PIRELLI AND TRANS AM EXTEND PARTNERSHIP
Pirelli Tire North America and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am
Series have renewed their partnership through 2024, with the
Italian tire company as presenting partner for America’s Road
Racing Series, as well as being the official tire supplier.
The famed 2.52-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway road
course hosted Round 4 of Trans
Am Presented by Pirelli West
Coast Championship Series on
In TA2, the story was all
about 17-year-old Derek
Kraus, who is one of the fast-rising stars in the hard-fought
NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Kraus blew the engine in his
Camaro in spectacular fashion
in the 20-minute practice
session right before qualifying,
so team owner David Smith
stepped out of his racecar
and turned it over to the
teen, who promptly posted a
1: 38.183 lap for the pole.
As the action shifted from
qualifying to race, Simon
Gregg would have a lonely
race in TA after both the pole
winner, Michelle Nagai, and
Michael Fine retired in the
opening laps with mechanical
problems. Gregg was able
to cruise to his third West
Coast series victory, virtually
clinching the championship.
The action in TA2 was a
Pittsburgh International Race Complex hosted Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the Formula 4
United States Championship Powered by Honda
on June 21-23, and the three-race weekend
would witness three different winners.
Qualifying saw Arthur Leist clinch the pole
position by sixth hundredths of a second,
holding off championship points leader Kiko
Porto. With a fast time of 1: 41.713, Leist nearly
beat the qualifying track record he set last year.
On the Formula 1-style standing start,
polesitter Leist got the jump on Porto.
Porto challenged Leist for the first few
laps until he was forced to switch his focus
from taking lead to defending his position.
Shooting from the inside to the outside of
TRANS AM WEST TACKLES SONOMA
F4 TRIPLEHEADER AT PITT RACE
FIRS T TIMER
pulled off an
win at Sonoma.
bit more intense, however, as
Kraus seemingly struggled on
starts, losing the point on both
the start and a lap-four restart
to third qualifier Anthony
Honeywell. Kraus managed
to find a way past the West
Series TA2 points leader within
a few laps on both occasions
and drove to the overall and
TA2 win in his series debuted.
Missing qualifying didn’t
slow down Carl Rydquist,
who drove to the win in SGT,
and in GT, Clark Nunes took
a flag-to-flag victory.
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LEADERS FOR JUNE 2019
NAME REF REGION
Warren Leach 18 San Diego
Jose De Miguel 17 Puerto Rico
Kristi Brown 9 Northwest
Daniel Cutrer 9 SW Louisiana
Carl Somerton 9 Snake River
Jim Berg 8 Houston
Justin Batten 7 Tennessee
Stefanie Brake 6 Indianapolis
Wanda Cecil 6 South Carolina
David Dreezer 6 South Carolina
Sherri Savage 6 San Diego
Marco Vazquez 6 San Diego
1,370 additional members have at least one referral.
(Category based on 2018 year-end membership)
JUMBO REGIONS (800+):
New York 4.0%
LARGE REGIONS (401-799):
Steel Cities 12.0%
MEDIUM REGIONS (200-400):
Lone Star 12.4%
Northwestern Ohio 10.8%
SMALL REGIONS (<200):
Eastern Idaho 39.1%
Puerto Rico 35.7%
Old Dominion 33.3%
Porto, Joshua Car made the pass for second
exiting Turn 17. As the battle for second
heated up, Leist pulled a gap, finishing the
race nearly five seconds ahead of Car.
In Round 5, Proto found redemption,
recording the win, his second of the
season. “We made some wheel and wing
changes to the car from Saturday’s race,
and now the car is perfect,” said Porto.
Christian Brooks would make his first
visit to the F4 podium, having secured a
second-place finish, while Car would keep
his podium streak and championship
hopes alive with a third-place finish.
As the weekend closed with Round 6, it
was Car’s turn to stand atop the podium, for
his second win of the season, moving into the
championship points lead. Brooks finished
his weekend with another podium finish,
scoring second, with Jose Blanco in third.
FIRST OF THREE
Arthur Leist jumped into the tripleheader at Pitt
Race with the first pole and win of the weekend.