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
Trans Am West Coast Championship
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.
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.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TA2||Connor Mosack||M1 Race Cars / Ford Mustang||30|
|2||2||TA2||Thomas Merrill||Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||30|
|3||5||TA2||Rafa Matos||3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||30|
|4||38||TA2||Mike Skeen||3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||30|
|5||8||TA2||Brent Crews||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||30|
|6||7||TA2||Dillon Machavern||/M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|7||13||TA2||Robert Noaker||Robert Noaker Racing / Ford Mustang||30|
|8||11||TA2||Austin Green||Franklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|9||9||TA2||Scott Borchetta||Big Machine Spiked Vodka Coolers / Ford Mustang||30|
|10||17||TA2||Jesse Love||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||30|
|11||4||TA2||Connor Zilisch||Silver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|12||18||TA2||Dylan Archer||FPEC / Ford Mustang||30|
|13||12||TA2||Adam Andretti||3Dimensional Services / Ford Mustang||30|
|14||14||TA2||Keith Prociuk||HP Tuners / Ford Mustang||30|
|15||21||TA2||Darin Mock||AAN Adjusters / Ford Mustang||30|
|16||25||TA2||Rhett Barkau||MPEC / Dodge Challenger||30|
|17||43||TA2||Danny Bender||Bravo Trailers / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|18||42||TA2||Michele Abbate||BC Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|19||24||TA2||John Atwell||A&J Lab Portal / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|20||15||TA2||Barry Boes||Accio Data / Ford Mustang||30|
|21||19||TA2||Elias Anderson||Accio Data / Ford Mustang||30|
|22||27||TA2||Ricky Sanders||Pitboxes.com / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|23||32||TA2||Maurice Hull||Silver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|24||20||TA2||Doug Peterson||3Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||30|
|25||34||TA2||William Moore||Swift Filters / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|26||26||TA2||Ty Young||Ty J Young Wealth Management / Ford Mustang||29|
|27||33||TA2||Michael Attaway||/Jackson Grading / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|28||30||TA2||Chris Durbin||Flyin' Wrenchz Racing / Chevolet Camaro||28|
|29||40||TA2||Tom Sheehan||LTK Insulation Technologies / Ford Mustang||28|
|30||41||TA2||Doug Winston||/TimberlandPro / Ford Mustang||27|
|31||10||TA2||Evan Slater||Cube 3 Architecture / Ford Mustang||25|
|32||16||TA2||Adrian Wlostowsk||AMT Motorsport / Ford Mustang||23|
|33||39||TA2||Misha Goikhberg||BC Race Cars / Ford Mustang||19|
|34||28||TA2||Jim Gallaugher||Waypointe / Ford Mustang||18|
|35||37||TA2||Tyler Kicera||Turn 14 Distribution / Chevrolet Camaro||13|
|36||3||TA2||Cameron Lawrence||Franklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro||8|
|37||29||TA2||Chad Christenson||Forester Pontoons / Ford Mustang||8|
|38||35||TA2||Jim Guthrie||Cobra Automotive / Ford Mustang||6|
|39||22||TA2||Roberto Sabato||6th Gear Garage / Ford Mustang||4|
|40||6||TA2||Justin Marks||M1 Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||2|
|41||23||TA2||Chris Leisfeld||M1 Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro||0|
|43||31||TA2||Bruce Raymond||Optima Batteries / Ford Mustang||0|
|DNS||36||TA2||Mark Ketenci||Ketenci Racing / Ford Mustang||-|
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