The Trans-Am Race Company, LLC to Assume Management of Trans-Am Series, SCCA Pro Racing to Continue Sanctioning and Event Operations for Celebrated American Series

BRASELTON, Ga. – An iconic American road racing series enters a new and exciting chapter of its storied history with today’s announcement that the Trans-Am Race Company, LLC will assume management of the Trans-Am(r) Series from SCCA Pro Racing(r) beginning with the 2012 season.

Two-time Trans-Am champion Tony Ave leads a group of cars in qualifying at Road Atlanta on Thursday. Credit: Mark Weber/SCCA

Through a five-year agreement with options for renewal, the Trans-Am Race Company will assume full marketing rights to the series and will be responsible for Trans-Am Series public relations and promotions. SCCA Pro Racing will continue to sanction Trans-Am events and provide contracted event operations services to the series.

“SCCA Pro Racing has the utmost appreciation for the incredible history of Trans-Am racing built up over the past 45 years,” said SCCA Pro Racing President Tom Campbell. “At this time, however, we just don’t have the resources to support growing the series to where we all want it to go. Based on the many conversations I’ve had over the past several months with Trans-Am Race Company principals, I am confident in this group’s plans for Trans-Am. We look forward to providing sanctioning and event operations, which is an area of strength for SCCA Pro Racing, and to what we see as a bright future for Trans-Am.”

The Trans-Am Race Company is owned by a passionate group of Trans-Am team owners and competitors with a long history of success and a desire to return the series to prominence within the American road racing landscape. The President of the Trans-Am Race Company is John Clagett, who returns to Trans-Am in a leadership role. Clagett had a 22-year affiliation with SCCA Pro Racing and the Trans-Am Series, most recently as Executive Director of Trans-Am in 2005 when Champ Car operated and sanctioned the series.

“Trans-Am is proud to be based on Detroit iron and is poised to return to greatness, just as America’s car makers are showing resilience and making a turnaround as well,” Clagett said. “The Trans-Am technical format and competition are pillars of strength, and our focus will be to bring additional resources to strengthen the marketing and promotion of the series. It is our responsibility to put in place a value proposition that delivers a strong return on investment for all stakeholder groups, including sponsors, promoters and featured marques.”

Randy Hembrey, who has served as Trans-Am Series Manager for the past three years with SCCA Pro Racing, will continue with Trans-Am as its Director of Competition.

Efforts are well underway to assemble a 2012 schedule that will bring Trans-Am racing to its many passionate fans at historic venues and important race markets across North America. Plans for broadcasting 2012 races and negotiations with promotional partners are also in process, with announcements forthcoming at the appropriate time.

About The Trans-Am Race Company, LLC
Based in Palmetto Bay, Fla., the Trans-Am Race Company, LLC manages and is responsible for the marketing, public relations and promotion of the Trans-Am Series. The company is owned by a group of passionate Trans-Am team owners and competitors with a long history of success in Trans-Am and other forms of motorsport. The group is committed to returning the Trans-Am Series to a position of prominence in American road racing.

About SCCA Pro Racing
SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. – a 45,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports events. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series. Each series holds events on high-profile race weekends and annually crowns champions.

Known for its operational expertise, SCCA Pro Racing has been the choice of privately owned racing series, as well as those promoted by automobile manufacturers, to conduct all facets of their championships.

SCCA(r) held its first professional racing event on February 3, 1963 – a United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race won by Jim Hall at Daytona International Raceway. Throughout the years, SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans-Am, Can-Am, Formula 5000 and World Challenge(r). SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) – the FIA delegate for this country.

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