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.
Since the end of the 1979 season, when Category I and II were eliminated, only one class has been competing in the series. As of 2012, there are three categories – Trans-Am, Trans-Am 2 and Global GT.
The 2012 season consisted of ten rounds - opening in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and ending at Road Atlanta. Brainerd International Raceway and Road Atlanta hosted doubleheader weekends.
Round three of the 2012 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in a 100-mile contest around the 2.258-mile thirteen-turn road course.
|In the previous round at Lime Rock Park, the series veteran Simon Gregg qualified third, but when the checkered flag flew was in the top spot. The win marked Gregg’s first Trans-Am victory. At Mid-Ohio, he was gridded fourth for the start of the contest. Gregg inherited two positions during the race when Tony Ave and Doug Peterson retired. A pass on Amy Ruman resulted in his second win and the series point lead.|
|The defending TA2 champion, Bob Stretch, finished second in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. But, he got his title aspirations back on track with a class victory at Lime Rock Park. The No. 98 Fix Rim Mobile Wheel Repair Chevrolet Camaro driver qualified on the category pole at Mid-Ohio. Stretch went unchallenged in the race and moved from seventh overall to fourth-place at the checker.|
|Last year, Amy Ruman made Trans-Am history in the final round at Road Atlanta by becoming the first woman to win a series event. During the offseason, she purchased a Chevrolet Corvette C6, built by the multi-time series championship-winning team Rocketsports. After two races, Ruman had sixth and third-place finishes. At Mid-Ohio, she qualified third fastest but lost a position to Simon Gregg and finished second.|
|The Cteck Chargers team ran TA2 Chevrolet Camaros for road racing veterans Pete Halsmer and Mike Miller. Unfortunately, a pre-existing back problem prevented Halsmer from competing in round three. The team’s honour rested on the shoulders of Miller in the No. 11 Camaro. He qualified twelfth overall and second in class. During the race, a pass on TA2 competitor John Atwell gave Miller a runner-up result.|
|TA2 competitor Gregg Rodgers competed in just one event last season and finished eighteenth in the final category standings. Rodgers drove the No. 33 Pinnacle Autosports.com Chevrolet Camaro. During the qualifying session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he was thirteenth fastest and fourth in his class. Like Mike Miller, he passed John Atwell during the race and earned the final position on the TA2 podium.|
|Denny Lamers was an SCCA amateur competitor and a Runoffs regular. He finished fifth last year in the National Championship at Road America, driving the No.66 Lamers Racing Ford Mustang. Lamers made his first start of the season at Mid-Ohio. He recorded the fifth fastest time during qualifying. Like Gregg and Ruman, Lamers was a beneficiary of Ave and Peterson’s troubles and finished third.|
|1||4||Simon Gregg||TA||Chevrolet Corvette||45||-|
|2||3||Amy Ruman||TA||Chevrolet Corvette||45||-|
|3||5||Denny Lamers||TA||Ford Mustang||44||-|
|4||7||Bob Stretch||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||44||-|
|5||12||Pete Halsmer||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||43||-|
|6||13||Gregg Rodgers||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||43||-|
|7||11||John Atwell||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||41||-|
|8||18||Jan Heylen||GTT||Dodge Challenger||40||-|
|9||15||Mel Shaw||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||40||-|
|10||19||Chuck Cassaro||GTT||Panoz GT||34||-|
|11||10||Michael Wilson||TA2||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||31||-|
|12||14||Joe Sturm||TA2||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||23||Mechanical|
|13||6||Jonathan Brett||TA||Chevrolet Corvette||15||Electrical|
|14||8||Tom Sheehan||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||7||Electrical|
|15||2||Doug Peterson||TA||Chevrolet Corvette||6||Mechanical|
|16||1||Tony Ave||TA||Chevrolet Corvette||5||Drive Line|
|17||9||Kurt Roerhig||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||1||Mechnical|
|18||16||Pete Halsmer||TA2||Chevrolet Camaro||0||Did Not Start|
|19||17||Cameron Lawrence||TA2||Chevrolet Impala SS||0||Did Not Start|
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