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International GT (IGT)


Intercontinental  & america GT Challenge

INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE POWERED BY PIRELLI

Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli represents the highest echelon of long-distance GT racing.Established in 2016, the series’ purpose couldn’t be simpler: reward the manufacturer and drivers who achieve the best collective results in the world’s greatest standalone endurance events. The proliferation of GT3, built on more than a decade of manufacturer involvement and SRO’s Balance of Performance stability, has resulted in it becoming the de facto senior class for all of the world’s most prestigious GT races. This, as well as using the same Pirelli tyres, offers manufacturers an incentive to compete in all such events by employing regional customer teams without the expense of freighting cars around the world.


 


 

    trans am series

www.gotransam.com

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is the longest-running professional road race series in the United States. The Trans Am Series was founded by racing factory pony cars in the late 1960s. More than 50 years after their launch, Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers continue to be sold today, with Trans Am racing credited as playing a major role in their success and longevity. The SpeedTour will host the professional race series at 19 events nationwide in 2023. 


Points Leader Paul Menard Earns First Pole of 2024

at NOLA Motorsports Park


 

Kaylee Bryson Fastest in SGT, Chris Coffey Quickest in GT

AVONDALE, La. (April 12, 2024) – Practice and qualifying have concluded for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at NOLA Motorsports Park. Paul Menard in the No. 3 Menards/Master Force Tools Ford Mustang claimed his first pole of 2024 with a time of 1:33.951. This was Menard’s first pole since 2022 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Menard currently leads the TA class point standings.

 

“This is my first time to this track and first time to New Orleans; I've always been curious about the city and everybody's been so nice,” said Menard. “It’s such a great city. I wish we had more time to actually go out and explore a little bit. The racetrack is fun. It's really flat. They did a really nice job with the layout. The layout of the racetrack has got a little bit of everything. There’s a high speed drag strip, the esses are really fast. It's got a couple of hairpins that are really slow; it’s very technical.”

 

TA Qualifying Top Five:

1. Paul Menard, No. 3 Menards/Master Force Tools Ford Mustang (1:33.951)

2. Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:34.735)

3. Adam Andretti, No. 17 Top Liner/Go Share Chevrolet Camaro (1:35.728)

4. Tomy Drissi, No. 8 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro (1:37.634)

5. Amy Ruman, No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette (1:38.484)


 

SGT Qualifying:

1. Kaylee Bryson, No. 02 Logical Systems Inc./Sam Pierce Chevrolet Corvette (1:42.687)

2. Joshua Carlson, No. 36 Enseva/TC Fab/Diercks Ltd. Ford Mustang (1:44.643)

3. Don McMillon, No. 51 Salasko Racing Chevrolet Corvette (1:49.392)

4. Milton Grant, No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites Porsche 991.1 (1:49.454)


 

GT Qualifying:

1. Chris Coffey, No. 97 Norwood Auto Italia/Traffic Grafix Maserati MC GT4 (1:45.968)

2. Colin Cohen, No. 38 Norwood Auto Italia/Traffic Grafix Maserati MC GT4 (1:51.097)


 

Full qualifying results can be found here.


 

TA Practice Top Five:

1. Paul Menard, No. 3 Menards/Master Force Tools Ford Mustang (1:35.309)

2. Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:35.314)

3. Adam Andretti, No. 17 Top Liner/Go Share Chevrolet Camaro (1:37.160)

4. Tomy Drissi, No. 8 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro (1:37.812)

5. Amy Ruman, No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette (1:38.180)


 

SGT Practice:

1. Kaylee Bryson, No. 02 Logical Systems Inc./Sam Pierce Chevrolet Corvette (1:42.961)

2. Joshua Carlson, No. 36 Enseva/TC Fab/Diercks Ltd. Ford Mustang (1:46.366)

3. Milton Grant, No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites Porsche 991.1 (1:50.391)

4. Don McMillon, No. 51 Salasko Racing Chevrolet Corvette (1:52.469)


 

GT Practice:

1. Chris Coffey, No. 97 Norwood Auto Italia/Traffic Grafix Maserati MC GT4 (1:47.015)

2. Colin Cohen, No. 38 Norwood Auto Italia/Traffic Grafix Maserati MC GT4 (1:50.391)


 

Full practice results can be found here.


