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.
Watkins Glen International hosted round-eight of the 2019 season for the Trans Am, Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring teams. Drivers would compete for thirty-laps or seventy-five-minutes, whichever came first, around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course.
|The second wave of Super Grand Touring (SGT) and Grand Touring (GT) competitors head into Watkins Glen International’s second turn for the first lap of round eight. Leading the field of SGT and GT drivers is the pole-sitter, Aaron Pierce in the Sam Pierce Chevrolet sponsored Chevrolet Corvette. Beside Pierce is Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper driven by veteran sports car racer, Cindi Lux. Lux would be the first SGT retiree.|
|The reigning Trans Am champion, Ernie Francis, Jr. had a difficult start to the 2019 season. At Sebring, he finished fourteenth and an eighth place at Road Atlanta reduced his chances of securing another title. But it all changed at WeatherTech Raceway when he scored his first victory of the year. Since then Francis, Jr. has finished first or second. At Watkins Glen International, he started on the pole and led every lap.|
|SGT competitor, Aaron Pierce opened his 2019 season at Road Atlanta where, he started on the pole but finished sixth. He also competed at Indianapolis and Road America but was never a threat for the victory. At Watkins Glen International, Pierce turned his luck around. The driver of the No. 26 Sam Pierce Chevrolet/Logical Systems sponsored Chevrolet Corvette qualified on the pole and led flag-to-flag for the class win.|
|Sports car veteran, Chris Dyson is currently second in the Trans Am title chase. The gap between him and the point’s leader, Ernie Francis, Jr. has grown in the last three races. At the previous round, Road America, Dyson led the most laps but a tenth place finish widened the gap. He started in fourth place, but Dyson was unable to catch Francis, Jr. He took the runner-up spot after a race-long battle with the Camaro of Tomy Drissi.|
|The round-eight podium for the Super Grand Touring competitors at Watkins Glen International. In the center is the winner, Aaron Pierce. This was the winged sprint car driver’s first Super Grand Touring victory of the season. To Pierce’s right is the runner-up and class point’s leader, Mark Boden from Fall-Line Motorsports. Completing the rostrum is Boden’s Fall-Line Motorsports teammate, Tom Herb.|
|Mark Boden won the 2017 Tran Am 3 championship and appears to be on his way to securing a second title this year. Boden driving the Fall-Line Motorsports prepared Porsche GT3 Cup has finished on the podium in every round except WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which he did not enter and Road America where he finished fourth. At Watkins Glen, Boden could not match the pace of Aaron Pierce and finished second.|
|The more powerful Trans Am group raced with the Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring competitors in round eight and received the Starter’s flag first. On the opening lap, the first to arrive at Watkins Glen International’s corner two was the point’s leader and pole-sitter, Ernie Francis, Jr. Behind Francis, Jr. is the second-fastest qualifier, Boris Said. Said in the Technique/SRI Performance Dodge Challenger retired after just three laps.|
|Sitting third in the Super Grand Touring standings is the point’s leader teammate, Tom Herb. Herb is just eighteen-points behind Ford Mustang competitor, Brian Kleeman and closing fast. Racing the No. 16 Porsche GT3 Cup, he has outperformed Kleeman in the last three events. At Watkins Glen International, Herb would narrow the gap even more by finishing in third two positions ahead of Kleeman.|
|The 2009 Trans Am champion and the winner last year at Watkins Glen International, Tomy Drissi missed the previous three rounds due to a medical issue. As a result, he fell from second in the standings to eighth place. Back in the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro, Drissi proved that in his absence, he hadn’t lost any of his speed. He was gridded fourth for the start of the thirty-lap event and was in third place at the checkered flag.|
|The round eight Trans Am podium at Watkins Glen International. On the left from Dyson Racing is the runner-up, Chris Dyson who is currently second in the standings. The third-place finisher and defending race winner, Tomy Drissi stands on the right side of the rostrum. Between these two is the winner for the fourth time this season, Ernie Francis, Jr. This victory padded the reigning champion’s point lead.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TA||Ernie Francis Jr||Frameless Shower Doors / Ford Mustang||30|
|2||3||TA||Chris Dyson||Thetford/Norcold / Ford Mustang||30|
|3||4||TA||Tomy Drissi||Lucas Oil / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|4||6||TA||Vincent Allegretta||TA Sights and Sounds / Chevrolet Corvette||30|
|5||5||TA||Paul Fix||Ave Motorsports / Ford Mustang||30|
|6||9||TA||John Baucom||Baucom Motorspots / Ford Mustang||30|
|7||10||TA||Richard Grant||Grant Racing / Chevrolet Corvette||29|
|8||8||TA||Kerry Hitt||Advanced Composite Products Inc / Cadillac CTS||28|
|9||2||TA||Boris Said||SRI Performance / Dodge Challenger||3|
|10||11||TA||Adam Andretti||Anchor Bolt / Chevrolet Corvette||2|
|11||7||TA||Amy Ruman||McNichols Co. / Chevrolet Corvette||2|
|1||1||SGT||Aaron Pierce||Sam Pierce Chev / Chevrolet Corvette||30|
|2||5||SGT||Mark Boden||Beverage Flavors / Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||30|
|3||6||SGT||Tom Herb||Fall-Line Motorsports / Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||30|
|4||3||SGT||Adrian Wlostowsk||F.A.S.T. Auto / Ford Mustang||30|
|5||4||SGT||Brian Kleeman||Forgeline / Ford Mustang||30|
|6||9||SGT||Milton Grant||Sentry Self Storage/Fairfield Inn Porsche / 991.3 GT3 Cup||29|
|7||8||SGT||Chris Outzen||Forgeline / Ford Mustang||29|
|8||10||SGT||Tim Kezman||Lemons of Love / Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||29|
|9||7||SGT||Dirk Leuenberger||Lux Performance / Dodge Viper||12|
|10||2||SGT||Cindi Lux||Lux Performance / Dodge Viper||3|
|1||1||GT||Steven Davison||Davinci Plastic Surgery / Aston Martin Vantage||29|
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