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Trans Am heads for Mid-Ohio

Trans Am heads for Mid-Ohio


The Trans Am Collection offered by Pirelli heads to Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automotive Course this weekend for the primary official race of the summer season. TA/XGT/SGT/GT opponents are reunited with the Large Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Collection for the primary time since final month’s race at Lime Rock Park following two standalone occasions. TA2 most lately competed in a doubleheader on the new Detroit Grand Prix course on the downtown streets, and the TA and manufacturing lessons come to Ohio straight from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the place they competed on the Brickyard final weekend for the primary time since 2019. This weekend’s two races will formally shut out the primary half of the 2023 season for opponents in all lessons.


Friday, June 23

5:20-5:55 p.m. ET


Saturday, June 24

1:15 p.m. ET

Race Size: 45 Laps/75 Minutes

TV Broadcast:


Thursday, June 29

9:00 p.m. ET


Saturday, June 24

5:00-5:35 p.m. ET


Sunday, June 25

12:40 p.m. ET

Race Size: 45 Laps/75 Minutes

TV Broadcast:


Thursday, June 29

8:00 p.m. ET

Previous winners at Mid-Ohio
9 drivers on this weekend’s entry record have tasted victory at Mid-Ohio. Thomas Merrill and Rafa Matos have essentially the most victories on the monitor, tied at two every. Milton Grant scored the primary win of his Trans Am profession in final yr’s occasion earlier than happening to develop into the 2022 SGT champion.

Matthew Brabham, No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (2022)
Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (2021)

Milton Grant, No. 55 Springhill Suites/Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup (2022)
Lee Saunders, No. 84 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper (2014)

Todd Napieralski, No. 39 Chevrolet Camaro (2013)

Thomas Merrill, No. 26 Bennett/HP Tuners/Mike Cope Race Automobiles Mustang (2022, 2020)
Rafa Matos, No. 88 3-Dimensional Companies Group Ford Mustang (2021, 2018)
Adam Andretti, No. 41 Final Headers Chevrolet Camaro (2014)
Doug Peterson, No. 87 3-Dimensional Companies Group Ford Mustang (2014, TA)

Ohio locals come house
Three drivers on this weekend’s entry record name the state of Ohio house. Amy Ruman’s hometown of Stow, Ohio is closest to the monitor, lower than an hour and a half away from the Lexington, Ohio venue.

Amy Ruman, No. 23 McNichols Co./Valley Automotive Group Chevrolet Corvette (Stow)
David Pintaric, No. 57 Kryderacing Ford Mustang (Canfield)

William Moore, No. 33 Hawk/Swift Filters Chevrolet Camaro (Chagrin Falls)

Dyson and Brabham battle for prime spot
Following final weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CD Racing proprietor and two-time champion Chris Dyson within the No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang and his teammate Matthew Brabham within the No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang sit first and second within the TA factors, with Brabham only one level behind Dyson. The 2 opponents have been neck and neck all season, with every scoring two wins. Brabham has the slight edge in the case of qualifying, incomes two Motul Pole Awards to Dyson’s one.

CD Racing has been dominant thus far this yr, with 4 wins and three 1-2 finishes in simply 5 TA races. The staff has received each race this season aside from Lime Rock Park, which was received by Justin Marks within the No. 99 Trackhouse Chevrolet Camaro.

Amy Ruman at house with new sponsor
Two-time champion Amy Ruman is feeling at house this weekend at Mid-Ohio, which isn’t too removed from her hometown of Stow, Ohio. Presently fifth within the level standings, Ruman lately welcomed aboard a brand new sponsor, Valley Automotive Group, which debuted on her No. 23 McNichols Co./Valley Automotive Group Chevrolet Corvette final weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and returns for this weekend’s hometown race. Valley Automotive Group is a number one automobile and truck dealership community with places all through Ohio and Michigan.

“We couldn’t consider a greater individual to sponsor than Amy,” mentioned Christopher O’Donnell, Chief Working Officer and Vice President of the Valley Automotive Group. “Amy embodies the constructive, hardworking, never-quit perspective of our firms and he or she is a improbable ambassador to the game.”

Ruman has made 11 begins at Mid-Ohio, with a greatest end of second in June of 2012.

David Pintaric a hometown hero
One other native driver this weekend is David Pintaric within the No. 57 Kryderacing Ford Mustang from close by Canfield, Ohio. Pintaric scored a third-place end at Mid-Ohio final season in a triumphant return after a three-race hiatus. Pintaric battled each a recuperation from COVID-19 and mechanical points within the early a part of final season, however his well being and his racecar each appeared to be absolutely recovered at Mid-Ohio. Pintaric’s greatest end at his house monitor is second, which he earned in 2016. The Ohio driver at the moment sits fourth within the TA standings.

New & acquainted faces
This weekend’s race will see the return of a number of acquainted faces. Boris Mentioned within the No. 2 Weaver/Householder/Approach Dodge Challenger can be making his third begin of the season, as will Wally Dallenbach within the No. 4 Final Headers Ford Mustang within the TAH class.

This weekend can even see two GT drivers making their first begins of 2023: 2013 GT winner Todd Napieralski within the No. 39 Chevrolet Camaro, and Jack Rinke within the No. 12 Chevrolet Efficiency Chevrolet Camaro.

