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SCCA Trans-Am Results from Minneapolis

7 July 1997


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 6, 1997)- Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All
Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, won his sixth-straight
Trans-Am race after topping runner-up Dorsey Schroeder by 1.779
seconds on the streets on Minneapolis. Jon Gooding finished third,
followed by Paul Gentilozzi and Greg Pickett.

"Needless to say, I'm ecstatic," said Kendall. "In the first session,
we stumbled on to something good, and we went with that setup for both
cars for the whole weekend. Throughout the race I had to take the
corners one at a time, as opposed to looking a couple corners ahead,
because the course is really demanding - It's the best street course
I've ever been to."

Kendall, of Santa Monica, Calif., started fifth after posting his
10th-consecutive fastest-qualifier effort but was in front of the
23-car field by lap eight, holding the top position for the remainder
of the 63- lap, 100.8-mile race.

Once Kendall was in the lead he cruised to a relatively easy victory,
but getting to the front was a wild ride for the three-time and
defending Trans-Am Drivers' Champion. Gentilozzi, in the No. 5 RISO
Chevrolet Camaro, started on the pole and led the opening three laps
before getting spun on lap four by Brian Simo, driving the No. 22
Valvoline Mustang Cobra.

Simo led the next four laps while Kendall made his way into second,
past third-place starter Schroeder, in the No. 12 Raybestos Mustang
Cobra.  On lap eight Simo dropped back behind Gentilozzi, answering a
penalty for his spin-causing nudge, putting Kendall and Schroeder in
the top-two spots, the order they would run the remainder of the one
hour, 33 minute, 24.181-second race.

While the leaders worked their way through traffic, Gentilozzi, with
Simo close behind, was making his way through traffic after running as
far back as 16th following his spin. On lap 17, Gentilozzi had
progressed to fifth and made his move on Gooding for fourth as the
pair slowed entering turn one. Gentilozzi overshot his mark and had to
use the turn one runoff area but Simo was able to take advantage of
Gooding's avoiding maneuver to take over the spot.

"We went in deep and I saw that both Dorsey and Brian had their tires
locked up," said Gentilozzi. "If I'd gone on, it would have been a big
wreck, so I went around."

For the next 37 laps the order remained Kendall, Schroeder, Simo and
Gooding. Gentilozzi, meanwhile, had pitted for two new driver's-side
tires and again worked his way back to fifth when the second of two
full-course yellows came out, this time for Jim Derhaag, who came in
contact with R.J. Valentine and crashed at turn four but was not

When the field took the green on lap 54, Gentilozzi again missed turn
one and went through the runoff area, re-entering behind Gooding, who
had advanced to third when Simo broke his gearbox on the restart,
ending his day in 13th. For the remaining nine laps Gooding and
Gentilozzi were locked in a nose-to-tail battle for position, and on
the final lap Gentilozzi was able to make it by, only to be re- passed
three turns from the checkered flag.

"Gooding made a banzai move and got off line and I got by him," said
Gentilozzi. "Then I got into the marbles and tagged the wall, giving
the position back to Jon - I probably could have prevented it, but it
likely would have taken us both out. I deserved fourth today and he
deserved third."

For his double back-to-front efforts Gentilozzi earned the DynoMax
Turn On the Power Award and also the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race
award, while Greg Pickett earned the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Of
the Race award for advancing nine positions from his 14th place start,
and Mike Borkowski won the Raybestos Rising Star Of the Race award.

After six races, Kendall leads the Drivers' Championship point
standings with 203 points, followed by Schroeder, 133; Gooding, 132;
Pickett, 131; Simo, 127; Borkowski, 119; Gentilozzi, 105; Bill
Saunders, 92; Michael Lewis, 90; and John Miller IV, 86.

In the Manufacturers' Championship point standings, Ford tops
Chevrolet 54 to 22, followed by Pontiac with one point.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Results from Sunday's 63-lap, 100.8-mile Sprint
PCS SCCA Trans-Am Championship Round 6 Race at the Minneapolis street
circuit, with finishing position, starting position, driver, hometown,
car, laps and reason out (if any).

FP SP Driver, Hometown                       Car                Laps Reason
 1  5 Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif	     Ford Mustang Cobra	 63
 2  3 Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo.     Ford Mustang Cobra	 63
 3  8 Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla.	     Ford Mustang Cobra	 63
 4  1 Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 63
 5 14 Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 63
 6  7 Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn.	     Ford Mustang Cobra	 63
 7 15 Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif.	     Ford Mustang Cobra	 62
 8 10 R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 62
 9 18 Don Meluzio, York, Pa.		     Chevrolet Camaro	 62
10 17 Rick Dittman, Prairieview, Ill.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 62
11  6 John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn. Chevrolet Camaro	 61  Mech.
12 19 Bruce Barkelew, Columbia, Mo.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 58
13  2 Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif.	     Ford Mustang Cobra	 53  Mech.
14 23 Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 50  Mech.
15  9 Jim Derhaag, Chaska, Minn.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 45  Crash.
16 12 Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill.	     Chevrolet Camaro	 38  Mech.
17 11 Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio	     Chevrolet Camaro	 32  Mech.
18 13 Leighton Reese, Eden Prairie, Minn.    Pontiac Grand Prix	 10  Crash.
19 22 Michael Starnes, Mission, Kan.	     Ford Thunderbird	  6  Elect.
20 16 Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich.	     Oldsmobile Cutlass   5  Mech.
21  4 Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas	     Chevrolet Camaro	  3  Motor.
22 21 Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago, Ill.	     Ford Mustang Cobra	  3  Susp.
23 20 Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif.	     Chevrolet Camaro	  0  Mech.

 Time of race: 1 hour, 33 minutes, 24.181 seconds.
 Average speed: 64.751 mph
 Margin of victory: 1.779 seconds
 Fastest race lap: No. 11 Kendall, 1:16.750 (75.048 mph) (Record)
 Lap leaders: No. 5 Gentilozzi, laps 1-3; No. 22 Simo, laps 4-7; No. 11,
Kendall, laps 8-63