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 2023, 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 six of the 2023 Trans Am Championship for TA2 competitors was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in a forty-five-lap contest around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.
|Thirty-two Trans Am 2 competitors head into the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course's 'Esses' for round six of the 2023 Trans Am Championship. The pole-sitter, Rafa Matos, is at the front of the field in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Ford Mustang. Immediately behind Matos is the fourth fastest qualifier, Dillon Machavern driving the No. 17 SLR-M1 Race Cars Ford Mustang. Next to Machavern is the No. 8 Camaro of Carson Kvapil.|
|For 2023 the two-time (2018 and 2021) Trans Am 2 champion, Rafa Matos, returned to the 3-Dimensional Services team driving the No. 88 Ford Mustang. Matos won the opening round of the season at Sebring. However, he finished outside the top-ten at Lime Rock. Mid-Ohio would be a perfect weekend for Matos. He qualified on the pole and led the race flag-to-flag. The victory ties him with Cameron Lawrence for the most TA2 wins.|
|The runner-up at Mid-Ohio was Brent Crews. After five rounds, Crews had two podium finishes, of which both were victories. Combined with his other results, he leads the championship standings. Crews drove the No. 70 Franklin Road / Mobil 1 sponsored Ford Mustang and was sixth fastest in qualifying. By lap-12 of the race, Crews overtook Dillon Machavern and sixteen circuits later, he passed Carson Kvapil for his second-place result.|
|Dillon Machavern was a regular in the Trans Am series, but for the last three seasons, he has been focused on the Grand Sport division of IMSA's Michelin Pilot Challenge. This year he competed with the SLR-M1 Race Cars team and drove the No. 17 Ford Mustang at Mid-Ohio. Machavern qualified fourth. In the race, he earned the final step on the rostrum. His last TA2 podium result was in 2021 at Lime Rock Park.|
|The No. 26 HP Tuners / Mike Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang is driven by Thomas Merrill. Merrill has ten Trans Am 2 victories and won the class title in 2022. His best results this season were a runner-up result at Road Atlanta and a third-place finish at Detroit, which puts him second in the title chase. After qualifying, Merrill was gridded fifth and finished fourth in the race, allowing him to maintain his position in the standings.|
|Carson Kvapil made an impressive Tran Am 2 debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kvapil is the son of 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil. He is a regular in the Cars Tour for Pro Late Model stock cars and is second in the standing with one win. Kvapil qualified third in the No. 8 SLR-M1 Race Cars Chevrolet Camaro. He ran as high as second during the race before finishing in the fifth spot.|
|Driving the No. 23 CUBE 3 / Berryman Ford Mustang was young Australian Nathan Herne. Herne enters this season's Trans Am 2 category with an impressive racing resume. He is the 2021 and 2022 Australian Trans Am Series champion. Since arriving in North America, Herne's best result is a runner-up result at NOLA Motorsports Park. He qualified tenth for round six and moved up the order to finish in sixth place.|
|The podium for round six of the 2023 Trans Am 2 Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Standing in the center is the winner, Rafa Matos. The victory moved the two-time series champion to third in the title hunt. Standing on the left is the current points leader and the runner-up, Brent Crews. The final position on the podium is occupied by Dillon Machavern. This was his first podium since 2021 at Lime Rock Park.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TA2||Rafa Matos||3-Dimensional Services / Ford Mustang||45|
|2||6||TA2||Brent Crews||Gearwrench / Ford Mustang||45|
|3||4||TA2||Dillon Machavern||SLR-M1 Race Cars / Ford Mustang||45|
|4||5||TA2||Thomas Merrill||Mike Cope RaceCars / Ford Mustang||45|
|5||3||TA2||Carson Kvapil||SLR-M1 Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||45|
|6||10||TA2||Nathan Herne||Berryman / Ford Mustang||45|
|7||17||TA2||Adam Andretti||Ultimate Headers / Chevrolet Camaro||45|
|8||11||TA2||Austin Green||3-Dimensional Services / Chevrolet Camaro||45|
|9||12||TA2||Jade Buford||Big Machine Spiked Vodka Coolers / Ford Mustang||45|
|10||14||TA2||Darin Mock||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||45|
|11||15||TA2||Caleb Bacon||Bacon Development / Ford Mustang||45|
|12||23||TA2||Boris Said Jr||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||45|
|13||22||TA2||Barry Boes||Accio Data / Chevrolet Camaro||44|
|14||9||TA2||Josh Sarchet||CUBE 3 / Ford Mustang||44|
|15||29||TA2||Jeff Birdwell||Hartman Davidson / Ford Mustang||44|
|16||24||TA2||Cale Phillips||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||44|
|17||8||TA2||Will Rodgers||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||44|
|18||31||TA2||Michele Abbate||Lucas Oil / Chevrolet Camaro||44|
|19||20||TA2||Chris Durbin||Amsoil / Chevrolet Camaro||44|
|20||7||TA2||Adrian Wlostowski||AMT Motorsport / Ford Mustang||43|
|21||26||TA2||Ty Young||Ty J Young Wealth Management / Ford Mustang||43|
|22||30||TA2||William Moore||Swift Filters / Chevrolet Camaro||42|
|23||18||TA2||Ben Maier||Silver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||41|
|24||19||TA2||Tom Sheehan||LTK Insulation / Ford Mustang||40|
|25||32||TA2||Doug Peterson||3-Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||34|
|26||21||TA2||Jim Gallaugher||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||32|
|27||27||TA2||Eric Cayton||Ray Skillman Auto Group / Chevrolet Camaro||30|
|28||16||TA2||Keith Prociuk||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||27|
|29||13||TA2||Thad Moffit||SLR-M1 Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||22|
|30||25||TA2||Parker Delong||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||11|
|31||28||TA2||Luke Rumburg||Rumcastle Racing / Ford Mustang||7|
|32||2||TA2||Connor Zilisch||Silver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||0|
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