Podium Success for Burtin Racing GoShare/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro
August 14, 2017
[Team News] -- Lexington, OH – August 14, 2017 – Burtin Racing driver and Trans Am rookie Martin Ragginger came up just short of victory at Mid-Ohio for the First Energy 100. The No. 50 GoShare/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro scored the second place finish in Saturday’s feature 100-mile race.
Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli hosted a two-day event that consisted of two practices and race for the TA class. Martin Ragginger paced top of the charts in both preliminary sessions and looked like a strong threat for pole position. Unfortunately, due to lightning and severe weather, qualifying was cancelled and the grid was determined by driver championship points. This meant that Ragginger’s Camaro would line up 14th for the race.
Round 7 of Mid-Ohio was a special weekend for Trans Am with Burtin Racing’s debut of a new Chevrolet Camaro body style in competition and the team’s partner Axalta showcased their Color of the Year, Gallant Gray, on Ragginger’s No. 50 GoShare entry.
Race day was highly anticipated by the whole Burtin Racing team after Ragginger’s stellar efforts in practice. From the green flag, Ragginger quickly moved through the field and persisted through some braking issues to put himself in the second position with only leader Ernie Francis, Jr. in his sights. After a furious battle following a late-race full-course caution and restart, the GoShare/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro concluded the day in second position.
“I think our car was amazing, same as in practice,” stated Martin Ragginger, driver of the GoShare/Axalta Camaro. “Our problem toward the end was brakes, it is hard to drive a car without brakes. When I had a chance I would cool them down but it was still a great day and I couldn’t thank my team enough.”
Claudio Burtin, team owner, shared a similar reaction, “Everybody wants to win, we race to win. I guess second is the next best position. The new Camaro body style was fantastic and our GoShare/Axalta car was fast.”
Ragginger was awarded the COOLSHIRT Systems Cool Move of the Race for his charge up through the field during the race.
Next up on the Trans Am schedule is Round 8 at Road America in Wisconsin on August 26th.
The Mid-Ohio race will broadcast on CBS Sports Network on August 30th at 10:00pm ET.
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