Trans-Am Qualifying Report and Results from Road America
16 August 1997
SCHROEDER FASTEST FOR ROAD AMERICA TRANS-AM ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 15) - - Dorsey Schroeder posted his second "pole" of the 1997 Trans-Am season in qualifying for Saturday's 25-lap, 100.0-mile Road America Trans-Am Classic. Schroeder, driving the No. 12 Raybestos Ford Mustang Cobra, posted a time of 2:09.286 (111.38 mph), just edging out Tom Kendall, who has been the fastest qualifier in eight of 10 Goodyear Fast Five qualifying sessions. "When I first went out I just wanted to get a time on the board," said Schroeder. "The track was green, though, compared to yesterday's test day, and my first laps were not good. I slowed down to get some track position and then started the last lap with Tom (Kendall) right behind me. I was all over the track, and I even dropped two wheels off in the gravel at turn 12 -- It was a real banzai run, jumping the curbs. I went into turn 14 (where the timing lights are) intending to go straight off, trying to get the fastest speed possible. But I decided against trying to go off, as I thought my lap was shot. It was a real shock to me when my crew told me that I was fastest. It was not a perfect lap because I went off the track." Kendall posted a time of 2:09.286 (111.381 mph) to qualify second, followed by Paul Gentilozzi, Brian Simo and Greg Pickett, who scored his third Goodyear Fast Five qualifying effort of the season. "I'm irritated that I qualified second _ we were quickest all through the session," said Kendall. "At the end I tried to shadow Dorsey and put in a good lap, but at the timing lights in 14 I went in much deeper than before and went off. I have nobody to blame except myself. I'm disappointed to qualify second but with the drawing it really doesn't hurt -- it really doesn't matter as long as I'm in the top five." The Goodyear Fast Five random drawing takes place Friday afternoon, 15 minutes after the final practice session. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Provisional starting order, before the random drawing for the Goodyear Fast Five top-five qualifiers, for Saturday's 25-lap, 100-mile Trans-Am race at Road America, with starting position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour. 1. (12), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:09.286, 111.381. 2. (11), Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:09.475, 111.218. 3. (5), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:10.172, 110.622. 4. (22), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:10.297, 110.516. 5. (6), Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:10.428, 110.405. 6. (55), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:10.984, 109.937. 7. (16), Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:11.032, 109.896. 8. (4), Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:11.220, 109.739. 9. (51), Alessandro Zampedri, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Chevrolet Camaro, 2:12.310, 108.835. 10. (8), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, 2:13.172, 108.130. 11. (83), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:13.634, 107.757. 12. (64), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:13.663, 107.733. 13. (15), Dino Crescentini, Torrance, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:14.543, 107.029. 14. (50), Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago, Ill., Ford Mustang Cobra, 2:15.608, 106.188. 15. (7), R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:15.829, 106.015. 16. (23), Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 2:15.920, 105.944. 17. (70), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:16.840, 105.232. 18. (10), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 2:17.531, 104.703. 19. (66), Leighton Reese, Eden Prairie, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 2:17.582, 104.664. 20. (43), Ray Irwin, Rockton, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:17.844, 104.465. 21. (24), Rick Dittman, Prairieview, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:18.375, 104.065. 22. (42), Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 2:28.594, 96.908. 23. (98), Jim Moyer, Kokomo, Ind., Chevrolet Corvette, no time.