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Trans-Am Report and Results from Road America

17 August 1997


ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Tom Kendall made a spectacular ninth to first
dash with five laps remaining to win his 10th-consecutive Trans-Am
race of the season, topping Brian Simo, in the No. 22 Valvoline
Mustang Cobra, by 23.531 seconds to clinch his third-straight and
fourth career Trans-Am Drivers' Championship title at Road America.

Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang
Cobra, started the rain-soaked 25-lap, 100.0-mile race third but was
in the lead by turn 10 on the first lap after making a sensational
pass on the outside of the "carousel" as leader Dorsey Schroeder
slipped and slid his way through the inside of the turn. Kendall's
pass earned him the CIPA Mirrors Pass of the Race Award.

"I wanted to force the issue early on before the race settled in,"
said Kendall. "I was able to get by Dorsey (Schroeder) in the Carousel
because the outside of the turn has more grip in the wet than the
inside.  Dorsey was on the inside so I rolled the dice and moved to
the outside.  Dorsey was wiggling and started to go wide but I was
able to stay steady and get around him."

Once in the lead, Kendall was on cruise control as the track began to
dry, building a lead of almost 10 seconds when he went in to pit on
lap 20, dropping back to ninth and setting up a dramatic three-lap
charge, slicing his way to the front past drivers who remained on rain

"It did not occur to me as the race ran down that the others would not
stop to change to dry tires," said Kendall. "I was waiting for
everyone else to stop and my tires were going away fast. I knew that
if we stopped we should be in good shape because everyone would stop
and my crew is so good. Finally Dorsey stopped and so did I. I could
have stopped four laps earlier; my tires were gone. When I came out I
could not believe that I was over 40 seconds behind. I thought that
everyone else had stopped and that I was 40 seconds ahead--my crew
kept telling me, 'No, you're behind, Brian (Simo) didn't stop,' so I
really had to go hard."

Kendall regained the lead with two laps to go and sailed to the win,
becoming the first driver in any road racing series to score
10-straight victories. Finishing third behind Simo was Paul
Gentilozzi, in the No. 5 RISO Chevrolet Camaro, followed by Jon
Gooding and John Miller IV.

"It was great racing but it was a tough deal starting in the rain,"
said Simo. "When the track dried I was committed to staying out. When
Tom went in I tried to put as much distance between him and myself,
but at the end my tires were shot. I was told that Tom was catching me
at 10 seconds a lap. I did the math in my head and I knew that he
would get me--driving with rain tires going away is a real ugly
feeling, and I just couldn't push any harder."

Simo's effort earned him the DynoMax Turn on the Power Award, and Rick
Dittman, in the No. 24 Fel-Pro M&D Auto Camaro, was the Raybestos
Rising Star of the Race and the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger of the
race, advancing 14 positions to finish seventh from his 21st-place

After 10 races of the 13-race 1997 Trans-Am Championship, Kendall has
clinched the Drivers' Championship with 337 points, 107 points ahead
of Schroeder, with 230. Jon Gooding is third with 228 points, followed
by Simo, 212; Gentilozzi, 206; Greg Pickett, 203; Mike Borkowski, 190;
Miller IV, 159; Bill Saunders, 141; and Michael Lewis, 135.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Results from Saturday's 25-lap, 100.0-mile SCCA
Trans-Am race at Road America, with finishing position, starting
position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

 1. (1), Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 25.
 2. (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 25.
 3. (5), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 4. (7), Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra, 25.
 5. (12), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 6. (4), Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 7. (21), Rick Dittman, Prairieview, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 8. (19), Leighton Reese, Eden Prairie, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 25.
 9. (1), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 25.
 10. (11), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 11. (8), Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn., Ford Mustang Cobra, 25.
 12. (13), Dino Crescentini, Torrance, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 13. (17), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 25.
 14. (18), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 24.
 15. (20), Ray Irwin, Rockton, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 24.
 16. (10), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, mech.
 17. (15), R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass., Chevrolet Camaro, mech.
 18. (22), Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 19.
 19. (16), Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, mech.
 20. (9), Alessandro Zampedri, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Chevrolet Camaro, mech.
 21. (23), Jim Moyer, Kokomo, Ind., Chevrolet Corvette, 13.
 22. (14), Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago, Ill., Ford Mustang Cobra, mech.
 23. (6), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, mech.

 Time of race: 1 hour, 15 minutes, 5.030 seconds.
 Average speed: 79.910 miles-per-hour
 Margin of victory: 23.531 seconds
 Fastest race lap: Tom Kendall, 2:13.245 (108.071 mph), lap 23
 Lap leader: laps 1-19, Tom Kendall; laps 20-23, Brian Simo; laps 24-25,

 Points leaders: 1. Kendall, 337 (Clinches fourth Drivers' Championship);
 2. Schroeder, 230; 3. Gooding, 228; 4. Simo, 212; Gentilozzi, 206.

 CIPA Mirrors Pass of the Race: Tom Kendall
 OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger: Rick Dittman
 Raybestos Rising Star: Rick Dittman
 DynoMax Turn on the Power Award: Brian Simo