Road America: Final practice notes

PICKETT SETS FASTEST TIME IN FINAL TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT ROAD AMERICA ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Greg Pickett showcased his experience at Road America Saturday evening by turning in the fastest time in final practice for tomorrow's ...

PICKETT SETS FASTEST TIME IN FINAL TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Greg Pickett showcased his experience at Road America Saturday evening by turning in the fastest time in final practice for tomorrow's Rumble at the Road at Road America. Pickett, who made his Trans-Am debut here in 1975, turned the 4.048-mile track in two minutes, 10.652 seconds (111.539 miles per hour) in the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR.

Tomy Drissi (No. 5 Transporter 2 -- The Movie Jaguar XKR) timed second fastest, ahead of his Rocketsports Racing teammate and current points leader Klaus Graf (No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR). Paul Gentilozzi (No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR) and Michael Lewis (No. 12 Autocon Engineering Jaguar XKR) completed the top five.

Tomorrow's race is scheduled to start at 10:20 a.m. CDT. The race will air on SPEED Channel on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. EDT.

Notebook:

POLE WINNER--Klaus Graf (No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR) won the pole earlier today, his fourth this season. The German rookie earned three bonus points for the effort and took the points lead by two markers ahead of Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette). Greg Pickett, who qualified fifth, will start first tomorrow in the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR due to Trans-Am's Fast Five Qualifying format, which inverts the top five.

RIDING FOR A CAUSE-- Ruhlman and GT-1 driver Paul Fix (No. 77 Stop Flex/Pennzoil Ford Mustang), will participate in this evening's Tour de Road America, which benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The event, scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this evening, will allow fans to ride their bikes along with drivers from each Series on the card here. Additionally, the Series provided two hats, signed by every driver entered in this weekend's Trans-Am race, to the Tour for its silent auction.

ROOKIE RUN--With his three pole bonus points, Graf needs only to take the green flag and complete one lap to clinch the rookie championship, becoming the first German nation to do so. Interestingly, if Graf were to clinch the Drivers' Championship next weekend at Montreal, he will become the first rookie to win the Trans-Am championship since Dorsey Schroeder in 1989.

GET SIRIUS--GT-1 driver Jeff Emery debuted new sponsor SIRIUS Satellite Radio on his No. 15 Chevrolet Monte Carlo last week, and he continues to run SIRIUS livery here. Emery won the 2003 GT-1 Championship. Satellite radio is the future of music and audio entertainment. And SIRIUS is satellite radio. We offer over 120 channels of satellite radio: 65 devoted to commercial-free music, in almost every genre imaginable, plus over 55 channels of sports, news and talk. From our futuristic studios in NYC's Rockefeller Center, to our fleet of satellites over the continental US, to a full line of SIRIUS satellite radio products -- the future of music and audio entertainment has arrived.

SHORT TRACKER--Kurt Roehrig successfully made the switch from road racing to short track racing. Now, Roehrig is back where he started, in the Trans-Am Series. Roehrig was crew chief for Tommy Kendall during the four-time Trans-Am champion's first title run in 1990. Teamed with Chris Kniefel, Kendall drove a Chevrolet Beretta that year, powered by a V6 engine. Interestingly, Kendall won the Road America event that year.GREEN FLAG--Longtime Trans-Am flagman Jim O'Hanesien manned the starter stand this weekend for the first time since August of last year.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Klaus Graf , Paul Fix , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Greg Pickett , Michael Lewis , Jeff Emery , Kurt Roehrig , Tommy Kendall
Teams HART