Thwaits the Master at Trans Am Big Machine Vodka Presents the Franklin Road Classic
August 10, 2021
Nashville, TENNESSEE - August 8, 2021 - Tennessee’s own Ken Thwaits collected the Masters award in his very own race, the Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Presents the Franklin Road Classic in Nashville, August , part of the inaugural running of the Music City Grand Prix. He drove a terrific race in the No. 6 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro to climb 17 places from P31 on the grid to finishing P14 at the checkered flag. This capped off a gala weekend for arguably Tennessee’s biggest Camaro collector and the presenting sponsor for the TA2 race.
The Franklin Road Classic in the Music City was Round 8 of the 2021 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship and no fewer than 37 cars lined up on the grid. Staged on Saturday lunchtime in support of the Indycar program which headlined a spectacular weekend of racing and music, the race was one a novel street circuit around the famous city. This proved an innovation that was hugely popular with drivers and locals.
“The general consensus is that the track is really fun,” said Ken. “It's got it all. My hat’s off to the guys that designed the track.”
As headline sponsor on such a special weekend, Ken it would have been understandable had he been distracted by all the razzmatazz but Ken is nothing if not a racer, and in a less than familiar car. Ken had an absolute blast in front of his hometown family and friends en route to a highly creditable finishing position. A disappointing qualifying session meant Ken started in P31, but he got off to an absolute flyer start passing several cars on the first turn, taking him up to P27.
Passing more cars pushed Ken up to P16 after the first yellow flag. An incident on Lap 23 dropped him back to P21 but he was back up to P18 by Lap 34.
The final yellow saw him up to P16 and when the race went green for the last time, a two lap shootout, he was up to P14 which is where he finished. Ken collected a thoroughly deserved Masters award for his efforts and had clearly had a fantastic drive out on the track. He shared his thoughts with us after collecting his award.
“It was one of those races where you just see car, pass car! I just put my head down and thought ‘we’ve got to do the best we can’ and start picking people off. I had a great start and passed three guys right from the get go! I saw a hole and I plugged it. Next thing I know I’m in the top 20, then I’m in the top 15.”
Of the incident that cost him he went on, “Then I got punted and everybody passed me so I had to do it all over again! It was an up and down race, it was a brutal race, but it was badass! It was so much fun. The track is awesome. The fans are amazing. It was great to be part of the podium here at home.”
Of Franklin Road’s involvement in the Nashville spectacular he added, “It made a whole lot of sense for us because the race is in Nashville. Family, friends and clients are all here. I had a suite for the Titans and now I’ve got a suite for the race!”
Ken and Franklin Road have been supporting Trans Am all season and there is a commemorative t-shirt available to highlight the inaugural Music City Grand Prix at www.franklinroadapparel.com.
Ken, who sits in P4 in the TA Class Drivers Championship, will be back in action at Watkins Glen next month when two all class races are being staged for Rounds 8 and 9 of the TA Class season.
Learn more about the Showtime Motorsports team partner, Franklin Road Apparel, at franklinroad.com and showtimemotorsports.net. Keep up to date with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at gotransam.com.
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