One new face within the Nationwide Championship storage is Will Rodgers, who can be pulling double obligation this weekend, driving the No. 32 Chris Evans Race Automobiles & Design Chevrolet Camaro within the XGT class, in addition to the No. 90 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang in TA2. Rodgers has two XGT victories in simply two Western Championship begins, successful the general races at each WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway earlier this yr.

1. Chris Dyson (490)
2. Matthew Brabham (489)
3. Tomy Drissi (419)
4. David Pintaric (398)
5. Amy Ruman (383)

1. Danny Lowry (282)
2. Nathan Byrd (204)
3. Chris Evans (189)
4. Randy Hale (114)
5. Austin Hill (61)

1. Lee Saunders (333)
2. Ricky Sanders (278)
3. Milton Grant (190)
4. Carey Grant (81)
5. Kaylee Bryson (63)

1. Michael Attaway (223)
2. Billy Griffin (187)
3. Florian Eyme (57)
Full Standings: View

Triple Monitor Match
The inaugural 3-Dimensional Companies Group Triple Monitor Match kicked off for Large Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Collection opponents on the Detroit Grand Prix with the 3-Dimensional Companies Group Muscle Automotive Problem and the 3-Dimensional Companies Group Motor Metropolis Showdown. This three-track, four-race factors problem will award the competitor who accrues essentially the most factors within the 4 3-Dimensional Companies Group-sponsored occasions with a customized trophy. Brent Crews within the No. 70 Franklin Highway/Mobil 1 GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang got here out on prime following the Detroit doubleheader, at the moment main 2022 champion Thomas Merrill.

The highest 5 is certain to see a shakeup after this weekend, as Thomas Annunziata in third, Misha Goikhberg in fourth and Justin Marks in fifth are all absent from the TA2 entry record for this weekend’s 3-Dimensional Companies Group Traditional at Mid-Ohio. The Triple Monitor Match trophy can be awarded following the 3-Dimensional Companies Group 100 at Highway America on July 6-9.

1. Brent Crews (174)
2. Thomas Merrill (158)
3. Thomas Annunziata (145)
4. Misha Goikhberg (144)
5. Justin Marks (142)
6. Barry Boes (141)
7. Connor Zilisch (133)
8. Caleb Bacon (132)
9. Josh Sarchet (129)
10. Austin Inexperienced (126)

Is Mid-Ohio a should win for championship?
Each race of the season is vital, with useful factors on the road for championship contenders. Nonetheless, Mid-Ohio appears to be an particularly vital piece of the puzzle within the Large Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Collection. In 4 of the final 5 seasons, the winner at Mid-Ohio has gone on to win the championship. Rafa Matos within the No. 88 3-Dimensional Companies Group Ford Mustang went on to take the title after his victory at Mid-Ohio in each 2018 and 2021. Marc Miller, who isn’t entered this weekend, received the championship in 2019 after his Mid-Ohio win. Most lately, Thomas Merrill within the No. 26 Bennett/HP Tuners/Mike Cope Race Automobiles Ford Mustang used the momentum he constructed by successful back-to-back races at Lime Rock Park and Mid-Ohio to propel him within the championship battle, proving that each level counts by successful the championship in a tie at Circuit of The Americas in 2022.

Rodgers in for Annunziata
Thomas Annunziata is absent from this weekend’s entry record as a consequence of a dedication to compete within the Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Watkins Glen Worldwide. Nonetheless, his seat received’t go unfilled, as Will Rodgers will get behind the wheel of the No. 90 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang. Rodgers serves as Brent Crews’ driver coach, and lately made a splash within the Western Championship by successful the pole and total race in his first two profession Trans Am begins.

Youth motion
Wanting on the TA2 level standings, there’s no query that this season’s championship goes to come back all the way down to a battle between two skilled former champions and the Younger Weapons. Brent Crews and Connor Zilisch have received 4 of Trans Am’s six TA2 races this season. With a mean age of 15.5, Crews, 15, and Zilisch, 16, have each earned a pole, are working up entrance, and are closing the deal to tally the factors needed to place them within the prime three within the standings. The one two that may stand of their means are champions Thomas Merrill, 37, and Rafa Matos, 42. The expert pair have received the remaining two occasions this season, in addition to a pole apiece.

TA2 information & notes
Boris Mentioned Jr. returns to the TA2 class following an absence in Detroit with a distinct look this weekend, driving the No. 60 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang at Mid-Ohio.

The problem of the doubleheader Detroit Grand Prix resulted in some new faces on the entrance of the sphere. Thad Moffitt within the No. 43 Security-Kleen Chevrolet Camaro and Barry Boes within the No. 32 BCR/Accio Knowledge Chevrolet Camaro scored their first podiums and career-best finishes in Race 2 of the occasion, ending second and third, respectively.

1. Brent Crews (538)
2. Thomas Merrill (524)
3. Connor Zilisch (490)
4. Rafa Matos (478)
5. Thomas Annunziata (363)

1. Brent Crews (538)
2. Connor Zilisch (490)
3. Thomas Annunziata (363)
4. Evan Slater (336)
4. Darin Mock (336)

1. Thomas Annunziata (363)
2. Austin Inexperienced (320)
3. Thad Moffitt (309)
4. Caleb Bacon (288)
5. Ben Maier (282)
Full Standings: View



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