Crossed Flags: TA2 Halfway Points Update

June 15, 2022

Crossed Flags: TA2 Halfway Points Update

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA2 class has shown tremendous growth over prior seasons, with record-breaking entry lists at almost every track this year. As numerous competitors contend for the win each week, the points race is incredibly close, and the points leader has changed after nearly every event.  

The championship is nowhere near decided, and the lead will likely continue to change hands in the remaining six events. The only way to know how 2022 will end is to keep watching every Trans Am race at YouTube.com/TheTransAmSeries or on CBS Sports Network.

Rafa Matos: Leader, 140 Points
Two-time TA2 champion Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang has taken the championship lead for the second time in 2022. Matos started off the season with a bang at Sebring International Raceway, leading nearly every lap on his way to his first victory of the year. He backed up his prowess once again at Sonoma Raceway, where he earned his second win of the season.

Matos’ season has not been without challenges. His biggest was at Road Atlanta, where engine woes took him out of the race early and relegated him to a 34th-place finish. Rain (and rain tires) proved to be an adversary in the most recent race at Lime Rock. However, Matos has shown consistent speed all season, and his past championships show that he can get the job done.

Thomas Merrill: 2nd, 124 Points
Thomas Merrill’s season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but he ended the opening half of the season with a victory at Lime Rock Park by out-driving and out-strategizing his opponents in the rain. He began the year with a podium finish, running the car of his teammate Al Prieto who passed away during the off-season.

Merrill has earned four podium finishes and one Motul Pole Award in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners Ford Mustang, but troubles at Charlotte Motor Speedway and home track WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca have prevented him from climbing higher in the point standings.

Tyler Kicera: 3rd, 118 Points
Tyler Kicera in the No. 77 LIQUI MOLY/Turn 14 Distribution Chevrolet Camaro has also had an up-and-down season, with his lone podium of the 2022 being a victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. He’s been consistently at the front of the field, and all but one finish has been inside the top eight. The outlier came at Sonoma Raceway when he lost an alternator and had to retire early, earning a disappointing 27th-place finish.

Cameron Lawrence: 4th, 115 Points
Two-time TA2 champion Cameron Lawrence has run a consistent campaign so far in his No. 6 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro. He earned podium finishes at Road Atlanta and Lime Rock Park and has finished within the top 10 at every race except for one. Rough racing by his competitors forced him off the track at Laguna Seca and resulted in a 17th-place finish. With a fast car and previous championships under his belt, you can’t count Lawrence out of the championship battle.

Mike Skeen: 5th, 113 Points
2020 TA2 champion Mike Skeen in the No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang has had one of the most interesting seasons of all, making his way into the top five despite running a partial schedule. However, he makes the most of every start, earning two wins (Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca), three podiums and two pole awards in only four starts. The rain at Lime Rock hurt his run, much like his teammate Matos, and he finished 14th at the track despite being fastest in qualifying and leading laps.

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