Trans-Am, America’s oldest professional road racing series, dates back to 1966.
The championship was successful for many years, but in 2005 the series stopped.
There were two major primary reasons that organizers ended the Trans Am championship -
automotive manufacturers were no longer supporting the series and there was a lack of interest among the competitors.
The championship was revived in 2009 with sponsorship from Muscle Milk, a company owned by former series champion Gregg Pickett. The cars were prepared using the Sports Car Club of America’s GT1 rules to keep costs down and encourage amateur racers to participate.
The basic specs for a Trans-Am series prepared car is a tube frame chassis fitted with a stock-appearing body with some modifications. The engines are a 358-cu.in. V8 with 13:1 compression. The induction system uses a Holley 390 four-barrel carburetor; this combination produces 700-800 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm. The cars are also equipped with a five-speed transmission. The minimum vehicle weight is 2,800-lbs. without fuel or the driver.
The 2010 season consisted of ten rounds - opening in May at New Jersey Motorsports Park and ending at Road Atlanta. Teams were initially slated to compete in an eighth event at Bluegrass Motorsports Park, but it was cancelled.
Round four of the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series was held at Road America. Drivers would compete in a twenty-three-lap contest around the fourteen-turn 4.048-mile road course.
|Tony Ave, driving the No. 4 Ave Racing Chevrolet Corvette, leads a field of eighteen starters into Road America's turn three for round four of the 2010 Trans-Am Series. Behind Ave is the third fastest qualifier, Tomy Drissi, driving the No. 5 Jaguar XKR. They are followed by the Chevrolet Corvette of RJ Lopez. The No. 81 Corvette of the second-place starter, Michael Skeen, has already fallen off the place.|
|Tony Ave had a difficult start to the year. He qualified on the pole for round one and led early before finishing third. At Mosport, Ave finished fourth after developing an issue with the motor. However, it appeared that his season was about to change with a victory at Miller Motorsports Park. At Road America, the driver of the No. 4 Ave Racing Chevrolet Corvette went flag-to-flag for a second consecutive win.|
|Finishing 1.474-seconds behind the winner, Tony Ave, was RJ Lopez. This was Lopez's fourth podium result in as many starts. He put the No. 6 Disco 106 / ECR Engines Chevrolet Corvette fourth on the starting grid at Road America. During the race, Lopez was battling with the third-fastest qualifier and defending series champion, Tomy Drissi. However, the pressure was lifted when Drissi retired on lap-22.|
|Amy Ruman qualified in the sixth position driving the No. 23 McNichols / Goodyear / Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette. On the race's third lap, she spun in turn fourteen and dropped to the rear of the field. Ruman began her charge and was in fifth place by lap-15. On the final circuit, Ruman passed Rick Dittman for fourth and when Tomy Drissi's Jaguar stopped on course, she earned the last position on the podium.|
|There was more bad luck for the defending Trans-Am Champion, Tomy Drissi, at Road America. Drissi opened the season with a victory and finished second at Miller Motorsports Park, but at Mosport, he only completed one lap. Drissi was the third fastest in the qualifying session for round four. He battled with RJ Lopez during the race; however, on the final lap, Drissi had a mechanical problem and finished eighth.|
|The podium for round four of the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series at Road America. The championship points leader and winner, Tony Ave, stands in the center for the second consecutive time this season. Standing on the left is RJ Lopez, who collected his fourth successive rostrum result and finished second. Completing the podium is Amy Ruman. This was her second career Trans-Am rostrum.|
|1||1||Tony Ave||Chevrolet Corvette||Tony Ave Racing||23||-|
|2||4||RJ Lopez||Chevrolet Corvette||ECR Engines||23||-|
|3||6||Amy Ruman||Chevrolet Corvette||Cenweld Corp/McNichols||23||-|
|4||8||Rick Dittman||Chevrolet Corvette||Rick Dittman Enterprises||23||-|
|5||16||John Schaller||Chevrolet Camaro||Central Power Distributors||23||-|
|6||7||Simon Gregg||Chevrolet Corvette||Derhaag Motorpsorts||23||-|
|7||15||Denny Lamers||Ford Mustang||Stumpf Ford/Lamers Racing||23||-|
|8||3||Tomy Drissi||Jaguar XKR||Rocketsports Racing||22||Mechanical|
|9||9||Daniel Ramoutarsingh||Jaguar XKR||Trinico Steel & Wire Products||22||Mechanical|
|10||13||Jim Bradley||Chevrolet Corvette||Optical One||22||-|
|11||11||Kevin Rich||Ford Mustang||Cleaning System Specialist||21||Mechanical|
|12||17||Daniel Parr||Chevrolet Corvette||Creative Business Interiors||21||-|
|13||18||Buddy Cisar||Chevrolet Camaro||Mike's Classic Cars||20||-|
|14||14||Doug Harrington||Chevrolet Corvette||PinnacleAutosports.com||16||Mechanical|
|15||10||Terry Giles||Chevrolet Corvette||Powerhouse Racing/ECR Engines||9||Mechanical|
|16||2||Mike Skeen||Chevrolet Corvette||Baker Manufacturing||7||Mechanical|
|17||12||David Fersthand||Oldsmobile Cutlass||Fersthand Race Prepared||7||Mechanical|
|18||5||Cliff Ebben||Ford Mustang||Stumpf Ford/Lamers Racing||5||Mechanical|
|19||19||Kyle Kelley||Chevrolet Camaro||Apex/Upracing.com||0||Did Not Start|
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