The Trans Am series is steeped in history. Its first race was held on March 25, 1966, then known as the Trans American Sedan Championship. From Mark Donohue’s dominance to the Roush Racing dynasty to Tommy Kendall’s incredible run in the 90s, the Trans Am series has always found a way to entertain racing fans.
That tradition continues on Saturday at Road America in Wisconsin for Round 8 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, the Next Dimension 100, in conjunction with NASCAR Xfinity. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the 100-mile race on September 12 at 10 a.m. EST. To catch the most recent race, held in Lexington, Ohio, tune into CBS Sports Network this Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.
Trans Am is the fastest-growing racing series in North America, according to MarketSharePlus.com. One reason is that 27 of the largest 50 markets in the U.S. are within 200 miles of a race. Another reason why Trans Am is separating itself from the pack is diversity. Saturday morning’s race will feature not one, but two women drivers.
Amy Ruman and her Chevrolet Corvette enter the race in first place in the standings, 22 points up on second-place driver Paul Fix. The Ohio native won five of her first seven races this season, placing third in another and 12th in her most recent. She has led at least one lap in six of the season’s seven races.
This is Ruman’s fourth season running the full Trans Am schedule. She placed third last season after finishing fourth in 2013 and second in 2012. This year, she has the Trigon Trophy clearly in her sights.
Joining Ruman on the track is Mickey Wright, racing out of Clearwater, Florida. Wright sits just outside of the top-10, having raced in six of the seven events. She’s finished inside the top-10 in each of her last four races and hopes she can drive her Corvette into the that same spot in the standings with a solid finish on Saturday.
Both Ruman and Wright race in the Trans Am One class. “The TA class features the grand touring “Trans Am” cars that have become the standard bearer for the Series over the past few decades, their 850+ horsepower engines produce a one of a kind driving experience as a part of the highest performance grand touring platform in North America,” according to Trans Am’s official website.
Partnering with NASCAR Xfinity this weekend at Road America is a huge coup for Trans Am, who has seen a resurgence since Trans Am Race Company, LLC took over in 2011. Saturday’s race is just another step in the right direction for the surging racing company.