Braselton, Ga. (May 10, 2017) – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will descend upon the iconic straights and esses of Road Atlanta this weekend, bringing with it a field of 55 cars across its four classes; as the series prepares for round three of the 13-event championship, this time alongside Formula Drift's Drift Atlanta weekend—combining two very different forms of motorsport for a single weekend showcase.
On its own, Trans Am will hold two separate 101.6-mile races, the equivalent of 40 laps around the iconic 2.54-mile Grand Prix course, with the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes combining for a multi-class showcase and while TA2 holds another Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge independently.
TA2, Trans Am's modern re-creation of the "pony wars" of days past, stands as the largest class in attendance for the event with 19 entries; and while the class' championship hunt is only in its fledgling stages, one would be pressed to overlook the red hot starts of both Dillon Machavern, in the No. 24 Heritage Motorsports Ford Mustang, and Gar Robinson, in the No. 74 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro.
Machavern and Robinson have both begun the new season in fine form, each with a win and a second place finish to their names after just two rounds. Machavern opened the year with a dominant flag-to-flag victory at Sebring while Gar Robinson emerged victorious in a Homestead-Miami battle of endurance that featured nine lead changes and five different leaders. The two drivers are separated by a single point atop the standings, 64 to 63, with Machavern holding the slightest of advantages.
Also in attendance for the TA2 are the victors of the past five TA2 races at Road Atlanta: 2016 victor and defending TA2 champion Tony Buffomante, in the No. 34 Bestline Superior Lubricants Ford Mustang; 2015, 2013 and 2012 victor Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 19 ClassAuto Chevrolet Camaro; and 2014 winner Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 ECC/ Anchor Bolt & Screw Chevrolet Camaro.
The event also marks the TA2 debut of Sheldon Creed, in the No. 12 Stevens Miller Dodge Challenger, joining fellow rookies Ray Neveau, Elias Anderson, Mitch Marvosh and Phil Lasco as they try to make their own marks on the deeply talented TA2 field.