Rafa Matos Leads First TA2 Practice of the Weekend
September 7, 2018
WATKINS GLEN, NY. [September 7, 2018] – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s TA2 class held their first official practice session of the weekend at Watkins Glen International, making initial preparations for Sunday’s Watkins Glen Muscle Car Challenge with points leader Rafa Matos leading the way.
Matos and the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Chevrolet Camaro enter the weekend with a 32-point lead atop the TA2 class point standings, ready to take the next step as he and the Coleman Motorsports team eye the TA2 championship. So far, so good, with the No. 88 turning a 1:52.812 lap around the 3.4-mile Grand Prix course to top the session’s 21-car TA2 field.
Second quick in class was Shane Lewis, in the No. 92 Turn Key Industries/ Surphis Chevrolet Camaro, with a 1:52.946 in his first TA2 appearance since Indianapolis Motor Speedway, three rounds ago.
Buffomante, currently second in the points and tasked with reeling in Matos over the next four rounds, was third quick in the session with a 1:53.020, but not in his customary blue No. 34 but the white No. 26 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang. The 2017 Watkins Glen race winner and Mike Cope team opted to swap following motor issues during testing, producing a strong result in practice— the car’s first session of the weekend.
Tom Sheehan, in the No. 97 LTK Industries Chevrolet Camaro, was fourth quick with a time of 1:53.312, while Scott Lagasse, Jr., in the No. 95 SLR/ Fields Racing/ M1 Fastrack Chassis Chevrolet Camaro, completed the top five with a time of 1:53.495.
The TA2 top ten also included, in order; Keith Prociuk, Harry Steenbakkers, Ethan Wilson, Doug Peterson and Peter Klutt.
The Watkins Glen Muscle Car Challenge, held Sunday September 9 at 10:55 AM EDT, will span 30 laps, 102 miles around the WGI Grand Prix circuit.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will return to the track this weekend at 5:30 PM EDT for TA, TA3 and TA4 qualifying sessions to determine the starting order for the Watkins Glen Trans Am 100, an identical 30-lap, multi-class competition on Saturday September 8 at 11:20 AM EDT.
Both Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli races at Watkins Glen International will feature in a weekend recap show on CBS Sports Network, Sunday September 23 at 2:00 PM ET.
Fans can keep up with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli throughout the event at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
2017 Trans Am Series at Watkins Glen:
Winners: Andy Lally (TA), Tony Buffomante (TA2), Tim Kezman (TA3), Brian Kleeman (TA4)
Pole Sitters: Andy Lally (TA), Jason Hart (TA2), Cindi Lux (TA3), Brian Kleeman (TA4)
Trans Am Event Schedule:
Friday September 7, 2018
5:30 PM – 5:47 PM TA Qualifying
5:52 PM – 6:10 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Saturday September 8, 2018
10:55 AM – 11:15 AM TA2 Practice
11:20 AM – 12:30 PM TA, TA3 and TA4 Race
4:25 PM – 4:45 PM TA2 Qualifying
Sunday September 9, 2018
10:55 AM – 12:10 PM TA2 Race Powered by AEM
all times Eastern Daylight
Trans Am’s races at Watkins Glen will be broadcast, tape delayed, on CBS Sports Network:
Watkins Glen International Trans Am Recap – September 23, 2:00 PM ET
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.