Fresh from its success on the opening weekend of the 2019 Trans Am Presented by Pirelli season in Sebring. Burtin Racing looks to follow up with another win at its home track, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Round 2 of this year’s Trans Am race at the track will take place March 29-31 along with SVRA and the Spring Vintage Classic.
The Alpharetta, Ga.-based team qualified both Camaros on the front row of the grid at Sebring, where Lawrence Loshak narrowly edged out Tomy Drissi for pole position. While hopes for a repeat of the historic 1-2 the Burtin team notched at Watkins Glen last summer were dashed, Loshak (photo above) nevertheless turned the race itself into a procession, dominating from start to finish for a hugely impressive win, recording race fastest lap in the process.
Loshak’s No. 3 has a new sponsor for Road Atlanta — merchant services leader Elavon — while 2009 Trans-Am champion Drissi’s No. 8 will promote that latest Hollywood blockbuster, X-MEN Dark Phoenix, as well as continuing Auto PLAYHOUSE.
Both drivers will be aiming to qualify at the front on Burtin Racing’s home track, and both will be looking for maximum points in the Trans Am’s top TA class.
Drissi, the “Rockin’ Moroccan,” has had great success at Road Atlanta over the years, winning the 2017 Petit Le Mans endurance race and boasting a second and a third in other IMSA events at the track.
Now celebrating its 54th anniversary, Trans Am has a long history at Road Atlanta. John Morton won a 2.5-liter race in 1972 in a Datsun 510, while Peter Gregg defeated Al Holbert – running his first professional race – in the 1973 season-opening event, driving a pair of Porsche Carreras.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile road course located just north of Braselton, Ga., with a long and distinguished presence on the venerable Trans Am Series schedule. The weekend action gets underway Friday, March 29, with two practice and testing sessions. Saturday has practice in the morning and then an all-important qualifying session scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. ET.
Rain is in the forecast for Sunday, and the flagship TA-class race, scheduled for an early 8:50 a.m. start, could well coincide with a spring shower. Burtin Racing team principal Claudio Burtin, though, was unconcerned: “We are prepared for a competitive weekend and hope the weather stays up. Regardless, it will be a good home-track race weekend for our team, and we will be prepared for the best results on Sunday — rain or shine.”
Drissi added, “Road Atlanta is such an amazing track and one where I have had some success in the past. I am looking forward to working really hard there for a hard-working team. Burtin Racing does a tremendous job and it makes me want to work twice as hard to give back and put up a good result.
“Every race is important but it is always more important when it is the team’s home track,” Drissi continued. “Let’s go get it!”
With a Trans Am in under their belt already this season and sights firmly set on a championship run, Burtin Racing aims to do just that.