It’s something of a hidden jewel, but with great tracks to play on plus a class and rules structureopening the door to professional racingranks, the SCCA Pro Racing TransAm Presented by Pirelli West CoastChampionship growth opportunitiesseem boundless. Indeed, the Trans AmWest Coast Championship – fortunateas I was to be able to attend threeof last year’s six events – defied allmy expectations. So. Much. Fun.
Now in its fourth season, Trans
Am West boasts a steady increase in
number of entries, notably in the TA2
Powered by AEM class. Though lastyear there were still too few cars forTA2 to run separately as in the nationalTrans Am series (which the West Coastseries joined at two of its 2019 events,and does so again this year), the closeracing in TA2 was always a highlight.
The 2019 Trans Am West CoastChampionship was also the backdropfor so many amazing storylines, toppedby a summer-long points duel betweenPortland periodontist Brad McAllisterand Tulsa CPA (and ex-military, ex-karter)
Anthony Honeywell, representingthe two top teams in West Coast TA2racing, Rhom Innovations (Chris Rhom)and TFB Performance (Tim Barber).
Eventual TA2 champ McAllisterhustling his Mustang through theslower corners at Portland leadingonto the long back straight typified hisaggressive “win or break;” Honeywell’smethodical approach through eachand every weekend, meanwhile, servedhim well gathering points through theseason. Both equally as adept at post-race interviews as wheeling on track.
STRATEGYAnthony Honeywell’s approach to TA2 competition in theSCCA Pro Racing Trans Am West Coast Championshipis methodical – and fast – which is a solid strategywhen running in a season-long points series.