Trans Am announces Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic

May 19, 2015

Trans Am announces Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic

Brainerd International Raceway event added to 2015 broadcast schedule

MIAMI, Fla. (May 19, 2015) – The Trans Am Race Company has announced an agreement with Ryan Companies US, Inc., that will see Round 6 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) entitled the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic.

In addition, Trans Am’s northern pilgrimage to BIR will join the expanding list of broadcasts throughout Trans Am’s 2015 season, bringing one of the Series’ historic homes to a national broadcast audience on CBS Sports Network. BIR’s addition sees the total 2015 broadcast schedule boosted to 10 shows from seven events, with select TA2 races receiving their own broadcast.

“Ryan Companies has truly stepped up to the plate for this event,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “Their commitment to the Series and this event is going to allow us to put on something special at one of Trans Am’s historic homes. BIR isn’t just a track that we’ve visited for a long time; they’ve been a partner in the resurgence of Trans Am and have been loyal and valued friends throughout the process. With Ryan Companies, BIR and Trans Am working together, I’m sure the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic will be a true experience for our fans at the track and across the nation at home.”

The event weekend takes place on Sunday, July 3-5, 2015, and marks Trans Am’s 25th race at the Brainerd, Minnesota, track—located roughly 125 miles north of the Ryan Companies US national headquarters in Minneapolis.

“We have wanted to increase our involvement in Trans Am for some time now,” said Tim Gray, Chairman of Ryan Companies US, Inc. “I’m a competitor in the TA2 class myself, and I’ve seen, firsthand, the astronomical growth that the Series has experienced under The Trans Am Race Company. We’re excited to showcase the Trans Am show for our employees, partners and all of Minnesota.”

In addition, the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic will kick off a new annual date for Trans Am, over the Fourth of July weekend, as the Series and track work to build a true North American road racing classic.

“This track and Trans Am have so much history,” said Gary Curtis, Director of Operations for BIR. “I’m confident that between this historic pairing of BIR and Trans Am along with the commitment of Ryan Companies US, Inc., we’ll be able to create a weekend that not only makes an immediate impact but has staying power for years to come.”

Local fans can purchase tickets for the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic at, while others will be able to watch all the action from home on CBS Sports Network on July 25 at noon eastern.


About The Trans Am Series:

The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), through a five-year agreement in which TARC oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.

Defending Champions include: Doug Peterson (TA), Cameron Lawrence (TA2), Ernie Francis, Jr., (TA3 American Muscle) and Jason Berkeley (TA3 International).

For more on the Trans Am Series visit, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at, or follow Trans Am on Twitter at @gotransam.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Ryan Companies US, Inc. is a 3rd generation, family-owned national developer, designer, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate manager specializing in fully integrated solutions for over 75 years. Key market sectors include: retailers, industrial, healthcare, senior living, and corporate build-to-suit; and product experience includes work on office, retail, mixed use, hospitality, multi-housing, industrial, medical office building, senior living, distribution center, public sector, and mission critical facilities. Ryan serves customers throughout the United States with offices in the North, Midwest, Great Lakes, SouthEast, SouthCentral, SouthWest and West regions. Ryan was named the 2007 National Developer of the Year by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. For more information, visit

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