Trans Am sails into summer season at Mid-Ohio

The Trans Am Series introduced by Pirelli will maintain Round 7 of its 2022 season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the primary official weekend of summer season. The competitors is as scorching because the climate forecast now that the season is previous the midway level, and the highest contenders for the championship in TA, XGT, SGT, GT and TA2 are rising. However, with six TA2 races and 5 TA races remaining, the championship is nowhere close to determined in any class.

Past Mid-Ohio winners trying to repeat
Various earlier Mid-Ohio winners wish to put one other notch within the win column on the 2.24-mile highway course. Chris Dyson and Rafa Matos are hoping for back-to-back victories, having each received the race of their respective class in final 12 months’s championship seasons. Matos additionally received on the observe in 2018, the 12 months he received his first TA2 title. Thomas Merrill received the TA2 occasion in 2020, and Paul Fix, driving within the Trans Am Heritage class this 12 months, received the TA occasion in 2015. 2014 was a giant 12 months for this weekend’s entrants, with Doug Peterson successful in TA, Adam Andretti successful in TA2, and Lee Saunders successful in TA3-I.

One recurring theme: Various drivers have received at Mid-Ohio and gone on to win the championship that season. In TA2, three of the final 4 seasons’ Mid-Ohio victors have been the category champion the identical 12 months (together with Marc Miller in 2019, who shouldn’t be entered on this 12 months’s race). Is Mid-Ohio a key part in bringing house the title?

ARG invitations U.S. TA2 opponents to compete in 2022 Australian Trans Am Series season finale at Bathurst
Australian Racing Group, which operates the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series in Australia, is providing a singular alternative for opponents within the United States-based Trans Am Series introduced by Pirelli TA2 class to take part within the Australian Trans Am Series season finale on the Bathurst International Mount Panorama circuit on November 11-13.

The 3.86-mile/6.213-kilometer Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst is a spectacular 23-turn observe with 541 toes/165 meters of elevation adjustments, and is thought to be probably the greatest and most unusual race circuits on the earth. This is the primary time such a broad invite has been issued to United States opponents to race TA2 automobiles at Mount Panorama, which boasts prime speeds of 173 mph/280 km/h for the category. The Supercheap Auto Bathurst International occasion consists of three fast-paced sprints (16 laps, eight laps and eight laps) for a complete of 123.52 miles/198.8 kilometers of thrilling racing.

Trans Am races stream reside without cost, no app required
For these wishing to tune in to the occasions at Mid-Ohio this weekend, the Trans Am Series races will air reside on the Trans Am YouTube web page and Facebook web page, and a full schedule of occasions, together with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Powered by Honda can be accessible on the brand new SpeedTourTV YouTube web page.

CBS Sports Network air occasions
This weekend’s races from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will air on CBS Sports Network the week following the occasion.

TA/XGT/SGT/GT will premiere on Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation on Monday, July 4 at 1 a.m. ET.

TA2 will first air on Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation on Sunday, July 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Ohio natives take purpose at TA podium
This weekend, all the Ohioans on the Mid-Ohio entry checklist are opponents in Saturday’s TA/XGT/SGT/GT occasion, vying for spots on the TA and GT podiums. Two-time champion Amy Ruman within the No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette hails from Stow and is hoping to show round her luck and return to the rostrum after irritating pre-race components failures at each Sonoma Raceway and Lime Rock Park. David Pintaric within the No. 57 Kryderacing Ford Mustang hails from Canfield and is returning after a three-race hiatus. Ryan McManus within the No. 07 The McManus Agency Corvette is a TA Pro/Am entry from Medina. GT competitor Seth Lucas within the No. 29 Ave Motorsports Audi R8 returns to Mid-Ohio after making his Trans Am debut on the observe final 12 months, ending third within the SGT class.

