Enormous Trans Am TA2 area on faucet for Laguna Seca
Practically 60 fire-breathing American muscle Trans Am Collection introduced by Pirelli automobiles will return to the house of the Corkscrew this weekend (April 30-Could 2) for the Trans Am SpeedFest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Trans Am Nationwide Collection, West Coast Championship and the Trans Am ProAm Problem will all be in motion this weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile street course on California’s central coast for 2 100-mile races, with the primary race on Saturday (TA2 at 1:10pm PT) and the weekend finale on Sunday (TA/XGT/SGT/GT 1:30pm PT). (Video: Trans Am at Laguna)
A stacked area of 38 TA2 Nationwide and West Coast rivals will take the inexperienced on Saturday. With three championships being performed out inside one 100-mile dash, followers are certain to be in for an action-packed race. (Watch the race dwell right here)
Class factors chief Thomas Merrill received his first TA2 race at Laguna in 2019 as a West Coast competitor, driving from the again of the sphere to a first-place end. The victory jump-started his full time Nationwide tour, and this season, Merrill is poised for the championship after opening the season with a victory and podium end within the first two rounds. Now, the Salinas native returns to his residence monitor within the No. 81 HPTuners/MikeCopeRaceCars Ford Mustang to defend his inaugural victory from 37 different hungry TA2 drivers.
“It should be actually good, as a result of I believe TA2 is as aggressive because it’s ever been,” Merrill stated. “It was actually aggressive after we raced right here in 2019, and I believe this 12 months can be even more durable. We’re using a excessive this season with our early outcomes, however I’m fairly relaxed coming again for this race.”
Street Atlanta winner Franklin Futrelle is not going to make the journey west, leaving the factors chase open to Rafa Matos (third in factors) within the No. 88 3 Dimensional Companies Group Ford Mustang and reigning champion Mike Skeen (fourth in factors) within the No. 1 Liqui-Moly/Turn14Distribution Chevrolet Camaro.
After ending fifth at Street Atlanta following energy steering issues, Skeen is aware of profitable in opposition to Merrill at Laguna can be a troublesome job however he’s up for the problem.
“Laguna Seca has been a very good monitor to me up to now in different sequence, I’ve received there in World Problem, and had good races there in IMSA,” stated Skeen. “I do know the monitor effectively and I’m completely happy there. Clearly, it’s Merrill’s residence monitor, so I count on him to be good, however he can be good anyplace. The sphere is extraordinarily deep this season so anybody can win. I believe we can be robust on the market, it’s a unique form of monitor, shorter, low grip, so we have now our homework to do.”
Carl Rydquist completed first within the West Coast Championship at Sonoma within the No. 47 Racecars4Rent/GroupWholesale Ford Mustang. Getting into the weekend because the factors chief underneath Nelson Motorsports, Rydquist is keen to go up in opposition to the Nationwide drivers in his first mixed sequence race as a TA2 driver.
“Sonoma was an action-packed race, I realized so much about racing a TA2 automotive there,” stated Rydquist. “I’m actually impressed with Nelson Motorsports. They’ve labored actually diligently within the store and each minute at Sonoma and have positively earned this outcome. We’re prepared for subsequent weekend at Laguna.”
The NASCAR youth motion within the TA2 class can be current once more at Laguna with Sam Mayer and Connor Mosak representing Scott Lagasse Jr.’s TeamSLR. Laguna will mark Mayer’s fourth race with TA2 this season with a close to excellent report, incomes two victories within the ProAm Problem and a second-overall end at Street Atlanta after a pole-position begin.
Going up in opposition to dozens of champions and drivers with a long time of expertise on a brand new monitor doesn’t rattle the 17-year-old.
“I’m going to those races to win,” stated Mayer. “Regardless of if it’s a brand new monitor or one I’ve been to 3 instances earlier than, I’m going to win. Something much less, we return to work to get me and the automobiles higher so we will do exactly that.
“The Trans Am automobiles are lighter than what I’m used to working in NASCAR,” continued Mayer. “Nevertheless, these TA2 automobiles assist a ton with tracks and seat time on street programs. It’s actually enjoyable, too. Going to locations which have particular corners, just like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, is tremendous cool. I watch a number of YouTube compilations on racing and a number of instances I see these particular corners. Now attending to race on them is tremendous inspiring and funky.”
The Trans Am SpeedFest weekend will kick off on Friday with observe and qualifying for TA2. On Saturday, the TA/XGT/SGT/GT courses will host a mixed observe and qualifying with the TA2 100-mile race slated for 1:10 p.m. Pacific. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with one other 100-mile race this time from the TA/XGT/SGT/GT courses at 1:30 p.m. Pacific. (click on right here for full schedule)
The Trans Am SpeedFest just isn’t open to followers however can be dwell streamed solely on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App. Obtain and subscribe right here: https://nagrasports.app.hyperlink/lIQjdAuxq7
Nationwide Factors Standings
West Coast and ProAm Factors Standings