT. The 40-lap race is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon.
-source: trans am /scca pro racing