 

The TA/XGT/SGT/GT race will be contested tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. CT. The race will be broadcast LIVE on MAVTV and streamed live here. The highlights show of the race will air on MAVTV on Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

 
 


 

Trans Am Series Race Preview: NOLA Motorsports Park

NOLA Motorsports Park

NOLA SpeedTour

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 Track Facts:

Opened: 2011

Length: 2.75 Miles

Layout: 16-Turn Road Course

Entry List: View

 

Qualifying:

Friday, April 12

2:50-3:25 p.m. CT

 

Race:

Saturday, April 13

1:10-2:25 p.m. CT

Race Length: 37 Laps/75 Minutes

 

TV Broadcast:

LIVE on MAVTV

 

Highlights Show:

MAVTV

Thursday, April 18

9:00 p.m. ET

Qualifying:

Saturday, April 13

3:55-4:30 p.m. CT

 

Race:

Sunday, April 14

12:05-1:20 p.m. CT

Race Length: 37 Laps/75 Minutes

 

TV Broadcast:

LIVE on MAVTV

 

Highlights Show:

MAVTV

Thursday, April 18

8:00 p.m. ET

Round 3 in the Big Easy

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli heads to NOLA Motorsports Park for the NOLA SpeedTour and Round 3 of the 2024 season. The first two events of the year have already brought plenty of drama, with surprise entries like seven-time Trans Am champion Ernie Francis Jr., an incredibly tight points race, and uncharacteristic struggles for defending champion Chris Dyson in the TA class, while the CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series is once again an exciting battle between Young Guns like Thomas Annunziata and Tyler Gonzalez and experienced champions like Thomas Merrill and Rafa Matos. With no repeat winners yet in TA, TA2 or SGT, the championships are still wide open.


 

NOLA = Championship?

This weekend will be the fourth time that Trans Am has visited the Big Easy, but a trend has seemed to emerged at the Louisiana track. Of the 13 race winners between all of the series’ classes in the first three visits to NOLA Motorsports Park, more than half have gone on to win the championship that year. Will the trend continue with this year’s victors? Below are the NOLA winners who went on to capture the title later that year:


 

Amy Ruman: TA. 2015

Gar Robinson: TA2, 2015

Ernie Francis Jr.: TA3-A, 2015

Tony Buffomante: TA2, 2016

Chris Dyson: TA, 2023

Brent Crews: TA2, 2023

Michael Attaway: GT, 2023


 

John Clagett Says Goodbye

After more than 31 years with the Trans Am Series, John Clagett will work his final event this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park. Clagett has served as President and CEO of Trans Am Race Company for 13 years and has been affiliated with the Trans Am Series for 31-plus years, previously holding the role of Vice President of SCCA Pro Racing and liaison to the Trans Am Council, and as the series’ Executive Director through two ownership transitions. Under Clagett’s leadership, the Trans Am Race Company has generated a 10-fold increase in revenue over the past decade, while upgrading the series’ race operations, marketing, broadcast and social media outreach. 2023 accomplishments include the successful integration of the Flagtronics electronic marshalling platform, and a robust and growing broadcast package with MAVTV which includes live broadcasts, highlight coverage and a Trans Am docuseries.


 

“My goodness, it seems like yesterday when I became an employee of SCCA, and just a moment ago when I started to form the re-makings of the Trans Am Series with Trans Am Race Company,” reflected Clagett. “It all flew by because I loved what I did, and it never felt like work. But at the same time, my time with the series has been all-consuming. I care so much about the success of Trans Am that I put everything into it. That came at the cost of working nonstop for all these years. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to accomplish all that I have and that I’ve had an amazing team around me. I’m at the point where I can look at the culmination of all that hard work and see how the series has flourished. I’m confident that now is the time that I can step back, turn my focus towards an advisory role, and leave Trans Am in capable hands.”


