Katech Powers Robinson Race Team to Top of TA2 in Daytona
November 10, 2017
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gar Robinson has had a dream season in 2017. He secured Trans Am Racing’s TA2 championship, scoring five wins along the way, and has been so dominant that he clinched the title before arriving at Daytona International Speedway for this weekend’s final race of the season.
Katech engines have been a big part of the story, but that’s nothing new for Robinson or the TA2 class. Robinson has been racing with Katech power since 1991, a relationship that has been mutually beneficial.
“We’ve been together and known them for a long time,” said Katech Director of Motorsports Kevin Pranger. “They’ve been a great team to work with, and they’ve helped out immensely in developing the durability of our TA2 engine.”
Katech builds solid, reliable and dependable racing engines that won two Trans Am class championships in two different classes this year. In three years, Robinson has secured two championships of his own. Robinson’s development efforts through the years helped the manufacturer continue to remain among the industry leaders in engine building technology. Eight of the expected 24 TA2 starters in the season finale will race with Katech power, an indication of the respect for Pranger and his team around the Trans Am garage. Pranger estimated that 20 teams have competed in TA2 with the aid of Katech horsepower in 2017.
“We built a total of 65 TA2 engines since 2011,” Katech’s Pranger said.
Shane Lewis, who goes into Daytona second in TA2 points, is Robinson’s teammate. Team owner George Robinson has depended on Katech power since Trans Am’s early days when he competed against the likes of Tommy Kendall, Paul Gentilozzi, and Jack Baldwin.
Crew Chief Jimmy Fraser said, “The relationship with Katech that has developed over the years is one of the key reasons the team has been so successful. Everything from being neighbors in Michigan to Kevin’s trackside support and engine development has been an irreplaceable asset. To put things in perspective, Robinson Racing has six wins, 18 podiums, and a championship in one of the most competitive classes in motorsports for 2017. Without Katech, that would not be possible.”
Other drivers who will take advantage of Katech’s power in TA2 at Daytona International Speedway include Cameron Lawrence, Ray Neveau, Tim Gray and Josh Bilicki, and Katech builds Trans Am engines for more than just the TA2 class. The Michigan-based company also builds the engines that Ernie Francis Jr. used to win the TA1 class title this season.
The four Trans Am classes race Saturday. Qualifying is Friday.
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