The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) introduced the Trans Am series in 1966.
The championship was created during the introduction of Detroit’s ‘American Pony Car’ period.
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro proved to be very popular with consumers and the best way for
manufacturers to demonstrate their potential was ‘To race on Sunday and sell on Monday.’
In 1966, vehicle classification and rules were based on the SCCA’s A and B Sedan amateur classes. A Sedan was called the Over 2.0-Liter category. The cars competing in the group were limited to a 5.0-liter engine and provided a platform to showcase the new ‘Pony Cars.’ The Under 2.0-Liter category included vehicles from BMW, Alfa Romero, British Leyland and Porsche.
The Trans Am series and its regulations have evolved over time. The championship has undergone changes to the race formats, vehicle eligibility and rules governing the cars.
Currently, the races are 100-miles in length with no opportunity for a pit stop to change drivers or tires and refuel the car. Teams can also compete in two championships – Trans Am Championship and Trans Am West Coast Championship.
In 2019, there are four classes – Trans Am, Trans Am 2, Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring. Trans Am, Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring compete in the same event. Tran Am 2 drivers have their own race.
Round eight of the Trans Am 2 championship was held at the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Twenty-seven drivers competed in a race that was shortened from forty-five to forty-laps due to caution periods.
|Twenty-seven TA2 competitors enter the ‘Esses’ at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first lap of round eight. Squeezing by the pole-sitter, the Chevrolet Camaro of Rafa Matos, is the second-fastest qualifier, Marc Miller driving the No. 40 Dodge Challenger. Falling in behind Matos and Miller are the Chevrolet Camaros of third and fourth place starters, Scott Lagasse, Jr. and Misha Goikhberg.|
|The points leader, Marc Miller, started the season with runner-up finishes in the first three races. In round seven at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Miller scored his first victory of the season. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he was quickest in both practice sessions but in qualifying, Miller fell to second place. Driving the No. 40 Dodge Challenger, he grabbed first place on lap-1 and led flag-to-flag.|
|Giving the winner, Marc Miller all he could handle was Scott Lagasse, Jr. Lagasse driving the No. 92 M1 Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Camaro was third quickest in qualifying. At the start of the contest, he was behind the Ford Mustang of the pole-sitter, Rafa Matos. On lap-2, Lagasse muscled his way by Matos for second place. He challenged the leader Marc Miller for the remainder of the but had to settle for a runner-up finish.|
|Rafa Matos joined the Trans Am series full-time in 2018 driving a TA2 Chevrolet Camaro and won the title. Matos opened this season with victories at Sebring International Raceway and Road Atlanta but he wasn’t entered at Laguna Seca which accounted for his third place in the standings. At Mid-Ohio, Matos put his Camaro on the pole but fell to as low fifth place during the event only to fight back for a third at the checkered flag.|
|West Coast resident, Thomas Merrill has only entered three races this year but when he does make appearance his presence is felt. Merrill’s first event was at Road Atlanta where he qualified second but finished twenty-eighth. In the next two rounds – Laguna Seca and Lime Rock – he grabbed first-place finishes. Merrill qualified fifth quickest at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ran as high as third before finishing fourth.|
|Russian-Canadian competitor, Misha Goikhberg is a very versatile driver. In addition to participating in the Trans Am series this year, he is competing in IMSA driving a Cadillac DPi-V.R and he also races in his local F1600 championship. Goikhberg was fourth fastest in qualifying driving the No. 10 BC Race Cars prepared Chevrolet Camaro. During the first lap of the race at Mid-Ohio, he fell to seventh place but rebounded to finish fifth.|
|One TA2 competitor, Aaron Quines and three NASCAR XFINITY drivers – Justin Haley, Brandon Jones and Christopher Bell - were performing double duty – entering both the TA2 and XFINITY races. Quickest of this group was Haley piloting a Ford Mustang prepared by Mike Cope Race Cars. He qualified sixth fastest but failed to finish after completing twenty-two of a scheduled forty-five-laps, he was classified twenty-second.|
|Another successful TA2 driver competing in multiple series is Dillon Machavern. Machavern is participating in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship driving a BMW and has he raced a Porsche in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. Currently, he is second in the Trans Am 2 standings despite failing to score points at Laguna Seca. Mid-Ohio proved to be a disappointing outing as he started eighth and finished twenty-third.|
|Lawless Alan has a comfortable lead in the Wilwood Rookie of the Year standings. Driving the No. 52 AutoParkIT sponsored Ford Mustang, Alan is ranked fifth in the points championship. Despite his rookie status, in 2018 he was a NASCAR Late Model track champion and is participating in several NASCAR K&N Series events. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Alan qualified tenth but was in sixth place at the checkered flag.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||2||TA2||Marc Miller||Stevens-Miller Racing / Dodge Challenger||40|
|2||3||TA2||Scott Lagasse Jr||M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|3||1||TA2||Rafa Matos||3Dimensional Services Group / Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|4||5||TA2||Thomas Merrill||Big Diehl Racing / Ford Mustang||40|
|5||4||TA2||Misha Goikhberg||BC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|6||10||TA2||Lawless Alan||AutoParkIT / Ford Mustang||40|
|7||12||TA2||Aaron Pettipas||BC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|8||14||TA2||Elias Anderson||Sampson Race/Harris Hill / Ford Mustang||40|
|9||13||TA2||Tom Sheehan||LTK Insulation Technologies / Ford Mustang||40|
|10||21||TA2||Roberto Sabato||6th Gear Garage / Ford Mustang||40|
|11||24||TA2||Alex Wright||Stevens Miller Racing / Dodge Challenger||40|
|12||25||TA2||Brian Swank||Berryman Products / Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|13||22||TA2||Drew Neubauer||Palfinger Liftgates / Dodge Challenger||40|
|14||11||TA2||Doug Peterson||3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||40|
|15||28||TA2||Mitch Marvosh||Wolf Entertainment / Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|16||26||TA2||John Cloud||Ultimate Headers / Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|17||16||TA2||Barry Boes||Sampson Race/Harris Hill / Ford Mustang||39|
|18||27||TA2||Tim Gray||Ryan Companies / Ford Mustang||39|
|19||19||TA2||Riley Herbst||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||37|
|20||9||TA2||Max Nufer||Manufacturing News / Chevrolet Camaro||25|
|21||17||TA2||Keith Prociuk||HP Tuners / Chevrolet Camaro||24|
|22||6||TA2||Justin Haley||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||22|
|23||8||TA2||Dillon Machavern||Liqui-Moly / Ford Mustang||21|
|24||7||TA2||Ty Gibbs||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||15|
|25||15||TA2||Aaron Quine||Quine Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||15|
|26||18||TA2||Jacob Mosler||M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||10|
|27||20||TA2||Steven Lustig||The Autosport Group / Chevrolet Camaro||5|
|28||23||TA2||Jeff Wood||OEMPartsQuick.com / Dodge Challenger||Did Not Start|
|29||29||TA2||Brandon Jones||Mike Cope Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||Did Not Start|
|30||30||TA2||Christopher Bell||Mike Cope Racing / Ford Mustang||Did Not Start|
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