 

Young Anthem Singers Will Shine at NOLA

This weekend’s Trans Am races will be kicked off with singing by two exceptional young talents. Ayvah Johnson, an 11-year-old New Orleans phenom with 2.2 million likes and over 237,000 followers on social media, will deliver the National Anthem before Saturday’s TA/XGT/SGT/GT race. On Sunday, it will be performed by 14-year-old Ella Grace Francis. Francis is best known for performing the National Anthem at an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in front of 70,000 attendees and millions watching the nationally-televised game.


 

EMCO Awarding Lap Leaders

Through a new partnership with EMCO Gears, the TA class will celebrate the driver who leads the most laps of each race, naming them the EMCO Gears Lap Leader. The TA driver who leads the most laps throughout the 2024 season will be presented with the EMCO Gears Lap Leader award at the year-end awards gala, earning a $2,500 prize to use towards EMCO Gears products.


 

Past Winners at NOLA

Out of the three past Trans Am events at NOLA Motorsports Park, there are only two past winners who have returned for this weekend’s races:


 

TA

Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang: 2023

Amy Ruman, No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette: 2015

Dyson’s Bad Luck Continues

Looking at the top five in the TA standings, there is one very familiar name that is surprisingly missing: Chris Dyson. The three-time champion has not had the smoothest start to the 2024 season, running into trouble in his No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang at Sebring International Raceway, where a crash on lap one took him out of the race, and Road Atlanta, where a spin through a competitor’s oil sent him to the back of the pack, forcing him to fight his way back for a second-place finish. Despite the podium finish at Road Atlanta, the Sebring crash set him back far enough in the points that he currently sits sixth in the standings. Fortunately, the points battle in TA is extremely tight, with only 17 points separating him and leader Paul Menard in the No. 3 Menards/Master Force Tools Ford Mustang. Dyson also heads into Saturday’s race as one of only two competitors in the field who have stood on the top step of the podium at NOLA, and he had a successful test at the track during the off-season, where his car showed both long and short-run speed.

 

Andretti Wins in Burtin’s New Chassis

Last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Burtin Racing debuted a brand-new TA-class chassis following three years of design and development. In just its second start, Martin Ragginger drove the car to a second-place finish at VIRginia International Raceway. In Trans Am’s last outing at Road Atlanta, the No. 17 Top Liner/Go Share Chevrolet Camaro made it to GYM WEED Winners Circle in just its fourth event, driven by Adam Andretti in a wild race culminating in a photo finish with Chris Dyson in the No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang. Burtin called the chassis a “lifelong dream,” and Andretti, who captured his first TA win since 2019, said that the special win was “everyone in our group living out their dream.”

 

Kaylee Bryson a NOLA Winner

Although she is a relative newcomer in the Trans Am Series, PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship recipient and SGT competitor Kaylee Bryson may have a slight advantage in this weekend’s event at NOLA, as she has recent experience winning at the 2.75-mile track. The driver of the No. 02 Logical Systems Inc./Sam Pierce Chevrolet Corvette competed in the National Auto Sport Association weekend at NOLA in March, where she won two of her four races in the Super Unlimited class and finished second in other two.

 

SGT Battle Heating Up

The SGT class is currently experiencing one of its most competitive seasons to date, with more competitors than ever entered in the class and a close points battle. With a win and a second-place finish, Richard Forsythe in the No. 58 GSpeed/Sambuca Restaurant Chevrolet currently leads the point standings over Joshua Carlson in the No. 36 Enseva/TC Fab/Diercks Ltd. Ford Mustang and Kaylee Bryson. This weekend will see six entrants, twice as many as last year’s event at NOLA. One of this weekend’s competitors is Don McMillon in the No. 51 Salasko Racing Chevrolet Corvette, who returns to the class for the first time since 2022. He has recent experience at NOLA, competing in the GT2 class in the SCCA Super Tour event in February.

