Howe Racing Enterprises Spearheads TA2 Initiatives for Detroit Showcase

May 3, 2018

Howe Racing Enterprises Spearheads TA2 Initiatives for Detroit Showcase

Michigan-Based Chassis Manufacturer Leads Trans Am Suppliers in Creation of Detroit-Exclusive Program

BEAVERTON, Mich. [Thursday, May 3, 2018] – A native of Michigan, Chas Howe knows all about the spectacle that is the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.  Now, as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli prepares for its third consecutive appearance at Belle Isle for the 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge and Motor City Dash featuring the TA2 class, Howe wants to make sure the Trans Am show is in full force. 

As the President of Howe Racing Enterprises, Chas Howe has been involved in the TA2 class from its creation, building the road racing chassis underneath many TA2 competitors.  With the Detroit Grand Prix coming right up, June 1-3, Howe has taken steps to form a coalition of Trans Am suppliers to help incentivize what should be the largest TA2 class field in the Motor City to date.  

“The Detroit Grand Prix brought more than 100,000 spectators to Belle Isle in 2017,” said Howe. “It’s a tremendous showcase for Trans Am and its competitors, putting what we’ve all worked so hard to build front-and-center for the world to see—I want to see as many teams take advantage of this opportunity as possible. At Howe we’ve reached out to our partners and other Trans Am suppliers to help put together a program that will make a difference.”

One of the first calls Howe made was up to Five Star Race Car Bodies, who happily stepped up to the plate. 

“Five Star is proud to be a partner with Trans Am, and providing support to our dealers and race teams is vital to our success,” said Steve Einhaus, Key Programs Manager at Five Star. “We are excited to join all of the partners involved for this event, and we are confident this will give competitors the confidence and the reassurance they need to compete at this great event.” 

Other companies that have joined Howe and Five Star include Wilwood, Quatermaster, Stop Tech, Setrab and Michigan-based Turn One Performance. The discounts by each supplier are outlined below.  

Five Star Race Car Bodies through Howe:  15% off all bodies
Howe Racing Enterprises: 15% off all Howe manufactured  support products
Wilwood: 25% off all calipers, pads and rotors
Quartermaster: 20% off all Quartermaster products
Pro Systems: 15% off calipers, pads and rotors
Stop Tech: 15% off calipers and rotors
Setrab: 15% off transmission coolers, rear ends and power steering
Turn One: 10% off power steering pumps

All items delivered to the track will be free of freight charges.  Competitors must be entered in the event for eligible discounts and are limited in number of parts per car.  A standard inventory of parts will be on hand in limited supply; however, Howe recommends all orders be placed in advance to guarantee delivery at Detroit.  Any items back ordered will be subject to normal freight costs. 

For 2018, Trans Am will bring its popular TA2 class to the streets of Belle Isle for a high-stakes double points weekend. The two races, the 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge, on Saturday June 2, and the 3-Dimensional Services Motor City Dash, on Sunday June 3, will feature the iconic TA2 class battle among the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger right in the very heart of the city that forged the iconic models.  

The Trans Am Series will bring with it an estimated 25 TA2 cars, featuring the likes of points leader Rafa Matos, Michigan’s own Marc Miller, 2016 Champion Tony Buffomante, and more. 


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Trans Am Coverage:

Broadcast: The weekend’s 3-Dimensional Services Trans Am races will be recapped in a 90-minute highlight show on CBS Sports Network premiering Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET with an encore following at 5:00 PM ET the same day. 

Live Streaming:   The 3-Dimensional Services Motor City Dash from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM ET on Sunday June 3, will be live streamed on Motor Trend On Demand.  


About Howe Racing Enterprises:

Howe Racing Enterprises was founded in 1971 and has been involved in the TA2 class since its inception in 2011. Howe produces a wide variety of specialized racing components in addition to partial and complete cars for asphalt racing worldwide.

About The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.

2017 Champions include: Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Gar Robinson (TA2), Mark Boden (TA3) and Brian Kleeman (TA4).

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