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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Eric Curran 277
1 Felipe Nasr 277
2 Jonathan Bennett 274
2 Colin Braun 274
3 Jordan Taylor 270
3 Renger Van Der Zande 270
4 Misha Goikhberg 252
4 Stephen Simpson 252
5 Dane Cameron 251
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 251
6 Filipe Albuquerque 249
7 Ricky Taylor 243
7 Helio Castroneves 243
8 Oliver Jarvis 234
8 Tristan Nunez 234
9 Pipo Derani 232
10 Jonathan Bomarito 218

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1 Jan Magnussen 322
1 Antonio Garcia 322
2 Richard Westbrook 316
2 Ryan Briscoe 316
3 Oliver Gavin 310
3 Tommy Milner 310
4 Dirk Mueller 308
4 Joey Hand 308
5 Earl Bamber 308
5 Laurens Vanthoor 308
6 Alexander Sims 304
6 Connor De Phillippi 304
7 Nick Tandy 299
7 Patrick Pilet 299
8 John Edwards 278
8 Jesse Krohn 278
9 Bill Auberlen 106
10 Frederic Makowiecki 93

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1 Bryan Sellers 333
1 Madison Snow 333
2 Katherine Legge 329
3 Jeroen Bleekemolen 299
3 Ben Keating 299
4 Cooper Macneil 295
5 Kyle Marcelli 268
5 Dominik Baumann 268
6 Alvaro Parente 264
7 Patrick Long 263
7 Christina Nielsen 263
8 John Potter 255
8 Andy Lally 255
9 Justin Marks 249
9 Lawson Aschenbach 249
10 Jack Hawksworth 239

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Rank Make Total
1 Cadillac 332
2 Acura 316
3 Nissan 302
4 Mazda 300

GTLM
1 Ford 351
2 Chevrolet 345
3 Porsche 341
4 BMW 332
5 Ferrari 84

GTD
1 Lamborghini 340
2 Acura 330
3 Ferrari 310
4 Mercedes-AMG 307
5 Lexus 306
6 Porsche 298
7 Audi 284
8 BMW 278
Career first Trans Am victory for Chris Dyson

Driving #20 Ford Mustang at Road Atlanta
Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Chris Dyson
Chris Dyson
Road racing veteran Chris Dyson secured his first career Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli victory in the TA class today at Road Atlanta.  Dyson was joined in the celebrations by Randy Kinsland, who secured his second consecutive TA3 class Road Atlanta win following the conclusion of the multi-class competition.

Dyson began the race in second position in the No. 20 Plaid/ CD Racing Ford Mustang but overtook pole sitter Ernie Francis, Jr., defending TA class champion and driver of the No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang, before turn one of the 40-lap, 101.6-mile race around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. 

While Dyson continued in the lead, Francis would fall back to fourth by lap three, with David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kryderacing Cadillac CTS-V, and Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, in pursuit.  Over the passing laps Francis climbed, taking third position on lap 15 and second on lap 21, then settling into close pursuit of Dyson. 

Contact between Francis and Dyson on the 37th lap saw both cars spin and Francis take the lead; however, stewards ruled the contact avoidable on the part of Francis and ordered the position be given back to Dyson with two laps remaining.  Francis would yield to Dyson with the later retaking the lead. The No. 20 and No. 98 would run nose-to-tail for the remainder of the race, with Dyson holding off Francis for the win. 

The win is the first for Dyson and the recently formed CD Racing team, announced only 30 days ago after a busy week of testing before Sebring. 

“From where we started a month ago, I’m thrilled to be here,” said Dyson.  “I’m thrilled to be in the Series it has a tremendous heritage and I’m honored to come here to one of my favorite tracks-- Road Atlanta.  For us to win our second time out really puts us in good shape in the points battle; we went head-to-head, straight up, with Francis, Jr., who’s the benchmark.  We were fortunate to come out on top--I know we’re going to have hard fights all year, and I’m really looking forward it.”

While Dyson did not campaign for the stewards’ decision, he was pleased with the outcome and anticipates clean, hard racing between himself and Francis for the remainder of the year.

“It was a judgment call from the stewards,” said Dyson. “I wasn’t on the radio complaining about it; frankly, I let them make those calls.  Ernie and I are going to race hard all year, and I’m sure there are going to be moments like that-- you just hope they don’t affect race outcomes.  But this is racing and sometimes the stewards have to sort things out and that’s what they did today.  It was a good hard fight, and I’m sure we can run hard and clean for the rest of the year.  This is our first race with Plaid on the car and to win here near their headquarters with a lot of guests here, it’s a pretty special moment for us.”

