Trans-Am Series announces pit stop races

Miami - The Trans-Am Series and the Panoz/Sanchez Group today announced that the first mandatory pit stop race of the 2001 season will be May 20 at Mosport Park. Additional pit stop races will be at Portland (August 5), Laguna Seca (Sept. 9) and...

Miami - The Trans-Am Series and the Panoz/Sanchez Group today announced that the first mandatory pit stop race of the 2001 season will be May 20 at Mosport Park. Additional pit stop races will be at Portland (August 5), Laguna Seca (Sept. 9) and San Diego (TBA). All of the pit stop races will be 125 miles in length.

"We took several factors into account when we decided which races would be extended to 125 miles and include pit stops," said Trans-Am Series director of competition Kevin Bayless. "We looked at the layout of the pit lanes at the venues that the series will visit this year. It is very important that we provide adequate space for all of the competitors so that pit stops can be as safe as possible. We also took the available television window into account as well as the amount of time that we are allotted by the race promoter."

"The return of pit stop races to the Trans-Am Series will bring a new element of strategy back to the series," said Bayless. "Fans of the series at the four venues where pit stops will be mandatory are in for an exciting afternoon."

Round one of the 2001 Trans-Am Series will be held March 16 as part of the 49th Annual Superflo 12 Hours At Sebring. The race, to be contested at 100 miles, will see the debut of the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Panoz Esperante and Dodge Viper.

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