# 23 Amy Ruman bested by # 98 Ernie Francis Jr at Road Atlanta; # 11 Randy Kinsland wins TA3
2-time champion Amy Ruman notched her first podium finish but it was not enough to beat the winner Ernie Francis Jr. With a great future ahead at just 19 yrs of age, Ernie and his Mustang emerge as a real threat to Corvettes that have won out for the last 5 years.
Randy Kinsland in his Corvette won TA3 over # 46 & # 94 Porsche 997s of Mark Boden & Ramin Abdolvahabi. That earned Kinsland Racing the Pitboxes.com Crew of the Race award with Marty Cathey receiving the Traq Gear Crew Chief award.
# 7 Claudio Burtin, # 59 Simon Gregg and # 57 David Pintaric (Caddy formerly Corvette) finished in the top 5.
About halfway through, # 8 Tomy Drissi contends he got hit sending him into the gravel trap on the outside of turn 6. A swarm of corner workers arrived to push him out. Per unconfirmed reports, he spun the tires, throwing stones requiring medical attention for one person.
The organizers red-flagged the race to remove his stranded car and as a consequence decided not to score him based on “unjustifiable risk with safety team involvement”.
Our thanks for photos to Chris Clark
The Trans am, once a fixture at Detroit Belle Isle Indy Car weekend in the 1990s, staged a trial exhibition last year and returns for an official points race on June 2-3. According to one contender, “box office Hollywood for the American manufacturer brass”.
# 8 Barnstorming Tomy Drissi wins Trans Am west at Fontana
# 8 Hollywood’s Tomy Drissi beat the Corvettes of # 3 Kyle Kelley and # 64 Ken Davis to win his second straight TA west race.
Bill Brinkop & Oli Thordarssen appeared in TA3