Holden claims first Trans Am pole on the Ridge Motorsports Park
Jeff Holden Claims First Trans Am Pole on the Ridge Motorsports Park
Cindi Lux returns to Trans Am racing with prime time in SGT class
Shelton, Wash. (12 June 2021) – Jeff Holden led all the 30-minute Trans Am Sequence offered by Pirelli West Coast Championship qualifying session on Saturday on the Ridge Motorsports Park, securing the primary Motul Pole Award of his TA2 profession.
The Washington state native clocked the quickest time of 1:40.014-seconds on his seventh circuit, setting the brand new monitor file for TA2. Assured in his time, Holden parked the No. 11 Joe’sRacing/MidValleyTrans/M1 Chevrolet Camaro with 14 minutes left on the clock.
“I’m so excited and pleased to be right here within the Joe’s Racing Camaro,” stated Holden. “That is my first actual racing right here at The Ridge. It’s a pleasant monitor. They simply put in some new curbing and it made the monitor a bit bit wider with plenty of totally different areas to drive. It’s going to be a superb race tomorrow.”
After Darrell Anderson did a pirouette into the Flip 12 barrier earlier within the day throughout follow, the Thunderhill Raceway pole starter had minimal monitor time getting into qualifying. Anderson recovered to set a 1:41.242-second flyer for a second-place begin. With rain within the forecast for Sunday’s 100-mile characteristic, Anderson is trying ahead to a moist race within the No. 45 Park Place Constructors Dodge Challenger.
“I’m really trying ahead to a rain race,” stated Anderson. “I used to be actually stunned how a lot grip the Pirelli rain tires had after we examined on Friday. The tires actually throw the water out so there’s no hydroplaning. I hope the black cloud of mechanical points that we’ve had all season doesn’t comply with us tomorrow. We’ve changed about every little thing on the automobile, so hopefully it’s full steam forward for the remainder of the season.”
Within the multi-class qualifying session, Cindi Lux put the No. 5 Lux Efficiency/Black Espresso Dodge Viper on pole for the SGT class. Lux completed with the third-overall quickest time (1:41.574-seconds). Sunday will mark Lux’s first race again within the Viper in additional than a 12 months because of the pandemic.
“I really feel rusty, actual rusty,” stated Lux. “It’s tremendous good to be again and we might be again for lots extra this 12 months. It’s been good to see some acquainted faces.
“The monitor is extra of a mechanical grip race monitor, than aerogrip, and that may be a large distinction,” Lux continued. “When you get that into your mindset, you possibly can drive the automobile in a different way. We modified just a few issues on the automobile and it actually helped, however all bets are off tomorrow with the rain.”
Driving the No. 62 Architectural Glass Methods Chevrolet Camaro, Michael High-quality edged out Chris Cook dinner by a mere .300-seconds on Lap 15 for a second row begin. High-quality didn’t save his tires for Sunday’s race as he tied for probably the most laps turned in qualifying at 15. Anticipating rain for tomorrow, High-quality’s technique was to log as many laps as he might on the brand new highway course with the anticipation to run on Pirelli wets in the course of the race.
TA2 championship chief Carl Rydquist clocked the second-fastest lap in qualifying within the No. 47 Racecars4Rent/GroupWholesale. Nevertheless, following post-qualifying tech, Rydquist’s time was disqualified after he didn’t move the minimal weight requirement.
SGT factors chief John Schweitzer retired to the paddock after simply eight laps on account of mechanical points within the No. 00 Superior Builders Inc Ford Fusion. The Washington native is anticipated to make the race, however will begin from the again of the sphere in eleventh.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a 100-mile (41 Laps or 75 minutes) all-class race at 10:30 a.m. Pacific. Gates might be open for The Ridge SpeedTour to followers (TICKETS) and dwell timing and scoring might be accessible on www.GoTransAm.com/LiveTiming.