Trans Am West Kicks off at Auto Club Speedway
April 24, 2018
Second Year of West Coast Revival Begins
FONTANA, Calif. [April 24, 2018] – The Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli will commence this weekend at Auto Club Speedway, kicking off the second year for the western iteration of the Trans Am Series, reinstituted in spring of 2017.
The event, held in conjunction with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, is the first of five races on the West Coast slate. With Sonoma Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Portland International Raceway and Circuit of the Americas to follow. The Indianapolis race, like COTA in 2017, was added to promote crossover between the West Coast and Trans Am’s primary championship, with an eye toward future integration.
Returning for his second year of Trans Am West competition will be last year’s West Coast championship runner-up Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 8 GoShare Chevrolet Camaro. Drissi, who won three of the four TA class West races, will be back in action at Auto Club, just outside his native city of Los Angeles.
Drissi, now under the tent of Burtin Racing, will debut the new No. 8 Camaro this weekend featuring a Chaparral inspired GoShare livery. The No. 8 will be showcased throughout the weekend in the Trans Am paddock alongside the origonal 1970 Jim Hall Chaparral Chevrolet Camaro that once competed in the Trans Am Series, owned by Drissi himself.
Joining Drissi in the TA class is Tim Adolphson, in the No. 88 Cybersight/ Craig Raudman Racing Chevrolet Corvette. Adolphson, a SCCA GT-1 competitor with a circle track background, will make his Trans Am debut in the No. 88, stepping up to the ranks of professional road racing for the first time.
The TA2 class will feature a total of six entries, with last year’s TA2 West championship runner up Brad McAllister back behind the wheel of the No. 24 Portlandimplantdentistry.com Ford Mustang. With a full year of TA2 competition under his belt, McAllister returns to Trans Am West as the only TA2 class member without a rookie designation.
Thomas Merrill, who made an immediate impact in his debut last year at Circuit of The America with a fourth place finish in a 28-car TA2 field that spanned both Trans Am West and Trans Am Championships, returns to TA2 action with the addition of teammate Richard Diehl, in the No. 18 Big Diehl Racing Ford Mustang.
David Smith, in the No. 11 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, will make his third career Trans Am appearance this weekend, looking to improve on a career best fifth place finish at Portland International Raceway towards the close of last year.
Another true TA2 debutant will be Tom Klauer, in the No. 25 Steve Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Klauer is a veteran of motorsports with experience spanning from NASCAR K&N to the Baja 1000 and will try his hand at Trans Am’s growing TA2 class this year.
The field will also feature three members from Trans Am’s production ranks across the TA3 and TA4 classes. In TA3, 2017 West champion Oli Thordarson, in the No. 23 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, returning to defend his title. Representing the TA4 class will be two entries: debutant Dane Jorgenson-Smith, in the No. 28 Bob Smith Motors Ford Mustang, and former TA2 competitor Mitch Marvosh, in the No. 29 Beacon Marine Chevrolet Corvette, now plying his craft back behind the wheel of a production racecar.
All sessions will take place on Auto Club Speedway’s 2.8-mile sports car course; and the race will follow Trans Am’s standard 100-mile format, in this case 36 laps around the 21-turn circuit. However, all classes will compete in a single race rather than Trans Am’s usual independent TA2 competition.
Fans can keep up with the event and all of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
Saturday April 28, 2018
11:10 AM – 11:50 AM Practice
4:10 PM – 4:27 PM TA2 Qualifying
4:30 PM – 4:47 PM TA Qualifying
4:50 PM – 5:07 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
Sunday April 29, 2018
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM Trans Am Feature Race
All times PDT
Live Timing: All on-track sessions can be followed through live timing and scoring at www.gotransam.com and on the Race Monitor app available on Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout races on Twitter at @gotransam
General admission tickets may be purchased online at https://svra.com/gtb/?lib=product&pid=502&cat=16 or at the gate.