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 cars prepared to the Sports Car Club of America's GT1 rules to keep costs down and encourage amateur racers to participate.

In 2011, series officials introduced a new category and cars were classified as Trans-Am 1 or Trans-Am 2.

  • Trans Am 1 (TA1) This is the series quickest class. These tube-frame race cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 366-cu.in. pushrod V8 engine, which produces over 850-horsepower. From a technological standpoint, the vehicles are kept relatively simple no superchargers, turbochargers, anti-lock braking systems or traction control. The body styles used are the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Jaguar XKR and Chevrolet Corvette.
  • Trans Am 2 (TA2) These are also tube-frame chassis cars. Unlike the TA1 category, these vehicles use electronic fuel injection and intake restrictor plates to limit the horsepower to approximately 490. The series officials set the maximum price for shock absorbers, wheels, brake pads, and calipers to keep expenses down. This category is also restricted to using a four-speed manual transmission with no overdrive. Teams are also prohibited from using superchargers, turbochargers, anti-lock braking systems or traction control. The most common body style is the Chevrolet Camaro, but the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Monte Carlo are also eligible.

The 2011 nine-race schedule kicked off in March at Sebring International Raceway and concluded the last weekend of September at Road Atlanta.

  • March 16-18 - Sebring International Raceway
  • April 30 - May1 - Miller Motorsports Park
  • May 13-15 - Virginia International Raceway
  • May 20-22 - Mosport International Raceway
  • August 5-7 - Trois-Rivieres
  • August 18-20 - Road America
  • September 2-4 - Brainerd International Raceway
  • September 28-30 - Road Atlanta

Round four of the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series was held at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would compete in a 100-mile contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

After three rounds, the defending SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series champion, Tony Ave, led the points chase. Ave lost the season's first race at Sebring to RJ Lopez but was victorious at Utah and Virginia. He put the No. 4 Lamers Racing / Optech / PME Chevrolet Corvette at Mosport International Raceway on the pole. The initial start of the race was red-flagged. On the restart, Ave went flag-to-flag for the win.
Local racer Blaise Csida earned his first podium result last year with a third-place finish at Mosport International Raceway. Csida, driving the No. 07 Gateway Racing prepared Chevrolet Corvette, was gridded on the outside of the front row for the 100-mile contest. He chased the leader, Tony Ave, but could not match his pace. Csida crossed the finish line 14.961-seconds behind the winner in second place.
Amy Ruman delivered some spectacular performances last season, but she was having challenges in her first two races this year. Ruman finished seventeenth in the opener at Sebring and thirteenth at Virginia. In Canada, she qualified sixth in the No. 23 Chevrolet Corvette. During the race, Ruman passed Simon Gregg and inherited two positions due to the opening lap accident. She earned the final spot on the podium.
There were two Trans-Am 2 cars entered in round four at Mosport International Raceway. The No. 32 Quality Auto Repair Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Bill Prietzel and Bob Stretch drove the No. 98 Wheels America Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Stretch dominated the weekend. He qualified on the class pole and started eleventh overall. Despite engine problems during the race, Stretch claimed the category win.
Series veteran Simon Gregg drove the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Corvette. Gregg entered round four with a 2011 record that included third-place finishes at Miller Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway. He was the third fastest during the qualifying session at Mosport International Raceway. Gregg was passed by Amy Ruman in the race and finished fourth but was still second in the standings.
The podium for round four of the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series at Mosport International Raceway. Standing in the center is the reigning Trans-Am champion and the winner of round four, Tony Ave. On the left side of the rostrum is a local racer, Blaise Csida, who collected a runner-up result, his best series finish. The third-place finisher, Amy Ruman, occupies the podium's final position.

FIN.STARTDRIVERCARENTRANTLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Tony AveChevrolet CorvetteLamers/Beebe Racing41-
22Blaise CsidaChevrolet CorvetteGateway Racing41-
36Amy RumanChevrolet CorvetteMcNichols/Cenweld41-
43Simon GreggChevrolet CorvetteDerhaag Motorpsorts41-
59David JansFord MustangWorld Information Systems38-
611Bob StretchChevrolet CamaroWheels America Racing37-
710Jonathan BrettChevrolet CorvetteTime Warp Racing36-
813Bill PrietzelChevrolet Monte CarloQuality Auto Repair Inc.36-
912Greg CliftonChevrolet CamaroClifton & Associates28Mechanical
107John BaucomFord MustangBaucom Motorsports26Mechanical
114Daniel RamoutarsinghJaguar XKRTrinico Steel & Wire Products0Accident
125Ian PattersonChevrolet CorvetteGateway Racing0Accident
138Elmer ShannonChevrolet CorvetteGateway Racing0Accident


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