Francis would finish second, his sixth consecutive podium finish.  Simon Gregg would complete the TA podium in third, his first podium appearance since Round 11 of the 2017 season.  Tim Rubright, in the No. 77 BlueKnobAuto.com Ford Mustang, finished a TA class career best fourth, while David Pintaric completed the TA class top five. 

In the TA3 class, Randy Kinsland secured his third career Trans Am win after a streak of mechanical frustrations that ended his 2017 championship pursuit and saw his past two appearances in the No. 11 RF Engines Chevrolet Corvette cut short. 

Dyson leads
Dyson leads
Kinsland began the race on pole but was overtaken by 2017 champion and Sebring victor Mark Boden, in the No. 46 Fall-Line Porsche 991 GT3, on the start, eventually falling back to third position a lap later after been passed by Tim Kezman, in the No. 44 Fall-Line Porsche 991 GT3.  Kinsland would take second back from Kezman a lap later, settling into the pursuit of Boden-- eventually taking the lead on the 23rd lap, one he’d hold until the checkered flag.

“Wow, we’ve worked and worked on this car,” said Kinsland.  “We’re a small operation, a two-man crew--including me. We’ve been trying to get this car back on top and apparently it’s there.  It’s really sweet to finally get back on the top step and see all of that hard work pay off. 

Tim Kezman would complete the TA3 podium with Tom Herb, in the No. 16 Fall-Line Porsche 991 GT3, and Milton Grant, in the No. 55 Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1, completing the class’ top five. 

For his pass to the lead and return to the podium Randy Kinsland was awarded the CoolShirt Systems Cool Move of the Race.  The fast lap of the TA class was set by Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 2 Pennzoil/ ETE Chevrolet Camaro, a 1:23.235, while Mark Boden set the fast lap for TA3, a 1:27.460. 

Kerry Hitt took the TA class Masters division with a sixth place finish. 

Earlier in the day, the TA2 class held a 101.6-mile, 40-lap contest of their own, the Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge powered by AEM, with Rafa Matos emerging victorious. 

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will return to action at the South Florida Sportscar Challenge, Round 3 at Homestead-Miami April 13-15. 

Fans can keep up with the event and all of The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.

Results
Pos No. Cls PIC Name Sponsor/Car Laps
1 20 TA 1 Chris Dyson (R)/Poughkeepsie N.Y. CD Racing/Ford Mustang 40
2 98 TA 2 Ernie Francis Jr/Dania Fla. Frameless Shower Doors/Ford Mustang 40
3 59 TA 3 Simon Gregg/Ponte Vedra Fla. Derhaag Motorsports/Chevrolet Corvette 40
4 77 TA 4 Tim Rubright/Kutztown PA BlueKnobAuto.com/Ford Mustang 40
5 57 TA 5 David Pintaric/Canfield Ohio Kryderacing/Cadillac CTS-V 39
6 19 TA 6 Kerry Hitt/Harrisburg Pa. Advanced Composite Products Inc/Cadillac CTS-V 38
15 53 TA 7 Larry Hoopaugh (R)/Chester S.C. Hoopaugh Grading Co/Chevrolet Corvette 32
16 30 TA 8 Richard Grant/Germantown Tenn. Grant Racing/Chevrolet Corvette 30
17 23 TA 9 Amy Ruman/Stow Ohio McNichols Company/Chevrolet Corvette 21
18 82 TA 10 Joseph Freda/Auburn AL ERALab.com/Chevrolet Corvette 21
19 2 TA 11 Lawrence Loshak/Shorewood Wis. Pennzoil/ETE/GoShare Chevrolet Camaro 11
21 9 TA 12 Jeff Hinkle/Destin Fla. TechnicalRealtyTexas/Netdepot/Dodge Challenger 8
7 11 TA3 1 Randy Kinsland/Whittier N.C. RF Engines/Chevrolet Corvette 38
8 46 TA3 2 Mark Boden/Winnetka Ill. Fall-LineMotorsports/Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 38
9 44 TA3 3 Tim Kezman/Franksville Wis. Fall-LineMotorsports/Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 38
10 16 TA3 4 Tom Herb/Barrington Ill. Fall-LineMotorsports/Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 38
11 55 TA3 5 Milton Grant/Germantown Tenn. Sentry Self Storage/Fairfield Inn/Porsche 991.1 37
12 5 TA3 6 Carey Grant (R)/Germantown Tenn. Sentry Self Storage/Fairfield Inn by Marriot Porsche 997. 37
13 60 TA3 7 Alline Cipriani (R)/Sao Paulo Brazil Ginetta Cars/Ginetta G55 37
14 71 TA3 8 Dave Ricci/West Palm Beach Fla. Breathless Racing/Chevrolet Camaro 36
20 04 TA3 9 Aaron Pierce (R)/Fishers IN LSI/SamPierceChev/Fast/CompCams/Chevrolet Corvette 11


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