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Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher to Campaign an Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 with Racers Edge Motorsports 

Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher will campaign an Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 with Racers Edge Motorsports in the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season.

Ashton Harrison joins the GT3 ranks full-time as a 2021 HPD Driver Academy graduate after a successful season in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Harrison finished second in the North American AM championship and third in Worlds, earning three wins, one pole and multiple podium finishes during the year. Harrison has already proven her talent in the NSX at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last fall in her GT3 debut, becoming the first woman to win overall in SRO GT World Challenge America in the three-hour season finale. Within the same event, she also won the Silver Cup class in the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli Indianapolis 8 Hour with co-drivers Matt McMurry and Mario Farnbacher.

“I’m thrilled to be back with my Racers Edge family for a full season and alongside my buddy Mario. I feel confident going into the season after having such great success with the HPD Driver Academy last year and at the Indy 8 Hour,” says Harrison. “None of this would’ve been possible without my sponsor Harrison Contracting Company (HCC) and Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR)’s guidance. I’m so appreciative to have their support going into 2022.”

“Ashton’s growth over the last year has been exponential,” said Wayne’s Taylor Racing’s Vice President and General Manager, Travis Houge. “WTR’s Driver Development Program is designed to continue that momentum. The program we have developed with HCC, Racers Edge and Acura Motorsports will take her to that next level. We are excited to have this partnership with Racers Edge and to continue to build on it in 2022.”

Harrison Contracting Company will sponsor the team this season, bringing its trademark Rely on Red to the Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 livery, which will run as #93 again in homage to Acura Motorsports and HPD.

Mario Farnbacher has compiled an extensive resume as an elite championship driver, including winning back-to-back IMSA GTD Championships during his five years behind the wheel of the Acura NSX GT3.

“I can’t wait until the 2022 season and to get back into the Acura NSX GT3 Evo22. This year will bring a new challenge for me with SRO GT World Challenge America. I’d never really driven in this series before, but I have some experience with IGTC and the Indy 8hr, which has given me some insight into this race format. I’m more used to the endurance type races, so I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”

The team will again work with Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD), who will provide technical and trackside support for the Acura NSX GT3 Evo22.

After accumulating multiple championships with the Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Racers Edge Motorsports, who also operates the Honda Performance Development (HPD) Driver Academy, has continued its goals of professional development of the Academy students. Harrison and Farnbacher have a unique relationship in this aspect: as coach and student, and now co-drivers.

“It’s pretty cool to work with Ashton, who I coached last year, and now to race with her,” says Farnbacher. “It’s definitely cool to share the car with one of my students and to see how much she’s developed as a driver. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the HPD Driver Academy and this is definitely one of the things that makes it special. I’m looking forward to working with Racers Edge this season on track and ready to get started.”

Harrison has echoed this sentiment about her former-coach-now-teammate in the HPD paddock with the success the two have already achieved together, and has set her sights high for the new year. “I’m also thankful to Acura and HPD for their support going into this year and so excited to be named their first Female Junior Factory Driver. I have high standards for myself and the team and feel confident we can all be successful. It’s time to get to work!”

The 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS begins April 16-17, 2022, at Sonoma Raceway with the same race format as last season: two 90-minute races in each of the seven weekend events, with two drivers sharing designated time in the car. The season will culminate once again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Indy 8 Hour race.

About Racers Edge Motorsports:

Founded in 1990, Racers Edge Motorsports is a world-class auto racing organization specializing in road course racing and currently competing with the Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS series. The team won the 2019 GT3 Pro/Am Drivers Championship, the 2020 GT3 Team, Drivers and Manufacturers championships. In 2021, three of the inaugural HPD Driver Academy grads tallied three wins and nine podiums en route to second place in the Pro/Am Drivers Championship. The team also operates and manages the HPD GT3 Driver Academy, led by team owner Jon Mirachi and lead engineer Jim Pattin.

About Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR)

Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) was founded in 2007 by world renowned sports car champion Wayne Taylor. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the motorsports capital of the world, WTR has built a proven track record of success and ingenuity in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class and the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Known for their prowess in endurance racing, WTR has won the coveted Rolex 24 at Daytona four times in the last five years and were named Vice Champions of the IMSA WeatherTech DPi Championship and Champions of the Michelin Endurance Cup in both 2020 and 2021. WTR has also won seven North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Champions and fielded the only woman to win a Lamborghini World Finals race twice. Wayne Taylor has been inducted into both the South Africa Hall of Fame and the Sebring International Raceway Hall.

About Harrison Contracting

Harrison Contracting Company, Inc. (HCC) is a commercial painting and facility maintenance contracting company headquartered in Villa Rica, GA with divisional offices in Florida and Texas. HCC provides repainting/reimaging and facility maintenance services nationwide, and new construction painting across the southeastern US. At HCC, red is more than the company color, its culture. RED stands for Reliable, Experienced, and Diligent, and is the cornerstone for all we do. We are more than just your painter; we are your partner.

