Dozens of manufacturers have competed at Road Atlanta over the past four decades, but one stands out as a major force in every era. Porsche began its winning ways at Road Atlanta in 1973 and has never looked back.
32-car field largest at Georgia track since 1999
When the Trans Am Series makes its 26th appearance at Road Atlanta on Sunday, November 3, 2013 for Round 9 of the 2013 Season, it brings with it a Trans Am field of a quality that Georgia-based fans have not seen in over a decade, not since 1999 to be exact. The Trans Am Series heads south will a 32-car entry, the third largest in Trans Am History at Road Atlanta.
And while a large Trans Am field will be a new and welcome appearance for the fans at Road Atlanta, it is not quite a new experience for Trans Am this year. 2013 has been full of decade-high car counts from venue to venue for America’s Road Racing Series, a consequence of the road-racing renaissance the Series is currently undergoing, fueled by three unique and expanding classes; TA, TA2 and TA3.
Yet, in the midst of the full fields, all eyes will certainly be drifting towards the #87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette of Doug Peterson. Peterson, the current points leader in the TA class, is on the cusp of his first ever Trans Am Championship, which would see him join the ranks of Dallenbach, Jr., Pruett, Sharp, Kendall and a multitude of other road racing legends. However, as Peterson stated earlier in the year, he is not one to simply count points or overlook a race.
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2013) – When the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón runs its final event in Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda, Neel Jani will be looking to make more history at Road Atlanta.
Jani captured his fourth career ALMS pole in Friday’s qualifying, turning a lap of 1:09.254 (132.036 mph) in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola B12/60 co-driven by Rebellion Racing teammates Nick Heidfeld and Nico Prost. Jani won his first career pole at Road Atlanta in last year’s Petit Le Mans and went on to win, co-driving with Prost and Andrea Belicchi.
“It’s nice to be back racing in America, because we have a fight again with the Muscle Milk team,” said Jani, who captured 2013 poles at Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before Rebellion Racing took a sabbatical from the ALMS to concentrate on FIA World Endurance Championship competition. “In qualifying, we have been quicker but we have seen the race is just a different game. With the GTCs and the safety cars, the visibility in our car is difficult, but that just means the race is that much closer. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to turn our quick speed into a win.” Read Entire Story at ALMS