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From Last to First To Win Mosport Trans Am Round Race - Web Exclusive

May 22, 2009
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German driver Klaus Graf started last, but finished first to earn his second Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series victory of the season at Mosport International Raceway. Tomy Drissi from Los Angeles, and pole-winner Jorge Diaz Jr from San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed the podium.

Graf, whose No 6 Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR was disqualified following post qualifying technical inspection for a wing height infraction, started last on the grid and put on an impressive drive to win by 11.456sec over Drissi. Graf made quick work of the field. It only took four laps, of the 37-lap event, for Graf to break into the top five, and was second by lap 11.

Riding in second, Graf got faster with each lap trying to catch then race leader Tony Ave in the No 10 McMahon Group/Stumpf Ford Mustang. In fact, he established a new lap record four different times before finally passing Ave just before he blew a right front tire in Turn Five.

Graf now holds the new Trans-Am race lap record at Mosport with a 1:18.312 (113.04mph). This was Graf's sixth-career win.

"I was really very careful in the beginning because. At this track you have to be on the line most of the time," Graf said. "There's very little room for errors. There's basically zero runoff. You have to treat the track with a lot of respect and I was quite conservative in the beginning."

Drissi, who started third in the No 5 Night at the Museum Two Jaguar XKR, battled second-running Diaz for most of the race. Then, on lap 30, he passed Diaz in the No 2 JD Racing Jaguar XKR for second and never looked back.

The Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round Four May 30-31.

Results from Sunday's 37-lap, 90.983-mile Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Round Three race
1. Klaus Graf, Germany, Jaguar XKR
2. Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, Jaguar XKR, -11.456.
3. Jorge Diaz Jr, Puerto Rico, Jaguar XKR, -12.842.
4. Jim Goughary Jr, Florida, Chevrolet Corvette, -1:15.917.
5. Edison Lluch Sr, Puerto Rico, Chevrolet Corvette, -1 lap.

Time of race: 49 minutes, 19.247 seconds.
Average speed: 110.683 mph
Margin of victory: 11.456 Seconds
Fastest race lap: #6 Klaus Graf, 1:18.312 (113.040 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #2 Jorge Diaz Jr, 1:17.775 (113.820 mph)



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