Trans Am 2
The iconic Trans Am Series is America’s road-racing series, dating back to its first season in 1966. This past weekend marked the inaugural race of the 2012 season for Trans Am. The race was held at the 2.549 mile, 10 turn Mosport International Speedway located on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Katech Motorsports is proud to be the engine supplier for Miller Racing and the duo of their TA2 Camaro race cars. Pete Halsmer drives the # 12 Katech-powered 5th generation Camaro followed by his teammate/owner, Mike Miller in the # 11 Chevrolet Camaro.
On lap 3, the # 65 Camaro of Tom Sheehan got side-by-side with the # 11 car of Mike Miller, the two bumped doors leaving Miller sliding into the tire wall. Sheehan spun and stalled. Miller was uninjured but the car sustained serious damage and was forced to retire. Sheehan made an effort to continue, but retired later in the race with a broken drive shaft. By midway through the shortened race, Halsmer began pressuring Bob Stretch in his # 98 and eventually wore him down, making the pass before the race went yellow. This was Halmser’s first race marking his return to Trans Am and his first race and first win in the Trans Am 2 class. “We’re really pleased,” said Halmser. “This is the first race for both of these cars and Mike Miller’s racing operation.” The win was really just a matter who managed their tires the best,” added Pete. “I could see his (Stretch’s) tires were going off quicker than mine. I think that was always one of my strengths in Trans Am in the past.” Trans Am returns to American soil to celebrate Memorial Day in the most traditional of ways – at Lime Rock Park. In a new twist the race will be held Saturday, May 26.
The #12 Katech-powered Chevrolet Lumina CR8, driven by Francesco Sini raced at Donnington Park in England this past weekend. Donnigton is a 2.459 mile, 12 turn circuit that was opened in 1931 and features a long front straight, allowing drivers to achieve extremely high rates of speed. There were two races held this weekend, during the first race Sini had a bad start and had a great amount of wheel spin which allowed the AWD Audis to claim the lead. Francesco fought his way and rounded out the top ten with a 10th place finish. During the second race Sini had a strong start and battled his way to a 4th place finish.
Photography credit to Thawley