On this Day in Trans Am History: Sept. 21, 2018
September 21, 2020
Sept. 21, 2018
Scott Lagasse Jr. scored his first-career Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli victory in the TA2® Muscle Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.
Lagasse claimed his second-consecutive pole in the No. 95 SLR/Lawrence Equipment/M1 Fastrack Chevrolet Camaro with a lap of 1:51.811-seconds, edging Tony Ave in the No. 25 BC Race Cars Camaro by 0.064-seconds. Lagasse also won the pole at Watkins Glen International, but suffered a heartbreaking loss when his car lost power while leading.
VIR also didn’t start out as hoped for the St. Augustine, Fla., driver. Ave applied heavy pressure over the opening four laps until Lagasse went off course on lap five, allowing Ave and Rafa Matos to get by. Matos then passed Ave to take over the lead.
After a short caution for grass scattered on the racing surface, Lagasse caught Matos on the Lap 19 restart, with Ave following him to take over second. Ave and Matos applied pressure throughout the remainder of the event, but Lagasse was not to be denied his first Trans Am victory.
Ave finished second for his 34th podium appearance in his 97th Trans Am start, with Matos taking third in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Camaro to clinch the TA2® championship.
“I feel like we’ve had a couple slip on us that nobody noticed,” said Lagasse, who also had victory slip out of his grasp at Indianapolis. “It made our team mad, work hard. After that I was convinced I was just going to run qualifying laps all day long. I was going to make mistakes and I’m going to continue to make mistakes, but I’m going to get better and make less of them. I did that today. I didn’t have a ton left at the end, but I thought if I got a big enough lead I’d be ok— and I was.”
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