Sheehan’s Promising Start to Nashville Ends Short at Music City Grand Prix
August 8, 2022
Nashville, TENNESSEE – August 8, 2022 - The latest television commercial for the great city of Nashville uses the slogan “Come on Back” to encourage folks to return to the home of Country Music. New Hampshire’s Tom Sheehan is one man who will undoubtedly be keen to do just that after a great start to his race ended prematurely when he had nowhere to go exiting Turn 9 of Lap 1 of the TA2 feature. Blind corners, a tight street circuit, and close racing brought out the yellow flag. Indeed, the opening lap incident at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix was described in commentary as “unlucky” for Sheehan.
Tom put in one of his best qualifying shifts of the season on the exciting Cumberland River circuit, posting up the No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies Ford Mustang in P15 on the grid out of 40 starters with a time of 1:33:538 on his second qualifying lap. Traffic fouled posting faster times for the remaining four attempts.
The No. 97 LTK machine fired off strongly on the drop of the green flag. Sheehan advanced several spots in the opening lap. The early promise quickly gave to racing God miss-favor, as the car was gathered up in the Goikhberg incident in Turn 9. That brought the first full course caution and an early end for Sheehan's race at Round 9 of the 2022 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship season.
Tom is a veteran among the experienced drivers on the circuit. Our reporters got his comments after the race, “We got a good start. We were going to run with those guys. We were up alongside and just needed two more laps to get where pace was pace. A lot of side-by-side racing is tough here. It’s race craft and setting up good exits to move forward. I didn’t see what happened, something got Mischa [Goikhberg]. The No. 20 car got up into the wall at the exit Turn 9 and we were just the first one around the corner. The big hit damaged our car and it was unable to continue. There was nothing I could do, and I was just the first one on the scene. That’s just the way it goes. Short day!"
It was a short day for Tom in a race that was won eventually by youngster Brent Crews, but Tom and the rest of the TA2 drivers will be back in action next month. The Series returns September 7 to 11, when the muscle car series reassembles at the legendary Watkins Glen for Round 10 of the 2022 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship season.
Today’s action from Nashville can be seen on the television channel CBS Sports Network on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30pm ET with an encore presentation at 1:00am ET the following morning.
Keep up with Trans Am driver Tom Sheehan on social media – Facebook page is Damon Racing; Instagram is TomSheehanTA97 and Twitter give us a follow @TomTA2_97.
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