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The 'Trans-Am Series' is an automobile racing series held in North America.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Full History of the Trans-Am Series

2 Current Series Format

2.1 Tires / Presenting Sponsor 2.2 Car Classifications

2.2.1 Tube-Frame / Silhouette Body

2.2.1.1 TA 2.2.1.2 TA2

2.2.2 Production based

2.2.2.1 TA3 2.2.2.2 TA4

2.3 Schedules 2.4 Direction of Travel 2.5 Event Protocol

2.5.1 - Practice / Qualifying / Warmup / Race / Length 2.5.2 - Multiple Class Race / Grid (Field) 2.5.3 - Race Start / Finish 2.5.4 - Fuel / Pit Stops / Tire marking / Tire changes 2.5.5 - Flags

2.6 Championships / Awards

3 Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships Chart

3.1 Class Championships by manufacturer

4 Tributes 5 See also 6 Other series based on the Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
model 7 References

History[edit] The 'Trans-Am series' was created in 1966 by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) President John Bishop. Originally known as the Trans-American Sedan Championship, the name was changed to the Trans-American Championship for 1967 and henceforth.[1] The series has in fact gone by a variety of different names through the years (too many to list), some linked to sponsors, some not.[2] It has evolved over time from its original format as a Manufacturers' Championship series for modified passenger sedans and Coupés to its current form as a Drivers' / Manufacturers' Championship Series that is open to GT style racecars. Champion drivers have been officially recognized, and Drivers' Championships awarded since the 1972 season.[3] Over the years, the series has raced on a variety of different types of race tracks (Permanent and temporary road courses / street circuits / airport circuits) all over the country, as well as at venues in Canada, Mexico, and even San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003. Since 2015, Trans Am has been a national series (Continental U.S. only), racing at tracks primarily throughout the East Coast, South, and Midwest. In 2017, the new stand-alone West Coast Championship Series raced at four tracks—three on the West Coast, and one in Texas that was a 'shared event' with the Trans Am Championship Series. For 2018, the Willow Springs, CA race was dropped from the schedule, Sonoma, CA was added, and a shared race with the main series was added at INDY. Each Championship Series is independent of the other. Full History of the Trans-Am Series[edit] Current Series Format[edit] Tires / Presenting Sponsor[edit] In 2017, Pirelli
Pirelli
became the exclusive tire supplier (replacing Hoosier) and presenting sponsor for the Trans Am Series, and all classes use Pirelli
Pirelli
P ZERO radial ply racing slicks.[4] All Trans Am by Pirelli
Pirelli
races go on even if it rains, in which case competitors may pit and change over to softer, treaded rain tires. The change from bias ply tires to Pirelli
Pirelli
P ZERO radial tires has been very well received, and has resulted in faster average speeds and improved lap times in all four classes.[5] Car Classifications[edit] A minimum of two functional brake lights in their approximate stock locations are required on all cars competing in the Trans Am Series. They must be plainly visible, unobscured, and function just as they would on a production car. Starting in 2018, all cars competing in the Trans Am Series must also have "...a minimum of two fully operational rain/tail lights to be used during rain/fog sessions, and/or during twilight sessions." They must be used when the track is wet enough to produce spray, and also under foggy / twilight conditions. Tube-Frame / Silhouette Body[edit] TA[edit]

Vinnie Allegretta's Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette
is one of many in the TA class

