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Ave Leads Opening Trans-Am Practice at Miller
Tony Ave in the No. 4 Lamers Racing/McMahon Group/Optech/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette at Miller Motorsports Park
Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., top the speed chart in this morning’s Round Two SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series practice session at Miller Motorsports Park, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Grand Prix of Utah. Carlos de Quesada, of Miami, Fla., was second fastest.

Under overcast skies and temperatures near 40 degrees, Ave turned the top time with a 1:49.016 (100.653 mph) in the No. 4 Lamers Racing/McMahon Group/Optech/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette. Ave is the defending race winner from a year ago.

Trans-Am Series rookie de Quesada was second fastest in the No. 22 Allegra Motorsports/Vitalz Jaguar XKR with a 1:49.737 (99.991 mph). De Quesada is a former Rolex 24 At Daytona class winner and looks to capture his first Trans-Am Series podium finish this weekend.

Driving the No. 6 Disco 106/ECR Engines/Goodyear Chevrolet Corvette, RJ Lopez, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, had the third quickest time with a 1:49.998 (99.754 mph). Lopez is coming off a win at Sebring and hopes to make it two-in-a-row.

Kyle Kelley, of Spring Hill, Calif., was fourth with a 1:50.074 (99.685 mph), followed by Doug Peterson, of Rochester Hills, Mich., with a 1:50.190 (99.580 mph).

Gregg Rogers, of Southlake, Texas, led the Trans-Am 2 (TA2) class with a top time of 2:01.864 (90.041 mph).

SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am series practice continues today at 2:15 p.m. (MDT). It will be a 30-minute practice session. Qualifying is set for 8 a.m. (MDT) Saturday, April 30. Sunday’s Round Two 33-lap, 100-mile race will begin at 2 p.m. (MDT).

TOOELE, Utah - Results from Friday’s practice session 1 in preparation for this weekend’s SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series Round 4 race at Miller Motorsports Park, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Grand Prix of Utah, with position, class, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.
Pos CL No. Driver City ST Car Time Speed
1 TA (4) Tony Ave Maiden N.C. Chevrolet Corvette 1:49.016 100.653.
2 TA (22) Carlos deQuesada Miami Fla. Jaguar XKR 1:49.737 99.991.
3 TA (6) RJ Lopez Santo Domingo DR Chevrolet Corvette 1:49.998 99.754.
4 TA (3) Kyle Kelley Spring Hill Calif. Chevrolet Camaro 1:50.074 99.685.
5 TA (87) Doug Peterson Rochester Hills Mich. Jaguar XKR 1:50.190 99.580.
6 TA (59) Simon Gregg Ponte Vedra Beach Fla. Chevrolet Corvette 1:53.390 96.770.
7 TA (00) Doug Harrington Kemah Texas Chevrolet Corvette 1:53.443 96.725.
8 TA (36) Cliff Ebben Appleton Wis. Ford Mustang 1:56.888 93.874.
9 TA (66) Denny Lamers Appleton Wis. Chevrolet Corvette 1:57.256 93.579.
10 TA (70) David Jans Mundelein Ill. Ford Mustang 1:57.503 93.383.
11 TA2 (40) Gregg Rodgers Southlake Texas Chevrolet Camaro 2:01.864 90.041.
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