Road Atlanta Opens 2019 Season with Trans Am
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will open its 2019 spectator season on March 29-31, when it hosts Round 2 of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. Now celebrating its 54th anniversary, Trans Am has a long history at Road Atlanta.
John Morton won a 2.5-liter race in 1972 in a Datson 510, while Peter Gregg defeated Al Holbert - running his first professional race - in the 1973 season-opening event, driving a pair of Porsche Carreras. Fast forward to 2018 as Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Rafa Matos (TA2), Alline Cipriani (SuperGT) and Warren Dexter (GT) claimed the Trans Am championship and all of the drivers are anticipated to return in 2019 to defend those titles.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, challenging the status quo in racing through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus.
Going back to 1972, John Morton won a 2.5-liter race in a Datson 510. A year later, Al Holbert – running in his first professional race – was defeated by Peter Gregg in the 1973 season-opening event. Both were driving a pair of Porsche Carreras. Fast forward to 2018 when Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA), Rafa Matos (TA2), Alline Cipriani (SuperGT) and Warren Dexter (GT) each claimedTrans Am championships. All of the drivers are anticipated to return in 2019 to defend their titles.
Trans Am competition features grids of more than 70 cars populated by Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and Corvettes, with a sprinkling of Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and Porsches thrown in. It’s a massive dose of pure Americana, with just a touch of nostalgia and bit of euro flair. Entrants are separated into four exciting classes, running on many of America’s top venues throughout its 12-race schedule.
At Michelin Raceway, the Trans Am Series will join the SVRA vintage and historic classes in a thrilling weekend mixing great race cars from the past and present. Trans Am begins testing on Friday; practice and qualifying on Saturday; and a pair of 100-mile races on Sunday. A full complement of SVRA competition brings back great cars from the past to make it a weekend to remember for the entire family.