TOTAL PERFORMANCE RACING READY FOR FOURTH SEASON OF TRANS AM
February 16, 2016
Detroit Based Total Performance Racing returns for a 4th season of Trans Am Series racing with a two car team for the tour’s 50th Anniversary season. Todd Napieralski will be joined by Tristan Herbert at Sebring International Raceway to kick off a two car run at the championship.
Napieralski has become a staple of the newly named TA4 class since joining the series for the first time in 2013. He’s been a consistent performer with five wins and at least one victory in each of his three years in the series. He finished 2nd in the class championship standings in 2015 and is looking for that next step up.
Napieralski is joined at Sebring by Tristan Herbert, who will be a series rookie. Herbert is a motorsports veteran with experience both as a team manager in professional road racing and as a driver.
"2015 was a very good year for us and we improved overall as a team. We had 8 of 12 podiums and we held the race lead in 2 of the 4 non-podium finishes. But, we fell short of our championship goal last year with the second place finish in points.” Napieralski said.
“For 2016, we assessed what we needed to accomplish our championship goals. At the top of our list was a full-season teammate. With that, we are pleased to announce the addition of Tristan Herbert to our team. He is an accomplished professional driver with many years of experience in motorsports. We will have two Chevrolet Camaro Z-28’s this season and a third driver appearing at a few events. This will give our team strength in numbers on and off the track and open many doors for TPR.”
TPR has a close relationship with several partners that are returning to his team for the 50th Anniversary campaign. “We are most thankful to have our title sponsor family of Tremec, SKF, Chevrolet Performance, and Backstreet Performance with us again this year. We would not be racing professionally without them. We also want to announce our new associate partners for 2016 with Auburn Gear and Motive Gear joining our team. Their excellent team of engineers and portfolio of racing parts will complement our team and racing efforts”, said Napieralski.
Herbert’s Camaro is a brand new Z28 owned by Dave Tilton. Herbert was the 2009 winner of the SCCA American Road Race of Champions. He was the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Class Rookie of the Year. “It’s a brand new car. Sebring will be a lot about learning the new car.” Herbert said. “I think our focus for having a competitive entry is really the second race at Road Atlanta after we have had some time to sort out the new car.”
“Todd and the team have been great helping me get comfortable and getting the car prepared to start the season. I am excited to get to racing with them.”
TPR is constantly evolving and growing and 2016 is no exception. “We have improved our infrastructure and our team. Our crew chief, Dave Jones, will lead us again towards the Championship. We have added more personnel and all of us have increased our levels of commitment. We installed a new data center in our hauler to help us be more efficient with getting information from our cars and drivers.” Napieralski commented.
The Golden Age of Trans Am showcased the factory production muscle cars battle it out on road courses across America. In its truest sense, the production based Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers of the modern day TA4 Class represent this storied history of the past. TPR is determined to place a Chevrolet Camaro on the top step of the Championship podium in this historic 50th year of Trans Am racing.
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE TAKES SHAPE AS TRANS AM HEADS TO NEW JERSEY
MILLVILLE, NJ. (June 09, 2015) – As the Trans Am Series heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Weekend of Thunder presented by MPT Industries, Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, it continues what has been a marquee year for America’s Road Racing Series, setting track records and series records for entries and featuring some of the best competition the Series has seen in recent memory.
The wave of momentum travels with Trans Am into this coming weekend, with 47 entries declared for the event—the largest ever for Trans Am at the New Jersey based track and nearly double last year’s entry. Likewise, a multitude of drivers will look to harness some momentum of their own, as the Series nears the mid-point of the season and title races begin to take some semblance of shape.
Once more, Trans Am competitors will be given two platforms to showcase their talent, the MPT Twelve Lubricant & Penetrant 100, featuring the TA2 class, and the MPT Fuel Systems Cleanse 100, featuring the TA and TA3 classes, both independent 101.25 mile, 45 lap, races.
In TA3, two respective Champions will look to repeat their 2014 performances at New Jersey, with both Jason Berkeley, in the No. 67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Chevrolet Camaro, ready to add to their points and title defenses with victories.
Francis, also coming off a Lime Rock victory, will once again have to contend with front-runner Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, and also a slew of relative newcomers in Preston Calvert, Mike Geldart and Dave Ricci. Francis began the year with a few hiccups, but has since steadied the ship with back-to-back victories—he’ll aim for his third this coming weekend.
Official Trans Am Sessions will commence on Saturday, June 13, with TA2 practice at 9:50 a.m., followed immediately by the TA and TA3 classes at 10:20. Sessions will resume in the afternoon with “Fast Five” qualifying at 1:45 p.m. with each class receiving its own respective qualifying session. A second practice will follow with TA2 at 4:20 p.m. and TA and TA3 at 4:35 p.m. along with the second chance to qualify at 4:50 p.m.
The Trans Am Series will hold two races at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, June 14, beginning with the MPT Twelve Lubricant & Penetrant 100, featuring TA2, at 11:50 a.m. and culminating with the MPT Fuel Systems Cleanse 100, featuring TA and TA3, at 3:10 p.m. to complete Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship.