Mosport was the fifth round of the 1996 Trans Am series. It was also the series thirty-first season and the nineteenth visit to Mosport.

To raise the excitement of the races the sanctioning body, Sports Car Club of America, instituted a fast five qualifying procedure. The five fastest qualifiers were inverted for the start. This led to a number of different qualifying strategies – some teams decided to run slower for a better starting position while others tried to be the quickest and earn the bonus points. These opposing tactics were employed at Mosport - Paul Gentilozzi started on the pole and won the race but Tom Kendall garnered all the points he could during the season and won the Driver’s Championship.

Twenty-one starters prepare to take the starters flag as they round Mosport’s last turn. The first lap was waved off after Ron Fellows moved ahead of pole sitter Paul Gentilozzi.
Eventual winner Paul Gentilozzi in the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro leads Ron Fellows early in the race. Gentilozzi qualified fifth which gave him the pole for the race. He led all 40-laps finishing just 0.349-seconds ahead of Jamie Galles. This was the 46-year-old Gentilozzi's third Trans Am career win - his last victory was in 1992.
Local favourite Ron Fellows driving a Chevrolet Camaro qualified fourth which meant he shared the front row with Paul Gentilozzi. Unfortunately, on lap-18 Fellows dropped a valve causing the engine to blow which resulted in a seventeenth place finish. In 1996, he would score four victories and finish third in the final standings.
Ron Fellows teammate, Jamie Galles, qualified and started third. When Ron Fellows dropped out of the race, Galles inherited second and put pressure on Gentilozzi. Despite his best efforts, he could not pass Gentilozzi but left Mosport with the points lead.
A false start on the pace lap created an accordion effect causing Kenny Wilden to run into the back of fastest qualifier and fifth place starter Tom Kendall. Kendall was forced to make two pit stops to correct the damage to the rear of the car. After another stop mid-race, for new tires, caused him to fall back to tenth but Kendall was able to move up to third at the race's conclusion.
Kenny Wilden’s Chevrolet Camaro shows the effects of his incident with Tom Kendall. The seventh place starter only completed two laps – retiring as the result of an oil leak. Wilden was credited with a twenty-first place finish.
Scott Sharp was entered in the No. 33 Rain-X Chevrolet Camaro. After the first four rounds he was third in the Trans Am standings, however, Sharp was also set to compete in the Indy 500. Rather than attending Mosport he chose to stay in Indianapolis for additional practice. This decision was not supported by team owner Greg Pickett or Chevrolet, who were committed to Sharp's Trans Am effort.
Boris Said ran a strong third behind Gentilozzi and Galles for much of the race. However, with 10-laps to go he broke a rocker arm. The loss of power allowed Kendall, Pickett and Brian Simo to pass him – he finished sixth.

FINISHSTARTDRIVERCARLAPS
15Paul GentilozziChevrolet Camaro40
23Jamie GallesChevrolet Camaro40
31Tom KendallFord Mustang40
49Greg PickettChevrolet Camaro40
58Brian SimoFord Mustang40
66Boris SaidFord Mustang40
72Dorsey SchroederFord Mustang40
811Bill SaundersChevrolet Camaro40
913Dale PhelonChevrolet Camaro40
1012Max LagodChevrolet Camaro40
1114R.J. ValentineChevrolet Camaro40
1216Leighton ReesePontiac Grand Prix39
1318Craig ShaferChevrolet Camaro38
1417Kenny BuppChevrolet Camaro36
1521Glenn AndrewChevrolet Camaro30
1610Jon GoodingFord Mustang27
174Ron FellowsChevrolet Camaro17
1819John MillerChevrolet Camaro11
1920John HablingChevrolet Camaro8
2015Don SakOldsmobile Cutlass5
217Kenny WildenChevrolet Camaro2
2222Jerry SimmonsChevrolet CamaroDNS


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