Trans Am season is halfway around the corner
Presented by Pirelli, the Trans Am series returns to the East Coast for the sixth round of the 2022 season at Lime Rock Park. When the checkered flag is waved over the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic, the National Series will officially pass the halfway mark. The position of competitors after Lime Rock will be crucial to determining who is still in contention for the championships.
There are still unique challenges ahead for competitors, such as the last pair of back-to-back races (the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Track and America’s Road), the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix track, the latest Trans-Am National and Trans-Am. The Western Championship combo event to close out the season at the Circuit of the Americas.
Previous winners of Lime Rock
There are many previous Lime Rock Park winners coming back for their chance to once again sit on top of the podium on the shortest path on the Trans Am schedule. At TA, Chris Dyson won his last two Lime Rock events (2021 and 2019). Paul Fix took TA wins three years in a row, winning in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
In TA2, Mike Skene was the defending winner after taking the top spot on the podium in 2021. Thomas Merrill won the event in 2019, and Cameron Lawrence was the winner in 2014, which was the last multi-category race held at Lime Rock.
History of Trans Am in Lime Rock
Trans-Am first competed at Lime Rock Park in 1967. The race was won by Peter Revson in Bud Moore’s Mercury Cougar. Revson was a last-minute substitute for Barnelli Jones, who was scheduled to run the Indianapolis 500.
In 2003, Paul Newman made his final debut in the Trans Am series. At 78, his car was number 78.
Trans Am races are streamed live for free, no app required
For those who want to catch up on the action at Lime Rock this weekend, the Trans Am Series races will be broadcast live on the Trans Am YouTube page and Facebook page, and a full schedule of events, including the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, will be available on the SpeedTourTV YouTube page.
CBS Sports broadcast times
This weekend’s races from Lime Rock Park will be broadcast on CBS Sports the week after the event.
TA/XGT/SGT/GT will premiere on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 PM ET, with a presentation on Saturday, June 4 at 12:00 AM ET.
TA2 will premiere on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. ET, with a presentation on Monday, June 6 at 1:00 a.m. ET.
CD racing is back home
Chris Dyson CD Racing comes to Lime Rock Park as a local team, with the organization’s store in Poughkeepsie, New York just an hour from the track. The #20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang driver has won the last two Lime Rock events (2019 and 2021) after leading flag to flag, and currently Dyson is the record holder in the TA class.
In 1995, Dyson first attended Skip Barber Racing School in Lime Rock at the age of 17. Lime Rock was where he drove in his first SCCA race, and also where he won his first SCCA National event.
The Dyson family has racked up five decades of victories at Lime Rock. His father, Rob Dyson, won repeatedly on the track at the SCCA level beginning in the mid-1970s, and Team Rob, Dyson Racing, has a history of success there. Dyson Racing made his IMSA GTP debut on the track at the 1985 Memorial Day race, where the team’s driver, Drake Olson, won when seven-year-old Chris looked on. Dyson Racing also won on the track in 2001 in the Rolex Sports Car Series and took IMSA ALMS wins in 2009 and 2011.
In addition to his third win in a row, Dyson will be hoping to continue his family’s legacy of success on the track with teammate Hamid Masoud in his #21 Ford Mustang. This weekend will be Masoud’s first Trans Am at Lime Rock, but the English driver He made his Dyson Racing debut on the road track in 2011 when he took the podium on the team’s Lola-Mazda prototype.
Paul Fix . returns
Three-time Lime Rock winner Paul Fix will return to the Trans Am Series this weekend. Fix will race at No. 77 StopFlex.com/Classic Tube/Car Coach Jaguar XKR-S reports for Tony Ave Racing in the TA Heritage Championship class. Fix, currently ranked 16th on Trans Am’s all-time win list, has won the Lime Rock three times in a row in the TA class (2013, 2014, 2015).
Tommy Drissi makes a good bet
Lime Rock Park is known for having the best fans on the Trans Am Series circuit, and last year before racing on the track Tommy Drissi bet his No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang that if he didn’t win the race, this year he’d be back and camping in a tent with the fans. This Saturday night, Drissi is making that bet well, and it will be camped out in a tent on the hill. Al Drissi will be documenting his camping adventure (as well as the day’s activities on track) by making a social takeover on his Trans Am Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/gotransam/).
Update TA / XGT / XGT / GT points
After winning four of the first five rounds of the Trans Am TA class, Chris Dyson is 24 points clear of second-placed Tommy Dressey. Amy Roman, driver of the No. 23 McNichols, Chevrolet Corvette in third, followed by Ken Thwaites, who is just two points behind Roman in the No. 7 Franklin Road Wear Camaro. Hamid Masoud concludes the top five places.
In XGT, Randy Hill in the #21 Corvette Hill Propeller class is just two points ahead of Jason Hart in the #48 G-Speed Corvette. Michael Weathers, who also leads 48th, is down one point in third. All three are rookies to the series and top the rookie rankings for the class as well.
