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Trans Am Road Atlanta

  • 5300 Winder Highway Braselton, GA, 30517 United States (map)

# 23 Amy Ruman bested by # 98 Ernie Francis Jr at Road Atlanta; # 11 Randy Kinsland wins TA3

2-time champion Amy Ruman notched her first podium finish but it was not enough to beat the winner Ernie Francis Jr.   With a great future ahead at just 19 yrs of age, Ernie and his Mustang emerge as a real threat to Corvettes that have won out for the last 5 years.

Randy Kinsland in his Corvette won TA3 over # 46 & # 94 Porsche 997s of Mark Boden & Ramin Abdolvahabi.  That earned Kinsland Racing the Crew of the Race award with Marty Cathey receiving the Traq Gear Crew Chief award.

# 7 Claudio Burtin, # 59 Simon Gregg and # 57 David Pintaric (Caddy formerly Corvette) finished in the top 5.

About halfway through, # 8 Tomy Drissi contends he got hit sending him into the gravel trap on the outside of turn 6.  A swarm of corner workers arrived to push him out.  Per unconfirmed reports, he spun the tires, throwing stones  requiring medical attention for one person.

The organizers red-flagged the race to remove his stranded car and as a consequence decided not to score him based on “unjustifiable risk with safety team involvement”.

Our thanks for photos to Chris Clark

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood.

The Trans am, once a fixture at Detroit Belle Isle Indy Car weekend in the 1990s, staged a trial exhibition last year and returns for an official points race on June 2-3.  According to one contender, “box office Hollywood for the American manufacturer brass”.

# 8 Barnstorming Tomy Drissi wins Trans Am west at Fontana

# 8 Hollywood’s Tomy Drissi beat the Corvettes of # 3 Kyle Kelley and # 64 Ken Davis to win his second straight TA west race.

Bill Brinkop & Oli Thordarssen appeared in TA3

Earlier Event: May 6
IMSA Circuit of the Americas
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