About the HPD Driver Academy Program:

The Honda Performance Development (HPD) Driver Academy Program was developed to enable qualified racers to accelerate their racing career via ‘on-track’ and ‘off-track’ training from experienced Acura/Honda professional drivers, HPD-supported teams, and HPD personnel. The program includes on-track coaching sessions in the championship winning Acura NSX GT3 Evo, or Honda Civic Type R TCR, teaching the special knowledge and various skills required for professional sports car racing. It also includes extensive off-track instruction relating to the numerous disciplines required, along with effective communication with team personnel and engineers, driver marketing insights and sponsor searches. The program is available by application-only and is limited to eight students per year.

About Honda Performance Development:

Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993.  From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and leads all of Honda and Acura’s high-performance racing programs in North America.  HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers, and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles.

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Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Added to Exciting 2022 GT America Calendar

  • Grand Prix of St. Petersburg named New Season Opener on February 25-27 
  • SRO’s Sprint Championship to now Feature Eight Race Weekends in 2022
  • GT Racing to be featured on Two IndyCar Race Weekends 

This season, SRO Motorsports America reignited its sprint racing heritage by creating the GT America powered by AWS championship. A true celebration of sports car racing with its single driver, 40-minute double-headers that featured non-stop action with GT3, GT2, and GT4 machinery. 

For 2022, the second edition looks to capitalize on the momentum GT America has shown in it’s debut season. The originally announced schedule featured many of America’s top circuits like Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road America, and Sebring. Plus, the newly introduced Music City Grand Prix in the heart of Nashville added the extra flair to bring GT racing back to IndyCar race weekends. 

The now eight-round championship will kick-off the new season at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida on February 25th - 27th, 2022. The streets of St. Petersburg are no stranger to SRO America competition, with Pirelli GT4 America and TC America powered by Skip Barber racing on the temporary circuit last in 2019. 

“We’re really excited to add the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg back to our SRO America calendar,” said president and CEO of SRO Motorsports America, Greg Gill. “GT America powered by AWS brings high tech sports cars from the top tier brands, with world class GT drivers to the streets for an unforgettable experience.” 

Updated 2022 GT America powered by AWS Schedule 

  • February 25-27 | Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 
  • April 15-17 | Sonoma Raceway 
  • June 17-19 | VIRginia International Raceway 
  • July 22-24 | Watkins Glen International 
  • August 5-7 | Music City Grand Prix  
  • August 19-21 | Road America 
  • September 23-25 | Sebring International Raceway 
  • October 7-9 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway 

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SRO Motorsports Group - The global leader in GT racing

With nearly three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2021 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa. 

The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing brands to dispute a global manufacturers’ title through their continental representatives. What’s more, a groundbreaking new initiative for 2021 will see virtual racing come together with the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup, where a series of e-sports contests will count towards the real championship.

Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading manufacturers compete through their local teams at marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors, too, with the GT Sports Club concept combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards for drivers using GT2 and GT3 machinery.

SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag. A range of international and domestic series catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery also form part of an extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance through the SRO E-Sport GT Series. 

In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.

 

ST Racing to take on the GT World Challenge America in 2022

ST Racing is excited to announce its maiden participation in the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS championship in 2022. The Canadian team will enter one of its newly acquired BMW M4 GT3s in the series’ Pro-Am category, and is set to compete across all thirteen rounds confirmed on the 2022 GT World Challenge America calendar.

This marks the fifth year in succession that ST Racing will compete in an SRO-organized motor racing program.

Following an explorative year as ‘Samantha Tan Racing’ in 2016 – one year on from Samantha’s SRO competitive debut – ST Racing threw a significant gauntlet down in 2017 with a two-car, BMW M235iR line-up in the Pirelli World Challenge, stunning the paddock with its maiden TC-class win later that season. Victories continued to arrive thick and fast in SprintX GT Championship in 2018 before ST Racing, now helming two BMW M4 GT4s, took a commanding 1-2 in the West Pro-Am Cup standings. A championship success the Canadian team repeated the following season in the GT4 America Series’ SprintX division.

Now with a full season of endurance racing and six championship titles under its belt, and BMW Motorsport’s new flagship sports car readied for on-track battle, ST Racing is looking to continue its SRO affiliation and take on a brand-new challenge with GT World Challenge America.

Team co-owner Samantha Tan will be one of the team’s full-time drivers across the thirteen-round season over seven race weekends.

Samantha Tan, co-owner and driver: “I am very excited to be returning to SRO in the top class of racing in GTWC. I grew up in racing with SRO, from TCA in 2015 all the way to GT3. To be competing with the all-new BMW M4 GT3 in the Pro-Am class feels like all the hard work has finally paid off, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support over the past few years. This will be a season full of learning experiences, but I can’t wait to take on this new adventure and face the challenge head on.”

