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SCCA Trans-Am Series 2009 Review

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2009: A MIXTURE OF OLD AND NEW

The 2009 SCCA Trans-Am Series featured a mixture of old and new; five of the races were won by previous Trans-Am racewinners (Klaus Graf two wins, one apiece for Jorge Diaz, Jr., Tomy Drissi, and Greg Pickett) but two were won by first-time winners (Jim Goughary, Jr. and Cliff Ebben).  Two pole positions were won by previous Trans-Am polewinners (Jorge Diaz, Jr. and Tomy Drissi) but five poles were won by Tony Ave, never a Trans-Am polewinner prior to 2009!  Five races were won by previous Trans-Am racewinning Entrants (three by Pickett Racing, one apiece by Diaz and Rocketsports) but two were won by first-time Entrant racewinners (Goughary and Lamers).  Two poles were won by previous Trans-Am polewinning Entrants (Diaz and Rocketsports) but five were won by two Entrants without Trans-Am poles prior to 2009: Tony Ave Racing and Lamers Racing.  In the championship rankings, the top six drivers (led by first-time Trans-Am champion Tomy Drissi) each posted career-best rankings!

Wins-Drivers: Klaus Graf 2, Jorge Diaz, Jr., Tomy Drissi, Cliff Ebben, Jim Goughary, Jr., Greg Pickett 1  (6 winning drivers in 7 races)

Wins-Marques: Jaguar 5, Chevrolet 1, Ford 1

Wins-Racecars: Jaguar XKR 5, Chevrolet Corvette 1, Ford Mustang 1

Wins-Entrants: Pickett Racing 3; JD Diaz Racing, Goughary, Lamers, Rocketsports 1

Consecutive Wins-Drivers:  Klaus Graf 2 (2009 VIR-Mosport)

Consecutive Wins-Entrant: Pickett Racing 3 (2009 Road Atlanta-Mosport)

Consecutive Wins-Marque: Jaguar 10 (2005 Denver-Road America-Montreal-2006 Heartland Park I-2006 Heartland Park II-2009 Road Atlanta-2009 Portland)

Entrant 1-2 or Better Finishes: None

Marque 1-2 or Better Finishes: 3 (Jaguar 1-2-3 Mosport); (Jaguar 1-2 Mid-Ohio, Portland)

Marques Earning Top Three Finishes: Jaguar12; Chevrolet 7; Ford 2

Fast Qualifiers-Drivers: Tony Ave 5; Jorge Diaz, Jr., Tomy Drissi 1

Fast Qualifiers-Marques: Ford 3; Chevrolet, Jaguar 2

Fast Qualifiers-Racecars: Ford Mustang 3; Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar XKR 2

Fast Qualifiers-Entrants: Tony Ave Racing 3; Lamers Racing 2; Jorge Diaz Racing, Rocketsports 1

Consecutive FQs-Driver: Tony Ave 2 (2009 Road Atlanta-VIR) & (2009 Watkins Glen-Road America, current streak)

Consecutive FQs-Entrant/Marque: Tony Ave Racing Ford Mustang 2 (2009 Road Atlanta-VIR); Lamers Racing (2009 Watkins Glen-Road America, current streak)

Fast Laps-Drivers: Jorge Diaz, Jr., Klaus Graf 2; Tony Ave, Greg Pickett, Michael Skeen 1

Fast Laps-Marques: Jaguar 5, Chevrolet 2

Fast Laps-Racecars: Jaguar XKR 5; Chevrolet Corvette 2

Fast Laps-Entrants: Pickett Racing 3; Diaz Racing 2; Atlantic Autosport, Lamers Racing 1

Consecutive Fast Laps-Driver/Entrant/Marque: Klaus Graf/Pickett Racing/Jaguar XKR 2 (2009 VIR-Mosport)

Consecutive Fast Laps-Marque: Jaguar XKR 4 (2009 VIR-Portland)

