Lexington, OH - August 12, 2019 - Round 8 of the 2019 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship TA2 Class powered by AEM saw a huge field of 30 cars line-up at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course for one of the most competitive events of the season. After the disappointment of the previous weekend at Indianapolis, it represented an excellent opportunity for Tom Sheehan to rejoin battle with the pacesetters and he grabbed it with both hands to record a strong top-ten finishing position and lay down a platform for the rest of the season’s events on the horizon.
The weekend billed the First Energy Muscle Car Challenge shared the MidWest race track with the NASCAR Xfinity Series - Sheehan eased the No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies Ford Mustang into competition with a midfield time of 1:28:203 in test session 2. He improved on that to record 1:27:940 on lap 9 of the first official practice session and was quicker again at 1:26:857.
P13 on the grid in a time of 1:27:034 was satisfactory but the race itself, the First Energy presents the Muscle Car Challenge race, saw him move up to P11 by lap 22, P10 by lap 24 and his finishing position of P9 on lap 30. Three caution periods in the race kept the cars close together, but also meant it was hard for the drivers to maintain momentum through the middle part of the race. Traffic problems prevented further progress through the field but this was a performance the Damon Racing team could be proud of as it lay down a marker for the racing ahead. Tom, who is based in Bow, New Hampshire, notched his fastest lap of the race on lap 9 recording a time of 1:27:682.
Tom was understandably upbeat when we caught up with him after the race, "We finished up the weekend with a finish we can build on." he said, before adding, "The Damon Racing team worked tirelessly to improve our package. We just got a bit behind the changing track conditions but it's always a positive to get a top ten result."
Acknowledging the strength and depth of the competition he noted, "The Mid-Ohio TA2 field was stacked with talent. We haven’t hit our stride yet but it's on to Road America. We will debrief, learn and move forward."
Moving forward for the Trans Am roadshow means rolling on to the great state of Wisconsin, as next up for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will be the Ryan Companies Road America Classic August 22-24. For live timing and scoring, event photos and post-race recap videos visit GoTransAm.com. For live race updates follow @GoTransAm on Twitter.
Keep up with Trans Am driver Tom Sheehan on social media – Facebook page is Damon Racing; Instagram is TomSheehanTA97 and Twitter give us a follow @TomTA2_97.
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