Daytona, FL - Total Performance Racing concluded the 2014 Trans Am season with another podium finish at Daytona International Speedway. After good practice sessions, driver Todd Napieralski, qualified the #39 Tremec Camaro SS in P3 with a lap of 1:57.92. On the race drop of the green flag, he moved up to second before the first turn and held that position through lap 9 before being slowed by lap traffic. An intense battle ensued with Ernie Francis Jr. as the two racers displayed some high-speed drafting on the high banks of Daytona. More lap traffic and a full- course caution separated the field and Todd finished third, his first-ever podium at Daytona.
Todd Napieralski and Norm Betts celebrate a podium finish after final race of 2014 at Daytona
TPR Driver Todd Napieralski pilots the #39 Camaro SS at Daytona International Speedway
It was the sixth straight podium finish for the team which accumulated an amazing 8 podium finishes in 10 starts, including wins at Road Atlanta and Brainerd International Raceway. Todd also earned pole positions this year at Road Atlanta and Road America. Runner-up finishes were secured at Mid-Ohio and Virginia International Raceway. Third place finishes included Sebring, Road America, Lime and Daytona. The team accumulated 268 points and 3rd overall in the season championship series, just 4 points from 2nd without competing in all Trans Am events. Todd also finished 2nd in points for the Rookie of the Year honors.
Other 2014 highlights include a successful fundraising effort for our local Chelsea Community Hospital and the new Cancer Treatment Center. In conjunction with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, TPR formulated a race-weekend experience package for charity auction. As a World Challenge GTS driver that weekend, Todd was asked to sign autographs at the preceding Family Day alongside IndyCar drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball, a task he readily accepted.
“We had an awesome year in 2014. Most of our efforts focused on Trans Am and we learned what it takes to fight for podiums each and every weekend. The team did a great job preparing our car all season long. They worked so hard every week. Our wins at Road Atlanta and Brainerd were a complete team effort. None of this would be possible without our sponsors, especially everyone at Tremec , SKF, Chevrolet Performance, Backstreet Performance, and Hoosier Race Tire. Everyone involved with our program, family and friends, helped in so many ways. We are lucky to be out here racing at this level. I also want to thank everyone at Caravan Facilities Management, Hawk Performance, MAD Creative Concepts, DJ Racing, and Gingerman Raceway. Now we need to take what we learned and come back even stronger in 2015 to win the Trans Am Championship. That’s our plan for next year!”