Drissi Leads Opening Trans-Am Practice Session at Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada -In the opening practice session of the weekend for the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series on Friday morning at the Honda Indy Toronto, defending series champion Tomy Drissi emerged as the man to beat.

Tomy Drissi (No. 5) was quickest in opening Trans-Am practice at Toronto. Credit: Shaun Lumley/SCCA

Drissi, of Hollywood, Calif., posted a best lap at 1:13.448 (86.020 mph) in the No. 5 Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps Jaguar XKR. Drissi’s lap was more than one second quicker than his next closest competitor. Jaguar XKRs have won the last two Trans-Am races on the streets of Toronto.

Second quickest in the morning session was championship leader Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C. Ave drove the No. 4 Lamers Racing/McMahon Group/Optech/PME Chevrolet Corvette to a best lap at 1:14.528 (84.774 mph). Ave will be looking for his fourth consecutive Trans-Am victory in the race on Sunday afternoon.

RJ Lopez, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, wound up third in the session. Lopez’s best lap in the No. 6 Disco 106/ECR Engines/Goodyear Chevrolet Corvette was a 1:15.091 (84.138 mph). He heads into Sunday’s race in search of his first career Trans-Am victory and his fifth podium result in six races.

Amy Ruman, of Kent, Ohio, was fourth in opening practice with a best lap at 1:16.850 (82.212 mph) in the No. 23 McNichols/Goodyear/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette. In her most recent series start at Road America last month, Ruman earned her second career Trans-Am podium result with a third-place run.

Blaise Csida, of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, rounded out the top five. Csida logged a best time of 1:17.130 (81.913 mph) in the No. 07 Canadian Primedia/Signal Technologies Assoc./Gateway Racing Chevrolet Corvette. Like Ruman, Csida also earned a podium result in his last Trans-Am start, taking third at his home track of Mosport International Raceway in May.

The morning session was run without any red flags. Elmer Shannon, of San Francisco, Calif., had a spin early on in the session and his No. 27 Spectra Holdings/Gateway Racing/Eatmon Racing Engines Chevrolet Corvette came to a stop without power near the pit entrance late in the session. Glen Jung, of Osteen, Fla., was forced to pit lane midway through the session after corner workers reported smoke trailing from his No. 77 Rotary X-treme/MAZDASPEED/Goodyear Mazda RX-7.

A second Trans-Am practice session is scheduled to run from 3:45 to 4:10 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Results from practice session #1 for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing Round 6 race, part of the Honda Indy Toronto, with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.

1. (5) Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., Jaguar XKR, 1:13.448, 86.020.

2. (4) Tony Ave, Maiden, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:14.528, 84.773.

3. (6) RJ Lopez, Santa Domingo Dominican Republic, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:15.091, 84.138.

4. (23) Amy Ruman, Kent, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:16.850, 82.212.

5. (07) Blaise Csida (R), Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:17.130, 81.913.

6. (77) Glen Jung (R), Osteen, Fla., Mazda RX-7, 1:21.450, 77.569.

7. (59) Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:23.471, 75.691.

8. (27) Elmer Shannon (R), San Francisco, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:25.336, 74.036.

9. (8) Daniel Ramoutarsingh, La Romain, Trinidad, Jaguar XKR, no time.

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