Franklin, TN - May 29, 2020 - The Mid Ohio Sportscar Course is on the near horizon as that is the next time we will see a grid form up with Trans Am racers, for it is looking increasingly likely that the scheduled resumption of the 2020 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship season will indeed take place as planned - much to the delight of teams, drivers and fans across the nation.
Sebring back in March has long since disappeared from the rear view mirrors, and a return to competitive action will no doubt give everyone associated with America's premier muscle and sports car series just the boost they need after what has been an extremely challenging and difficult time for everyone.
Hence, it's hard not to agree with the rising optimism evidenced by a recent RACER Magazine survey. Question one about the overall outlook on motorsports indicated 59% of the audience now saying they are as optimistic as ever, a gain of five points since the previous survey. With NASCAR now having successfully run four Cup races without an attending audience, they also gauged feelings toward events occurring without a live audience, with 71% of respondents agreeing that no audience is better than no racing.
The redoubtable Ken Thwaits, Team Principal and lead driver of the Tennessee based Showtime Motorsports Audi R8 competing in the XGT Class, is in full agreement, "Of course the last few months have been very challenging for everyone, but it does now look as though we are over the worst. We've been keeping busy and kept the cars ticking over but there's no substitute for competitive action and frankly I can't wait to get started again."
Ken went on to add, "We took advantage of an unexpected chance to take the car out to California and compete with some of the best GT3 cars in the country. The GT Celebration was a great opportunity to stay active and jump in the cars out west."
Although boasting muscular performance, it's debatable whether the Audi R8, with its pedigree European racing heritage dating back nearly 90 years, is really a muscle car in the true sense of the term, but that describes best the competitive line-up seen at modern day Trans Am race events.
Ken and the rest of us will discover just how fast the competition will be when the Audi lines up on Friday, June 26 on the grid for testing. Grid for the all important qualifying session is from 8:20 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. on Saturday morning and the qualifying session itself is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. with the feature race starting at 1:10 p.m. - over 46 Laps (100-miles) or 65 minutes of the twisting circuit.
It should be an exciting year ahead when the action resumes for Franklin Road Apparel, Ken and Showtime Motorsports. Learn more about the Showtime Motorsports team partner, Franklin Road Apparel, at franklinroad.com and showtimemotorsports.net. Keep up to date with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at gotransam.com.
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About Showtime Motorsports:
The Showtime Motorsports brand includes Ken Thwait's racing team and racecars, and an outstanding classic Camaro collection. Showtime Motorsports brings together a dynamic staff who employ diverse talents and share a passion for cars, racing and caring for clients like they are our own family members.