MIAMI, Fla. – The Trans-Am Race Company has announced a 13-event schedule for the 2017 Trans-Am Championship, seeing the vast majority of venues return from its 50th Anniversary season and adding a race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 18, alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n.
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, an invitational exhibition this year, will now feature as a full-fledged stop on the circuit for the TA and TA2 classes — bumping the number of events for class competitors to 13. However, TA and TA2 competitors will have only 12 finishes count towards the championship, with the lowest finish from the first five events of the season automatically dropped.
“We are very pleased with our 2017 championship schedule,” said John Clagett, president of The Trans-Am Race Company. “Trans-Am will retain all of our marquee weekends such as Mid-Ohio and Road America alongside NASCAR XFINITY, while formally adding Detroit and the legendary Motor City 100 to our Championship schedule.”
“We also are making our return to the Formula Drift weekend at Road Atlanta, joining a coveted weekend at Watkins Glen (The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Weekend) and starting a new tradition on the legendary track at Indianapolis. When you take everything into consideration, we can say with confidence that the 2017 championship schedule is the finest we could secure for our fans, competitors and stake holders.”
Although they will once more feature on the Trans-Am schedule, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park will be visited by Trans-Am on new dates — changes that bring about a more balanced schedule for the 2017 season.
“Following up Trans-Am’s 50th anniversary season was never going to be an easy task,” added Clagett. “However, with the minor tweaks throughout the schedule and the addition of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Detroit to our slate of world-class tracks, Trans-Am is poised for another successful year in 2017.”
2017 Trans-Am Championship Schedule
Date – Venue – Location
March 5 – Sebring Int’l Raceway – Sebring, Fla.
April 9 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, Fla.
May 6 – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Ga.
June 3-4 – Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Mich.
June 18 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Ind.
July 2 – Brainerd Int’l Raceway – Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 12 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio
Aug. 26 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Sept. 10 – Watkins Glen Int’l – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Sept. 24 – Virginia Int’l Raceway – Alton, Va.
Oct. 8 – New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, N.J.
Nov. 4 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
Nov. 11 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
CREDIT: Trans-Am Communications