When the dust settled after a rampant qualifying session, defending Champion Simon Gregg finished at the top of the field and will start in pole position for the Trans Am race tomorrow afternoon. Gregg and the #1 Gregg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette put in the fast lap, and track record, time of 1:15.614 minutes and topped out at 117.073 miles per hour. The previous track record was 1:15.952. Following Gregg was Tony Ave in the #4 Lamers/PME Engines/RPX Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 1:16.056 and Ave’s teammate Doug Peterson in the 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette. Needless to say, Gregg was thrilled with the result.
“It was an exciting session, I really gave it all I had,” said Gregg. “The car was running great, and I’ve really come to love this track after racing here since ’96 almost every year. This track can be very fast, adrenalin pumping and can actually be frightening at times and doesn’t have a lot of runoff area—and that makes it very unique and one of my personal favorites.”
When asked, Gregg revealed that being the defending Champion does contribute some added pressure to his racing routine, but does not serve as his greatest motivation.
“I do feel some pressure as defending champ; it can be tough to maintain my edge and keep on racing at a high level— nothing is easy. But this is what racers do” commented Gregg. “I’m always motivated to do my best, to drive the car to its maximum potential, to make the team proud, to make my family proud and follow in my father’s (Peter Gregg’s) footsteps.”