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INDYCAR athletes to attend driver reception at Tarpy’s Roadhouse ahead of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
Many of the big name INDYCAR drivers the fans will see on the track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend will kick-off the festivities with a driver reception Sept. 16.
Tarpy’s Roadhouse, a member of the Coastal Roots Hospitality family, and a valued partner of WeatherTech Raceway, will host the party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the night before all the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey action begins.
Scheduled drivers include:
- Takuma Sato – Part of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team; two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (2017, 2020) and currently 11th in the NTT INDYCAR Series standings thanks to seven top 10 finishes in 2021
- Marcus Ericsson – Part of the Chip Ganassi Racing team; currently fifth in the NTT INDYCAR Series standings thanks to three top 5 finishes, including two wins, in 2021
- Ed Jones – Races for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan; was the 2017 INDYCAR Series Rookie of the Year and has two top 10 finishes in 2021
- Felix Rosenqvist – Competes for Arrow McLaren SP; has two top 10 finishes in 2021
- Max Chilton – Competes for Carlin, racing in his fifth season in the NTT INDYCAR Series
- Dalton Kellett – Races for A.J. Foyt Enterprises; new to the INDYCAR scene with 22 career starts under his belt
The driver reception will feature autograph and Q&A sessions, as well as food and drink specials. All ages are welcome to come meet some of the stars of the INDYCAR circuit.
The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, Sept. 17-19, is the penultimate stop for the NTT INDYCAR Series in 2021. The challenging circuit at WeatherTech Raceway offers plenty of action as compelling storylines play out on the road to the Series championship.
But the excitement doesn’t stop on the track, as go-karts and a Ferris Wheel will provide a fun family atmosphere in the Hagerty Marketplace. The whole family can explore the open paddock and experience a pit lane walk prior to the start of the race.
Tickets are on sale at WeatherTechRaceway.com. And for Monterey Country residents, a 25 percent discount on general admission ticket purchases is available prior to midnight on Friday, Sept. 17.
To contact Coastal Roots Hospitality, call (831) 647-1085 or visit www.coastalrootshospitality.com.
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The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is one of the longest-running championships in motorsport, and will celebrate its 55th season with a diverse 12-race 2022 schedule that will include multiple road courses, a roval and a street circuit.
Trans Am’s 2022 roster of races will be staged at legendary venues across the United States as part of SpeedTour, IndyCar Series, and NASCAR events. The championship schedule will also continue to support the goal of cost containment for the robust paddock, with condensed weekend formats as well as utilizing multiple back-to-back, single tow race weekends that will be geographically friendly to participants.
The National program has grown for 2022 to include the “Roval” circuit at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the historic Sonoma Raceway, which hosted the Trans Am ProAm and West Coast championships in 2021. ProAm Championship drivers will also have a choice of which six events they want to attend to campaign for their title.
"We took feedback from our competitors this season to design a more balanced schedule that not only offered challenging tracks, but also kept an eye on cost," said Trans Am Race Company President John Clagett. "With venues like Sonoma, Sebring and Watkins Glen, the drivers will get a chance at the most iconic and legendary tracks in America.We’ve still got a lot of racing to do in 2021, but the enthusiasm about next year is really strong."
Trans Am will continue its tradition of opening its season at Sebring International Raceway, February 24-27. Trans Am held its inaugural event at Sebring in 1966 ahead of the track's trademark 12-hour race. Since then, America's road racing series has held 16 races (with the 17th appearance in 2022) at the fabled Florida circuit.
Trans Am will travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway March 17-20 as the first leg of a back-to-back weekend with SpeedTour. After the drivers take to Charlotte “Roval," they will travel to the always-competitive Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta March 24-27.
Following a short break, the National Championship will make a West Coast swing on consecutive weekends with visits to Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca (April 22-24) and Sonoma Raceway (April 30-May 1) , the dates are also slated for the growing Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship.
The 2022 schedule will mark the first appearance for the National Championship at Sonoma Raceway since 2004. Sonoma hosted the National Trans Am Championship 24 times, consecutively from 1969 through 2004; then returned to the schedule in 2018 as host for a West Coast Championship round.
