Lexington, OH - June 18, 2020 - Everybody in the motorsports community is thrilled that the 2020 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship season resumes June 28 at the Mid Ohio Sportscar Course, and few will be looking forward to the return to action more than the vastly experienced pilot of the Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet, Simon Gregg. Unsurprisingly, the scenic midwest facility is a particular favorite of Simon's as he has triumphed there twice previously - in both the 2012 and 2016 renewals of the race, so maybe it's his turn again in 2020.
It was Florida based Simon's 100th race start in Trans Am at Mid Ohio back in 2012 when, having started the race in 4th position on the second row of the grid, he wore down Amy Ruman in the latter half of the race with a foot perfect drive. In doing so he followed up his win at Lime Rock Park in the previous event with another confident success.
In 2016 it was a similar story when Amy Ruman was again one of Simon's notable opponents. On that occasion, Simon Gregg began the race in third position, behind polesitter Cliff Ebben and defending champion Amy Ruman. Simon drove a flawless race with a smooth drive all the way to the checkered flag.
Consistently competitive lap times were the key to Simon's previous successes at Mid Ohio, and that's what the Ponte Vedra Beach based ace will be aiming for again at what is a special track for the winning wheelman, "In my opinion, it's the most competitive track on the schedule. It is very handling oriented, it keeps everyone together. You can’t just put your foot down and go along for the ride." Simon agrees that it is a testament to the proprietors of Mid Ohio and the organising body of Trans Am that we have racing upcoming at this great track. They are to be thanked for their tremendous hard work in getting the 2020 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship season back on course in this uniquely challenging and tumultuous year.
The Mid Ohio Sports Car Course was first opened in 1962 by Les Griebling and a number of Mansfield-area businessmen as a location for weekend sports car racing. The track originally had 16 turns, with a left turn in what is today known as "Thunder Valley," but that turn was straightened after just one year of operation. Nevertheless, it's a particularly twisty and rural circuit, and while its picturesque views are enchanting, it presents a tremendous challenge to car and driver.
The first glimpse since Sebring in March of a Trans Am field will be on Friday June 26 when the grid forms up for the first official practice session, scheduled for 11:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. The flagship class TA cars assemble again at 5:12 p.m. for the official qualification round to set the grid for Saturday's feature race.
It's an early start on Saturday morning for the big cars, with the grid for the race itself forming up at 12:25 p.m., with the starter due on his rostrum at 12:55 p.m. for 46 laps of high octane action.
2012, 2016, 2020, no one knows! One thing is for sure, Simon and the rest of the TA family are primed and ready to go Trans Am racing once again!
Here is a clip of Simon talking after his Trasn Am win at Mid Ohio in 2012. https://youtu.be/YHRkP9SEaXE
Trans Am Series and team news about Simon Gregg can be found at gotransam.com. Keep up with Simon personally on the Simon Gregg Facebook page.