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

  • February 24-27 - Sebring International Raceway
  • March 17-20 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • March 24-27 – Road Atlanta
  • April 22- 24 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • April 30-May 1 – Sonoma Raceway
  • May 27-30 – Lime Rock Park
  • June 23-26 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • July 1-3 – Road America
  • August 5-6 – Big Machine Music City Grand Prix (TA2 only)
  • September 7-11 – Watkins Glen International
  • October 6-9 – VIRginia International Raceway
  • November 4-6 – Circuit of the Americas

Trans Am West Coast Championship

  • April 9-10 – Thunderhill Raceway
  • April 22- 24 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • April 30-May 1 – Sonoma Raceway
  • June 10-12 – The Ridge Motorsports Park
  • July 15-17 – Portland International Raceway
  • October 14-16 – Utah Motorsports Campus
  • November 4-6 – Circuit of the Americas

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.

  • Trans Am (TA) – This is the series' quickest class. These tube-frame race cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 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, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Challenger.
  • Trans Am 2 (TA2) – These are also tube-frame chassis cars. Unlike the TA category, these vehicles use electronic fuel injection and intake restrictor plates to limit the horsepower to approximately 490. To keep expenses down, the series officials set the maximum price for shock absorbers, wheels, brake pads, and calipers. For example, shock absorbers are limited to $850 each. 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 Dodge Challenger are also eligible.
  • Xtreme Grand Touring (XGT) – This class was created to give former FIA GT3 cars a place to race. The category is open to a wide range of GT3 vehicles - Audi R8 LMS, Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup, Mercedes AMG GT3 and Chevrolet Corvette.
  • Super Grand Touring (SGT) – In 2019, TA3 was renamed SGT and included many production-based vehicles. Unlike TA and TA2, which are restricted to North American models, European manufacturers may compete in this division. As a result, the list of vehicles eligible for SGT is long and ranges from the BMW M3 to the Dodge Viper. Some cars are fitted with restrictor plates or carry additional weight to maintain parity.
  • Grand Touring (GT) – The Grand Touring was previously called TA4. A wide range of European and American vehicles are also eligible to compete in this group – the list is not as lengthy as the Super Grand Touring category. This is viewed as an entry-level category that only allows limited preparation. To equalize performance, some cars may carry additional weight or the engine may be fitted with a restrictor place.

Round ten of the 2022 TA2 Driver’s Championship was held at Watkins Glen International. Drivers would compete in a thirty-lap contest around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course in an event receiving support from Franklin Road Apparel Classic.

A field of forty-two TA2 competitors heads to Watkins Glen International’s corner two for round ten of the championship. The third fastest qualifier, Thomas Merrill, is in the lead, driving the No. 26 Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. Behind Merrill is Connor Mosack, who won the pole in the No. 28 M1 Race Cars Ford Mustang. Next to Mosack is a former Trans Am champion, Cameron Lawrence driving the No. 6 Chevrolet Camaro.
Connor Mosack qualified fastest for round ten in the No. 28 M1 Race Cars Ford Mustang. This was Mosack’s fourth pole of the 2022 season. At the start of the thirty-lap contest, he lost the lead to the second-place starter, Thomas Merrill. Mosack moved to the top spot on lap-17 only to lose it eight circuits later. We four laps to go, he retook the lead and captured his first win of the year.
Thomas Merrill qualified third quickest at Watkins Glen International. However, he inherited the outside of the front row when the 3Dimensional Services Group decided to change the tires on Mike Skeen’s Mustang, who was scheduled to start second. Merrill had a great start in the No. No. 26 Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. He and the eventual winner, Connor Mosack, swapped the lead before Merrill finished second.
The TA2 points leader heading into round ten was Rafa Matos. His 2022 record included three podium visits, two of which were victories. The defending class champion piloted the No. 88 3Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang. Matos qualified sixth quickest but was elevated to the fifth starting spot when his teammate was penalized for changing tires. He moved into third early and held the position to the checker.
Mike Skeen gave a spectacular performance after starting from the rear. Skeen was scheduled to start the thirty-lap contest on the outside of the front row. However, Trans Am rules dictate that if a team chooses to change tires before the race, the driver must start at the back of the field. Driving the No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang, Skeen was gridded thirty-eighth and charged to a fourth-place finish.
The top-finishing Wilwood TA2 Rookie at Watkins Glen International was Brent Crews. Crews had amassed quite a record heading into round ten. He had back-to-back victories at Road America and Nashville. Combined with three additional podium results, Crews was fourth in the overall standings. He qualified eighth in the No. 70 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang and finished in the fifth position.
The TA2 category has an additional class called Pro/Am Challenge. This crossover division is for drivers competing in Trans Am and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National races. Competitors planning to participate in the SCCA Runoffs can count two Tran Am races as prerequisites for qualifying for the event staged at Virginia International Raceway. Danny Bender won Pro/Am at Watkins Glen.
The podium for round ten of the 2022 TA2 category for the Franklin Road Apparel Classic at Watkins Glen International. In the center and winning for the first time in 2022 is Connor Mosack. On the left side of the rostrum is the runner-up, Thomas Merrill. The final position on the podium belongs to the points leader, Rafa Matos. The finishing order tightened up the championship chase.