Kenneth Tan, team owner: “We have always enjoyed our campaigns in SRO over the past few years in both TC and GT4. We have already registered and committed to all 13 rounds in the 2022 GT World Challenge season. With our crew now having five consecutive years of experience under their belt running our own cars in SRO, we are ready to take on the top level. Half the battle is knowing and understanding the sporting regulations as well as pit strategy and since that will not change with the move up to GT3 Pro-Am, I am cautiously optimistic we will have a good run. With the continued support from BMW’s technical team and mechanics, we are going to have a lot of fun and be competitive at the same time. I am very much looking forward to it!”

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Triarsi Competizione Brings 3 Ferraris to SRO Lineup for 2022

After a victory in their first GT3 outing at the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Sebring race in October, Triarsi Competizione is set to enter three Ferrari 488 GT3s for full, 2022 SRO campaigns.

Team Principal and driver Onofrio Triarsi will be joined by Charlie Scardina in the Am division of the GTWCA series. Veteran professional driver, Ryan Dalziel, will join amateur, Justin Wetherill, in the Pro-Am class of GTWCA. Wetherill will also pilot a third Ferrari in the GT America powered by AWS championship.

Triarsi Competizione has been highly successful in the Ferrari Challenge series for over a decade, but 2022 will mark the team’s debut in a GT3 Championship series.

Onofrio Triarsi, Ferrari 488GT3 (#23): “I’m thrilled to lead the team’s expansion with our GT3 Program. Racing is in Ferrari’s DNA and as a dealer, driver and brand ambassador, I believe the track is the ultimate showcase for enthusiasts to fully experience all that sets Ferrari apart”

Ryan Dalziel, Ferrari 488GT3 (#37): “Triarsi Competizione has put together an amazing team for the 2022 season and the enthusiasm is quite contagious. I’m excited to be driving with Justin, who I coached in the Ferrari Challenge series, and really looking forward to bringing more Ferraris to the GTWCA field.”

Justin Wetherill, Ferrari 488GT3 (#13 #37): “Making the move to GT3 racing is a dream. It’s going to be a challenging season for sure, but I am really looking forward to being competitive in both divisions. I have full confidence in the cars and Triarsi Competizione. We’re all excited for what’s ahead.”

Alongside its SRO 2022 commitments, Triarsi Competizione will support multiple cars in the Ferrari Challenge North America series.

Triarsi Competizione will take part in all events of the 2022 SRO America championship.

Triarsi Competizione represents the motorsport division of Official Ferrari Dealers Ferrari of Central Florida and Ferrari of Tampa Bay. The team has delivered multiple championships in the Ferrari Challenge series including the team championship in 2020. Dealer and Team Principal, Onofrio Triarsi, began his racing career with Ferrari Challenge driver championships in both 2012 and 2013.

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Rescheduled Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour moves to February 3-5

This season’s Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour will now take place on 3-5 February 2022 at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

The event, which doubles as Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli’s season finale, was postponed last Friday as a result of international travel restrictions imposed on southern Africa following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

After extensive consultation with teams and manufacturers the event has been rescheduled for February 3-5. The race will still take place on a Saturday, as is tradition, and avoids clashes with other major international endurance events. There is also sufficient time for cars, equipment and personnel to travel from South Africa to Australia for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour where IGTC’s 2022 campaign begins three weeks later.

The safety of all participants and staff will take utmost priority when considering whether the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour can go ahead on its rescheduled date.

Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO: “Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank the international teams and manufacturers already committed to this season’s Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour for their cooperation and willingness to find solutions to such an incredibly challenging situation. Many have other commitments in early 2022 but are going the extra mile to help ensure the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour can go ahead if conditions allow.

“It has not been straightforward, and we will continue to monitor the global response to Omicron closely, but I am optimistic that we have given ourselves the best possible chance of crowning this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli champions in South Africa. The Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour is a fantastic event and one that will be even more special early next year thanks to the collective resolve shown by our teams, manufacturers and partners. Motor sport’s fighting spirit is truly alive and well.”

Sthe Mabanga, Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour: “An international event of this stature requires the support of National Government, The Province, the City of Joburg, our Partners and the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Under normal circumstances it is an immense task that requires huge effort and collaboration. With the added complication of the Omicron coronavirus variant these partnerships have been put to the test. The support we have received has been truly amazing, showcasing the true South African Spirit and I would like to express our gratitude to all involved. The whole team is working hard to ensure a successful event on the new dates, and we look forward to welcoming the fans – See you at Kyalami.”

For ticket and further event information visit www.kyalami9hour.com.

Tickets already purchased for the event’s original date (3-4 December) will be valid on 4-5 February 2022. Please contact support@howler.co.za for all ticketing enquiries.

 

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Never Too Late to Dream Chase: Schweitzer Claims First Professional Racing Title

8 Weeks of Champions: John Schweitzer Western SGT


FIFE, WASH. (21 December 2021)- Winning the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship was beyond John Schweitzer’s wildest dreams. (VIDEO: Schewitzer Captures Trans Am SGT West Coast Title - YouTube)

“It was huge,” said the driver from Fife, Washington. “I never thought I would be professional racing in my fifties – let alone chasing the championship.”

The native of Cleveland had a passion for cars from his earlier years. His family had a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback, and John’s first set of wheels was a 1970 Mustang Mach I he picked up after graduation from high school in 1983 – a car he still enjoys to this day. After participating in track days for a decade, Schweitzer decided to try his hand at racing around five years ago.

"I wanted to step it up and see how I could play with the rest of the boys,” he said. “It’s been quite an experience.”

In his first full season of club racing, he won six races and captured two poles en route to a GT2 season championship, and continued to enjoy success the following seasons racing a Holden Commodore, an Australian-built G.M. product.

"That car is a 2000 Howe chassis,” Schweitzer explained. “When we were at Laguna Seca, we met Chas Howe, and he built the car and knew the whole story behind it. It’s a two-seater, and that car was a lot of fun. But as the [2021] season went on, the competition got into higher-horsepower cars, so for me to keep up I had to step up the horsepower.”

Schweitzer joined Trans Am in 2020, finishing second at Sonoma in rainy conditions to place on the podium in his first professional racing start. 

For 2021, he followed up a third at Sonoma by taking second at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. At that point, he decided he needed a change, and traded up to a Ford Fusion. His first race with the new car was at Thunderhill, and that became his first Trans Am Western Championship victory.

“The key to that victory was just finishing the race,” he explained. “We had a couple of issues in that race. The exhaust manifold headers, because we were dealing with the sound issue and it caused a big hole to blow out of the headers, so about halfway through the race the header was blowing hot air at my feet, so the last 15 minutes of the race I couldn’t put my feet down. Also, I lost first gear in the transmission. But I was not going to give up first place. I still had good times – my lap times were actually better in the last half of the race.”

He followed up the victory with a fourth at the Ridge and second-place finishes at Portland and Utah Motorsports Campus to clinch the title.

“Every race was a highlight,” Schweitzer said. “Every race had something unique about it. After Thunderhill was the Ridge, and it rained pretty bad. I tried to drive in the rain, but my windshield was so bad I couldn’t see where I was going. My pit crew had to tell me which way to go so I could get to the pits and get parked.

“At Utah, we had a practice day with 50-mph wind gusts. I had my best laps of the weekend during that windstorm. That race went really well for me, but the big downfall was that there were no yellow flags. I was running better laps in the second half of the race, so I was hoping for a yellow to get me caught back up and get another shot at them.”

With the championship in hand, Schweitzer took on a new challenge in the season finale at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas – running in TA2® with an eye to the future.

“I was a little challenged – my first time driving a TA2® car and my first time at CoTA,” Schweitzer said. “We didn’t have a lot of practice time, so I started finding my way around the track in the second half of the race.”

Now, Schweitzer is set to make the step to the new division.

“My goal is to get out there, and always try to finish ahead of where I started, and see how many points I can rack up,” he said.

The move to TA2® takes Schweitzer full-circle – he’s back behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang, a 2020 Mustang built by Stevens-Miller Racing.

“I love Ford Mustangs, and that was a big selling point with Stevens-Miller,” he said. “I have a few Mustangs I keep at my shop, in my ‘man cave.’

"With everything shut down from COVID the past two years, I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for racing,” Schweitzer said. “I’m committed to keep racing for another 10 years, at least. My racing goal is to do some National events on the East Coast. I’d love to go to the July 4 event at Road America, with the NASCAR race going on, that’s a bucket list event for me, along with Watkins Glen and some of the other tracks. I hope to do one or two different tracks out east, I love the National events. When they came to Laguna Seca this year, it was absolutely phenomenal.” 

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship returns for its sixth season in 2022, visiting iconic tracks in the Western half of the United States in conjunction with the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) SpeedTour. The series will open its 2022 season at Thunderhill Raceway April 9-10. For a full schedule and more information on the Trans Am Series, visit www.GoTransAm.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trans Am Amplifies Western Effort

Trans Am Officials Announce New Name and Start Date for West Coast Championship

MIAMI (17 December 2021)- Trans Am Race Company officials announced today that its west coast-based championship will be renamed as the "Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship.”

Officials also announced that a new date and venue will be added to the 2022 calendar. Thunderhill Raceway will now stage the Western Championship's season opener as part of the Northern California Shelby Club Spring Sprint April 9-10. The addition of the two-day event will expand the Western Championship schedule to eight rounds held at seven venues.

"The renaming of the West Coast Championship to the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship is a welcome step," said John Clagett, Trans Am Race Company President. "Since the championship's development in 2017, we have expanded the schedule to include more venues in the West, like Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of The Americas. The new name will now truly reflect our championship format.

"The additional round for 2022 was competitor driven," Clagett continued. "Several of the TA2 Western drivers requested a stop at Thunderhill. We take the feedback from our competitors seriously and wanted to add a round if we could fit it into the schedule."

This season, the West Coast TA2 grid saw an 85 percent growth in participation over 2020, Despite starting just six years ago, the Trans Am Western Championship has not only experienced significant growth in a short amount of time, it has also proven to be a logical steppingstone for multiple competitors like Thomas Merrill, Erich Joiner, Carl Rydquist and Michele Abbate to grow their programs into the national championship. 

Thunderhill Raceway quickly became a staple on the Western Championship schedule, and 2022 will mark the fourth consecutive year for Trans Am competition on the Sacramento Valley circuit. Driving his Ford Mustang, series legend Greg Pickett won the opening two races in 2019 and 2020 at Thunderhill. National regular Simon Gregg captured the 2020 round for the XGT class in a Mercedes AMG, while Carl Rydquist won in SGT in 2020 and TA2 in 2021, winning the respective championships in both seasons. 

The National Series will start its 55th season at Sebring International Raceway Feb. 24-27 and will join the Western Championship in a California showdown with back-to-back rounds starting at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (April 22-24) and Sonoma Raceway (April 30-May 1). 

2022 Trans Am West Coast Schedule

April 9-10             Nor Cal Shelby Club Spring Sprint (Thunderhill Raceway)
April 22-24           Trans Am SpeedFest(WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca) *
April 30-May 1     Sonoma SpeedTour (Sonoma Raceway) *
June 10-12          The Ridge SpeedTour (The Ridge Motorsports Park)
July 15-17            Portland SpeedTour (Portland International Raceway)
Oct. 14-16           Utah SpeedTour (Utah Motorsports Campus) ^
Nov. 4-6               Austin SpeedTour (Circuit of the Americas) *

*Combined National and West Coast Event
^Doubleheader 

 

 

New Choice Engine Package Sparks Trans Am TA2 Growth in 2021
The Choice Engine continues to deliver for TA2 class

MIAMI (15 December 2021)- With a rules package that fosters both cost containment and close competition among three different marques, the TA2 class has gone from strength to strength since its debut in 2011. With the 2019 introduction of the Choice Engine, a lower-cost engine that performs at the same level as the original TA2 certified engines, the class delivered even more value.

During the Choice Engine's initial roll-out, only one builder was certified to manufacture the new engine. This season, Trans Am opened the ruleset to include all seven TA2 certified engine builders and rebuilders to create a smarter, more stable rules package for competitors.

"The downtime during the pandemic allowed us to reexamine the Choice Engine package," said TA2 Race Director Ricky Brooks. "We took the original Choice Engine package, and replaced the weak links of that motor with more reliable parts. Once we updated the engine package, we opened manufacturing up to all TA2 certified engine builders (and rebuilders), this way teams and drivers could continue to work with the engine builders they had already developed a relationship with over the years. The change made the Choice Engine stronger, more reliable and a more affordable option for competitors, and allowed us to continue to have great balance between the three different brands that race in TA2."

The longevity of the Choice Engine is unmatched, with the powerplant lasting the entire season without a rebuild. Katech, whose Choice Engine powered Rafa Matos' championship-winning 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang, recommends to its customers to rebuild the Choice Engine around 2500 miles, or roughly 30 hours of operation.

"Depending on the amount of testing a team does, Choice Engines last the entirety of the Trans Am season," said Beau Bradley, Race Program Manager for Katech. "Anything over this amount of time the customer will begin to see a loss in performance, potential leaks, and, in extreme cases, a higher cost to rebuild the engine. This package has proven to be durable, reliable, and track tested in the 2021 season."

With increased longevity and durability paired with the option to choose the engine prep shop, the move to the Choice Engine proved popular in the TA2 paddock this year, with several teams making the change.

"The Choice Engine has had a big impact on our competitors," said Trans Am Race Company President John Clagett. "It has brought operating costs down significantly as the motor lasts for an entire season without a rebuild. These motors deliver the same kind of performance that our TA2 drivers are used to at reduced cost to them. By lowering the overall budget, paired with Pirelli developing an awesome and affordable tire and the vibrant arrive-and-drive programs available with several different teams, the fields have continued to grow. And the racing is phenomenal!”

Made up of three different competitive chassis manufacturers (Howe, Cope and M1), the TA2 class broke a series record twice this season. During the Big Machine Nashville Grand Prix, the TA2 nearly maxed out the grid with 38 cars, at the time it was the most entries in series history. Then during the Heacock Classic finale at Circuit of The Americas, the TA2 class reset the record with a 52-car field.

The TA2 Choice Engine is not a spec class engine and its addition does not change the eligibility status of existing certified TA2 Approved Engines built by approved/certified builders and rebuilders.

Trans Am returns to Sebring International Raceway Feb. 24-27, kicking off the 55th season of Trans Am racing. 

