On This Day in Trans Am History: May 10, 2014
May 10, 2020
May 10, 2014
Doug Peterson took a giant step towards capturing his second-consecutive Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli title by taking the 100 Miles of Luna-C at Road Atlanta, the third round of the 2014 campaign.
Driving the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette, Peterson won the pole and led all 40 laps around the 2.54-mile circuit.
Amy Ruman qualified second in the No. 23 McNichols Company Corvette and proved to be Peterson’s toughest rival. They battled nose to tail several times throughout the first half of the race, before Ruman got caught behind lapped traffic – allowing John Baucom to take second in the No. 86 Roadraceparts.com Ford Mustang.
Ruman had another opportunity on a restart with 10 laps remaining, but spun as she was challenging the leaders and fell back to sixth.
Baucom had another opportunity on a restart with three laps remaining, but came up 2.445-seconds short at the checkered flag. David Pintaric finished third in the No. 57 Kryderacing Corvette, followed by Ruman and Simon Gregg in the No. 59 Gregg Motorsports Corvette.
Rookie Russ Snow led the TA3 International class, ninth overall in the No. 20 Carbotech Corvette. Taking 11th and winning in TA3 American Muscle was Todd Napieralski in the No. 39 Tremec Chevrolet Camaro.
Adam Andretti scored a come-from-behind victory in the accompanying TA2® event. Starting on the pole in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro, Andretti led the opening two laps before giving way to Cameron Lawrence in the No. 1 CTEK Camaro.
Lawrence and Andretti had contact on lap 6, allowing two-time TA2® champ Bob Stretch to take the lead. Lawrence cut a tire in the incident and lost a lap.
Stretch slowed with engine failure with 13 laps remaining, allowing Andretti to regain the lead and cruise to a 26.334-second victory over Ron Keith in the No. 25 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang. Meanwhile, Lawrence fought back, unlapping himself en route to a seventh-place finish, maintaining the points lead in a successful bid for a second-consecutive TA2® title.
Cover photo by Mark Windecker