BRASELTON, Ga. – Doug Peterson was the fastest man in town Saturday at Road Atlanta, capturing the TA class victory during the Trans-Am Championship’s 100 Miles of Luna-C.
Peterson began the day on pole with Amy Ruman in second position and John Baucom in third. Peterson and Ruman would battle back and forth throughout the first half of the race, often racing nose-to-tail through the corners. Ruman was delayed by lapped traffic from the TA3 class on the 19th lap, allowing Baucom to move up into second. Ruman was able to continue the race and retain the third position, albeit behind members of the slower TA3 class.
A double yellow waved over the field during the 28th lap of the race to retrieve the Chevrolet Corvette of Jason Berkeley, opening a window of opportunity for Ruman, who immediately shot between two cars during the restart down the main straight, putting herself back into the fray with Peterson and Baucom. Just as it seemed Ruman was about to challenge for position she lost control of her car and spun, leaving her back in sixth position.
Cliff Ebben took advantage of Ruman’s misfortune and moved up into third position, but only for a lap as he made contact with traffic and went off course, causing another full course yellow to retrieve the car.
Upon restart with three laps to go, Peterson and Baucom bolted forward, with Peterson barely keeping Baucom at bay as the cars crossed the finish line.
“After the second restart I was a little concerned,” said Peterson. “My rear tires were starting to go, I used them up in the bout with Amy in the beginning there, more than I wanted to for sure. And John (Baucom) had we worried for a bit. Thanks to 3Dimensional Services and Pro Motors for powering me over the finish line, we were a little conservative on the setup today, we were a little worried about the rain and what might have happened, but if it looked easy, believe me, I was pushing pretty hard. We had a great race out there.”
David Pintaric finished third, his first Trans-Am podium.
In TA3, Todd Napieraski in the American Muscle Group and Russ Snow in the International Group, were able to manage start-to-fish victories over their respective groups. The TA2 race featured three different race leaders, with Adam Andretti taking the checkered flag at the end of what quickly became a race of endurance between TA2 frontrunners.