Portland: Friday qualifying notes

Tomy Drissi Earns First Trans-Am Pole PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Tomy Drissi earned his first Motorock Trans-Am pole Friday, in qualifying for Saturday's Albertsons Trans-Am 100. Drissi was elevated to the pole due a technical infraction...

Tomy Drissi Earns First Trans-Am Pole

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Tomy Drissi earned his first Motorock Trans-Am pole Friday, in qualifying for Saturday's Albertsons Trans-Am 100. Drissi was elevated to the pole due a technical infraction that placed Paul Gentilozzi, who timed first, at the back of the field.

Gentilozzi was penalized in post-qualifying technical inspection for his car violating Rule 9.12.4 "Maximum height rear wing" in the 2004 Trans-Am Rule Book. The penalty moves Tommy Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar XKR) to second on the grid, ahead of Jorge Diaz, Jr. (No. 8 Jaguar XKR), Greg Pickett (No. 6 Jaguar XKR) and Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Chevrolet Corvette).

"To be on the front row, I'm happy," said Drissi. "The guys had a problem with the clutch at the last minute and in the less than an hour and 15 minutes, they changed the clutch and we went out not knowing if everything was tight. The crew did a great job today."

Kendall, who is driving a car equipped with Jaguar's four-valve, stock-block, overhead-cam, fuel-injected engine, said he was getting up to speed with the new powerplant.

"At the end, we were pretty close," said the Series' only four-time champion. "We have a few adjustments to make on the engine to be really good. I feel really good about tomorrow's race."

The Albertsons Trans-Am 100 is set for tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. The race will air in one-day, tape-delay basis on HDNet Sunday, June 20, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) as the lead in to the Champ Car World Series broadcast. A highlights package from Portland will also air in the popular "Dangerous Curves" timeslot on Spike TV on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. on both the East and West Coasts. Please check local listings for availability and times in other areas.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Greg Pickett , Tommy Kendall , Jorge Diaz