Las Vegas-based Grr Racing announced has announced a new Trans Am Series by Pirelli program for team owner and three time SCCA Road Racing Championship driver, Michele Abbate, will be making her debut in the professional Trans Am Road Racing series in her Grr Racing TA2 Chevy Camaro. Last October, Abbate made her debut in the SCCA National Runoffs at Sonoma and earned a podium finish in the GT-1 class.
“I am beyond thrilled to announce our Trans Am effort. This has been a dream of mine for several years and it has taken an incredible amount of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to get here,” said Abbate. “I’m pumped to be racing in the competitive TA2 class and I know our team will bring a fresh new image to the Trans Am series. I am thankful for the partnerships that I have and I would not be here without each and every one of them.”
Crew chief for the effort will be her husband, Anthony Philleo, who has been by Abbate’s side since they met in high school.
This year Abbate joined Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. with the world release of her SCCA championship-winning Scion FRS scale replica HPI Racing RC car. As a former factory driver for Scion Racing, she earned the manufacturer two road racing championships in two different chassis, and became the first female to be awarded “Driver of the Year” in the 66-year history of the Cal Club SCCA Region.