11TA2Connor MosackM1 Race Cars / Ford Mustang30
22TA2Thomas MerrillCope Race Cars / Ford Mustang30
35TA2Rafa Matos3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang30
438TA2Mike Skeen3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang30
58TA2Brent CrewsNitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang30
67TA2Dillon Machavern/M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro30
713TA2Robert NoakerRobert Noaker Racing / Ford Mustang30
811TA2Austin GreenFranklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro30
99TA2Scott BorchettaBig Machine Spiked Vodka Coolers / Ford Mustang30
1017TA2Jesse LoveNitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang30
114TA2Connor ZilischSilver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro30
1218TA2Dylan ArcherFPEC / Ford Mustang30
1312TA2Adam Andretti3Dimensional Services / Ford Mustang30
1414TA2Keith ProciukHP Tuners / Ford Mustang30
1521TA2Darin MockAAN Adjusters / Ford Mustang30
1625TA2Rhett BarkauMPEC / Dodge Challenger30
1743TA2Danny BenderBravo Trailers / Chevrolet Camaro30
1842TA2Michele AbbateBC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro30
1924TA2John AtwellA&J Lab Portal / Chevrolet Camaro30
2015TA2Barry BoesAccio Data / Ford Mustang30
2119TA2Elias AndersonAccio Data / Ford Mustang30
2227TA2Ricky / Chevrolet Camaro30
2332TA2Maurice HullSilver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro30
2420TA2Doug Peterson3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang30
2534TA2William MooreSwift Filters / Chevrolet Camaro30
2626TA2Ty YoungTy J Young Wealth Management / Ford Mustang29
2733TA2Michael Attaway/Jackson Grading / Chevrolet Camaro29
2830TA2Chris DurbinFlyin' Wrenchz Racing / Chevolet Camaro28
2940TA2Tom SheehanLTK Insulation Technologies / Ford Mustang28
3041TA2Doug Winston/TimberlandPro / Ford Mustang27
3110TA2Evan SlaterCube 3 Architecture / Ford Mustang25
3216TA2Adrian WlostowskAMT Motorsport / Ford Mustang23
3339TA2Misha GoikhbergBC Race Cars / Ford Mustang19
3428TA2Jim GallaugherWaypointe / Ford Mustang18
3537TA2Tyler KiceraTurn 14 Distribution / Chevrolet Camaro13
363TA2Cameron LawrenceFranklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro8
3729TA2Chad ChristensonForester Pontoons / Ford Mustang8
3835TA2Jim GuthrieCobra Automotive / Ford Mustang6
3922TA2Roberto Sabato6th Gear Garage / Ford Mustang4
406TA2Justin MarksM1 Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro2
4123TA2Chris LeisfeldM1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro0
4331TA2Bruce RaymondOptima Batteries / Ford Mustang0
DNS36TA2Mark KetenciKetenci Racing / Ford Mustang-

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