Trans Am West Coast set to debut at Ridge Motorsports Park
The Trans Am Sequence offered by Pirelli West Coast Championship will journey to the Pacific Northwest with Sportscar Classic Racing Affiliation (SVRA) to Shelton, Washington, for a weekend of classic and sports activities automobile racing on the Ridge Motorsports Park June 11-13.
A combined subject of practically 20 Trans Am, XtremeGT and SuperGT automobiles will take the inexperienced on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific for a 100-mile race, or 75 minutes, whichever comes first.
It’s the primary outing for Trans Am on the newly resurfaced and re-curbed 16-turn, 2.47-mile highway circuit nestled between Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, simply 25 miles north of Olympia, Washington. Whereas it’s the inaugural go to for Trans Am at The Ridge, the high-speed straights, sweeper turns and heavy braking zones ought to maintain some familiarity for the drivers from the final spherical at Thunderhill Raceway Park. The circuit designer for Thunderhill Steve Crawford, additionally penned The Ridge.
The West Coast TA2 class continues to develop and entice high skills from all over the world, three nations — Canada, Mexico and america — will probably be represented this weekend, creating a real Trans American line-up.
Carl Rydquist leads the TA2 championship chase by 15 factors heading into Spherical 4. The rookie is undefeated within the No. 47 Racecars4Rent/GroupWholesale Ford Mustang.
“By no means been to The Ridge earlier than, however I’ve nailed it on the sim,” stated Rydquist. “We unlocked vital setup efficiency on the final race, and are very excited to see the way it carries ahead. The monitor setting jogs my memory of the Swedish forests round my grandparent’s place and I hear the Northwest followers are really devoted, so I sit up for good vibes throughout! A number of high regional names will probably be on the grid to make it a particular race, the occasion will probably be superior.”
Rydquist’s closest factors rival Tim Lynn will miss this weekend attributable to scheduling conflicts, permitting opponents like native driver Jeff Holden, who’s third within the championship, to shut the factors hole.
“My household comes first in my priorities and attributable to my daughter’s faculty commencement, I’m unable to attend the race,” stated Lynn. “I’m proud of our previous couple of outings and can attend the remaining occasions and see the place the factors find yourself. Good luck to the CHR crew. Huge D (Darrell) Anderson is the one to beat at The Ridge.”
Huge D Anderson, as Lynn referred to him, is rookie Darrell Anderson. Whereas his outcomes don’t replicate his efforts, Anderson has been a high competitor within the No. 45 Park Place Constructors Dodge Challenger however mechanical misfortunes within the final two rounds have stored Anderson off the rostrum. The California native matched Rydquist in laps led at Thunderhill earlier than blowing an engine, he suffered an identical destiny along with his engine at Laguna.
After taking a year-long break throughout the pandemic, Lux Efficiency returns to the Trans Am West Coast line-up at The Ridge, fielding two Dodge Vipers within the SGT class. Crew co-owner Cindi Lux will drive the No. 5 LuxPerformance/BlackRockCoffee Dodge Viper for the crew.
Lux made her Trans Am debut in 2015 with a victory at Brainerd within the then TA3 class. Over the course of her Trans Am profession, Lux has amassed 4 victories, eight pole positions and 22 podiums.
“It has been a prolonged wait and I’m so able to lastly get our Viper dangerous boys again on the market,” stated Lux. “It has been means too lengthy since we now have been in a position to crank it up and go racing with Trans Am. Having a brand new monitor to ask the championship to is admittedly thrilling. We all know The Ridge monitor nicely as we usually do our pre-season testing there due to the appreciable elevation adjustments. It’s tight and can put an actual premium on monitor place. Our purpose is to follow and qualify nicely after which attempt to maintain our personal within the race. If we’re additional again on the grid, then it’s going to be actual thrilling for the followers as a result of we’re unloading with the purpose of doing nicely in entrance of our household and buddies. All we are able to do is mud off our hotrods and check out our greatest.”
Lux can have stiff competitors although within the class as class championship leaders John Schweitzer (No.00 Superior Builders Inc Holden Monaro) and Rudy Revak (No. 60 Racecars4Rent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) are dueling for the championship lead. Schweitzer has a mere four-point benefit over second-place Revak getting into the weekend.
Steve Goldman returns to the roster within the TA class after a profitable run at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in No. 13 LIG Racing Chevrolet Corvette. The Seattle native is trying ahead to the 300 toes of elevation change, together with the 50-foot plunge into the entrance straight.
“I actually admire the Trans Am collection having a race within the Pacific Northwest this yr,” stated Goldman. “I consider there are nice drivers and followers within the Northwest who love the historical past, rumble and aggressive racing that Trans Am affords. Although I reside in Seattle, I haven’t but had the chance to race on the Ridge. Everybody I do know who has been there has nothing however nice issues to say about it so I’m actually trying ahead to it.”
The Trans Am Xtreme GT class was created to present former GT3 automobiles a spot to race. The category is open to a variety of GT3 machines in addition to customized packages from particular person groups and race outlets. This weekend, for the primary time in Trans Am since 2017, a Lamborghini will race alongside American Muscle. Mike Sheehan will subject the No. 49 Ferraris On-line Lamborghini Gallardo because the lone XGT entry for the weekend.
The paddock will even see some new faces as Collins Motorsports is taking up a brand new enterprise because the long-time NASCAR oval monitor inventory racing crew provides highway course racing to its resume. CMS joins TA2 powerhouse crew Mike Cope Racing, offering tech and monitor day assist on the West Coast. Collins Motorsports’ fabrication crew constructed and designed the prototype race truck that launched the NASCAR Tenting World Vans Sequence, and the crew is trying ahead to being a part of the continued development of Trans Am’s West Coast Championship.
The Trans Am Sequence offered by Pirelli West Coast Championship will host a full day of testing on Friday, adopted by follow (11:30 a.m. Pacific) and qualifying (3:30 p.m. Pacific) on Saturday. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a 100-mile (41 laps or 75 minutes) all-class race at 10:30 a.m. Pacific. Gate will probably be open for The Ridge SpeedTour to followers (click on right here for tickets) and reside timing and scoring will probably be out there on www.GoTransAm.com/LiveTiming.