Lexington, Ohio [June 9, 2012] Mid-Ohio fans were treated to a special treat today as they witnessed Simon Gregg of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, drive his No. 59 Gregg Motorsports Corvette to win his 100th start in Trans Am. It was Simon's second win in the Series, his other just two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park.
"This is fantastic," said Simon. "It's just an amazing feeling. I'm so happy for our team and the crew. Those guys deserve all the credit. they work so hard."
"The car was perfect," continued Simon. "Jim Derhaag preps the car so well and has been such a huge part of us getting to this point. I could drive the car anywhere on the track. and even though it appeared to be pretty racy early on, the car was actually faster late in the race."
Today's win moves Gregg to the top of the points standings (88) for the 2012 Championship. He replaced Doug Peterson (81) of Bonita Springs, Florida. Peterson's No. 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette suffered mechanical failure after having side-by-side contact with second place finisher, Amy Ruman. Ruman sits third in points (73).
SImon was chased most of the day by Amy Ruman from Kent, Ohio, in the No. 23 McNichols Corvette. Amy made a valiant effort in front of her hometown crowd, but as the race wore on, the car's handle slowly got away from her.
In third place, making his first appearance of 2012, was Denny Lamers of Appelton, Wisconsin, in the No. 66 McMahon Group Ford Mustang.
Defending Trans Am Champion Tony Ave from Maiden, North Carolina, [No. 4 Lamers Motor Racing Corvette] started the race from the pole, but once again suffered a mechanical issue early in the race. This is the third race in a row Ave has failed to finish.
In Trans Am 2, Bob Stretch of Arlington, Texas, enjoyed a repeat victory driving the No. 98 Fix Rim Mobile Wheel Repair Camaro. Following his win at Lime Rock, Stretch was pleased but disappointed in not having the opportunity to win against No.12 CTEK Chargers Camaro driver, Pete Halsmer. Halsmer of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, withdrew from the race Saturday citing back problems resulting from a preexisting condition.
"As much as I enjoy winning," said Bob, "I really missed racing against Pete. He's such a great competitor and it would have been nice having him back there pushing me. You always want to race and win against the best, and