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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
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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