TA class cars are high-performance Grand Touring
Grand Touring
race cars with a tubular chassis and a Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro
/ Corvette, Dodge
Dodge
Challenger, or Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
body (full-scale replica) built by Advanced Composite Products (all eligible cars except Corvette C7) or Derhaag Motorsports
Derhaag Motorsports
(Corvette C6, C7 / Camaro Gen 6 only). Many of the entries carry Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette
bodywork, but there are several Ford Mustangs, a couple of Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac CTS-V
coupes, and a Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger
in the class as well. All body types are eligible from the first year of production of the street car to 5 years after production ends. After each car model goes out of production, each body will be partially eligible, and may be used in up to three races per year of eligibility. Two fully functional headlights are recommended but not required. Power comes from overhead valve (two per cylinder), pushrod, naturally aspirated, carbureted 358 cubic inch (5.86 L) V8 engines, producing anywhere from 850 to 875 horsepower.[6][7] The minimum base weight (including driver and driver gear) is 2,780 pounds. Fuel cell capacity is 33 U.S. gallons. Current rules[8] allow for the use of leaded gasoline, whereas all other classes must use unleaded gas. The use of Nitrous Oxide (or other similar compounds or systems), fuel additives, and/or fuel cooling, as well as supercharging or turbocharging is strictly prohibited in all classes. Automatic transmissions are prohibited, and manual transmissions must have no more than 5 forward speeds, and a functional reverse speed. TA2[edit]

Cameron Lawrence gave Dodge
Dodge
its first ever Trans Am Series Championship in 2014

TA2 class rules specify a tubular chassis built by Howe Racing Enterprises, M-1 Motorsports, Mike Cope Racing, or Meissen Enterprises, and a Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro, Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
or Dodge
Dodge
Challenger body (full-scale replica) built by either Five Star Racing Race Car Bodies[9] (Gen 6 Camaros and Mustangs), or Howe Racing Enterprises (all other eligible cars), with the Camaro body being the most popular by far. (See current rule book for body eligibility, as it varies according to model and 'Generation') Two fully functional headlights are recommended but not required. TA2 engines are similar to TA engines, but are fuel injected, and must use restrictor plates, as maximum power is limited to 490 HP. As per current rules, "Nothing may direct or force air to the filter or housing." Transmissions must be commercially available, 'H pattern' manual units with four forward gears (without overdrive) and a reverse. The minimum base weight (including driver and driver gear) for all cars is 3,000 pounds. The costs of shock absorbers, brake calipers & pads, and wheels are controlled, and no titanium or carbon fiber components are allowed, other than the driver's seat. TA2 is currently Trans-Am's most popular class among competitors. Production based[edit] TA3[edit]

Cars such as this Porsche
Porsche
991.2 dominate the TA3 class

The production based TA3 class cars must be of a number of different specified domestic or foreign makes, models, and year of manufacture, from American "muscle cars" to European exotics – such as Aston Martins, BMWs, Corvettes, Camaros, Vipers, Ferraris, Ginettas, Mustangs, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Porsches. As stated in the current rule book, The "...class is intended for recent model sports cars and new option engine Camaros and Mustangs."[10] But "Additional cars having similar performance capabilities and fitting in with the overall concept of the class will be considered for inclusion in the TA3 class". Eligible cars up to 15 years old will now be able to race in the series, and for 5 years after that, older eligible cars will be able to race in up to 5 races per year of eligibility. Unlike TA4 cars, the current rules allow them to "...compete at a higher level of preparation." Standard body appearance must be maintained, including the OEM grille and badge. Two fully functional (clear or yellow tinted) headlights are required. As with TA4, Tube frames are not allowed, and roll cages are mandatory. Some engines are required to have restrictor plates, for the purpose of equalizing performance.[11] Minimum Vehicle Base Weights may be changed for the same purpose. TA4[edit]

Brian Kleeman's Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
is typical of the TA4 class

