The Trans-Am Series Announces 10-Race Schedule for 40th Consecutive Season
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 2004) -- The Trans-Am Series announced it will hold 10 races in 2005, its 40th consecutive season of competition. Eight venues have been confirmed, with two events still being negotiated. The Series will again hold the bulk of its events in conjunction with the Champ Car World Series, which will again operate the Series in 2005.
"We're pleased to announce our 2005 schedule, one of the best on record for Trans-Am's unprecedented 40th continuous year of competition," said Trans-Am Executive Director John Clagett. "When we began to assemble our 2005 schedule, we took a hard look at what has traditionally made the Trans-Am Series a success. We think we have the perfect combination of venues for 2005. The schedule boasts events at traditional and new tracks, on permanent and street courses, and in key markets throughout North America.
"This unique mix also gives our competitors something to look forward to," added Clagett. "This will truly be a season to remember."
The Trans-Am Series will kick off 2005 during the Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, April 8-10, followed by its 22nd visit to Portland Int'l Raceway (June 17-19). Three more traditional venues have been confirmed: Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport (June 24-26), the Molson Indy Toronto (July 8-10) and the Grand Prix of Denver (Aug. 12-14).
The Series will continue the longest continuously running relationship between a track and a racing series, at Road America on an as-yet-to-be-determined 2005 date. The Series has competed every year at the 4.048-mile road course since Mark Donohue won the inaugural event there in 1970.
The Series will return to Edmonton, Alberta, running on a new temporary circuit July 15-17. The Series last competed in the Canadian city in 1973 at a permanent track. Trans-Am will also be on the racing card during the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix weekend (July 29-31).
Trans-Am officials are in serious negotiations with five other venues to fill the two vacant slots. Those venues include the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec during the Molson Indy Champ Car weekend (Aug. 26-28), Road Atlanta during an ALMS weekend, as well as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, the Puerto Rico Grand Prix, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2004.