This past weekend marked the first race of the season for the SCCA Trans Am series at Sebring International Raceway. Trans Am recently added the “TA3 American Muscle” class to the series. This is a production car-based class that features primarily Mustangs and Camaros.
This race weekend found Rehagen Racing’s Dean Martin starting on pole (2:15.906) and ending up on the top step of the podium with his Mustang Boss 302. He managed to barely out-leg the Camaro of Ernie Francis Jr. by a mere fender en route to the victory in his first appearance in the Trans Am series. Martin also set a new track record along the way with a fastest race lap of 2:16.180.
“It was a great race! Ernie and I battled back and forth for the lead a few times,” said Martin. “The faster Trans Am cars were a huge factor in the outcome of this race. I got punted off track really bad by one of the TA1 cars and Ernie grabbed the lead away from me. A few corners later, that same TA car got in Ernie’s way with a cut tire and slowed him up. This gave me an opportunity to get back by on the back straight and I managed to get the lead back. There were more incidents with TA cars that caused us to drag race each other down the straights and run side-by-side through many corners. It was just a flat out grudge match and I was fortunate to come out on top with my Boss 302.”
Trans Am will be back on track this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Trans Am will open Sunday celebrations with the TA2 race at 1:30 p.m. EDT, followed by the TA and TA3 race at 2:50 p.m. EDT.
[Source: Ford Racing/Rehagen Racing]