Dyson trying to prolong successful streak, allgram Mustang dedicated for 2022
Chris Dyson within the No. 20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang enters this weekend on a powerful four-race win streak, and after incomes the race win in 2021 at Mid-Ohio on his method to successful the championship, he appears poised and succesful to increase it on Saturday.

This week, Dyson’s CD Racing group introduced that the No. 21 allgram Ford Mustang will run full-time for the rest of the season. Humaid Masaood has competed in three of the season’s first six races, however enterprise commitments have prevented him from operating the total schedule. With sponsorship from allgram, the second automobile within the CD Racing steady will run the rest of the season, and Matthew Brabham has been tapped because the substitute for any remaining occasions that Masaood can not attend, together with this weekend. Brabham made his 2022 debut in Dyson’s automobile at Lime Rock Park, incomes a second-place end behind his group proprietor. The Indy Lights common additionally received final 12 months’s season finale, subbing for Dyson at Circuit of The Americas.

NASCAR winners making collection debut
Three drivers can be making their collection debut within the Trans Am race this Saturday at Mid-Ohio, two of whom hail from the world of NASCAR. Kaz Grala, who has made begins in all of NASCAR’s top-three collection in 2022, will drive the No. 2 Technique Chassis/Steel-It/Weaver Dodge Challenger within the TA class. Grala, a winner within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has one earlier begin at Mid-Ohio, racing within the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018.

Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, driver of the No. 00 StarCom Fiber Chevrolet Camaro, may also be making his Trans Am debut this weekend in TA. He started his 40-year NASCAR racing profession in 1982 and has 723 begins in NASCAR’s top-three collection. His most up-to-date begin got here at Daytona International Speedway in 2021.

In addition to NASCAR stars Grala and Cope, Jack Rinke can be making his first Trans Am GT class begin within the No. 33 Turnkey Motorsports/Chevy Performance Camaro. Rinke is an aeronautical science pupil at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

TA/XGT/XGT/GT factors replace
Chris Dyson prolonged his lead within the TA class with a victory at Lime Rock Park, making him five-for-six this season. Tomy Drissi within the No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang is tied for second with Ken Thwaits within the No. 7 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro. Drissi had a strong maintain on second place and was holding his personal within the factors race towards Dyson, however a crash in qualifying at Lime Rock prevented him from beginning the race and incomes helpful factors. Amy Ruman sits only one level behind Drissi and Thwaits in fourth, adopted by Humaid Masaood.

In the XGT class, Randy Hale within the No. 31 Hale Propeller Corvette leads over Jason Hart and Michael Weathers, who each drive the No. 48 Gspeed Corvette. Hale holds a 17-point lead over Hart and 18-point lead over Weathers. Hale has two wins (Road Atlanta and Lime Rock) to Weathers’ one victory at Laguna Seca.

Milton Grant within the No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites Porsche 991.1 sits on the prime of the SGT class standings with 45 factors, however Dirk Leuenberger within the within the No. 25 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper and Cindi Lux within the No. 45 Black Rock Coffee Dodge Viper are each inside hanging distance with 37 factors and 35 factors, respectively.

The race within the GT class is firmly held by Billy Griffin within the No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan Towing Ford Mustang. With 67 factors, he’s 49 factors forward of the closest competitor, Natalie Decker within the No. 29 N29 Technologies LLC Audi R8.

A full breakdown of the highest championship contenders may be discovered right here.

TA2 continues to interrupt data
This weekend, the TA2 class heads to Mid-Ohio with 35 entries, a observe file for the category. The TA2 class has run standalone races (versus mixed races with TA) at Mid-Ohio since 2015, which was the second-biggest area for the category on the observe (31). In the seven standalone races, there have been six completely different winners (Rafa Matos in 2021 and 2018, Thomas Merrill in 2020, Marc Miller in 2019, Tony Buffomante in 2017, Lawrence Loshak in 2016, and Gar Robinson in 2015).