This class complies more with the "classic" Trans Am standards of the glory era. TA4 class cars must be a modern production-based Ford Mustang, Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro, Dodge
Dodge
Challenger, Maserati Grand Turismo MC Trofeo/GT4, Porsche
Porsche
Cayman X51 Gen 2&3, Cayman GT4 Club Sport Gen 3, or 2009 - 2013 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Gen 1&2. The class is intended to be a competition between late model, nearly stock, high-performance cars. It's an affordable class, and a good place for Trans Am Series beginners to start racing in. As with TA3, some engines are required to have restrictor plates, for the purpose of equalizing performance.[11] Minimum Vehicle Base Weights are adjusted depending on optional components used. Two fully functional (clear or yellow tinted) headlights are required. *See current rule book for complete information on all Trans Am Series rules and regulations. Schedules[edit] In late 2016, the Trans Am Race Company (TARC) announced that after a long absence, the Trans Am Series would return to the West Coast with the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship, partnering with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association
Sportscar Vintage Racing Association
(SVRA).[12] The West Coast Championship Series consists of a separate 3 race competition, plus one round that is shared with the Trans Am Championship Series at Circuit of the Americas. (3 permanent road courses / 1 temporary road course) For 2017, the schedule was reorganized, with five race venues (Homestead-Miami Speedway, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Virginia International Raceway, and New Jersey Motorsports Park) receiving new dates, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
being added, and Louisiana's NOLA Motorsports Park
NOLA Motorsports Park
being dropped. For 2018, the Brainerd, MN and New Jersey Motorsports Park
New Jersey Motorsports Park
races were dropped, and a race at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex
Pittsburgh International Race Complex
was added for the TA, TA2, and TA3 classes only. There are now 11 races on the Trans Am Championship Series schedule (7 permanent road courses / 3 temporary road courses / 1 temporary street circuit), with the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear race[13] being open to TA2 class cars only. For 2018, the West Coast Championship's race at Willow Springs, CA was dropped, Sonoma, CA was added, and a shared race at INDY was added, expanding their series to a separate 3 round competition, plus two shared races (3 permanent road courses / 2 temporary road courses). Direction of Travel[edit] In the Trans Am Series, the direction of travel on the racetrack is up to each race facility. It is usually "clockwise" (right to left, as viewed from outside the track), except at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Circuit of the Americas, and Daytona International Speedway. In the West Coast Championship, the direction of travel is clockwise at Sonoma Raceway, INDY, and Portland International Raceway, and counter-clockwise at Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
and Circuit of the Americas. Event Protocol[edit] *Trans Am Series rules and regulations are extensive and detailed. The main rules relating to a Trans Am race are: - Practice / Qualifying / Warmup / Race / Length[edit] At each race, there are two practice sessions, one qualifying session, an optional warm up session, and the race itself. Since the 1975 season, Trans Am races are ~100 miles in length. As stated in the current Rule Book, "The normal race length of Trans Am Championship, Presented by Pirelli
Pirelli
Races are 100 miles (including the lap that completes the 100 mile length) unless otherwise specified in the Supplemental Regulations or otherwise changed by the CHIEF STEWARD during the course of the event weekend". The CHIEF STEWARD may also limit a race to a certain number of laps, miles, or minutes; whichever comes first. (See current Rule Book for complete information on race length and scoring) - Multiple Class Race / Grid (Field)[edit] TA, TA3, and TA4 class cars all "grid" (2 fastest qualifiers on the front row, slower cars behind them according to qualifying times) and race together during the same "race session" (as the rule book puts it), using a staggered start with the two slower classes starting their respective races (in order of class) behind the TA class grid, being separated from each other as well. The fastest qualifiers in each of the four classes may choose to start on the left or right of the next fastest qualifier on the front row. TA2 class cars have their own separate race. - Race Start / Finish[edit] The series uses a rolling start with (or without) the pace car proceeding parallel to the field, and in pit lane, approaching the Starter at the Start/Finish line, who uses a green flag to signal the start of the race for each of the 3 classes (or the TA2 field). In the absence of a pace car, or if additional pace laps are required, the "pole" car for each class will serve the same function as the pace car from its position in the front row. At the completion of the last lap, the Starter waves a checkered flag, signifying the end of the race. All winning drivers, as well as second and third-place finishers (plus any award winners announced over the official race control frequency) are required to attend the Winner's Circle ceremonies at the victory podium/rostrum. - Fuel / Pit Stops / Tire marking / Tire changes[edit] Trans Am Series racecars carry enough fuel to run the entire race non-stop, making each race a 100-mile sprint that is a test of driver skill and competitiveness. Current rules allow for TA class cars to use leaded (112 Octane) or unleaded (100 Octane) gasoline. All other classes must use unleaded gas. (All fuel is supplied exclusively by Sunoco
Sunoco