“Clean Sweeps” (Driver takes FQ Honors, sets Fast Lap, Wins Race): None

Top Three “Podium” Finishes (14 drivers): Tomy Drissi 4; Tony Ave, Jorge Diaz, Jr., Klaus Graf, Daniel Ramoutarsingh 2; Kenny Bupp, Cliff Ebben, Jim Goughary, Jr., Simon Gregg, Todd Harris, Edison Lluch, Sr., Greg Pickett, Amy Ruman, Michael Skeen 1

Most Top Five Finishes: Tomy Drissi 6; Simon Gregg 5

Number of Drivers With Top Five Finishes: 16

Most Top Ten Finishes: Tomy Drissi 7; Simon Gregg 6

Number of Drivers With Top Ten Finishes: 29

Most Lead-Lap Finishes: Tomy Drissi 5; Simon Gregg 4

Number of Drivers with Lead-Lap Finishes: 18

Leading Lap Completion Percentages (7 starts): Tomy Drissi 99.16%; Simon Gregg 89.03%

Leaders-Average Finishing Positions (7 starts): Tomy Drissi 3.57; Simon Gregg 6.14; Daniel Ramoutarsingh 7.71

Leaders-Average Starting Position (7 starts):  Tony Ave 1.57; Tomy Drissi 3.29

Races Led-Drivers: Tony Ave 6; Jorge Diaz, Jr. 3; Tomy Drissi, Klaus Graf, R.J. Lopez, Greg Pickettt 2; Cliff Ebben, Jim Goughary, Jr. 1

Drivers Leading Races: 8

Lap Leadership-Drivers (237 Laps):  Tony Ave 86; Tomy Drissi 42; Jorge Diaz, Jr. 35; Klaus Graf 27; Greg Pickett 17; R.J. Lopez 15; Jim Goughary, Jr. 8; Cliff Ebben 7

Lap Leadership-Entrants (237 Laps): Tony Ave Racing 74; Pickett Racing 44; Rocketsports 42; Jorge Diaz Racing 35; Lamers Racing 19; Lopesport 15; Goughary 8

Lap Leadership-Marques (237 Laps):  Jaguar 121; Ford 81; Chevrolet 35

Lap Leadership-Racecars (237 Laps): Jaguar XKR 121: Ford Mustang 81; Chevrolet Corvette 35

Victory Margins under One Second: Two (28.6%) (VIR, Mid-Ohio)

Closest Victory Margins: 0.390 second (Mid-Ohio); 0.507 second (VIR)

Largest Victory Margin: 47.996 seconds (Portland)

Victory Margins, Total (6 races; 1 yellow): 80.350 seconds

Average Victory Margin: 13.391 seconds

Most Lead-Lap Finishers, Race: 8 (VIR)

Fewest Lead-Lap Finishers, Race: 3 (Mid-Ohio, Portland)

Total Lead-Lap Finishers, 7 Races: 34

Average Number of Lead-Lap Finishers Per Race: 4.857

Racewinning Polesitters: One (14.29%) (Tomy Drissi, Portland)

Racewinning Fast Qualifiers: One (14.29%) (Tomy Drissi, Portland)

Best Starting Positions of Racewinner: 1st (Tomy Drissi, Portland); 2nd (Jorge Diaz, Jr., Mid-Ohio, Jim Goughary, Jr., Watkins Glen)

Lowest Starting Position of Racewinner: 20th (Klaus Graf, VIR)

Average Starting Position of Racewinners: 7.143

Average Finishing Position of Polesitters: 7.57

Average Finishing Position of Fast Qualifiers: 7.57

Most Leaders, Race: 4 (Road America); 3 (Road Atlanta, Mosport, Watkins Glen)

Fewest Leaders, Race: 2 (VIR, Mid-Ohio, Portland)

Average Leaders per Race: 2.71

Most Lead Changes, Race: 3 (Road America); 2 (Road Atlanta, Mosport, Portland, Watkins Glen)

Fewest Lead Changes, Race: 1 (VIR, Mid-Ohio)

Average Lead Changes per Race: 1.857

Most Starters, Race: 21 (Road America); 20 (VIR)

Fewest Starters, Race: 13 (Mosport)

Total Starters, 7 Races: 116

Average Starters Per Race: 16.57

Most Finishers, Race: 15 (VIR)

Fewest Finishers, Race:  6 (Portland)

Total Finishers, 7 Races: 70

Average Finishers Per Race: 10.0

Highest Finishing Percentage, Race: 84.62% (Mosport)

Lowest Finishing Percentage, Race: 40.0% (Portland)

Average Finishing Percentage per Race: 60.34%

Drivers Contesting Every Race (7 starts): 5

Drivers Contesting 2009 Season: 42

Drivers Scoring Points in 2009 Season: 29

ALL-TIME SCCA TRANS-AM SERIES STATISTICS

STARTS-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 207; 2) GREG PICKETT 177; 3) Randy Ruhlman 155; 4) Jim Derhaag 150; 5) Donald Sak 131

WINS (ALL CLASSES)-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 31; 2) Mark Donohue 29; 3) Tom Kendall 28; 4) Scott Pruett 22; 5) Bob Tullius 21; 6) Peter Gregg 20; 7) Ron Fellows 19;  8) GREG PICKETT, Willy T. Ribbs, Dorsey Schroeder 17

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) WINS-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 31; 2) Mark Donohue 29; 3) Tom Kendall 28; 4) Scott Pruett 22; 5) Ron Fellows 19; 6) GREG PICKETT, Willy T. Ribbs, Dorsey Schroeder 17

WINS (ALL CLASSES)-MARQUES

1) Chevrolet 162; 2) Ford 108; 3) Porsche 78; 4) Jaguar 55; 5) Mercury 46

WINS (ALL CLASSES)-NAMEPLATES

1) Ford Mustang 104; 2) Chevrolet Camaro 89; 3) Chevrolet Corvette 57; 4) Jaguar XKR 40; 5) Porsche 911/911S/911SC 38; 5) Jaguar XKR 38

WINS (ALL CLASSES)-ENTRANTS

1) Roush 69; 2) ROCKETSPORTS 59; 3) McCall 32; 4) Gloy, Penske 31; 6) Group 44 29

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST QUALIFICATIONS-NAMEPLATES

1) Ford Mustang 103; 2) Chevrolet Camaro 84; 3) Chevrolet Corvette 49; 4) Jaguar XKR 40

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST QUALIFICATIONS-MARQUES

1) Chevrolet 143; 2) Ford 103; 3) Mercury 47; 4) Jaguar 40

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST QUALIFICATIONS-DRIVERS

1) Tom Kendall 45; 2) Paul Gentilozzi 31; 3) Scott Pruett 28; 4) Scott Sharp 25; 5) Mark Donohue 23; 6) GREG PICKETT 19

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST LAPS-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 40; 2) Tom Kendall 27; 3) Scott Pruett 21; 4) Willy T. Ribbs, Dorsey Schroeder 20; 6) GREG PICKETT 18

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST LAPS-MARQUES

1) Chevrolet 117; 2) Ford 102; 3) Jaguar 48; 4) Porsche 43

FEATURE (TOP CLASS) FAST LAPS-NAMEPLATES

1) Ford Mustang 102; 2) Chevrolet Camaro 73; 3) Jaguar XKR 48; 4) Chevrolet Corvette 37

TOP THREE “PODIUM” FINISHES-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 68; 2) Tom Kendall 58; 3) GREG PICKETT 57; 4) Mark Donohue, Dorsey Schroeder 43

TOP FIVE FINISHES-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 109; 2) GREG PICKETT 90; 3) Tom Kendall 69; 4) Ron Fellows 62; 5) Dorsey Schroeder 52

