The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship regulars return to action this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, the California wine country track playing host to the rapidly growing West Coast series, with 21 drivers entered for the fourth race of the 2019 season.
The June 14-16 event will showcase the four class format, with Trans Am, TA2 powered by AEM, SGT and GT class cars all sharing the 2.52-mile, 12-turn Sonoma road course.
Since its inception in 2017, the Trans Am West Coast Championship field has grown 27 percent, and additional growth is anticipated in the final two rounds when the series visits Portland on July 26-28 and Circuit of The Americas Oct. 4-6.
“In the inaugural and second seasons of Trans Am West Coast, there were a total of 48 entries, and we have already exceeded that in just the first half of this season,” said Trans Am Race Company President John Clagett. “We launched the West Coast championship in response to feedback from our competitors, and it’s grown even more quickly than we were hoping it would.
“We’ve got a tremendous range of racers here — from experienced guys like Greg Pickett and Simon Gregg, to drivers who are just joining Trans Am for the first time like Michele Abbate, Auto Club Speedway race winner Nicholas Rosseno, Cameron Parsons and others. So there’s a mix of very competitive drivers in the field, and I think Sonoma will be another great weekend for everyone. ”
After celebrating his 21st career Trans Am victory in the Thunderhill season opener, Greg Pickett suffered mechanical issues at Auto Club Speedway that caused him to miss the following weekend’s Laguna Seca round. He returns to action at Sonoma in the Pickett Racing Ford Mustang, recharged and ready to pick up where he left off in the opener.
While Pickett’s return is one of the TA-class headlines, he will have his hands full with Simon Gregg in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Winning Rounds 2 and 3 of the West Coast series back to back, the Florida driver sits firmly in control of the championship even as he looks to grow his 59-point advantage.
In the most closely contested class, Anthony Honeywell in the Honeywell Competition/TFB Performance Chevrolet Camaro leads the TA2 West Coast standings by five points over Thunderhill and Laguna Seca winner Brad McAllister in the http://www.PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang heading into Sonoma.
In an effort to keep his rivals at bay, Honeywell’s has upgraded engines in his Camaro, fitting the new Prefix “Choice” engine purpose-built for the super-competitive TA2 class as he continues his battle with McAllister for the West Coast championship.
“We’re excited to have the new TA2 Choice engine under the hood of the No. 76 Camaro for the remainder of the season.” said Honeywell, a former karting star from Tulsa, Okla. “We remain confident that we have what it takes to bring home the championship.”
Driving the No. 98 Five Star Prop Management Energy Real Estate Ford Mustang in the GT class, Roger Eagleton looks to increase his championship lead on what effectively is his home track. The California native won the opening round at Thunderhill, then took another podium at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in May.
“The entire team at DIG Motorsports is excited to head to the race weekend at Sonoma Raceway with Trans Am,” said Eagleton. “This is our third ever Trans Am event weekend as a team and we are very focused on the West Coast Series at the moment. The competition in the GT class is heating up, and it will be challenging for us to continue to do well. No matter what, we know there will be great racing for the fans this weekend!”
The 21 Trans Am West Coast drivers will kick off the weekend with a 55-minute testing session on Friday morning, followed by another hour test in the afternoon. Saturday opens with an all-class 40-minute practice session prior to a split-class qualifying session starting at 3:05 p.m. PT. The action culminates on Sunday with a 100-mile (or 70 minutes, whichever comes first) mixed-class feature starting at 12:45 p.m. PDT.
Fans are invited to a tour of the Trans Am West Coast paddock from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, where drivers will be available for autographs and cars will be on display for photos. Live timing and scoring is available at GoTransAm.com or on the Race Monitor app.