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 ten for the TA2 category of the 2023 Trans Am Championship presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers was held at Watkins Glen International. Drivers would compete in a thirty-lap contest around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course.
The first of two qualifying sessions was completed when on track incidents and impending fog forced series officials to set the grid based on practice times.
The race was scheduled to be thirty-laps. However, it became a timed event due to many caution periods. The leaders completed twenty-nine-laps.
|Thirty-seven competitors charge into Watkins Glen Internationals corner two for round ten of the 2023 Trans Am 2 Championship presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers. The third fastest qualifier, Thomas Annunziata, leads the field in the No. 90 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang. Just behind Annunziata is the No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro driven by the pole-sitter Connor Zilisch. Beside Zilisch is Rafa Matos.|
|The championship leader, Brent Crews, set the second fastest time in qualifying driving the No. 25 Franklin Road / Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. On race day, teams had to decide whether to start on slick or wet tires. Crews Mustang was fitted with slicks. On the wet track, he fell to fifth, but the rain stopped. Crews began to move forward and crossed the finish line in second. However, the winner, Connor Zilisch, was disqualified, giving the victory to Crews.|
|TA2 newcomer Austin Green led the Wilwood Rookie standings heading into round ten. Green made an impressive debut with a runner-up result at Sebring. Since the opening race, the No. 89 3-Dimensional Services Ford Mustang driver has had mixed results. At Watkins Glen, Green started sixth and was fourth at the checker. However, with the disqualification of Connor Zilisch and Nathan Herne, he was awarded second.|
|Another driver benefitting from the disqualification of Zilisch and Herne was Dillon Machavern. Machavern returned to the series full-time after spending the last three years competing in IMSAs Michelin Pilot Challenge. His 2023 record included a third place at Mid-Ohio, but he also had a pair of twenty-eighth-place finishes at Road America and Nashville. Machavern inherited third after starting fifteenth.|
|The two-time TA2 champion Rafa Matos started the season with three podium finishes, one of which was a victory. Despite some setbacks, Matos is second in the points chase. At Watkins Glen, he was gridded fourth driving the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang. He started the race on rain tires but changed to slicks on lap-6. Matos charged to the front and was credited with a fourth-place finish.|
|Connor Zilisch drove the No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Zilisch was fourth in the standings with victories at Road Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville. At Watkins Glen, he was fastest in practice and started on the pole. He took control of the race and despite several cautions, Zilisch crossed the finish line first. However, his car and that of Nathan Herne failed the post-race technical inspection due to an engine height violation.|
|A driver having a miserable weekend was Thomas Merrill. Merrill was the 2018 TA2 West Coast Champion and won the National title in 2022. He races the No. 26 Bennett / HP Tuners / Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. Merrill had issues throughout practice and was gridded eighteenth for round ten. However, the problems persisted into the race and he finished thirty-fifth. However, Merrill remains fourth in the points chase.|
|How the TA2 podium looked for round ten of the 2023 Trans Am Championship at Watkins Glen International before the technical disqualifications. In the center is Connor Zilisch, the first to cross the finish line. However, his car failed the engine height rule during the post-race inspection. The victory was awarded to Brent Crews, standing on the left. Nathan Herne was disqualified for the same infraction.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||2||TA2||Brent Crews||Gearwrench / Ford Mustang||29|
|2||6||TA2||Austin Green||3-Dimensional Services / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|3||15||TA2||Dillon Machavern||SLR-M1 Race Cars / Ford Mustang||29|
|4||4||TA2||Rafa Matos||3-Dimensional Services / Ford Mustang||29|
|5||35||TA2||Thad Moffit||SLR-M1 Race Cars / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|6||7||TA2||Adam Andretti||Ultimate Headers / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|7||36||TA2||Chris Durbin||Amsoil / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|8||27||TA2||Keith Prociuk||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||29|
|9||11||TA2||Darin Mock||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||29|
|10||32||TA2||Jim Gallaugher||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||28|
|11||21||TA2||Barry Boes||Accio Data / Chevrolet Camaro||28|
|12||22||TA2||Michele Abbate||Lucas Oil / Ford Mustang||28|
|13||29||TA2||Doug Winston||Bring Back The Trades / Ford Mustang||28|
|14||26||TA2||Parker Delong||Mike Cope Race Cars / Ford Mustang||27|
|15||16||TA2||Caleb Bacon||Bacon Development / Ford Mustang||27|
|16||37||TA2||Luke Rumburg||Rumcastle Racing / Ford Mustang||27|
|17||33||TA2||Ty Young||Ty J Young Wealth Management / Ford Mustang||27|
|18||31||TA2||Bruce Raymond||Optima Batteries / Ford Mustang||27|
|19||14||TA2||Ben Maier||Silver Hare Racing / Ford Mustang||26|
|20||28||TA2||Cale Phillips||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||26|
|21||30||TA2||Bruce Nesbitt||Orion Motorsports / Ford Mustang||26|
|22||12||TA2||Misha Goikhberg||BC Race Cars / Ford Mustang||25|
|23||34||TA2||Richard Ruckh||Team 7 Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||25|
|24||10||TA2||Boris Said Jr||3-Dimensional Services Group / Chevrolet Camaro||23|
|25||20||TA2||Doug Peterson||3-Dimensional Services Group / Ford Mustang||23|
|26||23||TA2||John Weisberg||Iron Smoke/BERG / Chevrolet Camaro||22|
|27||19||TA2||Josh Sarchet||CUBE 3 / Ford Mustang||22|
|28||9||TA2||Evan Slater||Franklin Road Apparel / Chevrolet Camaro||22|
|29||24||TA2||Eric Cayton||Ray Skillman Auto Group / Chevrolet Camaro||20|
|30||8||TA2||Robert Noaker III||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||20|
|31||5||TA2||Adrian Wlostowski||AMT Motorsport / Ford Mustang||19|
|32||25||TA2||Tom Sheehan||LTK Insulation / Ford Mustang||19|
|33||3||TA2||Thomas Annunziata||Nitro Motorsports / Ford Mustang||17|
|34||17||TA2||Jade Buford||Big Machine Spiked Vodka Coolers / Ford Mustang||14|
|35||18||TA2||Thomas Merrill||Mike Cope RaceCars / Ford Mustang||14|
|DQ||1||TA2||Connor Zilisch||Silver Hare Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||29|
|DQ||13||TA2||Nathan Herne||Berryman / Ford Mustang||29|
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