TeamSLR to Field Cars in Trans Am Series
March 17, 2016
(St. Augustine, Fla.) March 11, 2016- TeamSLR (Scott Lagasse Racing) returns to road racing this season to compete in the Trans Am Series with a pair of new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's.
The team will field one Camaro for the entire 12 race schedule with New Jersey native, Bobby Mesmer. Bobby will be behind the wheel of the #7 Camaro competing for Rookie of the Year Honors. Oval track specialist Scott Lagasse Jr. will drive the #17 Chevy Camaro in select races throughout the season as his schedule allows. TeamSLR is also considering adding a third car if the right opportunity presents itself.
"This is a really good time for TeamSLR to expand our program into road racing with the Trans Am Series where Muscle Cars like Camaro's, Mustang's and Challengers go head to head in exciting battles. I look forward to working with Bob [Mesmer] to help develop his skills and get in on some great road racing action myself. I can't wait to spend some time turning right," said Scott Lagasse Jr.
Leading up to this past weekend's race in Sebring, FL., TeamSLR worked many long days to have their first Camaro ready for the race. TeamSLR knew it would be nearly impossible to make the race after the delay of the release and delivery of the new 2016 Camaro Body for the Series this year, but the team made it happen.
On Saturday, just 45 minutes before the race, the new car, equipped with the new Trans Am spec AEM wiring harness and ECU system, was fired up for the first time. Shortly after, Bob Mesmer drove off in the red and black No. 7 Chevy Camaro for the start of the 100-mile race and to begin the journey of competing in the 2016 Trans Am Series.
"I really appreciate all of the hard work from the guys at TeamSLR. We dealt with all of the circumstances that came with building a new car, knowing that some items may have slight delays, but we are ahead of many others who are running last year's body and plan to upgrade in the coming months. It was great getting to drive the Camaro for the first time. We were a bit loose, but the car was fast and awesome to drive. Our goal was to just log some laps and learn a little about the car and prepare for the Road Atlanta race. We accomplished our goals," said Mesmer.
TeamSLR was awarded the PitBoxes.com, Crew of the Race Award for their efforts in completing the car and making it to the Sebring race.
TeamSLR's next race will be at Road Atlanta on April 9-10, with Mesmer in the No. 7 Chevy Camaro.
About Robert Mesmer:
Bobby Mesmer is not your average race car driver, at 6'4" and 280lbs he was told he would never be competitive in any form of racing, especially road racing where weight and balance is critical. Not listening to the naysayers and proving all of them wrong, Bobby has earned the respect of fellow competitors with his aggressive winning style on track and his larger than life personality off track. He has raced in NHRA junior drag racing, motocross, snowmobiles. Keep up to date with Bobby by following him on Follow us on Twitterand Like us on Facebook.
About TeamSLR & Scott Lagasse Jr.:
TeamSLR is a family operated race program with over 30 years of race experience. TeamSLR will compete in multiple NASCAR races during the 2016 season. Scott Jr. has been winning races since the age of seven on motorcycles, karts, modifieds, NASCAR Late Models, ASA Series, ARCA, Dirt Late Models and more. Scott is now focused on winning in Trans Am, and at the top levels of NASCAR. For more information about Scott Lagasse Jr./ TeamSLR and The Boy Scouts of America NASCAR program, please visit www.teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.