Munroe Falls, Ohio – After nearly a two-month break, the Trans Am by Pirelli SpeedTour heads to Watkins Glen International (WGI), NY. Teams were supposed to compete at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON over the past Labor Day weekend, but when that race was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions at the border, Watkins Glen became a double race feature for all classes.
In Round 7 at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) held in July, Ruman and in the team battled multiple drive shaft issues, missed qualifying and started in the back, yet managed to take home a 5th place finish.
The Series returns to WGI this weekend for its 33rd appearance at the historic road course for Round 8 on the TA schedule. In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions in the state of New York forced the event to be cancelled, so teams are excited to be back for the first time since 2019. Trans Am is running in conjunction with SVRA’s U.S. Vintage Grand Prix event, with many activities for fans to enjoy throughout the long weekend.
“Obviously I’m ecstatic to be back at the Glen, everyone knows it’s my favorite track on the schedule! It’s always a great weekend here with tons of cars and festivities for the fans. My crew took advantage of the time off and did a ton of prep on the No. 23 McNichols/Cornertech Chevrolet Corvette, so we are ready to go for the weekend. I won the TA race here in 2016 and have had several podiums, so I’m hopeful we will have a good weekend, and we have two shots at it!” exclaimed Ruman.
Competitors will be running the 3.4-mile “long course” configuration which includes “the boot” section of the track. 41 competitors across all classes are entered for the event, with 11 running in Ruman’s premier TA class. Testing, practices, qualifying, and races will take place Wednesday through Sunday. The Saturday and Sunday races will run a combined class format. Feature race 1 will be Saturday, September 11th at 1:00pm EST, and Sunday’s feature race 2 will be at 11:20am EST. Each race will be 102-miles (30-laps) and both races will be LIVE STREAMED on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App. Please visit gotransam.com or theglen.com for ticket, full schedule, and all other weekend information.
After Round 7 at Brainerd Intl Raceway, Chris Dyson leads in the TA class championship with 201 points, followed by Tomy Drissi in second – 181, Ernie Francis Jr. in third – 157, Ken Thwaits in fourth – 127, Amy Ruman sits in fifth – 124, Simon Gregg in sixth – 119, and David Pintaric is seventh – with 99.
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