Soenen Motorsports Sears Point qualifying

July 20, 2001-Commotion began today around the paddock area of the Sears Point International Raceway, as the beginning of the practice rounds commenced for this weekend's Wine Country 100, a part of the X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma. Soenen ...

July 20, 2001-Commotion began today around the paddock area of the Sears Point International Raceway, as the beginning of the practice rounds commenced for this weekend's Wine Country 100, a part of the X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Soenen Motorsports is fielding three cars in this Saturday's event that will be broadcast live by CBS Sports. The Wine Country 100 will take the green flag at 11:30 am Pacific time on Saturday, July 21.

Qualifying for Saturday's race began at 2:20 this afternoon. Stu Hayner (Yorba Linda, CA) driving the #58 Trenton Forging/Soenen Motorsports Mustang Cobra was the quickest of the three Soenen entries. Hayner posted a qualifying time of 1:37.3, an average lap speed of 93.22 mph around this 12 turn, 2.52 mile circuit. This was a run that would place Hayner in the top 10 for qualifying.

Tom Miller (Sherwood, OR), piloting the #47 Moosedrool/Soenen Motorsports Mustang Cobra, sped to his best qualifying time of this season, with a time of 1:39.6, an average speed of 91.07. His outstanding time has placed him 16th in Saturday's starting grid.

Additionally, Don Soenen, team owner, had a good run this afternoon. The qualifying session consisted of a 12 lap run. In those 12 laps, Soenen consistently kept running faster with each passing lap. By session end, Don had posted a time of 1:41.6, an average lap speed equaling 89.29 mph. He will be taking the green flag from the 25th position in Saturday's race.

On the pole for the first time this season, is Trans Am racer Brian Simo in the #88 Tommy Bahama entry, doing so with a time of 1:35.72, a 94.77 mph average lap time. Rounding out the top 3 is Michael Lewis in the #12 Ameri-Suites Jaguar entry and Paul Gentilozzi in the #3 Jaguar XKR, respectively.

Again, the race will be brought to you live by CBS Sports, beginning with the green flag at 11:30 pacific time, 2:30 pm Eastern time. The race will be a one and a half hour timed event.

-SR

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Michael Lewis , Stu Hayner , Tom Miller