TOP TEN FINISHES-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 142; 2) GREG PICKETT 127; 3) Jim Derhaag 90; 4) Randy Ruhlman 88; 5) Tom Kendall 79

LEAD-LAP FINISHES-DRIVERS

1) Paul Gentilozzi 138; 2) GREG PICKETT 110; 3) Randy Ruhlman 75; 4) Tom Kendall, Brian Simo 73

2009 SCCA TRANS-AM SEASON RACE BY RACE HIGHLIGHTS

ROAD ATLANTA

Greg Pickett drove his Pickett Racing Jaguar XKR to victory in the 2009 Road Atlanta Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series season opener in a yellow-flag finish over runnerup Michael Skeen in the Atlantic Autosport Chevrolet Corvette.  Pickett started third, Skeen eighteenth!  Skeen also set Fast Lap en route to his runnerup finish.  The race marked Skeen’s Trans-Am debut!

Pickett’s victory was his seventeenth Trans-Am win; his most recent prior win came in 2005 at Edmonton.  Pickett now ranks tied for eighth overall in “all class” Trans-Am wins with Willy T. Ribbs and Dorsey Schroeder; he ranks tied for sixth overall with the same duo on the “feature (top class)” wins list!

Jaguar and its XKR achieved a six-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, having won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and now the 2009 opener at Road Atlanta!

Amy Ruman started sixth in her Ruman Racing Chevrolet Corvette and finished third, earning her career-best finish!  Ruman’s result TIED THE ALL-TIME TRANS-AM RECORD for BEST FINISH BY A WOMAN!

Prior third-place Trans-Am finishes achieved by women were posted by Deborah Gregg in 1987 (consecutively at Road America and Memphis Motorsports Park in Roush Mercury Capris) and by Lyn St. James in 1988 (Long Beach in a Roush Mercury Merkur).

Fourth, and the final car on the lead lap, was John Schaller’s JRS Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro after starting eighth.

Tomy Drissi started his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR second but ran out of fuel on the final lap, placing fifth.  His teammate, Trans-Am first-timer Daniel Ramoutarsingh, finished sixth after starting eleventh.  Seventh, also a lap down, was tenth-starter Jon Leavy in his Chevrolet Camaro.  The eighth through tenth-place finishers were two laps down, with Bob Monette eighth in a Chevrolet Corvette, Glen Jung ninth in a Mazda RX-7, and Rob Foster tenth in a Chevrolet Corvette.

Tony Ave won the pole, his first Trans-Am pole coming in his 33rd Trans-Am start; his previous best qualifying effort was second in 1995 at Portland!  Ave led the first eighteen laps and crashed out after 31 laps.  R.J. Lopez, the fourth-place starter in his Lopesport Chevrolet Corvette, led the next thirteen laps (19-31) but retired with engine failure, giving the lead to Pickett as the winner led the final five laps of the 36-lap race!

Three marques shared honors in the 2009 Road Atlanta Trans-Am!  Ford and its Mustang won the pole and led the race (Tony Ave).  Chevrolet and its Corvette led the race (R.J. Lopez) and set Fast Lap and finished second (Michael Skeen).  Jaguar and its XKR led and won the race (Greg Pickett)!

The race produced three leaders, two lead changes, four lead-lap finishers, and ten finishers from eighteen starters, or 55.56%.

VIR

Klaus Graf drove his Pickett Racing Jaguar XKR to victory in the 2009 VIR Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by 0.507 second over runnerup Tony Ave in his Ave Racing Ford Mustang!  Graf started twentieth and last after losing his Fast Qualifier honor in tech inspection; Ave started from the pole.  Ave led the first eleven laps before Graf took over the lead for the final seventeen laps of the twenty-eight lap race, also setting the race’s Fast Lap!  The victory margin ranks 42nd on the all-time Closest Trans-Am Victory Margins list and marked the 83rd sub-one second victory margin in series history!