Race Fuels) Fuel and refueling on pit lane, or on the grid is strictly prohibited. Fueling / refueling is only permitted in the team's paddock space. Pit stops are neither needed nor required, other than for the purpose of changing over to rain tires, or for some other mechanical or other issue. The pit lane speed limit is 45 miles per hour during all sessions (practice / qualifying / race). As per the current Trans Am rule book, each team has four dry tires (slicks) per car marked by the Trans Am Technical Staff prior to qualifying. "All cars shall start the race on the same set of marked dry tires that they qualified on, or on the set of dry tires the team had marked prior to qualifying if rain tires (treaded) were used in the qualifying session." Teams are only allowed to change one undamaged tire per pit stop without penalty. All damaged tires may be changed without penalty, and a Trans Am pit lane official must verify the damage. Changing over to (or from) any number of rain tires is up to each Crew Chief, and is not limited. - Flags[edit] The series uses flags (six 'advisory' / seven 'mandatory compliance') to communicate with competitors during all qualifying, practice, and race sessions. A "Safety Car" is used to lead the field(s) during all Double Yellow Flag periods. All restarts are single file. The Advisory flags are GREEN (beginning or resumption of a session, and that the course is clear), BLACK AND WHITE DIVIDED DIAGONALLY (shown once only to the Driver with a number board from the Starter as a Warning for 'Unsportsmanlike Behavior'), BLUE WITH YELLOW DIAGONAL or SOLID BLUE (advisory for competitor following you), YELLOW WITH RED STRIPES (caution, the racing surface may be affected by fluids and/or debris), WHITE (caution, you are approaching a slow moving vehicle), and WHITE WAVED AT START/FINISH LINE (last lap of competition). The Mandatory Compliance flags are BLACK (shown to the Driver with a number board from the Starter and/or at designated flag station(s) on the circuit. The Driver must report to Series Officials on pit lane for consultation and/or penalty within four (4) laps or face possible additional disciplinary actions), BLACK WITH ORANGE DISC IN CENTER (shown to the Driver with a number board from the Starter and/or at designated flag stations on the circuit to advise of a mechanical problem that may endanger the Driver or other competitors. Driver must report immediately to their assigned pit at reduced speed and may not rejoin the session until released by the Technical Director or his designate), YELLOW (local / partial course caution – must reduce speed and line up in single file – no passing), WAVED YELLOW (use great caution!), DOUBLE YELLOW (full course caution – no passing), RED (the session has been stopped – use caution and proceed immediately to pit lane – no passing), and BLACK AND WHITE CHECKERED (completion of practice, qualifying, or race). In January 2018, the Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) announced that it had "...reached an agreement with Audible Flagging Systems (AFS), now the Official Flagging System Provider of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. AFS, the industry leader for in-car race flagging systems, will be installed in all Trans Am race cars to warn drivers of caution flags immediately and simultaneously. The system is proven to also minimize secondary collisions, which can be particularly dangerous and damaging." "The onboard system not only flashes a brilliant yellow light inside the car but also emits an audible warning tone to alert competitors of caution conditions."[14] The new in-car flagging system will be installed free of charge to all Trans Am Series competitors to keep the cost of racing in the series in check. Additionally, the new system is supplemental, and does not replace Race Control, driver spotters, or corner workers (flaggers). Championships / Awards[edit] Originally, Manufacturers' Championship points were awarded in all classes to the top 6 finishing positions of each make of car: 9-6-4-3-2-1. Beginning in 1972, the SCCA instituted a Drivers' Championship that would be based on overall finishing position from 1st through 10th places: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. Beginning in 1990, the top 25 finishers were awarded points as follows: 30-27-25-23-21-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-1. Currently, Manufacturers' Championship points are earned in exactly the same manner they were originally. (*Vehicles must be classified as finishers to score Manufacturers' points.) Final point standings ties will be decided by which manufacturer has more wins, second-place finishes, etc., as necessary to determine the winner. Series Champions in each of the four competition classes are determined based on points accumulated during the season. Drivers' Championship points are awarded as follows: At each race, after Qualifying has been completed, 3 points are awarded to the First Qualifier, 2 to the Second Qualifier, and 1 to the Third Qualifier. The top 24 finishers in each class, at each race are awarded points as follows: 30-27-25-23-21-20-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2. All other finishers are awarded 1 point, provided they took the green flag at the start of the race. During each race, 1 point is awarded to any driver leading a lap in class, as well as 1 point for leading the most laps in class for each race. In all classes, the driver's lowest scoring race of the first five events will be dropped, and no Championship points will be awarded for it. (*A driver must be classified as a starter to score Championship points.) Series Champions are awarded the brand new for 2017 Trigon Trophy (sponsored by 3-Dimensional Services Group, and custom designed by longtime partner Crystal Sensations).[15] According to The Trans Am Race Company, LLC President John Claggett, "The base is shaped as a “D”… The crystal is essentially 3 sided… thus… the Trigon Trophy reflects the sponsorship. And yes… They are beautiful." The Trans Am Series' traditional colors are red and black, and Pirelli's color is yellow, with The Trigon Trophies incorporating those design elements. Rookie of the Year winners in each class are also determined by points accumulated during the season. After the results of each race are "final", the COOLSHIRT Systems "Cool Move of the Race" Award (If applicable, it is given to the outstanding driver of the race, and the "move" could also be a 'move up through the field'.), pitboxes.com Crew Award, and Traq Gear Crew Chief Award are given out. *See current rule book for complete information on all Trans Am Series rules and regulations. Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships Chart[edit]

