Hitt's return to racing producing results

June 11, 2014

Hitt's return to racing producing results

(Team Release) Kerry Hitt. Sounds like a sports name. Batting champion. Linebacker. Basketball 3 point gunner. Hockey fighter. Close. He’s a race car driver. Kerry Hitt is a well established sports car racer that had retired from the sport. Like many other athletes that have some success and enjoy the sport and its lifestyle, he felt the tug to return. Now. He's back in the Trans Am Road Race Series with a top 5 finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Hitt has been part of motorsports since he started Hill Climbing with the SCCA decades ago. He progressed up the SCCA racing ranks from regional to national and then to the SCCA Championship RunOffs. After that he found his way into the high end competition of the Grand Am Rolex Series. He raced in AGT class cars and found podium success, winning a driver's championship.

During this time Hitt also developed Advanced Composite Products, Inc of Harrisburg, PA. Here he developed the bodies that you see on some of the fastest TA class Trans Am Series race cars including Cliff Ebben's race winning Ford Mustang.

In 2013 Mark Meissen convinced Hitt to get back in the seat. "Last year I came out of retirement after 11 years to help Mark Meissen promote his TA and TA2 chassis'. I knew I had to knock some of the rust off and sharpen my racing skills,” Hitt said. "We have run five races this year and I am feeling like we have made good progress."

At New Jersey Motorsports Park Hitt took on the twisting Thunderbolt course with his white #19 Corvette. He qualified a season best 6th. That set up what turned out to be a race long battle with former TA Champion Simon Gregg. Hitt lead that battle for most of the race before an incident took Hitt of track in turn 1 of the final lap of the race. Even with that Hitt finished with his first top 5 finish of the year and his consistent finishes now have him sitting 4th in Trans Am Championship points.

Next on the schedule is the fast and legendary Road America. "Our goals are to finish the season one race at a time to show everyone what a great chassis Mark Meissen builds. The statement I want that to make is that if this 67 year old has been can wheel this car around the track, that it would be a pretty good choice for someone looking to put themselves into quality equipment.

Trans Am Road Racing Series returns to the track on June 21, 2014 at Road America Raceway. You can follow Kerry Hitt's qualifying and racing by using the Live Timing and Scoring feature on GoTransAm.com.

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