Graf’s victory was his fifth Trans-Am win; it joins his four wins in his 2005 title-winning season!  Klaus has now won five of his ten Trans-Am starts and has five FQ honors and five Fast Laps!

Pickett Racing achieved a two-race 2009 win streak as Greg Pickett won the Sebring opener!  Jaguar and its XKR achieved a seven-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, having won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and now the first two 2009 races!

Edison Lluch, Sr. finished third after starting seventh in his Chevrolet Corvette, scoring his career-best finish.  Three marques finished on the podium!  Simon Gregg started eighth and finished fourth in his Derhaag Racing Chevrolet Corvette, equaling his career-best Trans-Am finish!  Tomy Drissi started sixth and finished fifth in his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR.

Amy Ruman started ninth and finished sixth in her Ruman Racing Chevrolet Corvette; she became the only driver to finish the first two 2009 Trans-Am races on the lead lap!

Jerry Kinn (Chevrolet Corvette) and Glen Jung (Mazda RX-7) completed the eight lead-lap finishers.  Fifteen of the twenty starters finished the race.

Second through fifth starting positions yielded finishes outside of the top ten!  Third starter R.J. Lopez finished eleventh, three laps down.  Runnerup starter Jim Goughary, Jr. finished twelfth, six laps down.   Fourth starter Michael Skeen finished eleven laps down in fourteenth and fifth starter Jorge Diaz, Jr. crashed out after thirteen laps, placing sixteenth.

Graf’s win from twentieth starting position ranks tied for fourth on the all-time Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series list of Best Position Improvements By Racewinners!  The record, winning from thirty-first (31st) starting position, was set by John Greenwood in 1975 at Pocono and equaled by Scott Pruett in 1986 at Riverside.  Bob Tullius won Category I from twenty-eighth (28th) at Road America in 1977.  Ron Fellows won from twentieth (20th) in 1995 at Portland!

MOSPORT

Klaus Graf drove his Pickett Racing Jaguar XKR to victory in the 2009 Mosport Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by 11.456 seconds over runnerup Tomy Drissi in a Rocketsports Jaguar XKR!  Graf started thirteenth and last after failing tech inspection; Drissi started third. Graf set Fast Lap en route to the win!  Klaus led the final ten laps of the 37-lap race.

Jorge Diaz, Jr. earned his second career Trans-Am Fast Qualifier honor in his JD Racing Jaguar XKR; he started from the pole and led the first two laps before finishing third.

Jim Goughary, Jr. started twelfth in his Chevrolet Corvette and finished fourth, the final car on the lead lap, to earn his career-best finish.

Tony Ave started second in his Ford Mustang and led laps three through 27 before blowing a tire; he eventually finished eighth, a lap down.

Graf’s victory was his second consecutive 2009 Trans-Am victory and his sixth Trans-Am win; he took  four wins in his 2005 title-winning season!  Klaus has now won six of his eleven Trans-Am starts and has five FQ honors and six Fast Laps!

Pickett Racing achieved a three-race 2009 win streak as Greg Pickett won the Road Atlanta opener!  Jaguar and its XKR achieved an eight-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, having won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and now the first three 2009 races!  Jaguar XKRs finished 1-2-3 at Mosport, the first marque “podium sweep” of 2009!

Edison Lluch, Sr. finished fifth after starting seventh in his Chevrolet Corvette.

Eleven of the thirteen starters finished the race.  The race produced four lead-lap finishers, three leaders, and two lead changes.

The 2009 Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series point championship battle produced three different point leaders in its first three races!  Greg Pickett led after race one, Tony Ave led after race two, and Tomy Drissi leD Ave after race three by one point with Klaus Graf only eight points behind Ave in third!