The series then heads back to the other side of the country for a fan favorite and another traditional event the Trans Am SpeedTour Classic at Lime Rock Park over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30) with Sportscar Vintage Raceway Association (SVRA).
The final back-to-back kicks off Trans Am's summer tour with the first of two events slated for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 23-26). Once again Trans Am will celebrate America’s independence at one of the most iconic road courses in the country, Road America, staging two 100-mile races (TA2 in one; TA/XGT/SGT/GT in the other) as part of the NASCAR Cup Series event July 1-3.
The race will mark the 50th year of Trans Am racing at Road America. The series first raced there in 1970, a race won by the legendary Mark Donohue. Since that inaugural race, Trans Am has raced at the circuit 50 times over 40 seasons. The only years off were 2006-08, when the series ran an abbreviated schedule. Trans Am also held a pair of feature races at the circuit in 1977.
The TA and production classes will take a hiatus as TA2® travels south for the second-annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix with the IndyCar Series (Aug. 6-7). In its inaugural event, Trans Am broke a class entry record with 38 muscle cars roaring across 553 yards of bridge through the streets of Nashville in front of 110,000 screaming fans.
"We were honored to be invited back for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix next year with IndyCar" said Clagett. "The entire event was top notch and offered great exposure for the series.”
The full Trans Am program returns to action at Watkins Glen International (Sept. 9-11), it will be the 34th showing for the America's road racing series on the historic circuit.
The teams then head south to the scenic Virginia International Raceway for the National Series' penultimate round Sept. 24-26 with the final race set for Circuit Of the Americas November 4-6, which will host the season finale for both the Trans Am National and West Coast championships.
The full official 2022 Trans Am Series West Coast presented by Pirelli Championship schedule will be released at a later date.
For more information on Trans Am, visit www.GoTransAm.com.
2022 Trans Am National Schedule
- Feb. 24-27 Sebring International Raceway (with SpeedTour)
- March 17-20 Charlotte Motor Speedway (with SpeedTour)
- March 24-27 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (with SpeedTour)
- April 22-24 Weathertech Laguna Seca (with SpeedTour)
- April 30-May 1 Sonoma Raceway (with SpeedTour)
- May 27-30 Lime Rock Park: (with SpeedTour)
- June 23-26 Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course (with SpeedTour)
- July 1-3 Road America (with NASCAR)
- Aug. 6-7 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix (TA2 only with IndyCar)
- Sept. 9-11 Watkins Glen International (with SpeedTour)
- Oct. 6-9 Virginia International Raceway (with SpeedTour)
- Nov. 4-6 Circuit of the Americas COTA (with SpeedTour)
The halfway stage of the ADAC GT Masters at the DEKRA Lausitzring was the ultimate season highlight for MANN-FILTER. In the 70th anniversary year the two MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF–HTP/WWR drivers made the premium filter brand proud with a place on the podium. The many spectators in yellow-green fan clothing and the familiar MANN-FILTER caps also gave Luci Trefz a special boost – by coming ninth in the second race, the youngster proved once again that he can keep up with experienced GT3 drivers.
The greatest challenge of the weekend was the DEKRA-Lausitzring itself. Because of its fast sections, narrow curves, and bumps, the drivers describe it as very "technical". At 3.478 kilometers in length, the track is one of the shortest in the 2021 ADAC GT Masters Calendar.
Consistency is the key to success
While the "Super Sports Car League" championship contest intensified, the tactics of the MANN-FILTER Mercedes team were clearly defined: Scoring consistently while avoiding breakdowns. And the two AMG works drivers, Raffaele Marciello (27, Italy) and Maximilian Buhk (28, Germany), faithfully pursued the strategy this weekend.
When the starting gun went off for the first race of the weekend, driver Raffaele Marciello was easily able to hold position 4. Then Buhk took over for the second stint. Unfortunately, oil leaking from a competitor’s car meant a 40-minute interruption to the race. Nevertheless, Buhk crossed the finishing line still in fourth place, meaning that the team collected a solid 13 points. The Audi Mamba from the Land-Motorsport team was less fortunate. Luci Trefz started the race in the 21st position but was forced to finish early because of a technical fault.
