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 BMW, Alfa Romero, British Leyland and Porsche vehicles.
The Trans Am series and its regulations have evolved over time. The championship has changed 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.
Trans Am Championship
Trans Am West Coast Championship
In 2022, there are five classes Trans Am, Trans Am 2, Xtreme Grand Touring, Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring. Trans Am, Xtreme Grand Touring, Super Grand Touring and Grand Touring compete in the same event. Tran Am 2 drivers have their own race.
Round nine for the TA, XGT, SGT, and GT categories of the Trans Am Championship was held at Watkins Glen International. Drivers would compete in a twenty-four-lap contest around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course in an event called the Franklin Road Apparel Classic.
|The start of the Franklin Road Apparel Classic at Watkins Glen International and twenty competitors prepare to enter corner two for the twenty-four lap contest. The pole-sitter, Justin Marks, leads the way in the No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro. Behind Marks is the other front-row starter and the points leader, Chris Dyson, driving the No. 20 Altwell sponsored Ford Mustang.|
|Despite pressure from the series point leader, Chris Dyson, Justin Marks would collect his first Trans Am victory in nine starts. Marks drove the No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel sponsored Chevrolet Camaro prepared by Showtime Motorsports. He was the fastest in qualifying and captured the pole by 1.087-seconds. He grabbed first place going into corner one and would lead the event flag-to-flag.|
|Since round one at Sebring International Raceway, the points leader in the TA category was Chris Dyson. In his eight 2022 previous starts, Dyson had five victories and only one result out of the top ten. He was the second fastest in the qualifying session at Watkins Glen International. During the race, Dyson chased the pole-sitter, Justin Marks, but the conditions made it impossible to pass. With his runner-up result, he clinched the title.|
|There were seven entries in the SGT category, with six taking the Starters green flag. In the No. 44 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper, Lee Saunders qualified fifth in class and started twentieth overall. However, the wet conditions during the race agreed with Saunders and he maneuvered his way to the front. On the final lap, he was able to pass the class leader, Aaron Pierce, to win by a margin of 2.363-seconds.|
|Jody Miller was entered in the No. 3 TLM Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 991.2. This was the first series start for the Florida native, who competed in the XGT category. Miller was gridded tenth overall for the contest at Watkins Glen International and qualified second in class. When the class leader, Stephen Hamman, spun into a gravel trap on lap-6, Miller inherited the lead and, ultimately, the victory.|
|Unfortunately, there were only two entries in the GT class and the weekend belonged to the driver of the No. 13 Rapid Performance Management / Rapid Wraps Porsche GT3 Cup 997.1, Michael Saia. Watkins Glen International was his second event of the season. Saia finished in the runner-up position at Lime Rock Park. He qualified on the GT pole for round nine and, despite a couple spins, collected the victory.|
|The No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang was driven by the 2009 Trans Am champion, Tomy Drissi. Drissi entered round nine third in the point standing, with four podium results. Qualifying did not go well and he started eighth in the ten-car class. However, Drissi would fare much better in the race. The early retirement of Ken Thwaits and passes on four other competitors allowed Drissi to capture the final spot on the podium.|
|At Watkins Glen International, the TA podium for round nine, the Franklin Road Apparel Classic. In the center is the winner, Justin Marks. This was Marks first Trans Am victory in nine previous starts. On the left is the runner-up, Chris Dyson. The result gave Dyson his second consecutive title with two races remaining in this years championship. Completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher, Tomy Drissi.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TA||Justin Marks||Franklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro||24|
|2||2||TA||Chris Dyson||Altwell / Ford Mustang||24|
|3||8||TA||Tomy Drissi||Lucas Oil / Ford Mustang||24|
|4||4||TA||Boris Said||Weaver / Dodge Challenger||24|
|5||7||TA||Paul Fix||allgram / Ford Mustang||24|
|6||14||TA||Kerry Hitt||ACP Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro||24|
|7||20||SGT||Lee Saunders||Landsearch LLC / Dodge Viper||24|
|8||11||SGT||Aaron Pierce||Sam Pierce Chev / Chevrolet Corvette||24|
|9||10||XGT||Jody Miller||TLM Racing / Porsche GT3 Cup||24|
|10||13||SGT||Dirk Leuenberger||Lux Performance / Dodge Viper||24|
|11||16||GT||Michael Saia||KMC / Porsche GT3 Cup||24|
|12||19||GT||Scott James||Vasular Care Group / Porsche GT3 Cup||24|
|13||18||XGT||Danny Lowry||Pitboxes / Audi R8 LMS||24|
|14||22||SGT||Carey Grant||Grant Racing2 / Porsche GT3 Cup||24|
|15||5||TA||David Pintaric||Kryderacing / Ford Mustang||21|
|16||12||SGT||Cindi Lux||Lux Performance / Dodge Viper||16|
|17||6||TA||Amy Ruman||McNichols Co. / Chevrolet Corvette||9|
|18||3||TA||Ken Thwaits||Franklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro||6|
|19||9||XGT||Stephen Hamman||TLM Racing / Porsche GT3 Cup||6|
|20||17||SGT||Milton Grant||Fairfield Inn / Porsche GT3 Cup||3|
|DNS||15||TA||Richard Grant||Grant Racing / Chevrolet Corvette||-|
|DNS||21||SGT||Larry Bailey||Sam Pierce Chevy / Chevrolet Corvette||-|
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