Year Champion Manufacturer [16] Champion Driver Car Team

1966 Over 2-liter – Ford --- Drivers' Championship not awarded until 1972 ---

Under 2-liter – Alfa Romeo[17]

1967 Over 2-liter – Ford

Under 2-liter – Porsche[18]

1968 Over 2-liter – Chevrolet

Under 2-liter – Porsche[19]

1969 Over 2-liter – Chevrolet

Under 2-liter – Porsche[20]

1970 Over 2-liter – Ford

Under 2-liter – Alfa Romeo[21]

1971 Over 2.5-liter – American Motors

Under 2.5-liter – Datsun[22][23]

1972 Over 2.5-liter – American Motors

Over 2.5-liter – George Follmer

AMC Javelin Roy Woods Racing

Under 2.5-liter – Datsun[24] Under 2.5-liter – John Morton

Datsun
Datsun
510 Brock Racing Enterprises

1973 Porsche Peter Gregg Porsche
Porsche
911 Brumos Porsche

1974 Porsche Peter Gregg Porsche
Porsche
911 Brumos Porsche

1975 Chevrolet John Greenwood Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette John Greenwood Racing

1976 Cat. 1 – American Motors Cat. 1 – Jocko Maggiacomo AMC Javelin Jocko's

Cat. 2 – Porsche Cat. 2 – George Follmer Porsche
Porsche
934 Vasek Polak
Vasek Polak
Racing

1977 Cat. 1 – Porsche Cat. 1 – Bob Tullius Jaguar XJS Group 44

Cat. 2 – Porsche Cat. 2 – Ludwig Heimrath Porsche
Porsche
934 Heimrath Racing

1978 Cat. 1 – Jaguar Cat. 1 – Bob Tullius Jaguar XJS Group 44

Cat. 2 – Chevrolet Cat. 2 – Greg Pickett Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Pickett Racing

1979 Cat. 1 – Chevrolet Cat. 1 – Gene Bothello Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette FEMSA/Kennedy

Cat. 2 – Porsche Cat. 2 – John Paul, Sr. Porsche
Porsche
935 John Paul, Sr.