On Sunday, the Buhk/Marciello duo had a fitting gift for the 70th MANN-FILTER anniversary: At the start of the second race, Buhk did not hesitate long, moving straight into third place. His teammate Marciello refused to take any unnecessary risks when his turn came and was able to finish the weekend with the bronze trophy. "It was important that we took home points and can continue the fight for the championship," says Maricello, summing up the weekend’s events. "Obviously we were hoping for more, but you can't win all the time. We're happy with our haul of points, but now we have to focus on finishing the job and winning the championship title."
A strong performance by youngster Luci Trefz
Youngster Luci Trefz (19, Germany) once again highlighted his skills: After his teammate, Christopher Haase (33, Germany), handed over the Audi during the second race in nineth place, the 19-year-old demonstrated his stamina. He did not cave in to the pressure from the cars behind. Thanks to his courage in the race, his ninth place collected seven championship points. "Luci did an incredible job toward the end. He had to handle two safety car phases and keep his opponents at bay behind him. At the same time, he kept pushing forward", says Audi sports driver Christopher Haase in praise of his teammate.
MANN-FILTER celebrates its anniversary with a special foil and spectators in the paddock
For the first time since the corona pandemic started, spectators were allowed back into the paddock. This was especially evident on the 70th anniversary of the premium filter brand: The yellow-green caps were everywhere, which was a special highlight, particularly for the youngest member of the team: "It was my first time taking part in a pit walk and, wow, so many people! So many were wearing yellow-green in the stands as well. There was so much energy in the paddock. It was wonderful to see that the fans were able to be there to experience the sport we love so much. I'm in my third year with MANN-FILTER now and am absolutely loving it. MANN-FILTER has become like family to me, and I'm glad that I'm part of it and able to join in the anniversary celebrations."
MANN-FILTER thanked its loyal fans with a special foil for the ADAC GT Masters halfway stage. Both the Audi and the Mercedes Mamba were emblazoned with a large sticker for the filter brand's big birthday.
In the fight for the championship, the team had initially hoped to reascend to the top of the table, but this was not entirely successful. Even so, the third place by Buhk/Marciello was enough to reduce the lead. Just three points separate the MANN-FILTER Duo from the top position.
The battle for the title will blaze up again at the next ADAC GT Masters race at the Sachsenring in early October (10/01 - 10/03).
The roar of INDYCAR racing was noticeably absent from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2020 amid the pandemic. Which makes it all the more exciting that the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, a fan favorite event, returns Sept. 17-19.
The action begins on Friday, Sept. 17 with practice and qualifying for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, and practice for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The first Indy Lights race takes place Sept. 18, as well as NTT INDYCAR qualifying. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – the penultimate race of the 2021 season – begins at noon Pacific Time on Sept. 19, with coverage on NBC. It is preceded by the second Indy Lights race, which starts at 10:05 a.m. PT.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming INDYCAR back to our beautiful race track for the first time in two years,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “We at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca missed having INDYCAR here in 2020, as did the Monterey community and all of our dedicated fans.”
Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton in the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and as the current host of “America's Funniest Home Videos,” will sing the National Anthem prior to the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on Sept. 19.
Following the action at the Grand Prix of Portland on Sept. 12, Alex Palou – who took the checkered flag in Portland – now leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES by 25 points over Pato O’Ward. With a maximum of 54 points available in Monterey this weekend, every lap could make or break a season championship.
David Malukas is the leader in the Indy Lights standings, a mere five points ahead of Kyle Kirkwood. With just two races left at WeatherTech Raceway before the final two at the season finale at Mid-Ohio, it’s a two-man battle for the title. At stake for the Indy Lights champion is a scholarship valued at $1.3 million that will guarantee entry into a minimum of three NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in 2022.
Tickets are available at WeatherTechRaceway.com. Children ages 15 and under get free entry when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Premier and Reserved event camping is available to book and can be reserved by calling the Tickets & Accommodations Office, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (831) 242-8200.
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