Trans Am Statement on the Passing of Mel Shaw - Updated

July 3, 2017

Trans Am Statement on the Passing of Mel Shaw - Updated

MIAMI, Fla. [July 3, 2017] -- The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is deeply saddened by the passing of Mel Shaw at Brainerd International Raceway in SCCA Club GT-2 competition this past weekend in advance of the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic, in which he was slated to compete.

Shaw stood as one of the longest tenured members of the Series, making his debut in 2011 and running a full effort each following season.  Known throughout the paddock for his passion for the sport and support of others, Mel was a fixture of the Trans Am community and a part of what is called the Trans Am family. 

“When we call this paddock a family, it means something,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “Everyone here is bonded together, driven by what we love, and, sadly, we lost a member of that family this weekend.  Mel Shaw was a constant presence in Trans Am for over half a decade; he loved racing and was always eager to compete and share that love with others. Right now our thoughts are with his wife Debbie, who has shown remarkable strength in this challenging time.”  

Future information regarding services and memorials will be distributed as they become available.  

July 11, 2017 Update: At this time there are no plans for any memorial services.  Members of the Trans Am family that wish to send cards or personal condolences to Mel’s family may contact Kim Harmon at or 305.986.6216 for the appropriate information. Mel's family has asked that those who want to make gifts in his memory please consider MANNA,, 420 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. 

The Trans Am Series will have decals in Mel’s memory for competitors and teams to display on the vehicles available at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Round 7 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship.  


The Sports Clar Club of America's statement may be found here


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