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Kendall to Make Trans-Am Return in Dodge Challenger SRT

Tommy Kendall to drive Dodge Challenger SRT in Trans-Am…

SRT å¨åÊ(Street and Racing Technology)åÊMotorsports will make it

SRT Motorsports will make its debut into the Trans Am Series when Miller Racing fields two all-new Dodge Challenger SRTs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Aug 15-16.

Four-time series champion Tommy Kendall makes his re-entrance and first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class this weekend.

As SRT Motorsports partners with Miller Racing to enter Trans Am competition for the balance of the 2014 season, Kendall will drive the No. 11 Dodge Challenger SRT while teammate and TA2 points leader Cameron Lawrence will drive the No. 1 Challenger beginning at the Mid-Ohio race, an event Lawrence won in 2013.

The mid-season manufacturer switch by Miller Racing will give the team a more-robust support base. It also brings Kendall back to the series where he won four championships in the 1990s (1990, 1995-1997). The move will also mark Dodge’s debut into the TA2 class of the Trans Am road racing series.

Kendall, who last competed in the Trans Am Series in 2004, is best known for winning championships in Trans Am and IMSA, as well as his victory in the 1995 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The heralded driver also serves as a television analyst for Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports.

“I’ve wanted to return to Trans Am competition for the longest time and then I finally kind of accepted that it wasn’t going to happen,” said Kendall. “It’s funny how things work. Being coaxed back into the Viper GTS-R program back in 2012 helped pave the way to my return.

“Over the last 10–15 years, I’ve committed to only doing things that are fun. Trans Am was a huge part of my professional life and to get to play a small part in keeping up the visibility here is really exciting.”

Kendall has the third most Trans Am victories with 28, while Lawrence has captured 14 wins in 21 series starts since 2012.

As Miller Racing switches manufacturers to Dodge, Lawrence will retain his TA2 class points. The 21-year-old driver currently holds a 35-point margin over second place.

“We definitely want to continue the success we’ve had and we’re really excited to bring Dodge on board,” said Lawrence. “We want to stay on top and keep the season rolling with the momentum we’ve had. It’d be really cool to get some wins for Dodge and SRT Motorsports this season, and although it’s going to be tough adapting halfway through the season, we’re going to do our best to get the Dodge Challenger SRT to victory lane.”

Miller Racing was formed in 2012 and the team captured the 2013 Trans Am TA2 class title when Lawrence won eight of 10 events, including the last seven-consecutive races. The team has captured 18 Trans Am victories in 26 races over three seasons.

In addition to the Trans Am partnership with Miller Racing, SRT Motorsports also fields two Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and supports a customer racing program with the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R in the TUDOR Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and Supercar Challenge.

The Miller Racing Dodge Challenger SRTs and Kendall will first compete in The 3-Dimensional Services Next Dimension 100 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday, Aug. 15.

Round seven of the 2014 Trans Am Championship will take place alongside the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Mid-Ohio this weekend. Lawrence will look to defend his 2013 Mid-Ohio victory, which was his fourth of eight victories en route to the 2013 title.

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  1. Jeff Wagner

    August 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Nice too see, but WHY is it a TA2 effort? Kendall has ample TA1 experience, and Cameron Lawrence is more than ready to move up! TA1 needs more cars, I hope they move up in 2015! I hope to see both drivers battle for the win at MOSPORT next year!!!

  2. D.O.G

    August 14, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Cameron Lawrence is a star in the making, and with Tommy Kendall guiding him…

  3. Bob

    August 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Cool to have TK back in Trans-Am!

    How exactly is the status of the Trans-Am series?
    It peaked with the TK, Scott Sharp, Ron Fellows, Mark Simo, Greg Picket, Jack Baldwin, John Gooding era. I used to watch it on TNN Motorsports with Rick Benjamin announcing. Great racing.

    I saw the Trans-Am series 1 or 2 years ago as a support race to the Petit LeMans weekend. It was a confusing mix of short track looking cars & old Jaguar XK’s & Corvettes from 15 years ago. No new cars.
    It doesn’t seem like much effort is going into the series or steering the future of this series. No TV coverage either.

    I would say Pirelli World Challenge has now become a similarly exciting series as the old Trans-Am series. (minus the multi-class formats WC has)

    This new Dodge doesn’t look very good. It’s oddly stretched longer to fit…..I don’t know what chassis the body has been fit to.
    It looks like another short track car with road racing spoilers attached to it.

    Good luck to all involved in Trans-Am. Maybe someday it will return to glory.

    • NaBUru38

      August 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Chevrolet has just launched a Trans-Am version of the Corvette C7. But I think these are silhouettes rather than production-based cars.

    • Kirk

      August 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I beg to differ in that I think Trans-Am peaked back in the late 60’s when guys like Donohue, Follmer, Posey, Parnelli Jones, etc. were driving and there were the big factory efforts from Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Pontiac, AMC, etc. Once the factories dropped out it’s been a privateer series ever since.

      One thing I REALLY like about the new Challenger is it’s got the same paint job as Sam Posey’s old mount.

  4. Jeff Wagner

    August 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    NaBUru38: Jim Derhaag Motorsports just released the Corvette C7 TA1 car, not Chevrolet. Also S.C.C.A. Trans-Am cars have been purpose built race cars for decades.

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