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SIMO ON POLE FOR AUTOMATIONDIRECT.COM TRANS-AM 100 AT ROAD ATLANTA; GENTILOZZI PENALIZED BRASELTON, Ga. -- Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., scored his fourth BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series pole of the season to front a 34-car field...

SIMO ON POLE FOR AUTOMATIONDIRECT.COM TRANS-AM 100 AT ROAD ATLANTA; GENTILOZZI PENALIZED

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., scored his fourth BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series pole of the season to front a 34-car field for the 40-lap, 100.0-mile Automationdirect.com Trans-Am 100 race at Road America. "The track is good - we haven't raced here since 1995, and the new circuit configuration really lends itself to more passing," said Simo. "The heat here will definitely be a factor in the race - it will be real tough on a lot guys." Simo, driving the No. 2 Valvoline Ford Mustang Cobra, posted a top time of 1:23.266 (108.087 mph), while Chris Neville, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was second-quick at 1:24.329 (106.724 mph). Randy Ruhlman, of Greensboro, N.C., was third fastest, followed by Drivers' Championship point leader Michael Lewis, of San Diego, Calif., and Max Lagod, of Barrington, Ill. Defending Drivers' Champion Paul Gentilozzi posted the fourth-fastest time in Fast Five Qualifying, but was penalized for driving his No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Mustang Cobra to his paddock without being released from the pit lane and will start 31st. Gentilozzi had just registered his fast time of 1:25.113 (105.741 mph) when his engine developed mechanical trouble. On the next lap Gentilozzi entered the pits but instead of stopping at his assigned pit position he drove directly to his paddock, drawing the penalty. Dan Furey, of Columbus, Ohio, and Chet Williams, of Chittenango, N.Y., were also penalized for moving into the paddock without being released from the pit lane. Paul Alderman, of Newark, Del., was penalized for failing post-qualifying technical inspection and will start 34th. The Automationdirect.com Trans-Am 100 race will be televised live on TNN beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

BRASELTON, Ga. - Starters for Sunday's 40-lap, 100.0-mile Automationdirect.com Trans-Am 100 race, part of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Southern Dash Weekend at Road Atlanta, with starting position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.

1. (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:23.266, 108.087. 2. (88), Chris Neville, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:24.329, 106.724. 3. (49), Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:25.082, 105.780. 4. (12), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:25.290, 105.522. 5. (83), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:25.864, 104.816. 6. (28), Lou Gigliotti, Garland, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:26.505, 104.040. 7. (64), Johnny W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:26.774, 103.717. 8. (59), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:26.837, 103.642. 9. (66), Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 1:27.075, 103.359. 10. (40), Steve Pelke, Lansing, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:27.165, 103.252. 11. (8), Tom Coleman, Asheville, N.C., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:27.679, 102.647. 12. (23), Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:28.616, 101.561. 13. (10), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1:28.720, 101.442. 14. (36), Claudio Burtin, Atlanta, Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:28.801, 101.350. 15. (4), G.J. Mennen, Austin, Texas, Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:28.845, 101.3. 16. (27), Mike Gagliardo, Chicago, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:29.139, 100.965. 17. (15), Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:29.344, 100.734. 18. (11), Kenny Bupp, Ft. Laudersdale, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:29.563, 100.487. 19. (26), Jerry Kinn, Anchorage, Alaska, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:29.575, 100.474. 20. (14), Gary Johnson, Knoxville, Tenn., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:29.643, 100.398. 21. (35), Kerry Alexander, Indianapolis, Ind., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:29.709, 100.324. 22. (82), Dick Greer, Columbus, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:30.135, 99.850. 23. (42), James Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:30.839, 99.076. 24. (20), Richard Grant, Germantown, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:30.895, 99.015. 25. (13), C. David Seuss, Charlestown, Mass., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1:32.115, 97.703. 26. (6), Frank Cioppettini, Far Hills, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:32.498, 97.299. 27. (08), Michael Cohen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:33.451, 96.307. 28. (22), Joe Freda, Auburn, Ala., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:33.978, 95.767. 29. (30), Gary Smith, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1:34.676, 95.061. 30. (86), Bob McGrew, Cornelius, N.C., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:37.150, 92.640. 31. (1), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:25.113, 105.741. 32. (38), Dan Furey, Columbus, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:32.557, 97.237. 33. (73), Chet Williams, Chittenango, N.Y., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:36.508, 93.256. 34. (68), Paul Alderman, Newark, Del., Mustang Cobra Cobra, 1:27.492, 102.866.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , David Seuss , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Kerry Alexander , Randy Ruhlman , Steve Pelke , Don Sak , Lou Gigliotti , Max Lagod , Bob Ruman , Michael Lewis , Simon Gregg , Claudio Burtin , Paul Alderman , Dan Furey , G.J. Mennen , Richard Grant , James Briody , Gary Smith , Kenny Bupp , Dick Greer , Jerry Kinn , John Gary
Teams Williams