Portland looms large for West Coast competitors as Trans Am makes its return to the City of Roses
July 26, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. [July 26, 2017] – This weekend, for the first time since 2009, the roar of Trans Am machinery will be heard on the 1.927-mile surface of Portland International Raceway; as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s West Coast Championship holds the penultimate round of its debut season, the first year of Trans Am action on the left coast since 2009.
The weekend’s arrival brings with it a golden opportunity for one of the great talents in Trans Am history with Gregg Pickett, in the No. 68 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang, entered in the TA class. Pickett, made his Trans Am debut in 1975 at Road America and claimed his first victory in 1978 at Sears Pointe and has proceeded to lay claim to a Trans Am win in each following decade. If Pickett brings home the No. 68 atop the podium he will, once more, make history and become the first Trans Am driver to claim victory in five decades— a mark that may never be broken.
Standing in Pickett’s way will be two additional TA class competitors, Brian Richards, in the No. 12 Canned Heat/ Amantii Chevrolet Camaro, and Ken Davis, in the No. 64 Davis Stone Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. While Davis has been a full-time competitor in the West Coast Championship so far this year, this will mark Richards’ first Trans Am appearance since 1994— also at Portland.
In the TA2 category, hometown driver Brad McAllister, in the No. 2 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, enters the weekend sitting atop the TA2 West Championship, albeit by a single point. Behind him stands Shane Lewis, in the No. 92 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro, a full-time competitor in the primary Trans Am championship and 2016 TA2 championship runner-up. A strong performance at Portland will be pivotal for both drivers entering the final round at Circuit of The Americas later this fall.
Also entered in TA2 will be the father-son duo of Joe and Justin Napoleon, in the No. 90 and 91 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaros, continuing their full season campaign in the TA2 West Coast Championship, with Justin currently holding third and Joe fourth in the points. Joe Napoleon also enters the weekend on the back of a career first TA2 victory at Auto Club Speedway.
Chris Cook, in the No. 21 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, returns to TA2 action after a Willow Springs debut that ended early with a mechanical failure, this time paired with teammate and Trans Am debutant David Smith, in the No. 22 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro.
In TA3, Round 1 victor Tyler McQuarrie, in the No. 14 Safecraft/ CLP Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo, will face off with current points leader Oli Thordarson, in the No. 22 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, and Steve Streimer, in the No. 42 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX. Streimer, a native of Portland, has multiple TA3 wins out East to his name, despite this being his West Coast debut.
In TA4, points leader Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4, will be paired against Tim Brown, in the No. 66 Brown Bros Ford Lincoln Ford Mustang, as the latter makes his Trans Am debut.
All classes will be featured simultaneously in a 51-lap, 100.47-mile race at 11:05 AM, Sunday July 30th.
Joining the Trans Am West Coast Championship on the weekend will be the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding the Portland Vintage Racing Festival.
Fans can follow the action throughout the weekend at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.svra.com or on site at Portland International Raceway.
Round 3 of the Trans Am West Coast Championship Schedule:
Friday July 28, 2017
11:55 AM – 12:35 PM Practice 1
4:55 PM – 5:35 PM Practice 2
Saturday July 29, 2017
11:50 AM – 12:10 PM TA2 Qualifying
12:10 AM – 12:30 PM TA Qualifying
4:55 PM – 5:15 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday July 30, 2017
11:05 AM – 12:35 PM Race
*all times Pacific
Live Timing: All on-track sessions can be followed at www.gotransam.com and on the Race Monitor app available on Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout sessions on Twitter at @gotransam.