TPR finishes P2 in Trans Am TA3A Championship Points.
All race teams know a thing or two about commitment, determination and perseverance. At times, it’s all you have to keep the vision alive. It can also be the framework that holds an entire race organization intact.
The 2015 Trans Am Championship was a challenge for the Total Performance Racing team. While it brought a record number of first and second place wins, the race team endured wet and wild weather, crashes and an assortment of mechanical/electrical malfunctions.
The season began at Sebring, where Todd Naperalski finished in first place, followed by two second place finishes at Homestead and Road Atlanta. Of the 12 races, TPR finished with 8 of the 12 podiums with 6 second place finishes.
A very satisfying season, by all accounts – but what if? For instance, at round 11 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Todd Naperalski, in his #39 TREMEC Camaro overtook the leader for the first position with two race laps remaining. He lost the motor on the last lap with the win in sight to place second.
With two days to get to the season’s finale at Daytona, the TPR team decided to run their backup car #85 rather than do a motor swap. The second place finish was perhaps their best team effort during the season. They were far off the pace out of the trailer and the team worked relentlessly making many changes to get on the podium, with the outstanding efforts of crew chief Dave Jones - who pushed the team to be their very best all season long.
The Series will now begin preparations for its 50th Anniversary, the 2016 Trans Am Championship, with the first race slated for March 6, 2016, at Sebring International Raceway. And as the team looks ahead to next year, there is a strong sense of adventure laced with those magic ingredients of commitment, determination and perseverance – another step closer to the ultimate goal.
The Trans Am Series is America’s Road Racing Series and dates back to 1966.
The TA3 American Muscle Car Class offers a means for drivers to showcase professional production racing in an affordable platform at legendary tracks as a member of the Trans Am Series in competition for Trans Am Championships. With affordable entry fees and a focus on cost control, Trans Am allows drivers to concentrate on the sport of racing, not the financing of it.