The two bronze Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaros have dominated the first two rounds of the 2019 Trans Am Presented by Pirelli season at Sebring and Road Atlanta, and the Alpharetta, Ga.-based team looks to extend its win streak this weekend as the series heads west to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Veteran Lawrence Loshak’s season has started perfectly — two poles, two wins — and he’s chasing the hat trick as the Trans Am series returns to Laguna Seca for the first time in 15 years.
Loshak, who leads the TA-class points, is clearly excited about racing at the historic Monterey, Calif., track: “Every time I think about hustling one of these cars up the hill and down the Corkscrew, I get goosebumps. With the challenging layout and the huge field expected, it’s going to be absolutely insane.
“Back-to-back poles and wins are a huge achievement, but it puts a target on our backs,” the Wisconsin native added. “But this team is unbelievable. We’re still working hard. I can’t wait for the California sun, meeting all the fans — and maybe, just maybe, a hat trick.”
Teammate Tomy “The Rockin’ Moroccan” Drissi, meanwhile, started on the front row alongside Loshak in both southeast races and holds down fourth in the standings, rebounding from problems at Sebring to finish a strong second at Road Atlanta — a race he came oh-so-close to winning.
Drissi, who lives in Hollywood, Calif., is back on West Coast home turf, having won the 2018 Trans Am West Championship. His No. 8 Camaro will be instantly recognizable this weekend, promoting the feature film “Godzilla, ‘King of Monsters’” which debuts in theaters May 31.
“I just can’t wait,” Drissi exclaimed. “The Burtin racing team has come out like gangbusters. [With its ‘Godzilla’ graphics] the car looks amazing and the kids are going to love it — everyone is going to love it.”
The Burtin Racing Camaros are entered in the premier TA class, the Trans-Am series also featuring TA2, Super GT and GT cars. The weekend gets underway Friday, May 3, with TA/SGT/GT testing at 9:50 a.m. PDT, practice at 11:50 a.m. and qualifying at 4:15 p.m.
TA-class cars will share the grid with GT and SuperGT in Saturday’s feature race which rolls off at 1:05 p.m. The TA2 Powered by AEM race is Sunday at 1:20pm. Log onto gotransam.com for news and updates.