1980 Chevrolet John Bauer Porsche
Porsche
911 Larry Green Racing

1981 Chevrolet Eppie Wietzes Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Swiss Chalet

1982 Pontiac Elliott Forbes-Robinson Pontiac
Pontiac
Firebird Huffaker Engineering

1983 Chevrolet David Hobbs Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro DeAtley Motorsports

1984 Lincoln Mercury Tom Gloy Mercury Capri Lane Sports Racing

1985 Lincoln Mercury Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Mercury Capri Roush Racing

1986 Lincoln Mercury Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Selix/Protofab Racing

1987 Lincoln Mercury Scott Pruett Merkur XR4Ti Roush Racing

1988 Audi Hurley Haywood Audi
Audi
200 Quattro Turbo Group 44

1989 Ford Dorsey Schroeder Ford
Ford
Mustang Roush Racing

1990 Chevrolet Tommy Kendall Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Beretta Spice Engineering

1991 Chevrolet Scott Sharp Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro American Equipment Racing

1992 Chevrolet Jack Baldwin Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro American Equipment Racing

1993 Chevrolet Scott Sharp Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro American Equipment Racing

1994 Ford Scott Pruett Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro American Equipment Racing

1995 Chevrolet Tommy Kendall Ford
Ford
Mustang Roush Racing

1996 Ford Tommy Kendall Ford
Ford
Mustang Roush Racing

1997 Ford Tommy Kendall Ford
Ford
Mustang Roush Racing

1998 Chevrolet Paul Gentilozzi Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Rocketsports Racing

1999 Ford Paul Gentilozzi Ford
Ford
Mustang Rocketsports Racing

2000 Qvale Brian Simo Qvale
Qvale
Mangusta Huffaker/ Qvale
Qvale
Motorsports

2001 Jaguar Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2002 Ford Boris Said Panoz
Panoz
Esperante ACS Express Racing

2003 Jaguar Scott Pruett Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2004 Jaguar Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2005 Jaguar Klaus Graf Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2006 --- Not Awarded --- Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2007 --- No Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
---

2008 --- No Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
---

2009 Jaguar Tomy Drissi Jaguar XKR Rocketsports Racing

2010 Chevrolet Tony Ave Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Lamers Racing

2011 Chevrolet TA1: Tony Ave Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Lamers Racing

TA2: Bob Stretch Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Fix Rim Mobile Wheel Repair

2012 Chevrolet TA: Simon Gregg Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Derhaag Motorsports

TA2: Bob Stretch Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Fix Rim Mobile Wheel Repair

Panoz GGT: Chuck Cassaro Panoz Esperante
Panoz Esperante
GTS Cassaro Racing

2013 Chevrolet TA: Doug Peterson Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Tony Ave
Tony Ave
Racing

TA2: Cameron Lawrence Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Miller Racing

Ford TA3-American Muscle: Chuck Cassaro

Ford
Ford
Mustang Cassaro Racing

Porsche TA3-International: David C. Seuss

Porsche
Porsche
996 GT3 Northern Light

2014 Chevrolet TA: Doug Peterson Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Tony Ave
Tony Ave
Racing

Dodge TA2: Cameron Lawrence Dodge
Dodge
Challenger Miller Racing

Chevrolet TA3-American Muscle: Ernie Francis, Jr.

Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Breathless Performance Racing

TA3-International: Jason Berkeley

Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette
C6R BMG Management

2015 Chevrolet TA: Amy Ruman Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Ruman Racing

TA2: Gar Robinson Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Robinson Racing

TA3-American Muscle: Ernie Francis, Jr.

Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Breathless Performance Racing

Dodge TA3-International: Lee Saunders

Dodge
Dodge
Viper V10 PWR Racing

2016 Chevrolet TA: Amy Ruman Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Corvette Ruman Racing

Ford TA2: Tony Buffomante Ford
Ford
Mustang Mike Cope Racing

BMW TA3: Randy Mueller BMW
BMW
M3 Epic Motorsports

Ford TA4: Ernie Francis, Jr. Ford
Ford
Mustang Breathless Performance Racing

Porsche TA5: Tim Kezman Porsche
Porsche
997 Fall-Line Motorsports

2017 Ford TA: Ernie Francis Jr. Ford
Ford
Mustang Breathless Performance Racing

Chevrolet TA2: Gar Robinson Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro Robinson Racing

Porsche TA3: Mark Boden Porsche
Porsche
991 GT3 Cup Fall-Line Motorsports

Ford TA4: Brian Kleeman Ford
Ford
Mustang DWW Motorsports

Class Championships by manufacturer[edit]

