In the TA class, Doug Peterson was able to close the gap on Cliff Ebben, regaining the lead shortly after a restart, then powering the No. 87 ahead able to keep Ebben at bay for the remainder of the race. Likewise, Simon Gregg was able to keep pace with the front two, enough to earn him third place in the TA class.
“We had a pretty conservative setup for the car,” said Peterson. “We were not quick right away, and I definitely struggled during the first quarter of the race. Tony (Ave) just kept saying, ‘just let it come to you, we’re ok,” and we had a great car at the end, and for the first time, he was right! At the end of the day a W is a W, and it’s great to bring it home in front of all the fans here.”
The win marked Peterson’s fourth on the year, increasing his points tally to 201, opening up a 34-point gap on now points runner-up, Simon Gregg, who has 168 points as of the conclusion of the race. Amy Ruman dropped back to third in the points, just one off of Gregg, as her disappointing 41st place finish, the result of a last minute off-course excursion, put a slight damper on her Championship hopes.
Andretti was pleased with his win, plus a new track record lap of 1:28.277 as well, and proud of the battle between himself and Ron Keith upfront.
“It was a crazy race from the drop of the green,” said Andretti. “It was a clean race too for us up front. It was a typical heavy traffic day in the Trans Am Series, which isn’t a bad thing; it just means you have to adjust your style. Ron Keith and I had a great race; you can’t give him even a little space and he’s constantly challenging, constantly pushing you. At one point, I almost tore the splitter off the car, and he was right there. Eventually I was able to battle back, but I was blessed to be a part of this day, this race and to bring home a win for ECC.”