With 850 horsepower and power easily exceeding mechanical grip and aerodynamic downforce, the TA class is the pinnacle class of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. Dating back to 1966, these aggressive machines have a legacy that is decades in the making. With their remarkable speed, incredible sound, and the visceral challenges of pure racing thanks to electronic driver aids being banned, the fans love the cars of the TA class as much as its drivers do.
The Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Series brings back the "Muscle Car Wars" of the 1960s and 1970s, when revered brands like Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford released hot rod versions of their Camaro, Challenger and Mustang to try to prove who made the best performance cars on the American roads. With 530 horsepower, competition is incredibly close because of rules that keep an equal eye on the bottom line and the finish line. This class is growing quickly, with frequent fields of 50+ pony cars.
FIA GT3 cars are some of the most technically interesting cars currently racing. With a narrow window of eligibility, these remarkable machines haven’t had a good place to race-until now. The Trans Am Xtreme GT Class was created to give former GT3 cars a place to race. The class is open to a wide range of GT3 machines and offers custom packages from individual teams and race shops.
In its infancy, Trans Am was a production-based series that pitted makes and models from around the world against one another. That spirit, and the competition that it creates, lives today in the Trans Am Super GT class. With some of the most liberal eligibility rules in North America, SGT welcomes a wide variety of makes and models, promoting crossover from other professional series and club racing. From machinery constructed in a one-man shop to pro-built cars, there’s a place to compete and celebrate the variety of machinery and thrilling competition that road racing offers, while embracing the freedom to build your car your way.
Originally, Trans Am stood as a production-based competition, bringing together the best offerings manufacturers could muster. Those early days of Trans Am competition that ultimately set the stage for all production-based racing that followed. Focused on limited-prep specifications, the Trans Am GT class is designed to bring competitive, cost-effective racing to Trans Am while allowing for crossover from the most popular club racing classes. GT stands as a proving ground for drivers looking for the challenge of a pro racing environment without the skyrocketing costs associated with other series.
Partnering with SCCA, Trans Am launched the Trans Am Pro/Am Challenge in 2021 as a new crossover program to introduce SCCA drivers to the North American stage of Trans Am. The Trans Am Pro/Am Cup Challenge allows SCCA drivers to compete in Trans Am using the same basic SCCA road racing trim for their cars, making the transition back and forth between the SCCA Road Racing program and Trans Am seamless.
Trans Am 101
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli
The Trans Am Series has been thrilling fans and drivers alike since 1966, with a wide range of classes that include production-based entries all the way up to the iconic 800+ horsepower TA Class. This complements Pirelli’s road-to-track philosophy perfectly, with the lessons learned on the track put into practice on street car tires. Pirelli supplies the entire Trans Am field with tires, including a purpose-built competition tire for the TA class and Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Series, enabling the drivers to get the very most out of their cars while showcasing the very best of American racing.
Competition and ultra-high performance are at the very heart of Pirelli, which celebrates more than 110 years of motorsport. Supplying more than 220 car racing championships worldwide, Pirelli invests most into research and development through motorsport, in order for the competition product to be as closely aligned to road car tires as possible.
In 2022, Pirelli and Trans Am unveiled 18-inch tires for the headlining TA class, bringing the tires used on the track even closer to those on the road.
Pirelli Tire North America and the Trans Am Series renewed their partnership through the end of 2024, with the Italian tire company as presenting partner for America’s Road Racing Series.
The Trans Am Series Competition Format
A Trans Am Series race is 100 miles in length, and does not require a mandatory pit stop for fueling, tires or driver changes. A fast-paced sprint, it is driver versus driver, and that means it's flat out racing from start to finish.
The series generally has four to six on-track sessions, including two test sessions (35 to 40 minutes in length) one to two practices (typically 30 minutes in length), one qualifying session (sixty minutes broken into 3 sessions for Trans Am and the production classes and the BMVSC TA2 Series) and two 100-mile races (one for Trans Am and the three production classes, and the other for the BMVSC TA2 Series). Depending on the circuit, the 100 mile race fits into a 90-minute window, including pre- and post-race activities.
Trans Am Series Management
The Trans Am Race Company, LLC manages the day to day business of the Trans Am Series, including marketing, public relations and promotions, while SCCA Pro Racing provides contracted event operations services.
Parella Motorsports Holdings is majority owner of the Trans Am Race Company.
The Trans Am Series is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing Ltd., the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc.
SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans Am, Can-Am and Formula 5000.