Engine Photo Credit: Joseph Kotwick/9Points Media

 

 

Sweeter the Second Time Around: Rafa Matos' Fight for a TA2 Title

Trans Am 8 Weeks of Champions: Rafa Matos

MIAMI (13 December 2021)- The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli enjoyed its most competitive season to date in the TA2® class, with historic full grids and exciting races. The season saw 85 drivers compete in National and ProAm Challenge competition, including several of NASCAR’s up-and-coming stars.

Rafa Matos was more than up to the challenge. The Florida-based Brazilian won six of the 12 races, four pole positions and captured the championship by a whopping 82 points, driving Doug Peterson’s No. 88 3-Dimensional Racing Ford Mustang. (VIDEO: Matos Earns Second Trans Am TA2 Championship - YouTube)

“It’s pretty amazing to see the growth of TA2,” Matos said. “The format that John Clagett and Tony Parella have put together while rebranding the series is working. It’s getting everything the general racer wants; having a fast car and an affordable way to run it, while having a legit schedule, with legit racetracks. Those are the most important things.”

Matos is no stranger to winning titles. He was crowned at each step on his climb up the open-wheel ladder, taking championships in Barber Formula Dodge (2003), Star Mazda (2005), Formula Atlantic (2007) and Indy Lights (2008). He was IndyCar Rookie of the Year in 2009, and also the fastest rookie in that year’s Indianapolis 500. He opened 2008 with a GT victory for Mazda in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and closed that season with an overall victory in the Sunchaser 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park (now the Utah Motorsports Campus), his first race in a Daytona Prototype.

Since then, Matos has enjoyed success in Brazilian stock cars, various sports cars and karting. His career took an abrupt turn in 2017, when he finished second at Detroit in his TA2® debut. After that, Matos was hooked.

After testing the waters by running five races in 2017 (winning the pole at Road America), Matos was quickly impressed.

 “When I first came to Trans Am, back in 2017, the series wasn’t as competitive as it is now,” Matos recalled. “Right away, I fell in love with the car. It’s pure driving – it’s pure racing. The series does a nice job in dealing with the balance of performance, making sure that all the brands are pretty equal and competitive inside their playground. The cars are fun to drive, you’re not racing a car with all kinds of driver aids. The H-pattern gearbox also brings an edge to guys who know how to shift the gears properly.”

Matos ran the full season the following year, winning five races, three poles and the championship.

“Coming from a GT3 car and the highly competitive Brazilian stock cars, I had a pretty good base whereas I could just jump in a Trans Am car and go fast right away,” he said. “By my first full season in 2018, I was fully adapted to the car, and it was a lot of fun.”

The next title, though, was a few years in coming. He placed third in 2019 despite winning four races, and came in second in pandemic-plagued 2020.

“We were in a very good position to win the championship in ’19, but then we had a DNF at VIR and that ruined our season. Then last year was very hectic with the pandemic. I’m glad we got to race some. I had one win, but I had chances to win three or four other races but something always went wrong.”

This past season, Matos was both fast and consistent. After placing second at Sebring – when his power steering failed in the closing minutes – he took eighth at Road Atlanta. From there, Matos won at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca that launched a streak of nine podiums in the remaining 10 events.

Ironically, it was the non-podium –at Nashville – that he called his personal highlight of the year.

“Finishing the race at Nashville without the power steering was my personal highlight,” he said. “I had to drive the car for 20-something laps at that place, and it was very hot at a very physical street course. Muscling the car for that long left me severely dehydrated, and the engineers started coaching me before I passed out in the car. We managed to finish seventh and collected 19 points, so we were able to keep our points lead despite a very strong performance by [Mike] Skeen. We started 18th and went through the field, and were fighting for the lead when the power steering broke.”

Road America saw another charge, from 36th to third, “And if we had a yellow late in the race I think I could have won. The yellow never came, but it felt like a win for us.”

Another highlight was winning at Virginia International Raceway.

“We were definitely the class of the field,” he said. “It was a very good season, full of highlights, but sealing the championship at VIR with one race to go after a good battle with a few drivers was big. That allowed us to go to the last race at COTA just to have fun. I was completely relaxed at COTA. We had fun and finished the championship the way we wanted – winning the pole and winning the race.” (VIDEO: 
That Moment When Matos Clinched the Trans Am TA2 Championship - YouTube)

Matos knows that the competition will be even tougher in 2022. But he knows he’s also going to be tougher, and is looking forward to defending his championship.

“I think we’re going to be even stronger [in 2022],” Matos said. “A lot of teams tend to slow down during the off-season, but we’re going to focus on the areas where we think we can improve our performance. I think our team is using our resources and our personnel really well in the off-season, trying to improve the cars.”

