Trans Am 101
The Trans Am Series is America’s Road Racing Series and dates back to 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series. Names like Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius and Wally Dallenback, Jr. have all won multiple championships under the Trans Am name.
While Trans Am will always be dedicated to honoring its history and legacy, it is far from simply living in the past. Since the addition of the Trans Am Race Company, LLC in late 2011, Trans Am has experienced unprecedented growth as a new class based model has been implemented. Now, three distinct classes take center stage; TA, TA2 and TA3, Trans Am is positioned to power into the future, not live in the past.
The iconic Trans Am Series – America’s Road Racing Series – is operated by the Trans Am Race Company, LLC. Through a five-year agreement, the Trans Am Race Company manages the marketing rights to the series and is responsible for Trans Am Series public relations and promotions. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides event operations services to the series.
The Trans Am Vision
That meant restoring Trans Am back to its rightful place at the forefront of North American road racing. The Trans Am name has always been rich in heritage, featuring legendary drivers such as Kendall, Donohue, Gregg and Follmer. The racing was furious, and the series prospered.
Now, we’re proud to say we’re well on our way to delivering a level of competition worthy of that legacy and setting the example for generations of racers to come. We are doing this by honoring our past while forging our future by providing the best racing experience for fans and drivers alike.
At our core is a group of dedicated drivers, owners and sponsors who serve as our foundation. Unwavering, unrelenting they have made possible the unprecedented growth we are experiencing.
We’re powering forward, never complacent, determined to create that next great race. It’s becoming quite the journey, one that we hope you join us on, as we strive to live up to what the Trans Am Series is all about.
Welcome to Trans Am,
The Trans Am Race Company Ownership Team
Trans Am Classes
TA: The TA class features the grand touring “Trans Am” cars that have become the standard bearer for the Series over the past few decades, their 850+ horsepower engines produce a one of a kind driving experience as a part of the highest performance grand touring platform in North America.
TA2: The TA2 class is another homage to the power of American muscle, featuring the ongoing battle between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, with the Dodge Challenger slated to join the mix. A true driver’s championship, the TA2 class focuses on cost control on a high performance, purpose built racing platform. These tube-frame cars provide a cost to performance ratio unheard of anywhere outside karting, that value, combined with the power of the Mustang and Camaro rivalry, has fueled a growth spurt that has seen the class double in size for two straight years.
TA3: TA3 is the production showcase of Trans Am. Now, back in stride, production racing has returned to Trans Am and has brought forth some of the fabled makes and models of the production world. It’s a class with limitless possibilities, where drivers and manufactures alike compete for TA3 glory. With American Muscle and International Groups ready to go, only one question remains; which side will you choose?
The Trans Am Series Competition Format
A Trans Am Series race is 100 miles in length, and does not require a mandatory pit stop for fueling, tires or driver changes. As a sprint, it is driver versus driver, and that means its flat out racing from start to finish.
The series generally has four to five on-track sessions, including two practices (30 to 45 minutes in length), one qualifying session (also 30 to 45 minutes in length), a warm-up (promoter optional, 15 to 20 minutes in length) and race. Depending on the circuit, a 90-minute window, including pre- and post-race activities, will be sufficient to complete the race.
Trans Am Series Management
The Trans Am Race Company, LLC manages the day to day business of the Trans Am Series, including marketing, public relations and promotions, while SCCA Pro Racing provides contracted event operations services.
The Trans Am Race Company is owned by a passionate group of Trans Am team owners and competitors with a long history of success and a desire to return the series to prominence.
The Trans Am Series is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing Ltd., the wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc.
SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans Am, Can-Am and Formula 5000.
SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for this country.