Sheldon Creed to Make Trans Am Debut at Road Atlanta
May 10, 2017
Team News Braselton, GA - May 9, 2017 - Sheldon Creed will make his debut in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, next weekend at the world-famous Road Atlanta circuit, driving a Speedlogix/AM Ortega/United Rentals Dodge Challenger in the TA2 class for Stevens-Miller Racing. The Trans Am Series dates back to 1966 and has produced a who’s who in championship drivers, including Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Kendall, Scott Sharp, and Scott Pruett just to name a few.
Creed — 19 years old, from El Cajon, CA, and best known for his off-road prowess and his X-Games Gold Medal and 2015 and 2016 championships in the Stadium Super Truck Series — began transitioning to pavement racing in 2016, with the goal of racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Creed is tackling a diverse schedule this season with over 20 races in the ARCA Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Trans Am Series, and Stadium Super Trucks Series.
To build on his already-strong road racing skills, mainly acquired in manhandling the beastly Stadium Super Trucks on paved road courses all around the world, Creed will undertake a three-race program with Stevens-Miller Racing in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. In addition to Road Atlanta, Creed will race with SMR at the Mid-Ohio and Road America Trans Am events. Creed plans to pull double-duty at Mid-Ohio and Road America, by also tackling the NASCAR Xfinity Series races both weekends.
Because of his busy racing schedule, Creed will not have the opportunity to test the Speedlogix/SMR Dodge Challenger prior to the Road Atlanta event, nor has he ever driven on the difficult 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit, but through using the virtual training tools of iRacing, SMR in-car video, and Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets Virtual Track Walk of Road Atlanta, he expects to be well-prepared when he straps into the car on Thursday morning for the first time.
Sheldon Creed says of Road Atlanta: “Going into the Road Atlanta Trans Am race without any experience in a Trans Am car or at Road Atlanta might be a little crazy, but I know Joe Stevens and the Stevens-Miller Racing crew have a lot of experience in preparing fast Trans Am cars, and they will have a lot of data to help me get up to speed, so I’m confident that we’ll have a good run and a lot of fun.”
The Road Atlanta round of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will begin with two test sessions on Thursday, May 11th, followed by official practice and qualifying on Friday, May 12th, and the 40-lap/75-minute TA2 Race presented by AEM Infiniti beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 13th.
About Sheldon Creed:
Sheldon Creed, nicknamed “The Showstopper,” began racing BMX at age 3 and won 2 motocross championships at age 6. He has won at least one championship every year since 2008.
25 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 1st Place Finishes
5 Championship Off Road Racing Series 1st Place Finishes
2015 – X-Games Gold Medalist in Stadium Super Trucks
2015 & 2016 Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks Champion
2016 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the ARCA Series, and the world- famous Dakar Rally
2017 – Competing in the ARCA Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Trans Am Series, and Stadium Super Trucks Series