In the meantime, Matos plans to spend a lot of time at race tracks over the winter – mentoring and coaching several drivers on the South Florida karting scene.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is one of the longest-running championships in motorsport, and will celebrate its 55th season with a diverse 12-race 2022 schedule that will include multiple road courses, a roval and a street circuit.

Trans Am’s 2022 roster of races will be staged at legendary venues across the United States as part of SpeedTour, IndyCar Series and NASCAR events with the season kicking off at Sebring International Raceway February 24-27.

 

 

Trans Am Highlighted on CBS Sports Network in Two-Hour Special

End of season review show scheduled for this Sunday on CBS Sports Network


MIAMI, FLA. (10 DECEMBER 2021) - Trans Am Series presented Pirelli fans will have another reason to celebrate this holiday season as CBS Sports Network will spotlight America's road racing series in a two-hour special this Sunday (Dec. 12) starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Split into two one-hour segments, the 'Trans Am Season in Review' will highlight the national Trans Am Series throughout its 12-round 2021 season. Sunday's coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. documenting the Trans Am TA and Production classes' journeys to crown three first-time champions in an one-hour episode (5:00 p.m. ET). The TA2 class one-hour special feature will directly follow at 6:00 p.m. ET, following the class' history-making season.

"The 2021 Trans Am season was one for the history books, and we cannot wait to share it with fans," said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company.  “Our partners at CBS Sports Network have provided us with excellent slots for our two-hour year-end review. Greenlight TV produces outstanding shows and with the racing we had this year, these episodes should make for excellent viewing.”

Encore showings will air on CBS Sports Network on December 13. Additional encore showings will be announced later, check local listings for additional times and dates. 

 

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$20,000 Cash Award to be Presented to Top Trans Am TA2® Young Gun in 2022

Peter Gregg Foundation Young Gun Award Set to attract America's top road racing talents 

JACKSONVILLE, FLA (8 December 2021)- The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will provide an exciting new program for young talented drivers in the TA2® class, offering a $20,000 cash award package in 2022. 

Coined as The Peter Gregg Foundation Young Gun Award, the $20,000 cash prize will be presented to the top points-earning National TA2 driver, who is younger than 25 years old and has participated in a minimum of three National Trans Am races. 

"Over the last few seasons, we've seen an increase of young, talented drivers entering in the TA2 class," said Trans Am Race Company President and CEO John Clagett. "The growth this season has been amazing, as TA2 broke an event record with 52 drivers entering the finale. We want to continue to grow the class and have the large entry sizes be the norm and not the exception. This enticing $20,000 cash prize will attract the best road racing talents in America."

To qualify as a Young Gun, drivers can be as young as 14 years old, depending on racing credentials and experience, and can be as old as 24 by the end of the race season. 

"This year through Peter Gregg Foundation we were able to train a new group of young people who want to be involved in motorsports," said Simon Gregg. "It’s a privilege to also provide the Young Guns Award to those striving to race and carry on the heritage of the sport."

The Peter Gregg Foundation seeks to attract, educate, train and support future performance sports car mechanics and engineers. Founded by Peter’s son, Simon Gregg, in 2021, the foundation awards five scholarships annually to talented individuals ages 17 to 21 with a heart and hunger for working on cars.

Peter Gregg won the Trans Am title in 1973 and 1974, winning three races and placing second three times in a Porsche Carrera. He won his final two Trans Am races at Road America and Laguna Seca in a Porsche 935 in 1979, giving him 22 victories in 54 starts. He also won six career IMSA championships and was a six-time winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona – an event he won overall four times. Simon Gregg continues to compete in the Trans Am TA class. 

Trans Am kicks off its 55th season at Sebring International Raceway Feb. 24-27 for the Sebring SpeedTour. 

 

 

Dyson Muscled His Way to First TA Title in 2021

Trans Am's Eight Weeks of Champions: Chris Dyson TA

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (1 December 2021)- Perseverance paid off for Chris Dyson in 2021. After coming close for the last three years, Dyson brought home the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA championship following an outstanding season.

The Poughkeepsie, New York, driver won seven of the opening 10 races in the No. 20 ALTWELL CBD Ford Mustang, clinching the title with one race remaining. While Dyson missed the season finale at Circuit of The Americas to concentrate on family matters, late substitute Matthew Brabham took a dramatic last-second triumph to give the team its eighth victory. (VIDEO: Chris Dyson 2021 Season Highlight)

“Winning the championship was massive for me, personally, on a few levels,” Dyson said. “Trans Am has been one of the lynchpins of America road racing for decades, and to be alongside some of the great champions – many of whom I saw racing as a kid – it’s hard to put in to words how meaningful it is, being considered a Trans Am champion.”

Dyson raced in Trans Am for the first time in 2017, finishing 12th in Reed Kryder’s Cadillac CTSV, filling in for David Pintaric in a race won by fellow New Yorker Andy Lally.

