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-ten of the TA2 powered by AEM class was held at Watkins Glen International. Competitors would race for thirty-laps or seventy-five-minutes, whichever came first, around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course.
|The start of round-ten for the TA2 powered by AEM class at Watkins Glen International. Leading the field of twenty-seven starters into the high-speed turn two is the pole-sitter, Rafa Matos driving the 3Dimensional Services Group sponsored Chevrolet Camaro. Behind Matos is the second-fastest qualifier and the current points leader, Marc Miller in the No. 40 Dodge Challenger prepared by Stevens-Miller Racing.|
|It was Rafa Matos’ fourth victory of the season driving the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by the 3Dimensional Services Group. This was also his second win in a row having won the previous round at Road America. Matos currently sits second in the title chase. His performances of late have allowed him to close the point’s gap on the championship leader, Marc Miller to within forty-one-markers with three races remaining in 2019.|
|Former oval track racer, Scott Lagasse, Jr has adapted quickly to the road circuits on the Trans Am schedule. His season to date includes four visits to the podium with two of them being runner-up finishes. At Watkins Glen, Lagasse, Jr. qualified fifth fastest driving the No. 92 Chevrolet Camaro. During the contest, he inherited a position from Marc Miller and passed Tyler Kicera and Thomas Miller to finish second.|
|West Coast competitor, Thomas Merrill impressed series regulars when he started sixteenth at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and grabbed the victory. In the next round at Lime Rock Park Merrill showcased his talents once again by qualifying on the pole and leading the most laps on the way to his second victory. He started fourth at Watkins Glen and inherited a third-place finish when Marc Miller had problems.|
|Six podium finishes which include two wins has landed Marc Miller on top of the point standings. Other than a thirteenth place finish at Detroit, Miller has always finished in the top-five. At Watkins Glen International, he put the No. 40 Dodge Challenger on the outside of the front row. Unfortunately, contact on lap-2 of the race dropped him to the twenty-fifth position but Miller fought back for a ninth-place finish.|
|Tyler Kicera made a very impressive debut. The 2016 NASA Eastern States Spec Miata National Champion qualified third. Kicera felt he could have gone quicker but contact on lap-2 of the session damaged the No. 4 Carbotech Brakes Kicera Motorsports Ford Mustang. The crew worked late into the evening to repair the car. Their efforts paid off, Kicera was able to maintain the pace of the leaders and finished fourth.|
|Quebec resident, Louis-Phillippe Montour has only made one start this year. Montour participated in the season opener at Sebring International where he started eighth and finished tenth. It appeared the time away from the series did not hinder his performance. Montour was ninth fastest in qualifying, driving the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro with backing from Montour Limited. He made good progress in the race and finished fifth.|
|The Trans Am series recognizes the highest finishing driver over 65-years of age with the Masters Award. At Watkins Glen, the winner was Doug Peterson who was gridded seventh for the start and was in eleventh place at the checkered flag. Peterson has a wealth of road racing experience which includes the 2004 SCCA Formula Mazda National Championship and at the professional ranks Trans Am titles in 2013 and 2014.|
|The podium for the TA2 powered by AEM class at Watkins Glen International. In the center and making his fourth visit to the top step of the rostrum in 2019 is the winner, Rafa Matos. To Matos’ right is the runner-up, Scott Lagasse, Jr. This Lagasse’s fourth podium finish of the season. Completing the top-three and making an impressive series debut is the local driver, Tyler Kicera.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TA2||Rafa Matos||3Dimensional Services Group / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|2||5||TA2||Scott Lagasse Jr||M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|3||4||TA2||Thomas Merrill||Big Diehl Racing / Ford Mustang||30|
|4||3||TA2||Tyler Kicera||Carbotech Brakes / Ford Mustang||30|
|5||9||TA2||Louis-Philippe Montour||Montour Ltd / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|6||6||TA2||Kent Vaccaro||BC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|7||11||TA2||Doug Peterson||3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||30|
|8||15||TA2||Elias Anderson||Sampson Race/Harris Hill / Ford Mustang||30|
|9||2||TA2||Marc Miller||Stevens-Miller Racing / Dodge Challenger||30|
|10||14||TA2||Lawless Alan||AutoParkIT / Ford Mustang||30|
|11||21||TA2||Keith Prociuk||HP Tuners / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|12||10||TA2||Tony Buffomante||Mike Cope Racing / Ford Mustang||30|
|13||12||TA2||Jacob Mosler||M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|14||16||TA2||Barry Boes||Sampson Race/Harris Hill / Ford Mustang||30|
|15||7||TA2||Ty Gibbs||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||30|
|16||23||TA2||Riley Herbst||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||30|
|17||24||TA2||Doug Winston||Prefix / Dodge Challenger||30|
|18||25||TA2||John Cloud||Ultimate Headers / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|19||18||TA2||Curt Vogt||Cobra Automotive / Ford Mustang||30|
|20||19||TA2||Brian Swank||Berryman Products / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|21||26||TA2||Frank Dalene||Telemark Inc / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|22||17||TA2||Alex Wright||Stevens Miller Racing / Dodge Challenger||28|
|23||22||TA2||Misha Goikhberg||BC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||24|
|24||20||TA2||Bob Lima||Lima Company / Chevrolet Camaro||21|
|25||27||TA2||A.J. Henriksen||Anchor Bolt / Chevrolet Camaro||16|
|26||8||TA2||Dillon Machavern||Liqui-Moly / Ford Mustang||14|
|27||13||TA2||Tom Sheehan||LTK Insulation Technologies / Ford Mustang||11|
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