On this Day in Trans Am History: Sept. 30, 2011
September 30, 2020
Sept. 30, 2011
It was a day of firsts at Road Atlanta for the 2011 Trans Am presented by Pirelli season finale at Road Atlanta.
Amy Ruman became the first woman to win in the 45-year history of the series, while Ferrari posted its first – and only – victory in Trans Am competition.
Ruman was coming off a standout performance in the second race of the doubleheader at Brainerd International Raceway. She led the first 11 laps before rain spoiled her chances, finishing third.
At Road Atlanta, Ruman passed race leader Mike Lewis on the restart following the fourth of five cautions in the 40-lap race. She led the final five laps and went on to win by 1.679-seconds in the No. 23 McNichols Corvette, with the race going yellow for the finish due to a late incident.
"It feels great," Ruman said after the race. "I feel like it's long overdue for our team, but I'm excited to be up here. We worked really hard race after race and unfortunately, our best results were always third. We couldn't seem to break that barrier the last couple years. I led at Brainerd and then it started raining, and it just seemed like there was always something blocking our way, mechanical problems or getting hit. This is a great way to finish the year for our team.”
Lewis finished second in the No. 12 Jaguar XKR, while Doug Harrington completed the podium in a Corvette. Current competitors Doug Peterson and Simon Gregg rounded out the top five.
Tony Ave led early in the race before encountering mechanical problems and pitted at the midway point. He already clinched his second-consecutive championship with a doubleheader sweep at Brainerd, and had won six of the eight races entering the finale.
Ferrari scored its lone Trans Am victory with Scott Tucker winning in the debut of the Global GT class driving the No. 55 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 430. It was the second – and final – Trans Am race for the controversial Kansas businessman, who also won at Road America earlier in the eason in a Porsche 997.
Another first was scored in TA2®, where Mike Skeen scored his initial career victory. He had a good battle with already crowned champion Bob Stretch , who went out with mechanical problems.
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