Dyson fanned the full schedule in 2018, winning at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta among five podium finishes in finishing third in the championship behind Ernie Francis Jr. and Lawrence Loshak. Coming from top-level LMP1 and LMP2 (675) Prototype sports cars in ALMS, SRP and Daytona Prototype in Grand-Am, Dyson enjoyed the transition to the Trans Am race cars.

“In all the forms of racing I’ve been able to compete in, I raced in cars at the top of the tree for their respective style of racing,” Dyson explained. “I think when it comes to GT-level racing, the Trans Am cars are hands-down the most monstrous cars you could possibly be racing. The actual driving is so rewarding in the Trans Am cars because there are no driver aids. The cars demand a lot of you as a driver, and reward precision and aggression. There’s a nuance between the two that’s endlessly fascinating and challenging.”

The 2019 campaign saw him win races at Indianapolis, Lime Rock and Daytona among seven podiums, capture his first career TA pole at Lime Rock, and place second in the final standings, only 15 points behind Ernie Francis Jr. The pandemic-jumbled 2020 season saw him take third behind Francis Jr. and Tomy Drissi, while winning at Road America and the season finale at Road Atlanta.

His 2021 season started off on an ominous note, when Dyson spun during qualifying, changed tires and had to start 12th at the back of the TA grid for the opening race at Sebring. Gunning for an eighth-consecutive Trans Am crown, Francis Jr, won the pole in track-record speed and led virtually all the way before being passed by Dyson, who won the race on the final lap.

After taking fifth at Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, Dyson added victories at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio and Road America, placed third at Brainerd, and ended his season by sweeping the Watkins Glen doubleheader and clinching the title with a victory at VIR.

“There were so many highlights and some very memorable races,” Dyson said when asked about his personal highlights of the championship campaign. “Obviously, winning the opening race at Sebring from the last starting position on the last lap against a guy like Ernie France Jr. – who’s one of the best-ever Trans Am racers – was really satisfying and a great way to start the season.

“Also, winning at home – we swept our home races. Winning at Lime Rock in the rain was very rewarding, and going up to Watkins Glen and taking both ends of a doubleheader. To win at the two tracks I’ve considered home my whole career was tremendous, and those results put us in a great position to close the championship at VIR.

“Winning this year was particularly special because we did it with a great partnership with Greg Pickett – who himself is a Trans Am legend – and to come in and showcase the ALTWELL CBD brand for most of our victories this year was particularly satisfying.”

Unfortunately, family matters took priority for the season finale in Austin, but CD Racing again was up to the challenge. Brabham filled in at the 11th hour and beat Francis Jr. on a last-lap sprint to the checkered flag after chasing the South Floridian for the entire race. He is the son of Geoff Brabham, who raced against Chris’ father Rob Dyson in the glory days of the IMSA Camel GTP. (VIDEO: Chris Dyson Honors Gala Championship Acceptance Speech)

“I think Matthew did a terrific job,” Dyson said. “What can you say? He came in on short notice, having never driven the car before he sat in it on Friday, and by the end of the weekend he was a race winner. It was unfortunate that I had to miss the event, but Matthew stepped up, performed beautifully and in a lot of ways was an extension of a relationship between the Dyson and Brabham families that goes back decades. I was really proud of Matthew, he’s unquestionably a star of the future and has a really bright career ahead of him. It was a tremendous result for the team, and it underlines how strong our package has become and how good the team is, that we can win without me driving.”

For 2022, expect to see Dyson back in action in Trans Am.

“Right now, our priority is to come back and defend our Trans Am championship, and hopefully build on what we’ve done so far,” he said. “I know the competition is not going to rest easy, and we’re already eagerly preparing for 2022.”

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is one of the longest-running championships in motorsport, and will celebrate its 55th season with a diverse 12-race 2022 schedule that will include multiple road courses, a roval and a street circuit.

Trans Am’s 2022 roster of races will be staged at legendary venues across the United States as part of SpeedTour, IndyCar Series and NASCAR events with the season kicking off at Sebring International Raceway February 24-27.

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    2022 Trans Am West Coast Schedule



    April 22-24           Trans Am SpeedFest (WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca)*
    April 30-May 1     Sonoma SpeedTour (Sonoma Raceway) *
    June 10-12          The Ridge SpeedTour (The Ridge Motorsports Park)
    July 15-17            Portland SpeedTour (Portland International Raceway)
    Oct. 14-16           Utah SpeedTour (Utah Motorsports Campus) ^
    Nov. 4-6               Austin SpeedTour (Circuit of the Americas) *

    *Combined National and West Coast Event

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    Time Trials National Tour 2022 Schedule

    March 26-27: Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
    - April 23-24: Eagles Canyon Raceway; Decatur, TX
    - May 12-15: Time Trials Nationals @ NCM Motorsports Park; Bowling Green, KY
    - July 1-2: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
    - July 16-17: GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
    - August 6-7: New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
    - August 27-28: Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
    - October 29-30: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, CA
    - November 5-6: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA

     

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