ASA cars approved for GTA class

ASA CARS APPROVED FOR TRANS-AM SERIES GTA CLASS COMPETITION INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2005) -- The Trans-Am Series announced today new rules allowing former American Speed Association cars to compete in its GT America Class (GTA). ASA-spec cars,...

ASA CARS APPROVED FOR TRANS-AM SERIES GTA CLASS COMPETITION

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2005) -- The Trans-Am Series announced today new rules allowing former American Speed Association cars to compete in its GT America Class (GTA). ASA-spec cars, with some minor modifications, will be eligible for Trans-Am competition beginning with the June 18 race at Portland International Raceway.

"We are pleased to welcome ASA teams to the Trans-Am Series," said Trans-Am Executive Director John Clagett. "These rules are designed to allow former ASA teams the ability to go beyond running just oval tracks and to experience the excitement and grandeur of North America's premiere road racing series. They will now have the opportunity to race with some of the best of the best in road racing at many of the top venues in motorsports.

"Our new GTA Class has been a phenomenal success thus far," added Clagett. "We had nine GTA cars at our season opener in Long Beach and we are expecting upwards of 15 at Portland, making this class the fastest-growing segment of Trans-Am competition. We think this announcement will result in even more growth of the already competitive and enthusiastic GTA Class."

Former ASA competitors will be allowed to run a true ASA car, utilizing sealed LS-1 engines with the addition of larger 22-gallon fuel cells. ASA-spec cars must also meet all safety, technical and licensing requirements spelled out in the Trans-Am Series Rulebook.

Other optional technical changes include: Computer re-flash to bring rpm limit to 6,800, the addition of a 90-millimeter throttle body, the use of an LS-2 intake manifold to fit the larger throttle body and increase air flow, new valve springs, and new rod bolts. All ASA engine-modification work will be performed by Schwanke Engines. Schwanke will make the necessary upgrades, run the engine on its dyno and re-seal the engine. All former ASA engines must remained sealed as in the past.

"Our goal is to make ASA-specification cars competitive with current GTA cars," said GT America President Ron Cortez. "The engine modifications should allow for approximately 490 horsepower, and we think that an ASA-spec car at current GTA weight will definitely be equal with current GTA equipment."

The Trans-Am Series' GTA Class features V-8-powered, tube-framed sedans. The Class will be recognized this year with its own championship, as well as recognition of its class winner at each race this season. The addition of the GT America cars makes Trans-Am into a three-class series, which also includes the featured Trans-Am cars, as well as the GT-1 Driver Development Class.

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 continuous year of competition in 2005.

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