The Sports Car Club of America’s Trans Am Championship celebrated its twenty-ninth season in 1994.
Trans Am rules require that vehicles be constructed with a purpose-built tube frame chassis. The top chassis builders include Riley & Scott, Roush, Weaver, Selix-Weaver, Hoerr and Rocketsports. The bodies are made of composites, such as carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. The rules stipulate that the cars should maintain the recognizable external features of the manufacturer's model while providing flares necessary to keep the tires inside the bodywork. SCCA Pro Racing uses body templates to ensure the shape of cars is within designated tolerances. Cars are required to use the stock windshield or an approved alternative, which has to be mounted in the original location and at the original angle. The rules also dictate the use of the stock taillights, which are often the only production parts on the vehicles. The popular models are the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang; however other vehicles eligible for the series include the Chevrolet Corvette and Lumina, Dodge Daytona, Mercury Cougar, Pontiac Grand Prix and Trans Am, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and Toronado and Buick Regal. Car styles cannot be more than five years old. All cars are required to use an American-based engine. The rules allow a 335 cubic inch or 358 cubic inch 9:1 V8 engines with a car weight of 2700-lbs. Another option is a V6 with a 275 cubic inch engine weighing 2500-lbs. But the most popular choice is a 311 cubic inch motor. All options must be fitted with a 4150 Holley carburetor.
The thirteen race season began in February in Miami and is followed by a trip to Canada for race two at Mosport Park. Next, drivers compete at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and then on a temporary circuit at Detroit. Teams travel to the west coast for round five at Portland International Raceway. On the calendar in early July are weekends at Des Moines and Cleveland, Ohio. The subsequent two events are in Canada at Toronto and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. In August, the championship visits Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta. The penultimate weekend of the championship is held at Road America, with the finale taking place September 18th in Dallas.
At the opening event of the 1994 Trans Am season, Tom Kendall in a Ford Mustang dominated qualifying and the race. Kendall’s performance caused the Sports Car Club of America to make adjustments to the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang to increase parity. Changes were made to the Camaro's splitter and rear spoiler in an effort to improve down-force. Teams competing with the Mustang were required to lower the hood.
Round two did not take place until May at Mosport, which gave the teams plenty of time to test the rule changes. Race day was sunny with unseasonably high temperatures – 29C/84F. There were twenty-five starters for the 40-lap event.
|Pole-sitter Tom Kendall in the No. 11 Ford Mustang jumped into the lead followed closely by second fastest qualifier Scott Pruett in a Chevrolet Camaro. Trailing Pruett are the Mustangs of Ron Fellows and Dorsey Schroeder. Before lap one was completed the race went full course yellow as the result of a starting line incident.|
|The thirteenth place qualifier Ray Kong in No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro anticipated a fast start but when this did not occur he was forced to brake hard causing the opening lap crash. Kong hit the pit wall hard and retired on the spot. Also involved in the incident were Bill Saunders and Rick McCormick. McCormick was able to continue but Saunders was forced to retire.|
|Trans Am rules allowed four different engine displacement options. A 335 cubic inch or 358 cubic inch 9:1 V8 engines with a car weight of 2700-lbs. Another choice was a V6 with a 275 cubic inch engine weighing 2500-lbs. But the most popular choice was a 311 cubic inch motor. All four options used a 4150 Holley carburetor. This is a shot of Jack Baldwin’s engine which 'let go' on the last lap.|
|Tom Kendall led the first 11-laps but a problem with the car resulted in him being passed by Pruett, Schroeder, Jack Baldwin and Tommy Archer. Kendall would circulate in seventh place during the mid-point of the race to conserve his tires. With 5-laps to go he began his charge but like many other drivers, he would spin in Jack Baldwin’s oil but recovered to finish third.|
|Dorsey Schroeder qualified the Raybestos Ford Mustang third and ran with leaders for the first half of the race. However, mid-way through the race he was forced to pit with a flat tire. This took him out of contention - he finished nineteenth.|
|Ron Fellows was running fourth when an ignition problem caused the car to lose power at Moss corner. He was able to get the issue rectified and resume racing but had fallen back in the standings. Like a couple of competitors, Fellows benefited from Baldwin’s engine failure. On the last lap, he passed Baldwin, Tommy and Bobby Archer, Greg Pickett and Paul Gentilozzi to finish fourth.|
|On lap-11 Scott Pruett in the American Equipment Racing Chevrolet Camaro was out front and led the remainder of the race. He finished 12.682-seconds in front of second place finisher Tom Kendall. This Trans Am win was the fourth in a row at Mosport for the Buzz McCall team.|
|Jack Baldwin was running second on the last lap when he blew his engine on the Mario Andretti straight away. The oil he dropped in corner eight caused Boris Said, Bobby Archer, Tommy Archer, Tom Kendall and Greg Pickett to spin. Kendall was the first to recover which earned him a second place finish. Jamie Galles also benefitted from Baldwin's troubles and finished third in his first Trans Am race.|
|After Baldwin’s motor blew, he attempted to continue and secure a second place finish. But he spun in his own oil and hit the wall between corners nine and ten. He was unable to continue and was credited with an eleventh place finish – one lap down to the winner Scott Pruett.|
|1||2||Scott Pruett||Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|2||1||Tom Kendall||Ford Mustang||40|
|3||12||Jamie Galles||Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|4||4||Ron Fellows||Ford Mustang||40|
|5||9||Greg Pickett||Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|6||11||Paul Gentilozzi||Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|7||5||Bobby Archer||Ford Mustang||40|
|8||10||George Robinson||Chevrolet Camaro||40|
|9||14||Jon Gooding||Ford Mustang||40|
|10||7||Boris Said||Ford Mustang||40|
|11||6||Jack Baldwin||Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|12||8||Tommy Archer||Ford Mustang||39|
|13||17||Tim McAdam||Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|15||20||Brian Richards||Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|16||23||Don Sak||Oldsmobile Cutlass||39|
|17||21||R.J. Valentine||Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|18||24||Dale Phelon||Chevrolet Camaro||39|
|19||3||Dorsey Schroeder||Ford Mustang||38|
|20||22||Rick Dittman||Oldsmobile Cutlass||38|
|21||16||Rick McCormick||Chevrolet Camaro||38|
|22||18||Bob Patch||Pontiac Trans Am||27|
|23||25||Clint Welding||Chevrolet Camaro||16|
|24||15||Bill Saunders||Ford Mustang||1|
|25||13||Ray Kong||Chevrolet Camaro||0|
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