Trans Am makes Sonoma return with West Coast Championship
May 30, 2018
Greg Pickett returns to Trans Am action for win number four at Sonoma 40 years after his first
SONOMA, Calif. [May 30, 2018] — Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli action will be featured across the country this weekend with the Trans Am West Coast Championship tackling Sonoma Raceway for Round 2 of its 2018 season while the Series’ primary championship takes on the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear in the heart of the motor city.
The appearance in Sonoma marks Trans Am’s first appearance on the iconic track since YEAR, and to mark the occasion brings a 13-car field— the largest of the West Coast championship so far this year, buoyed by a nine-car TA2 class.
Taking to the track in the TA class will be another icon of North American motorsport, the incomparable Greg Pickett in the No. 6 Flavor Insights Ford Mustang. Pickett, the 2017 West Coast Champ and 1978 Category II Trans Am Champ amongst other accolades, will return to Trans Am action in one-off capacity this weekend, unable to pass up the opportunity to revisit the site of his first career Trans Am win at the then entitled Sears Pointe on May 21, 1978. Pickett also secured two Trans Am victories at Sears Pointe in 1984, the first of which marked the first victory for Roush in the Series.
Pickett will aim to bolster his already expansive Trans Am resumé of 18 wins and 54 podiums across 184 starts with a fourth career TA class win this weekend in 2018, just over forty years since he first climbed to the top of the Trans Am podium.
Challenging Pickett for the honors in TA class action will be Tim Adolphson, fresh off a first career TA class victory at Auto Club Speedway in the No. 88 Cybersight/ Craig Raudman Racing Chevrolet Corvette, and Tomy Drissi, in the No. 8 GoShare Chevrolet Camaro. Drissi started on pole at Auto Club before suffering mechanical difficulties midway through and doubtlessly will be eager to rebound on yet another track in his home state of California.
In TA2, Thomas Merrill, victor of the opening action at Auto Club, will return to action in the No. 81 Big Diehl Racing Ford Mustang, with teammate Richard Diehl, in the No. 18 Big Diehl Racing Ford Mustang, also entered. Merrill led every lap of the opening race and became only the second TA2 driver in Trans Am history to win a multi-class competition outright.
2017 West Coast Championship runner-up Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, and Michael Mihld, in the No. 55 Track Fanatic Chevrolet Camaro, will also work towards building on a strong start to the season at Auto Club, where they finished second and third, respectively.
The TA2 field will also feature four Trans Am debutants: John Cloud, in the No. 41 Team MCTD Chevrolet Camaro; Tim Lynn, in the No. 46 RoofOptions Chevrolet Camaro; Kent Stacy in the No. 66 S3 Racing Chevrolet Camaro; and Chris Qualls, in the No. 74 Ranch Pool Supply Chevrolet Camaro.
Mixing in with the rookies will be David Smith, in the No. 11 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, returning for his second year of TA2 West Coast competition.
Oli Thordarson, in the No. 23 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Chevrolet Corvette, stands the only entrant in the TA3 class.
All classes will compete in a single 100.8-mile, 40-lap race at 4:10 PM PT on Sunday June 3. Trans Am is in attendance at Sonoma alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association which is holding its Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.
Trans Am Event Schedule:
Saturday June 2, 2018
4:10 PM — 4:50 PM Trans Am Practice
Sunday June 3, 2018
8:10 AM — 8:25 AM TA2 Qualifying
8:30 AM — 8:45 AM TA Qualifying
8:50 AM — 9:05 AM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
4:10 PM — 5:25 PM Trans Am 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.