Smyre, Fraser, Klutt and Grant headline Trans Am Award Winners from Sebring

March 16, 2017

Smyre, Fraser, Klutt and Grant headline Trans Am Award Winners from Sebring

COOLSHIRT Systems, and TraqGear recognize standout performers from Round 1 

Miami, Fla.  [March 17, 2017] – Aside from the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli hardware distributed to podium finishers in Round 1 of the 2017 season, three additional awards were given out by the Trans Am Series and the following partners: COOLSHIRT Systems, and TraqGear. 

The COOLSHIRT Systems Cool Move of the Race returns to Trans Am for 2017, recognizing either a single pass or collective effort over the course of each race by a standout performer behind the wheel.  On the Sebring opener weekend, the awards were distributed to Peter Klutt, driver of the No. 11 Legendary Motorcar Company Dodge Challenger, and Richard Grant, in the No. 30 Grant Racing Chevrolet Corvette, for their respective performances.   Peter Klutt was recognized for starting 18th in the TA2 race presented by AEM and finishing 11th, while Richard Grant started 19th and finished 8th in the TA, TA3 and TA4 multi-class race.

TraqGear and came to Trans Am looking to acknowledge the hard work of individuals and teams outside of the driver’s seat— names and roles that, while often missing out on the headlines, play pivotal parts in the success of their teams over the course of a race weekend.      In 2017, two Trans Am awards will acknowledge those who often work long nights, tirelessly striving to see their cars made the starting grid:   the Crew of the Race award and the Traq Gear Crew Chief of the Weekend, with both being distributed twice a weekend—once for the TA, TA3 and TA4 multi-class race and once for the TA2 class race.   

In TA, TA3 and TA4 class competition the Crew of the Race was awarded to Tony Ave Racing lead by TraqGear Crew Chief of the Weekend Gregory Smyre.   The Ave crew worked quickly to repair the No. 8 Ghost in The Shell Chevrolet Corvette of Tomy Drissi, heavily damaged in the second practice session of the weekend with qualifying only five hours away.   Drissi not only made the session, but qualified eighth and finished the race second on the podium.  Tony Ave Racing received a product certificate to while Smyre received a TraqGear Sportimer Watch.   

The TA2 competition saw Robinson Racing named Crew of the Race and Jim Fraser named TraqGear Crew Chief of the Weekend.  Fraser oversaw the two-car effort of Gar Robinson and Shane Lewis, who doubled up on the podium—finishing second and third, respectively, after qualifying second and fifth.   Robinson Racing received a product certificate to while Fraser received a TraqGear Sportimers Watch.  

About TraqGear: 

TraqGear™ understands what it takes to be cooler and more comfortable in the racing environment, on and off the track. They do this by mastering one important element in business… listening to their customers. It’s all about performance and being more alert and comfortable translates to better driving. All accomplished without sacrificing safety.

About was launched in 1999 with a goal to specialize in fabricating a high quality line of standard and custom pitboxes. Since that time the boxes have gained such popularity that they have become standard equipment for almost any racer from Go Karters to Motorcycles to Upper levels of motorsports and everything in between. The products offered by have also changed quite a bit over the years having started with a stick built steel frame with a store bought toolbox to a much more modern process of CAD drawn, Laser Cut, Computer formed, all aluminum construction, with an in house built drawer system that is built to with stand not only the use by the race teams but also the many miles on the highway that a race team has to do going from race to race.

About COOLSHIRT Systems: 

COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS is the leading provider of personal cooling systems for surgeons, racecar drivers, football players, fire & emergency services, hazmat, military and industrial workers. COOLSHIRT prides itself in providing the best liquid cooled garments and systems in the world. Their systems help racers perform at their highest levels by improving reaction time, reducing errors, keeping drivers cool and comfortable, reducing dehydration, and helping maintain a safe core body temperature. Systems are designed to operate in the harsh environments seen in racing when the driver needs it the most. 

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