The series has seen three different point leaders in its first three races six times (1971, 1974, 1982, 1989, 1990, 2001) previously; the record for different point leaders at the beginning of a season is four, set in 1982, when Jerry Hansen led after race one, Darin Brassfield after race two, Doc Bundy after race three, and Elliott Forbes-Robinson after race four (of ten); Forbes-Robinson went on to win the 1982 title!

MID-OHIO

Jorge Diaz, Jr. drove his JD Diaz Racing Jaguar XKR to victory in the 2009 Mid-Ohio Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by only 0.390 second over runnerup Tomy Drissi in a Rocketsports Jaguar XKR in the 2009 season’s closest finish!  Diaz started second; Drissi started third. Diaz set Fast Lap en route to the win!  Jorge led the final twenty laps of the 40-lap race.

The third through fifth place finishers each scored his career-best finish in the Trans-Am!

Simon Gregg started sixth and finished third in a Derhaag Chevrolet Corvette, the final finisher on the lead lap.

Daniel Ramoutarsingh started fifth and finished fourth in his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR as Rocketsports placed two cars in the top four!  Jon Leavy started fifteenth and last and finished fifth in his Chevrolet Camaro, only one lap down.  Pete Mohrhauser made his Trans-Am debut, starting ninth and finishing sixth in a Derhaag Chevrolet Corvette.

Tony Ave took his third 2009 and career Trans-Am pole in his Ford Mustang and led the first twenty laps before ceding the lead to Diaz; rear differential problems caused his retirement after twenty-seven laps as he placed eleventh.

The Diaz victory was his first 2009 Trans-Am victory and his third Trans-Am win; Diaz won once in 2004 and once in 2006.

Jaguar and its XKR achieved a nine-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, having won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and now the first four 2009 races!  Jaguar XKRs finished 1-2-3 at Mosport, the only marque “podium sweep” of 2009, and finished 1-2 at Mid-Ohio!

Eight of the fifteen starters finished the race.  The race produced three lead-lap finishers, two leaders, and one lead change.

PORTLAND

Tomy Drissi drove his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR to victory in the 2009 Portland Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by 47.996 seconds over runnerup Todd Harris in a Pickett Racing Jaguar XKR.  Drissi started from the pole; he led the race’s first sixteen laps before surrendering the lead to Greg Pickett for twelve laps, then retook the lead on lap 29 to lead the final eighteen laps of the 46-lap race.  Runnerup Harris started third.

The win for Rocketsports was its fifty-ninth, second only to Roush Racing’s 69 Trans-Am wins.

Tony Ave started fourth in a Lamers Racing Chevrolet Corvette and finished third, the final lead-lap finisher.

Simon Gregg started fifth and finished fourth, one lap down, in his Derhaag Racing Chevrolet Corvette.  Greg Pickett started second in his Jaguar XKR, set the race’s Fast Lap, and led laps seventeen through twenty-eight (twelve laps) before engine problems caused his eventual retirement after 44 laps, placing fifth.  Pickett’s Fast Lap was his eighteenth in Trans-Am competition, ranking him sixth all-time.

Drissi’s victory was the second of his 84-race Trans-Am career; his first win came in 2000 at Long Beach.  His pole was also the second of his Trans-Am career, joining a 2004 Portland pole!

Jaguar and its XKR achieved a ten-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, having won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and now the first five 2009 races!  Jaguar XKRs finished 1-2-3 at Mosport, the only marque “podium sweep” of 2009, and finished 1-2 at Mid-Ohio and Portland!

Six of the fifteen starters finished the race.  The race produced three lead-lap finishers, two leaders, and two lead changes.

WATKINS GLEN

Jim Goughary, Jr. drove his Chevrolet Corvette to victory in the 2009 Watkins Glen Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by 4.453 seconds over runnerup Tomy Drissi in a Rocketsports Jaguar XKR.  Drissi’s runnerup finish clinched the 2009 Trans-Am title for Drissi!