Series and season debuts at Mid-Ohio
This weekend will see quite a lot of notable Trans Am Series debuts, in addition to a number of drivers making their first TA2 begins of the season. Eric Norris, son of legendary actor, martial artist and racer Chuck Norris, is making his Trans Am debut within the No 27 SLR/M1 CForce Water Camaro. Eric is the 2002 ARCA Menards Series West champion, and has beforehand raced within the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. He started his driving profession racing towards his father within the SCORE Off-Road Series. Eric can also be a notable stuntman, incomes a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for Sons of Anarchy.

Chandler Smith is a Toyota Racing Development Driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports and at the moment ranks fourth within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. Smith has three Truck Series victories, together with one earned earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith will drive the No. 80 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang this weekend.

Tyler Ankrum is one other NASCAR winner, with one victory to his identify. Ankrum has competed within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2018 and earned a win at Kentucky Speedway in 2019. He at the moment drives for championship-winning Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Guy Cosmo will make his Trans Am debut this weekend within the No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang, which Mike Skeen has pushed to 2 victories this season. Cosmo is a top-tier sports activities automobile racer, and has competed within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, SRO Pirelli GT4 American Series, American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Road Racing. He additionally has expertise on the open-wheel facet within the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro and USF2000.

Making his first begin of the season and second-career begin is Ike Keeler within the No. 15 R&R Motorsports Ford Mustang. Chris Cook can also be making his season debut and first begin within the National Championship within the No. 21 Turnkey Motorsports/Chevy Performance Camaro. Cook has seven earlier begins within the Western Championship with 4 second-place finishes. Finally, Luke Rumburg is making is making his second-career begin and first of the season. Rumburg is a Young Gun who has earlier expertise in NASA (American Iron) and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Big finishes in different collection for TA2 drivers
Two TA2 drivers have had large finishes since their final Trans Am race, solidifying their prowess as multi-discipline racers. Thomas Merrill, driver of the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, had the chance to make his debut within the elite 24 Hours of Le Mans. He and teammates Cooper MacNeil and Julien Andlauer earned a spot on racing’s most well-known podium with a second-place end.

Corey Heim, driver of the No. 90 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang, earned his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at World Wide Technology Raceway. Heim competes part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports and earned his first win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. The Davidson, N.C. native final competed in TA2 at Sonoma Raceway, incomes a fourth-place end.

TA2 factors battle continues to evolve
The 2022 TA2 season has been ultra-competitive, with 9 completely different podium finishers and 4 completely different winners in six races. Rafa Matos within the No. 88 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang continues to carry the factors lead in TA2 with two victories to his identify (Sebring and Sonoma), with Thomas Merrill now in second following his Lime Rock win, simply 16 factors behind. Tyler Kicera is third in his No. 77 LIQUI MOLY/Turn 14 Distribution Camaro with one victory on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Past champion Cameron Lawrence is fourth in his No. 6 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro, adopted by Mike Skeen, who has two victories in his No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang (Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca).

Rookie standings & Young Gun replace
Evan Slater now leads each the Wilwood TA2 Rookie of the Year standings and the Peter Gregg Foundation Young Gun standings, which awards the highest driver underneath the age of 25 with $20,000 on the finish of the season. With 110 factors, Slater holds a 34-point lead over second place Brent Crews within the ROTY factors, however within the Young Gun standings, he holds a mere 15-point benefit over Connor Mosack.

Mid-Ohio weekend schedule


Qualifying: Friday, June 24
TA: 5:35-5:50 p.m. ET
XGT/SGT/GT: 5:50-6:05 p.m. ET

Race: Saturday, June 25
Streamed Live
1:15-2:25 p.m. ET
Race Length: 45 Laps/70 Minutes


Qualifying: Saturday, June 25
Group 1: 3:20-3:35 p.m. ET
Group 2: 3:40-3:55 p.m. ET

Race: Sunday, June 26
Streamed Live
10:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. ET
Race Length: 45 Laps/70 Minutes


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