Cindi Lux and Warren Dexter Victorious in Trans Am Production Races
August 5, 2018
Trans Am concludes first-ever independent TA3, TA4 race at Pitt
WAMPUM, Pa. [August 5, 2018] – Cindi Lux and Warren Dexter secured Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli wins in the TA3 and TA4 classes at Pittsburgh International Race Complex today, the first-ever independent race for the two classes.
Cindi Lux, in the No. 45 Lux Performance Dodge Viper, would go flag-to-flag, leading the multi-class production field for the entirety of the 36-lap, 100.8 mile contest around the 2.78 mile, 19-turn “full track” circuit at Pitt Race. Lux would also turn a 1:46.567 fast lap, showcasing the Lux Performance V10 machine on the tight and technical circuit for her third career Trans Am victory.
“It was all about ‘no mistakes,” said Lux. “This place you just have to get into a rhythm. When you try and speed things up or go fast, you get out of your rhythm per say. It’s one of those things that sometimes the cars align, and I’m shocked really that at such a tight track how well our Lux Performance Viper performed. Honestly, these guys build a great car and any nut behind the wheel could do the same. I’m just very blessed to have the opportunity. Alline [Cipriani] is getting stronger and stronger, and I think we’re going to have some fun racing together in the future.”
Cipriani, in the No. 60 Ginetta Cars Ginetta G55, would pursue Lux from second position throughout the race but was never able to close the gap between the two cars, one that spanned 40 seconds come the end of the race. As compensation for her efforts Cipriani was awarded not just the second place finish but also the TA3 class points lead, overtaking the absent Mark Boden.
Finishing third in TA3 was Larry Bailey, in the No. 02 LSI/ Sam Pierce Chevy/ Fast Chevrolet Corvette, who started sixth on the grid.
In TA4 Rookie Warren Dexter, in the No. 61 Joe’s Hand Cleaner Ginetta G55, would also lead flag-to-flag for his second consecutive TA4 class win in his second Trans Am appearance. Dexter would turn a 1:48.089 for his, and the class’s, fast lap while eventually finishing third overall.
“The Ginetta just works,” said Dexter, “and this track is perfect for it: all the lefts and rights and ups and downs. I struggled a little bit with some traffic throughout the majority of the race; but with probably three to four laps to go, the belt just flew off the power steering and the track gave me a bit of a workout. We’re gunning for the TA4 championship; we’d like to add the title to our resume and hopefully help build the class going forward.”
Steven Davison, debuting his new No. 33 DaVinci Plastic Surgery Chevrolet Camaro, would finish second in the TA4 class and fifth overall for his second podium finish of the season.
The DWW Motorsports team of Brian Kleeman and Chris Outzen debuted in the TA3 class this weekend with the No. 09 and 07 FP350s Ford Mustangs; however, mechanical issues saw the day ended early for both machines. DWW Motorsports intends to compete in the TA3 class throughout the season and continue to develop their new Ford Performance machines.
Trans Am’s TA class will hit the track at Pitt Race for a 36-lap, 100 mile competition of their own later this afternoon with the green flag expected to fly at 2:00 PM ET.
Trans Am is joined at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the Keystone Speedfest weekend by F3 Americas, the F4 US Championship, the Atlantic Championship Series, F2000 and F1600.
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Trans Am’s TA2 class is absent on the weekend, set to rejoin the championship next round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 9-11.