SPEED51: Short Track Influence Finding Its Way Into Trans Am Road Racing
November 8, 2017
-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor
Trans Am is a series steeped in history since it came into existence more than 50 years ago, bringing into the limelight household legends of road racing who often gave the oval speedways a try at some point in their career with varying degrees of success. Now it is the stock car and short track culture that is making its way into the paddock at road course facilities across the country.
The introduction of multiple classes near the conclusion of 2010 in one of North America’s premier road racing series added a new fold to the competition and in many ways introduced this perhaps unexpected phenomenon. Frequent ARCA competitor A.J. Henriksen was one of the first to express interest and more recently USAC, Sprint Car, and Late Model racer Aaron Pierce decided to attempt giving turning left and right a chance. Even parts suppliers such as Howe Race Cars, Five Star Race Car Bodies and JRi Shocks have invested in the latest trend, predominantly found in the TA2 division, a class restricted to 500 horsepower engines and home to the modern pony wars...