Tom Sheehan and Damon Racing looking to use New Jersey’s Weekend of Thunder to erase Panic In Detroit
June 10, 2016
TEAM RELEASE - During this weekend’s Hank Sauce - Weekend of Thunder at New Jersey Motorsports Park, driver Tom Sheehan and Damon Racing will be looking for big-time redemption. With the Trans-Am Series returning to NJMP for its 3rd consecutive season, Crew Chief Jamie Aube will have a strengthened script to adapt the #97 LTK Insulation Technologies Chevrolet for driver Sheehan.
Bow, New Hampshire: Trans-Am competitor Tom Sheehan is one of those individuals who can usually be found with a smile on his face. With ‘Pork Chop’ sideburns and durable grin, the driver of the bright yellow #97 Camaro is not too hard to locate in the paddock or on track.
“I’m a lucky man to be doing what I love,” explains Sheehan.
Like many of his competitors who made the effort to race the Trans-Am portion of the Detroit Grand Prix, Sheehan will be looking for New Jersey Motorsports Park to replace unhappy memories.
“My entire crew and I left Detroit on Sunday in a funk,” sneered Sheehan. We had a tough weekend from the very start. But I’d never been to Detroit - never saw the track - so it was important that we not only support the Series, but run as many laps as we could. So, we did.
“But it took us until race number two where we eventually found what seemed to be a good set-up”, said Sheehan. “So I was out there cruising, logging laps to gain good data for next season.
“As you know, the Belle Isle Circuit is wicked tight in areas, but it’s my kind of place. The chassis wasn’t perfect but I was able to get into a nice rhythm - precise braking – watching my turn-in – don’t use the curbs too much; all the things necessary to be fast. And then bang, claps Sheehan, “I made a mistake. Just that simple - that quick, you don’t get another chance. That’s racing.
“So for this weekend we are hungry to redeem ourselves. It would have been nice to discover that set-up in race one. I think we would have been on pace to race with the leaders,”
With Detroit now in the Damon Racing rear view mirror, the team is ready to attack New Jersey Motor Sports Park. With only four days to prep, set-up and turn-around a racecar, Damon Racing utilized their 2015 Camaro to compete at Detroit. With body parts dangling and brakes grinding, one would think the team left the Motor City empty handed, but Sheehan expressed otherwise.
“We did discover something last weekend after all,” laughs Sheehan. “We learned our new race car is way-ahead of the car we ran in Detroit. That by itself has us excited for this weekend.
“Jamie, Pete Potvin and I feel our new Howe Chassis Camaro (debuted at Watkins Glen) will be ideal for this circuit. Unlike Detroit”, adds Sheehan, “I’ll also be racing a familiar track. The Thunderbolt layout is a great course where my experience should allow us to be competitive from the get-go.
“The power from these Spec AEM Infinity controlled engines, in combination with the drivability and performance of these TA2 cars is impressive. If we are able to take a similar step forward as we did between Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen this year, we’ll be in good shape,” concluded Sheehan.
Over the winter, Damon Racing increased their Trans-Am Series commitment by adding a second race car, and further improving their race shops. Counting the June 12th New Jersey’ race, the Bow, NH based team has now fielded a car in 17 consecutive Trans-Am TA2 events, securing (10) top-ten and (2) top-five finishes. For relative newcomers to Professional level auto racing they should be commended for their tenacity and results.
Sunday at 10:30 AM will be the customary Grid-Walk for race fans to witness an anticipated 53 car field in the SCCA Trans-Am Series alone. Look for the Damon Racing #97 in the TA2 Race beginning at 11:30 AM Sunday June 12th - The race is scheduled for101.25 miles, 45 laps or 75 minutes. Followed by the TA/TA3/TA4/TA5 Races at 1:45PM