June 8, 2022 | General

Americans showing interest in Trans Am Bathurst International

Discussions are underway with American Trans Am drivers to compete in the inaugural Supercheap Auto Bathurst International in November.

Strong interest from a number of leading competitors from the Trans Am racing’s homeland has been shown in entering the ‘Trans Am 100’ around the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.

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The Supercheap Auto Bathurst International will showcase the best global motorsport, including racing championships like TCR, S5000, GT sports cars, Touring Car Masters and one-make Porsche competition.

Trans Am is one of the most popular racing series in the USA, including TA1 and TA2 competitions across the country.

More than 40 entries contest races at America’s best circuits including Sebring, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, just to name a few.

Now, the Americans are showing interest in adding Mount Panorama to their list of competition, to race in the four-race event, including a 100km finale on Sunday.

While the mountain might be calling America’s best Trans Am drivers, they won’t be the first to tackle the famous 6.213km circuit.

Americans racing at Mount Panorama is not a foreign concept, with former Trans Am racers Tommy Kendall and Scott Pruett entering the classic 1000km event back in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

Most recently, IndyCar stars James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi contested a Wildcard entry in 2019, following in the footsteps of others including John Andretti, Janet Guthrie and Johnny Rutherford.

The TA2-spec cars that are built and raced in the USA are identical to the cars that compete in Australia’s Turtle Wax Trans Am Series.

Trans Am racing was pioneered in the USA back in the 1960s and is one of the most enduring forms of motorsport anywhere in the world.

The current evolution of the series caters for modern V8-powered, rear-wheel drive muscle cars featuring the iconic  Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger models.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst International will be held on November 11-13, 2022.


Matt Braid

CEO, Australian Racing Group

“We’re receiving really strong interest from our American Trans Am counterparts about driving in our Trans Am category at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International,” said Braid.

“This is not much of a surprise. Opportunities to race a Trans Am car around Mount Panorama are rare, and certainly not on a big stage like the Trans Am 100 that we have planned.

“The chance to compete against Australia’s best, on one of the best race tracks in the world, is something that has got the American Trans Am drivers excited, and we hope that a number of them can commit to a trek down under.

“ARG is actively working with our Trans AM partner TARC to facilitate drivers linking with existing teams and giving the mountain a real shake.”