ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – official release — Chris Clark photo — Doug Peterson emerged victorious from the VP Small Engine Fuels 100 Miles of Madness at Road America, Round Six of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, outlasting Amy Ruman, Cliff Ebben and Tony Ave in what was a tight leader’s group in the TA Class.
Likewise, in TA2, Cameron Lawrence endured what became an endurance race on the fabled Wisconsin track with challenges from Adam Andretti and Joe Ebben.
“I’m just glad we got the win,” said Peterson. “Amy made her move right before we went under yellow the first time, and I kept pace with her and waited for an opening. The car set up was perfect—and it needed to be, I had to race every green lap as hard as I could.”
The race started at 6:30 p.m. CDT after the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide race at Road America. The day began with Peterson on pole in the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette followed closely by Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, and Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang.
The TA2 race began with similar fervor as both Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 ECC Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, and Joe Ebben, in the No. 14 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, closed the gap on leader Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 1 Trick Titanium Chevrolet Camaro, at one time going through turn five three wide with no apparent leader.
Come lap three, Andretti made his move, overtaking Lawrence for the lead, and then, only two laps later, Ebben did likewise moving up to second and pushing the defending TA2 Champion, Lawrence, back to third.
The course went green again at the beginning of the lap 14 and Peterson capitalized shortly thereafter, moving up into first. Meanwhile, Tony Ave, in the No. 04 Roehrig Enders Suspension Chevrolet Corvette, continued making his way up the field from his starting position of 16th, eventually moving up to third after the restart.
Ave followed Peterson up until lap 23, when the No. 36 of Ebben overtook him for second position, a spot Ebben managed to hold for the final two laps as Peterson, Ebben and Ave crossed the finish line one-two-three.
John Baucom, in the No. 86 Baucom Motorsports/ Roadraceparts.com Ford Mustang, would finish fourth and Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, finished fifth.
Amy Ruman would work her way back up through the field, finishing sixth.
Peterson now has a 14 point lead over Ruman, with 167 points to her 153. Simon Gregg continues to hold third with 143 points.
In TA2, Lawrence overcame Andretti for the lead during the 12th lap, after the restart as well, and managed to hold on for the remaining 13 laps, but it wasn’t an easy feat.
“It was a fun race, but at the same time this was probably the hardest TA2 race for me to date,” said Lawrence.