Milton Grant in the No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites, the Porsche 991.1 currently leads the SGT class, with Dirk Leuenberger second in the Luxe Performance Group Dodge Viper by just eight points. Lux Performance owner Cindy Lux came third on the #45 Dodge Viper at Black Rock Coffee, just two points behind her teammate. Lee Saunders’ 84th Landsearch LLC Viper is currently fourth in the standings, four points off Lux, and Luca Mars is fifth in race #02 for the RP Ford Mustang.
Danny Laurie in a Bridgehall Porsche GT3 leads the SGT rookie team standings, followed by Don McMillon 51 in the Salasco Racing Corvette in second, and Luca Mars in third.
In the GT class, Billy Griffin sits top of the points standings in his #14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan Twin Ford Mustang, followed by Natalie Decker in the #29 Audi R8 N29 Technologies LLC. Bob Michaelian came third in race #52 for the RP Ford Mustang GT4. Michaelian is the only rookie in the class.
Last year versus this year in Lime Rock Park
This weekend’s TA2 race arena is filled with 34 participants, which is a 70 percent increase over last year’s field of 20 riders, highlighting the category’s continued growth over the course of 2022. 17 of last year’s 20 entrants will return, Including Young Guns Connor Mosack at High Point No. 28 / Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear / Foam and Interstate Supplies / TeamSLR / M1 Racecars Mustang who finished fourth, Rhett Barkau, at No. 01 Barkau / Berryman / NAPA / MPCE Dodge Challenger, who finished 10th, and Evan Slater, driver of the #35 Mustang Architecture Cube 3, who finished 14th in what was his first-ever Trans-Am race.
There are 15 drivers who entered this year who had never raced TA2 at Lime Rock, including Young Guns Connor Zilisch (No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Camaro), Darin Mock (No. 51 AAN Adjusters Ford Mustang), and Brent Crews (No. 70) Nitro) Ford Mustangs), and Dylan Archer (No. 0 MMR/FPEC Racing Group Mustang).
Last year at Lime Rock, Mike Skeen had the fastest car in test, practice and qualify, and drove the first 22 laps of the race before winding traffic allowed Rafa Matos, driver of the 88th Mustang 3D Services, to take the lead. Matos held the point position until the final four laps, when another accident with winding traffic allowed Knife to overtake Matos and reclaim the lead and checkered flag. With Matos and Skene locked in a tight points battle this season, whoever gets out this weekend will have a huge impact on the points standings.
Iron Man Tom Sheehan returns in Lime Rock
Tom Sheehan, driver of the #97 LTK Insulation Ford Mustang, returns to Lime Rock Park after a two-race layover, missing his first race since Daytona International Speedway in 2014. Sheehan has earned the title of “Iron Man” by running more TA2 races than any other driver In the history category (119). Sheehan is the only driver on the field to have competed in the last six races at Lime Rock, dating back to the 2012 event. He has three top ten spots, and a best finish in fourth, which he achieved in 2012.
Team Borchetta Big Machine Racing scores NASCAR win in Texas
Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Tyler Riddick earned the Scott Porchetta NASCAR Xfinity Series team its first win. Big Machine Racing, in its second year of NASCAR competition, ran to Victory Lane after Reddick led with 31 laps left. Borchetta is currently 15th in the TA2 standings, with his best result in 2022 being fifth at the Sebring International Circuit.
TA2 Score Update
After his second win of the season at the Sonoma Circuit, Rafa Matos reclaimed the points lead, heading to Lime Rock by 25 points. He is followed by his teammate, Mike Skene, the 89th 3D Service Mustang driver, who also won two races, but doesn’t run the full schedule in 2022. Tyler Kesera in the #77 Liqui Moly/Turn 14 Chevrolet distribution is just two points behind Skene, With Thomas Merrill in the No. 26 BridgeHaul/H.P. Tuners/Cope Race Cars Mustang and Cameron Lawrence in the No. 6 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro both are five points off Kicera. Kicera has only one previous start at Lime Rock, where he finished eighth in 2021.
Rookie Ranking and Young Gun Update
Evan Slater currently leads the Wilwood TA2 Rookie of the Year rating with 83 points. Eight points behind him sits Brent Crews with 75 points, followed by Dylan Archer with 66 points.
Conor Mossack sits atop the Young Gun Foundation’s Peter Gregg center, which gives the under-25 driver $20,000 at the end of the season. It is followed by Mosack Slater, who is trailing by only one point, and Crews, who is trailing by only nine points. Crews has been top in Young Gun’s finish at both WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway, and is coming to Lime Rock with momentum on his part.
Other news and notes
Doug Peterson, driver and owner of the 87th Mustang for 3D Services, will start his 100th start this weekend at Lime Rock.
Thomas Merrill has just announced that he will be heading to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with WeatherTech Racing, where he shares the car with Cooper MacNeil and Julien Andlauer.
78 DQ/GPX/The Tool Shed Camaro live cam driver Aaron Petipas will start his second TA2 car this weekend. The Canadian driver from Bedford, Nova Scotia, made his Trans-Am debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car session in 2019, finishing seventh.