Manufacturer Championships

Chevrolet 29

Ford 14

Porsche 12

Jaguar 6

Lincoln Mercury 4

American Motors
American Motors
(AMC) 3

Alfa Romeo 2

Datsun 2

Dodge 2

Audi 1

BMW 1

Panoz 1

Pontiac 1

Qvale 1

v t e

Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
seasons

1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

v t e

Tracks of the Trans-Am Series

Current

Circuit of the Americas Belle Isle Brainerd Daytona Homestead Indianapolis Mid Ohio New Jersey Road America Road Atlanta Sebring Virginia Watkins Glen

Current (West Coast Championship)

Circuit of the Americas Fontana Portland Willow Springs

Future

Pittsburgh

Future (West Coast Championship)

Indianapolis Sonoma

Former

Addison Bowmanville Bridgehampton Brooklyn Caesars Palace Castle Rock Charlotte Cleveland College Station Crows Landing Dallas Denver Des Moines Edmonton (City Centre Airport) Edmonton (EIS) Grand Rapids Green Valley Hallett Houston Joliet Laguna Seca Las Vegas Lime Rock Long Beach Loudon Mannford Marlboro Meadowdale Meadowlands Memphis Mexico City Miami (Bayfront Park) Miami (Bicentennial Park) Miami (Tamiami Park) Miller Minneapolis Montréal Mont-Tremblant Nelson Ledges Niagara Falls NOLA Olathe Palm Beach Phoenix Pikes Peak Pocono Reno Riverside Sanair San Diego San Jose San Juan Seattle Stardust St. Louis St. Petersburg Summit Point Texas Topeka Toronto Trois-Rivières Vancouver Washington D.C. Wentzville Westwood Wild Horse Pass

Tributes[edit]

The "Historic Trans Am Series" is "...simply a group of individuals who wish to share our appreciation for the great race series -- the Trans Am -- during its heyday from 1966 to 1972." Original racecars from Trans-Am's "golden era" are faithfully restored to original condition, and then "raced" at select events. They are a regular group at historic automobile racing events. In 2010, the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
in Monterey, California paid tribute to the under 2000cc group. On occasion, the Monterey Historics and its former sister event at Sonoma Raceway, also in California, have paid tribute to 1980s Trans-Am cars, often referring to them as "IMSA GTO" cars. In recent years, the Sonoma event has referred to them as "SCCA cars". A few teams in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, which is reminiscent of the old Trans-Am Series, have painted their vehicles to resemble the old Trans-Am cars. In 2010 Multimatic Motorsports
Multimatic Motorsports
painted their Ford
Ford
Mustangs to resemble those of Parnelli Jones and George Follmer. Also entered that year was a modern version of the Sunoco sponsored Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Camaro. The Pontiac
Pontiac
Firebird Trans Am was named after the series. According to SCCA archives, that brand has taken 7 wins and 1 Championship in the 42 year old series' 450+ events. The last win by a Pontiac
Pontiac
Firebird Trans Am was in 1984. Tommy Kendall
Tommy Kendall
previously drove a Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger
using tribute livery modeled after Sam Posey's 1970 Challenger.

See also[edit]

"The History of the Trans Am Series"(1966 – 1995) YouTube/ Speedvision
Speedvision
video History of the Trans Am Series 1966-1995 DVD List of Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
marques Trans-Am production cars

Other series based on the Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
model[edit] The Trans-Am Series
Trans-Am Series
has used tube-frame / silhouette cars, similar to the original IMSA GT Series, since the early 1980s, with heavy emphasis on GT cars. The SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge
SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge
and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
racing series, run by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), respectively, utilize modified production-based cars, sports cars, and touring cars, similar in spirit to the Trans-Am Series since the 1980s. With the rise of these other series, Trans-Am saw decreased attention from the media, however, Speedvision
Speedvision
did occasionally cover Trans-Am races until the series' demise in 2006. References[edit]

