Trans Am West takes on Portland International Raceway for Penultimate Round
July 25, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. [July 25, 2018] – With only two races remaining in the 2018 Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli, the Series heads North to Portland International Raceway (PIR) alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Portland Vintage Racing Festival.
In the TA class, points leader Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 8 GoShare Chevrolet Camaro, enters Round 4 with the championship points lead and on the back of a Trans Am West win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So far in 2018, Drissi has captured three consecutive podium finishes and has set pole in two of the three West Coast events on the year.
The event will mark Drissi’s first Trans Am appearance at PIR since 2009, a race that saw him start and finish in first position in a season that saw him crowned Trans Am Champion.
To replicate that result, Drissi will need to beat out last year’s race winner Greg Pickett, who returns to the Trans Am West Competition in the No. 6 Flavor Insights Ford Mustang. Fans in attendance will hope a repeat of last round’s competition at Sonoma Raceway were Drissi and Pickett spent the entirety of the race locked bumper-to-bumper with Pickett emerging victorious.
Tim Adolphson, hailing from Gig Harbor, Washington, in the No. 88 Cybersight/ Craig Raudman Racing Chevrolet Corvette, will hope that his hometown knowledge of the 12-turn, 1.967 mile circuit will pay dividends in TA class competition and give him an edge over both Drissi and Pickett come race day. Adolphson, a rookie to Trans Am and the TA class, enters the weekend second in the point standings with 76 points to Drissi’s 83.
Thomas Merrill, in the No. 81 Big Diehl Racing Ford Mustang, headlines at the six-car TA2 class, looking to continue his domination of the West Coast Championship season that’s seen him capture pole and an ensuing victory in every race so far. Merrill also secured an overall victory in TA2 competition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a 27-car field.
While Merrill’s teammate Richard Diehl, in the No. 18 Big Diehl Racing Ford Mustang, will also be in attendance, four other drivers will hope to be the one to snap Merrill’s streak. Michael Mihld, in the No. 55 Track Fanatic Chevrolet Camaro, currently sits second in the points with 73, four points ahead of David Smith, in the No. 5 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, who sits third. However, both need to make up immediate ground at Portland if they have any hope of wresting away the championship from Merrill who currently sits with a comfortable 105 points to his name.
Portland native Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, currently sits fourth in the points but, like Adolphson, should have a hometown advantage come race day.
Tom Klauer, in the No. 48 Naake-Klauer/ iPulluPull Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro, will return to TA2 competition for the first time since his Trans Am debut at Auto Club Speedway in the Trans Am West season opener.
All classes will participate in a single multi-class contest spanning 100.47 miles, 51 laps around the Portland circuit on Sunday, June 29, at 11:05 AM PT.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at SVRA.com
Round 4 of the 2018 Trans Am West Coast Championship Schedule:
Saturday July 28, 2018
11:40 AM – 12:20 PM Trans Am Practice
4:50 PM – 5:10 PM TA/TA3/TA4 Qualifying
5:15 PM – 5:35 PM TA2 Qualifying
Sunday July 29, 2018
11:05 AM – 12:35 PM Trans Am Feature Race
All times pacific
Live Timing: All on-track sessions can be followed at www.gotransam.com and on the Race Monitor app available on Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout sessions on Twitter at @gotransam.
About The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
2017 Champions include: Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Gar Robinson (TA2), Mark Boden (TA3) and Brian Kleeman (TA4).
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