Postcard from SCCA Pro Trans Am, F1600, F2000 & Formula Atlantic at Watkins Glen Int’l

One of the most fun weekends I’ve had volunteering at Watkins Glen International was this weekend working the Trans Am race and all the support series that came along, including one I was most interested to see, the Global MX-5 Cup (I’ll write about it separately)

The HUUUUUGE fields of Trans Am cars was really surprising and very much impressive. I remember the last Trans Am race I did at Lime Rock a few years ago… we had maybe a dozen cars with most of them being TA2 Camaros and Mustangs and just a few TA1 Corvettes which couldn’t put any power down due to rain. This time around there was a huge field of TA1’s… and even a bigger TA2 field. So big that TA2 had a race of their own with about 20+ cars participating… there was a similar size field with the rest of Trans Am pairing TA cars with TA3 BMW’s, TA4 Porsches and even TA5 cars. How incredibly cool!!!

The support series were SCCA Pro or maybe Club Racing: Formula 1600, Formula 2000 and Formula Atlantics open wheelers. To me the Formula Atlantic cars is exactly what formula cars should look like, I wish IndyCar still resembled that look without all the silly bumpers and billboard size front wings.

But enough talk, here’s the pix:

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scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 7 formula 1600

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 8 formula 1600

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scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 10 trans am

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scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 12 trans am

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scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 16 formula continental

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 17 forula 2000

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 18 engines

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 19 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 20 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 21 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 22 trans am mustang

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 23 camaro

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 24 challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 24a challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 25 challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 26 cadillac

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 27 cadillac

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 28 camaro

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 29 mustang

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 30 mustang

I was so impressed with the Trans Am cars I cannot rant and rave more about them… the whole Starter stand rumbled and shook when the big field of cars came full blast under us… What a feeling!

PS. the Trans Am field is as American as apple pie, with TA2 Mustang, Camaro and Challenger dominating the fields with a big battle between Ford, Chevy and Dodge… but I was also happy to see Trans Am BMW and Porsche kicking ass… the cars were former Grand Am and IMSA Continental Tire Series cars refurbished for this purpose and they fit in quite nicely.