Trans Am set for West Coast return at Willow Springs
March 22, 2017
Race marks inaugural event for 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli
ROSAMOND, Calif. [March 22, 2017] – After nearly a decade away, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is set to make its return to the West Coast this coming weekend, March 25-26, at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park. The event marks Trans Am’s first appearance in California since 2005 as well as the commencement of a four-round, independent tour and points contest entitled “The 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli.”
As Trans Am makes its return to the Golden State, it brings with it the modern multi-class format that has helped usher in a new age of success for the main championship that primarily tours the East, Midwest and South. All three participating classes will be featured on Willow Spring’s Big Willow circuit, 2.5-miles and nine corners of what has long been labeled the “Fastest Track in the West.”
Joining Trans Am in the TA class are a pair of former Trans Am champions, Los Angeles’ own Tomy Drissi, 2009 Trans Am Champion and driver of the No. 8 Ghost in The Shell Chevrolet Corvette, and road racing icon Greg Pickett, 1978 Trans Am Category II Driver’s Champion now in the No. 68 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang. Together they have amassed 280 career starts, 20 wins and 120 top-five finishes. Picket alone stands second on the all-time list with 180 starts, while Drissi holds 10th with 100 starts to his name.
Making his pro-racing debut with Trans Am will be Adam Carolla, in the No. 33 GoShare Chevrolet Corvette, a long-time automotive enthusiast ready to ply his racing skillset in Trans Am. Carolla brings with him a racing background that stretches back to 1983, highlighted by Grand Prix of Long Beach Toyota Celebrity Race wins in 2012 and 2013. Carolla’s first SCCA win was at Willow Springs and sees his pro career launch on familiar ground.
Also included in the TA class is Carolla’s teammate Claudio Burtin, in the No. 7 Burtin Racing Chevrolet Corvette, making his 65th career Trans Am start and the talents of Kyle Kelley, in the No. 3 Biologic Infusion Pharmacy Chevrolet Corvette, and debutant Ken Davis, in the No. 64 Davis Stone Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.
The vastly popular TA2 class will also make its first appearance on the West Coast, bringing Trans Am’s current day iteration of the famed “pony wars” of days gone by to the Willow Springs circuit—bringing the age old battle between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro back to Trans Am.
Highlighting the TA2 competition is the three-car team of Napoleon Motorsports, featuring the father-son duo of Joe and Justin Napoleon in the No. 91 and No. 90 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaros, who have a combined 33 Trans Am starts to their names. Joining Napoleon Motorsports for Trans Am’s West Coast competition will be 2016 TA2 Championship runner-up Shane Lewis, in the No. 92 Turnkey Industries Chevrolet Camaro. Lewis brings with him a career of success in all road racing formats and particularly in TA2 where he has secured 2 wins, 13 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 finishes in 25 starts. All three members of Napoleon Motorsports will run the entirety of the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship.
Taking on the Napoleon Motorsports team in TA2 will be Chris Cook, in the No. 21 Shockwave Suspension Seating Chevrolet Camaro, and Brad McAllister, in the No. 24 PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang, with both making their first career appearances in Trans Am and TA2.
Trans Am also brings with it the TA3 class, a current-day homage to the Series’ production-based beginnings where domestic and international makes and models battled for supremacy. The Willow Springs event will feature a mix of both American muscle and European exotics with three Trans Am rookies plying their trade in TA3— Tyler McQuarrie, in the No. 14 Safecraft/ CLP Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo, Guy Dreier, in the No. 13 Guy Dreier Designs Maserati Gran Turismo GT4, and Oli Thordarson, in the No. 22 Alvaka Networks/ Trackspec Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.
The weekend will feature one 100-mile, multi-class race with TA, TA2, TA3 and TA4 taking to the 2.5 mile Willow Springs Raceway road course at 3:00 PM PDT on Sunday March 26, 2017.
The entirety of the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship schedule is as follows: Willow Springs International Raceway March 25-26, Auto Club Speedway April 29-30, Portland International Raceway July 29-30 and Circuit of The Americas November 3-4.
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 March 25, 2017
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Practice 1
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Practice 2
Sunday March 26, 2017
9:20 AM – 9:35 AM TA2 Qualifying
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM TA Qualifying
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Trans Am Feature Race
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 Trans Am:
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.
Defending Champions include: Amy Ruman (TA), Tony Buffomante (TA2), Randy Mueller (TA3) and Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA4).
For more on the Series visit www.gotransam.com, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam, or follow Trans Am on Twitter at @gotransam.