Sears Point: Friday practice report

SONOMA, Calif. -- Scott Pruett gave his hometown crowd something to cheer about as the Roseville, Calif. native topped first-round practice for the Trans-Am 100, Round 5 of the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup championship,...

SONOMA, Calif. -- Scott Pruett gave his hometown crowd something to cheer about as the Roseville, Calif. native topped first-round practice for the Trans-Am 100, Round 5 of the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup championship, Friday evening at Infineon Raceway. Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, ripped off a one minute, 14.666-second lap at 94.887 miles per hour at the 1.949-mile road course.

Johnny Miller was second fastest in the No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar, ahead of Boris Said (No. 33 ACS/GE Access/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang), Tomy Drissi (No. 5 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Jaguar XKR) and Michael Lewis (No. 12 Westward Tools/The Crank Jaguar XKR).

"We ran high-mileage tires," said the two-time Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion. "We focused on race setup and tomorrow we plan to concentrate on qualifying. We were a little disappointed with the car when it came off the trailer, but we kept adjusting. It should be okay for qualifying."

"I'm looking forward to the race," added Pruett, who qualified for the Winston Cup Series race earlier in the day. "We look forward to a good finish and hope to re-take the points lead."

Miller, who also qualified for the Winston Cup race and will make his NASCAR debut Sunday, was happy to get back into his Trans-Am Series Jaguar. Miller will enter qualifying tomorrow with a two-point lead in the championship.

"We finally ended up with a good, clean lap and we're just a tenth of Scott's time, so that's good," said Miller. "The was pretty good. We have a little adjusting to do, but we were quick and we'll be quicker. We'll be in the hunt for this thing."

Said, who set a Winston Cup qualifying record in earning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR event, was equally pleased with his Trans-Am Series effort.

"This was a big day for me," said Said. "To get a Winston Cup pole and secure a spot in the Budweiser Shootout is really big for me. I was on such a high in the practice session. My car was really good. We were quickest for a while, and then we parked it. I think we'll do really well in the race."

Pruett's time was nearly two seconds quicker than the Winston Cup pole time set by Said earlier in the day. Interestingly, in fact, the top-nine cars in practice were all faster than the Winston Cup pole speed.

The Trans-Am 100, part of Infineon Raceway's NASCAR weekend, is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, following the Winston Cup Series race. The race will air, on tape-delayed basis, on the SPEED Channel, on Friday, June 27.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Scott Pruett , Tomy Drissi , Johnny Miller , Michael Lewis