form to, on May 30, 2020, onceagain host a pair of Trans Amraces – Esports style, that is.
While Riverside has vanishedand Jones long-retired, the now-named Trans Am Presented byPirelli series is very much alive.
The much-anticipated 2020
season had to be significantly
reconfigured due to the COVID- 19
pandemic, but today’s drivers
are back on track, having already
picked up the in-person action at
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on
June 26-28 and then Brainerd
International Raceway on
July 10-12. The next stop is
Road America on Aug. 6-8. All of
this picking up where Trans Am
left off at Sebring International
Raceway in February, in
those pre-pandemic times.
For many of them – and
certainly for the fans – there
was a seven-round Esports
Trans Am series to keep the
fires of enthusiasm well stoked.
Much like the pivotal 1970
season, the Esports version
was intense from start to finish,
featuring most of the modern-
day series stars and headlined
by a fierce championship duel
between Kicera and Josh Hurley
that carried to the virtual
Silverstone, England, finale.
Sevadjian’s Esports win fromthe pole (which he’d claimedby an astounding 0.001sec)at Riverside was lights to flag.
Kicera’s win in the 20-minute-long Race 2, though, broughtwith it memories of Jonesin that infamous 1970 run:Starting fifth on the grid,
“One veteran and oneyoung driver whoseskills might somedaycarry them to ParnelliJones heights”