^ Erickson, Keith (May 17, 2017). "Historic Trans Am History". Historic Trans Am.  ^ Erickson, Keith (May 17, 2017). "Trans Am Championship". TheThirdTurn.com.  ^ Erickson, Keith. "Trans Am Championship". The Third Turn. Retrieved August 18, 2017.  ^ Erickson, Keith. " Pirelli
Pirelli
Tires becomes official tire supplier". Speed Sport. Retrieved May 1, 2017.  ^ Erickson, Keith (July 12, 2017). " Pirelli
Pirelli
named Official Tire, Presenting Sponsor of the Trans Am Series". Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  ^ Erickson, Keith (May 17, 2017). "TA Class". GoTransAm.com.  ^ Erickson, Keith. "55-car Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli
Pirelli
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Classes of auto racing

Formula racing

F1 F2 F3 F4 F500 Formula 1000 Formula Atlantic Formula Car Challenge Formula Continental Formula E Formula Ford FF1600 Formula Libre Formula Vee IndyCar Super Formula Supermodified BOSS GP Monoposto Racing Club

Defunct Formula racing

F3000 F5000 Formula A (SCCA) Formula B (SCCA) Formula C (SCCA) FCJ Formula Dream Formula Holden Formula Junior Formula Mondial Formula Pacific Formula Super Vee Australian National Formula Grand Prix Masters Tasman Formula

One-make formulae

CFGP Formula Abarth Formula Car Challenge Formula LGB

Swift Hyundai

Formula Maruti Formula Masters China Formula Mazda Formula Renault Formula Toyota GP3 Indy Lights SRF USF2000 FIA Formula 2 Championship

Defunct one-make formulae

A1GP ADAC Formel Masters Auto GP Barber Pro FA1 Formula Alfa Formula Asia Formula BMW FC Euro Series Formula König Formula Lightning Formula Nissan Formula Opel/Vauxhall Formula Palmer Audi Formula RUS Formula Rolon Formula SCCA Grand Prix Masters GP2 International Formula Master Superleague Formula World Series Formula V8 3.5

Karting

KF1 KF2 KF3 KZ1 KZ2 Superkart

Touring car racing

DTM WTCR BTCC Group F Group G Group H Super 2000 Diesel 2000 NGTC (TCN-1) TCR (TCN-2) Supercars TC2000

Defunct touring car racing

Appendix J BTC-T Group 1 Group 2 Group 5 Group A Group C
Group C
(Australia) Group E Group N Group N
Group N
(Australia) Group S Class 1 Super Touring
Super Touring
(Class 2) Superstars V8Star WTCC

Stock car racing

ARCA Allison Legacy Series AUSCAR IMCA Sport Compact Late model Legends Modifieds NASCAR

Monster Energy NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup Xfinity Truck Pinty's Whelen Euro Series PEAK Mexico

Super Stock Street Stock Brasil Turismo Carretera

Oval racing

BriSCA F1 BriSCA F2 V8 Hotstox Hot Rods Superstocks Sprint car racing Midget car racing Quarter Midget racing

Rallying

Group R Group R-GT Super 2000 Super 1600 World Rally Car

Defunct rallying

Group 1 Group 2 Group 4 Group A Group B Group N Group S

Sports prototypes

Clubmans DP Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group A
Group A
Sports Cars Group C GC GC-21 Group CN IMSA GTP LMP LMPC S2000

Grand touring

LM GTE (GT2) GT3 GT4 GT500 GT300 Trans-Am Appendix K Group D GT Cars

Defunct grand touring

Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group B Group D Production Sports Cars GT1 (1993–99) GT2 (1993–99) FIA GT1 (2000-12) IMSA AAGT IMSA GTO/GTS IMSA GTU IMSA GTX

Drag racing

Top Fuel
Top Fuel
Dragster (TF/D) Top Alcohol
Top Alcohol
Dragster (TA/D) Top Fuel
Top Fuel
Funny Car
Funny Car
(TF/FC) Pro Stock
Pro Stock
(PS) Pro Modified (Pro Mod) Pro FWD Super Comp/Quick Rod Top Doorslammer

Defunct drag racing

Top Gas Modified Altered Competition Super Stock

Off-road racing

Baja Bug Dune buggy Rallycross Trophy Truck Group T4 Truggy

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