CHAMPIONSHIP RACE TAKES SHAPE AS TRANS AM HEADS TO NEW JERSEY
MILLVILLE, NJ. (June 09, 2015) – As the Trans Am Series heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Weekend of Thunder presented by MPT Industries, Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, it continues what has been a marquee year for America’s Road Racing Series, setting track records and series records for entries and featuring some of the best competition the Series has seen in recent memory.
The wave of momentum travels with Trans Am into this coming weekend, with 47 entries declared for the event—the largest ever for Trans Am at the New Jersey based track and nearly double last year’s entry. Likewise, a multitude of drivers will look to harness some momentum of their own, as the Series nears the mid-point of the season and title races begin to take some semblance of shape.
Once more, Trans Am competitors will be given two platforms to showcase their talent, the MPT Twelve Lubricant & Penetrant 100, featuring the TA2 class, and the MPT Fuel Systems Cleanse 100, featuring the TA and TA3 classes, both independent 101.25 mile, 45 lap, races.
In TA3, two respective Champions will look to repeat their 2014 performances at New Jersey, with both Jason Berkeley, in the No. 67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Chevrolet Camaro, ready to add to their points and title defenses with victories.
Francis, also coming off a Lime Rock victory, will once again have to contend with front-runner Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, and also a slew of relative newcomers in Preston Calvert, Mike Geldart and Dave Ricci. Francis began the year with a few hiccups, but has since steadied the ship with back-to-back victories—he’ll aim for his third this coming weekend.
Official Trans Am Sessions will commence on Saturday, June 13, with TA2 practice at 9:50 a.m., followed immediately by the TA and TA3 classes at 10:20. Sessions will resume in the afternoon with “Fast Five” qualifying at 1:45 p.m. with each class receiving its own respective qualifying session. A second practice will follow with TA2 at 4:20 p.m. and TA and TA3 at 4:35 p.m. along with the second chance to qualify at 4:50 p.m.
The Trans Am Series will hold two races at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, June 14, beginning with the MPT Twelve Lubricant & Penetrant 100, featuring TA2, at 11:50 a.m. and culminating with the MPT Fuel Systems Cleanse 100, featuring TA and TA3, at 3:10 p.m. to complete Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship.
Road Atlanta Post-Race Report
This one sets a new record for the most delinquent post race report ever. With a 9-day turn around before Lime Rock, we have been very busy getting ready. Highlights include qualifying second, finishing 2nd, fastest race lap, and points leader after 3 races. All of you contribute to our team and know that we appreciate it very much. Enjoy and thanks again for your support.
The Next Dimension 100, Presented by 3Dimensional Services Group at Lime Rock Park, Round 4 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, will be held May 23, 2015.
How to Watch on CBS Sports Network:
SATURDAY MAY 23, 12:00 PM ET
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