1. Paul Menard (184)

2. Keith Grant (180)

3. Adam Andretti (179)

4. Amy Ruman (177)

5. Tomy Drissi (169)

1. Danny Lowry (50) 

1. Richard Forsythe (165)

2. Joshua Carlson (142)

3. Kaylee Bryson (126)

4. Milton Grant (83)

5. Lee Saunders (82)

1. Chris Coffey (157)

2. Joey DaSilva (83)

1. Richard Grant (152)

2. John DeGaynor (80)

3. Billy Griffin (72)

1. Shannon Herford (63)

2. Ricky Sanders (57)

1. Jenn Krpata (63)

1. Jeff Lindstrom (126)

2. Colin Cohen (73)

3. Todd Napieralski (62)

Complete Standings: View

Nitro Dominating the Podium

With two races complete for the CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series, one thing is for certain: Nitro Motorsports is dominating. The team has occupied four of a possible six podium spots in the first two events, and currently sits first, second and fourth in the point standings with Tyler Gonzalez (No. 40 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang), Thomas Annunziata (No. 90 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang) and Rafa Matos (No. 60 Concord American Flagpole Ford Mustang), respectively.

 

Gonzalez Leads the Pack

Rookie and Young Gun Tyler Gonzalez has had a phenomenal start to the 2024 season as the only driver to earn podium finishes at both Sebring and Road Atlanta. Currently leading the overall TA2 point standings, the Rookie-of-the-Year standings and the Young Gun Award standings, Gonzalez also enters this weekend with previous experience at NOLA. The 19-year-old GR Cup Champion ran at the track last year in an SRO GT4 car.

 

Annunziata ‘On The Rise’

Second in the standings, Thomas Annunziata is another young Nitro Motorsports driver experiencing a strong start to the season with a fourth-place finish at Sebring and a second-place finish at Road Atlanta. The future star is going to be featured in an upcoming episode of the MAVTV series On The Rise, which he is filming this weekend at NOLA. Annunziata experienced both highs and lows last year in New Orleans, winning his first-career Pole Award, but starting 29th after his car lost power before hitting the track for the green flag. He ultimately fought his way back to the front, finishing in the top five. Showing why he is currently ‘on the rise,’ in addition to his full-time Trans Am effort, next weekend, the 18-year-old will be making his second-career start in the ARCA Racing Series. He finished second in his ARCA debut at Daytona International Speedway in February.

 

DaCosta Debut

The CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series will have a new face in the paddock this weekend with 16-year-old Julian DaCosta in the No. 17 Team SLR-M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro. The young driver joins Trans Am with experience in both the Mazda MX-5 Cup and SCCA’s Spec Miatas.

 

Boes Knows NOLA

Barry Boes in the No. 27 Team SLR-M1 Racecars Ford Mustang continues to sit atop the TA2 Pro/Am Challenge standings after earning his second-consecutive win at Road Atlanta. Boes has a chance to expand his lead this weekend at NOLA, where he experienced success earlier this year. Competing in the SCCA Super Tour event at the track back in February, Boes won both Race 1 and Race 2 in the GT2 class. 

1. Tyler Gonzalez (194)

2. Thomas Annunziata (186)

3. Thomas Merrill (185)

4. Rafa Matos (155)

5. Caleb Bacon (144)

5. Adrian Wlostowski (144)

1. Tyler Gonzalez (194)

2. Thomas Annunziata (186)

3. Caleb Bacon (144)

4. Ben Maier (126)

5. Gavan Boschele (120)

1. Tyler Gonzalez (194)

2. Josh Hurley (138)

3. Gavan Boschele (120)

4. Ethan Barker (42)

5. Gio Ruggiero (36)

1. Barry Boes (214)

2. Roberto Sabato (191)

3. Keith Prociuk (166)

4. Chris Durbin (164)

5. Cale Phillips (152)

1. Thomas Ellis (117)

Complete Standings: View

 


 

Trans Am Announces New Technical Director for CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series


 

Doug Nagy Joins Trans Am While Ricky Brooks Embarks on New Endeavor 

CHARLOTTE (April 4, 2024) — The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli announces Doug Nagy as its new Technical Director for the CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series following the departure of Ricky Brooks. With three decades of diverse experience in motorsports, Nagy’s new role combines leading the technical inspection process, managing the class’s rulebook, and serving as a liaison to TA2 teams, chassis manufacturers, vendors and suppliers.

