Berkeley ready for title defense in TA3i
February 23, 2015
(Team Release) New York, NY - Jason Berkeley, the current Trans Am TA3I Champion and Rookie of the Year, along with his BMG Management / Berkeley Motorsports Team, will be returning to the Trans Am series in 2015 to defend their TA3I title in the team's Chevrolet Corvette C6R.
After an epic year that saw Berkeley claim three wins and three poles on his way the to the Trans Am TA3I title, he and his team are not resting on their laurels for 2015. "We have been engaged in a significant three-pronged development problem since the car got back to the Back Street Performance shop after Daytona. Driver safety, performance and driver comfort," Berkeley said.
Team Technical Director Erik Johnson and Crew Chief Matt Carson further clarified- "Safety is always paramount, and given the speeds these cars are going, we saw some opportunities to improve the safety package on the teams C6R Corvette. The constant need to improve performance goes without saying, but after analyzing all of our data from last season, we found a couple of areas to focus on where we thought some real performance gains could be achieved," according to Johnson. Added Crew Chief Matt Carson: "With the 100 mile race format, we also worked on some driver comfort issues to help Jason get the most out of the car over the full race distance. We're looking forward to our first day of testing at Sebring this week to validate our off-season work."
With the start of the 2015 season at Sebring International Raceway just days away, Berkeley and the team are excited to get back to racing. "It's been a real short off-season, but I can't wait to get back behind the wheel and start the challenge of defending this Championship in the Foametix Trans Am 100 this week. There are over 70 entries for the first race- a new record for the series! The series is also going to some great new tracks this year, like Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and Nola Motorsports Park in New Orleans. Along with the series TV package with the CBS Sports Network this year, I couldn't be any more excited to be a part of the continued growth of the Trans Am series," said Berkeley
It seems only fitting that the new record entry comes at Sebring, the track where it all began for Trans Am in 1966 and where the previous record entry took place in 1967— setting the stage for Trans Am to charge into a new season, and potentially a new era, for America’s Road Racing Series.
How to watch: The Foametix Trans Am 100 at Sebring International Raceway will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 PM, EDT.