Saturday, May 26, 2012
Gregg Wins First Trans Am Race, Stretch Answers Back in TA2
LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Great weather, great fans and an equally great Trans Am race took place at the annual Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. But no one was celebrating more than Trans Am veteran driver, Simon Gregg driving the No. 59 Derhaag prepared Gregg Motorsport Corvette.
Enjoying is first win in 99 starts, Gregg paid tribute to his team, his family and expressed an emotional personal satisfaction in adding to the racing heritage of his family name. Simon is the son the late, great, Peter Gregg. The senior Gregg himself a winner of 22 Trans Am events.
"This feels really good," said Simon. "I feel proud for the team, I'm proud for myself and I'm proud for the Gregg family name."
"I was definitely worried about Peterson at the end there," added Simon. "I didn't know what would happen with the restart with only two laps to go. That brings out the aggressive nature in drivers. I got a good restart, covered the inside and after that it was single file."
Tony Ave in the No. 4 Lamers Motor Racing Corvette started from the pole and was the early leader. While building a 6.5 second lead over Doug Peterson in the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette, Tony would relinquish the lead on lap 43 due to a clutch failure.
Moving into the lead, Doug Peterson had a mirror full of Simon Gregg. Simon continued to close the gap. By lap 51 only .533 seconds separated the two Corvettes. On lap 52 Peterson bobbled coming through Big Bend and Simon eased by.
Peterson would have one more chance as the double yellow came out on lap 56. The green flag was thrown on lap 64 with two laps to go. Peterson and now third place Amy Ruman in the No. 23 McNichols Corvette took off after Gregg. Ruman got in a little deep at turn one, but would recover and hang on to third place. Peterson would wind up with the best seat in the house to witness Simon Gregg's first Trans Am win.
In Trans Am 2, Bob Stretch took the 98 Fix Rim Camaro flag-to-flag for the win over second place Pete Halsmer in the number 12 CTEK Charger Camaro. Stretch was determined that there would not be a repeat of last week's Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Trans Am where Halsmer chased him down toward the end of the race. This week Stretch was ready and reversed the finishing order delegating Halsmer to second. Third place went to Mike Wilson in the 08 Wilson's Carpet Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
"Halsmer out qualified me by quite a bit," said Stretch. "I was glad to get out in front of him and just did what I could to hold him off. Lime Rock is tough to set up for, it's not like any other race track out there. We put a little bit different set up on it, it was a little bit of a gamble for us but I think it paid off."
Fans kicked off the day's events with a driver autograph session featuring Lime Rock Park legend, Sam Posey. Prior to unleashing the awesome 850hp Trans Am cars, fans where treated to an up-close and personal view of the machinery as they walked the Trans Am grid.
The Trans Am Lime Rock Memorial Day Weekend race will air on MAVTV, Sunday, June 3rd at 6:00pm EST.
The Series next heads to Mid Ohio Sport Car Course. Trans Am Series will 100 mile race Sunday, June 10th at 1:45pm EST.
How to watch:
GoRacingTV.com will provide a multi-Emmy Award winning production team to produce Trans Am coverage. The coverage will be twofold:
During each race weekend GoRacingTV.com will deliver “ENG” or electronic news-gathering style video vignettes to fans via the Internet and through the new GoRacingTV.com mobile App. Fans will be able to keep up with their favorite series and drivers throughout the weekend with quick 2 to 3 minute video updates.
At the end of each weekend there will be a “Trans Am this week” Video show summarizing the weekend’s full events. Each summary show will be complete with highlights of the weekend racing action and interviews with the drivers and Trans Am officials to give a true behind the scenes access and total access coverage approach. There will also be video racing action through trackside and on-board video cameras mounted on the front and back of 90% of the racing field.
Race weekend video vignettes and summary shows can be seen on www.GoRacingTV.com, www.GoTransAm.com’s Vimeo channel, www.vimeo.com/gotransam, www.YouTube.com and through GoRacingTV.com’s mobile App (available mid April).
MAVTV will air the half-hour Trans Am Series weekend recap shows produced and directed by GoRacingTV.com the week following each Trans Am event. The first of three airings will be Sundays at 5:00 pm EDT (2:00 pm PDT). The first encore airing follows on Thursdays at 9:00 pm EDT (6:00 pm PDT), followed by a second encore airing on Fridays at 12:00 am EDT (Thursday, 9:00 pm PDT).
All shows will be hosted by veteran Trans Am announcer Alfredo Nin and will be produced in English and Spanish. Spanish speaking shows will have TV distribution in the Spanish speaking Caribbean and Latin America. TV distribution for the US is still in negotiations.
About Trans Am:
The SCCA Trans Am Series dates back to its first season in 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series. Backdating the Drivers' Championship to the inaugural season, 30 different drivers took titles, with multiple Championships being won by Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Scott Pruett, Wally Dallenbach Jr., George Follmer, Peter Gregg, Horst Kwech, Scott Sharp, Tony Ave and Bob Tullius.
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.
Find out more about Trans Am at http://www.gotransam.com or by going to Facebook /gotransam and follow Trans Am on Twitter @gotransam
Remaining 2012 Trans Am Series Schedule
• June 10 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
• July 1, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
• July 8, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
• August 19, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
• Sept. 2, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
• Nov. 4, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.