TRANS AM: Expanded Field Heads to Road America

RaceChaser Staff Midwest, Road Racing 0 Comments

MIAMI – official release — When the Trans Am Series returns to Road America on June 21 for Round Six of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, it will do so with a 50-car field in tow.

It’s the largest to visit the Wisconsin track under the Trans Am banner since 1977.

Now as the Series joins the likes of NASCAR Nationwide and Pirelli World Challenge, it will do so with all three classes in full force—including a record high entry for the TA3 class.

“We’re very pleased with the turnout for Road America,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Race Company.

“This is one of those tracks that is synonymous with the name Trans Am and that resonates with fans of the Series everywhere. Every year that Trans Am has run a full season, we’ve had a race here, at Road America; it’s important for us to not only maintain that tradition, but continue to grow on it.”

Along with the crucial points in their respective championship chases, drivers will be competing for what only a select number of drivers in the Series’ history have accomplished — a Trans Am win at Road America and the chance to join the likes of Bob Tullius, Peter Gregg, Pete Halsmer, Scott Sharp and Boris Said.

The TA class will feature the ongoing battle for points between defending TA Champion and current points leader Doug Peterson, and Amy Ruman.

Peterson holds the edge over Ruman by a mere two points, his 132 to Ruman’s 130, and will be facing Ruman as she comes off a victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park, her fourth in the Trans Am Series. However, Peterson is the defending victor at Road America, setting the fast lap for the race on his way to an impressive win and eventual championship, while Ruman faced an aggravating continuation of what had been a disappointing 2013 campaign.

The two will compete in a TA field of 15 cars, also headlined by 2012 TA Champion Simon Gregg and John Baucom, who are both currently in the top five in the championship hunt, as well as Cliff Ebben, who has finished second, second and first in the last three Trans Am races at Road America.

In TA2, Cameron Lawrence will continue his title defense; the 21-year-old and 2013 TA2 Champion, now, strangely enough, finds himself a veteran in the TA2 class full of rookie successes.

Lawrence, now in his fourth year of racing in Trans Am, has begun 2014 just like he finished 2013: in winning fashion. Lawrence has claimed four of the five TA2 races this year, but he has not been without competition.

Key amongst those competitors has been rookie Adam Andretti, who is currently second to Lawrence in the points with four podium appearances, including a victory at Road Atlanta, and is coming off three consecutive pole placements.

Andretti and Lawrence have won every TA2 race and pole.

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