 

Nagy comes to Trans Am as an FIA-licensed technical inspector, and currently serves as the Technical Director for the American Rally Association and the Chief of Tech for King of the Hammers. He is also a founding partner of Streetwise Motorsports, a specialty vehicle build and repair shop which services sportscar and Rally teams. Previous positions include working as the Motorsports Division Director for Saleen, a Team Manager and Strategist for Bell Motorsports and the Crew Chief and Strategist for Mosler Automotive. His resume boasts impressive accomplishments, such as holding Crew Chief and Strategist positions in prestigious events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona, 24 Hours of Moroso, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Baja 1000, earning overall wins and class wins in several events. Nagy is also an experienced competitor, driving in the Baja 1000, American Rally Association, NORRA 1000, California Rally Series and Atlantic Rally Championship.

 

I am thrilled to accept the position of CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series Technical Director,” said Nagy. “I look forward to continuing to uphold the high standards that have been set for the performance and safety of the teams and the entertainment of the fans.”

 

As a cost-controlled series, parity between racecars is crucial to TA2’s close competition, making the technical inspection process and selection of approved vendors and suppliers crucial. Ricky Brooks has served in the role since 2016 and departs the series after being named the General Manager of Cordele Motor Speedway.

 

"The Trans Am Series will surely miss Ricky Brooks, who has done so much to build the CUBE 3 Architecture TA2 Series into the great championship it is today, but we understand that he had an opportunity that he could not turn down,” said Trans Am TA/XGT/SGT/GT Technical Director, Aaron Coalwell. “We are very happy to welcome Doug Nagy to the Trans Am staff as TA2’s new Technical Director. I met Doug over 20 years ago when I was the GT Class Technical Manager for the World Challenge Series, and Doug was with Saleen. He has a wide range of experience in motorsports, both on the team and officiating sides. After working at the recent Road Atlanta event with the outgoing Technical Director, we all feel confident that Doug will do a great job in the TA2 Technical Director role."

 

After working side-by-side with Brooks at Road Atlanta, Nagy will take over the position in Trans Am’s next outing at NOLA Motorsports Park, April 11-14.

 

   International GT (IGT)

www.internationalgt.net

International GT is a North American racing series composed of three national championships—the Stuttgart Cup, Maranello Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy. The Stuttgart Cup showcases Porsche Caymans, while the Maranello Cup includes Ferrari Challenge and GT3 cars. The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy features GT3 and Porsche Cup cars. With iconic tracks on its schedule and close, exciting competition on the track, the series  continues to attract both professional and amateur drivers to enjoy the camaraderie of the IGT paddock.  Owned by Parella Motorsports Holdings, IGT is featured at many SpeedTour events across the country, with most race weekends featuring two sprint races and an hour-long enduro to give drivers ample track time. To learn more, visit InternationalGT.net. 


 


 
 

   Sports Car Club of America

www.scca.com

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is a non-profit American automobile club and sanctioning body supporting road racing, rallying, and autocross in the United States. Formed in 1944, it runs many programs for both amateur and professional racers.


 


 

 

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 2024 Trans Am Series Western Championship Schedule

2024 International GT Schedule: 

Feb. 22-25:  Sebring International Raceway

Mar. 21-24:  Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Apr. 18-21:  Sonoma Raceway

May 2-5:  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

May 24-27:  Lime Rock Park

June 13-16:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

June 27-30:  Road America

Aug. 21-25:  Watkins Glen International

Oct. 3-6:  VIRginia International Raceway

Oct. 25-27:  Daytona International Speedway (tentative)

Oct. 31-Nov. 3:  Circuit of The Americas

 

Time Trials National Tour 2022 Schedule

March 26-27: Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
- April 23-24: Eagles Canyon Raceway; Decatur, TX
- May 12-15: Time Trials Nationals @ NCM Motorsports Park; Bowling Green, KY
- July 1-2: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
- July 16-17: GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
- August 6-7: New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
- August 27-28: Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
- October 29-30: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, CA
- November 5-6: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA


 

 

 

 

     

 

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