Trans Am Announces New Name for West Coast Championship

Trans Am Race Company is renaming its west coast-based championship the “Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship,” series officials announced.

Officials also announced that a new date and venue will be added to the 2022 calendar. Thunderhill Raceway will now stage the Western Championship’s season opener as part of the Northern California Shelby Club Spring Sprint April 9-10. The addition of the two-day event will expand the Western Championship schedule to eight rounds held at seven venues.

“The renaming of the West Coast Championship to the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship is a welcome step,” said John Clagett, Trans Am Race Company president. “Since the championship’s development in 2017, we have expanded the schedule to include more venues in the West, like Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of The Americas. The new name will now truly reflect our championship format.

“The additional round for 2022 was competitor driven,” Clagett continued. “Several of the TA2 Western drivers requested a stop at Thunderhill. We take the feedback from our competitors seriously and wanted to add a round if we could fit it into the schedule.”

The National Series will start its 55th season at Sebring International Raceway Feb. 24-27 and will join the Western Championship with back-to-back rounds starting at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (April 22-24) and Sonoma Raceway (April 30-May 1).

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