Goughary started second but did not take the lead until lap twenty of the twenty-seven lap race and led the final eight laps.  Fast Qualifier Tony Ave started his Lamers Racing Chevrolet Corvette from the pole and led the first eleven laps, setting the race’s Fastest Lap, until engine failure retired his car.  Drissi started fifth and led the next eight laps (12 through 19) before Goughary, Jr. took the lead and led to the finish.  The race thus had three leaders and two lead changes.

Goughary’s win came in only his third Trans-Am start!  Goughary became the 138th driver to win a Trans-Am race and the 2009 season’s first first-time Trans-Am racewinner as the previous 2009 racewinners (Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf, Jorge Diaz, Jr., and Tomy Drissi) all were previous Trans-Am racewinners!

Goughary’s victory in a Chevrolet Corvette ended a Jaguar XKR ten-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, as XKRs won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and the first five 2009 races!

Daniel Ramoutarsingh started seventh in his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR and finished third, scoring not only his career-best Trans-Am finish but his first Trans-Am finish on the lead lap!  Rocketsports thus took two of the three podium spots!

Amy Ruman started eighth and finished fourth in her Chevrolet Corvette.  Simon Gregg started third and finished fifth in a Derhaag Chevrolet Corvette as Vettes took three of the top five finishing positions!  Kenny Bupp started his Chevrolet Camaro twelfth and finished sixth, the final finisher on the lead lap.

Ten of the fourteen starters finished the race.

ROAD AMERICA

Cliff Ebben drove his Lamers Racing Ford Mustang to victory in the 2009 Road America Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series race by 15.458 seconds over runnerup Daniel Ramoutarsingh in a Rocketsports Jaguar XKR.  Kenny Bupp finished third in his Chevrolet Camaro as three marques finished on the podium and all three drivers posted career-best finishes!

Ebben started ninth, did not take the lead until lap seventeen of the twenty-three lap race, and led the final seven laps.  Ramoutarsingh started fifth, Bupp fourteenth.

Jorge Diaz, Jr. qualified and started his Jaguar XKR second, led the first thirteen laps of the race and set Fast Lap, but retired with tire problems after thirteen laps.  R.J. Lopez started his Chevrolet Corvette fourth and led laps fourteen and fifteen before tire problems retired his car after fifteen laps.  Fast Qualifier Tony Ave started his Lamers Racing Chevrolet Corvette from the pole and led lap sixteen but retired after eighteen laps with handling problems.  The race featured four leaders, three lead changes, and three marques (Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar) sharing the lead!

Ebben’s win came in only his seventh Trans-Am start!  Ebben became the 139th driver to win a Trans-Am race and the 2009 season’s second first-time Trans-Am racewinner (joining Jim Goughary, Jr.) as the first five 2009 racewinners (Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf, Jorge Diaz, Jr., and Tomy Drissi) all were previous Trans-Am racewinners!

In the previous 2009 Trans-Am race, at Watkins Glen, Jim Goughary Jr.’s victory in a Chevrolet Corvette ended a Jaguar XKR ten-race Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series win streak, as XKRs won the final three 2005 races (Denver/Road America/Montreal), both 2006 races at Heartland Park, and the first five 2009 races!  Ebben’s win was the first for a Ford Mustang in 2009 and gave the “Detroit iron” of GM and Ford a two-race win streak and Jaguar a two-race losing streak!  The win was the 104th in Trans-Am competition for the Ford Mustang as it leads all nameplates!

Six of the top seven finishers posted career-best finishes, with only Simon Gregg (fourth in a Derhaag Racing Chevrolet Corvette) not achieving the feat!  Jerry Kinn finished fifth in his Corvette and Dennis Lamers finished sixth in his Ford Mustang, the final finisher on the lead lap.  David Fershtand finished seventh, a lap down, in his Mustang as he also scored a career-best finish.

2009 champion Tomy Drissi started his Rocketsports Jaguar XKR third but finished eighth, a lap down.

Ten of the twenty-one starters finished the race.

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