BRAINERD, Minn. – Doug Peterson showcased why he’s the defending Trans Am Series TA class champion with a green to checkered victory at Brainerd Int’l Raceway Sunday.
The victory was his second victory at the Minnesota based track in two years as he held off strong challenges from Amy Ruman and navigating traffic on a slippery course.
The victory was Peterson’s second consecutive victory at the Minnesota-based track and added to his growing points lead in his ongoing pursuit of his second Trans Am Championship in two years behind the wheel of the Tony Ave Racing prepped Chevrolet Corvette. Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, finished second, while Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, took third.
“The race worked out well for us,” said Peterson. “We were going back and forth with setup all weekend and got it right for the race. Tony Ave Racing once again gave me a great car. It’s still early to be talking about the Championship; we still have three races left and anything can happen. We’re just going to keep on racing for the win in every race and everything will sort itself out.”
Ron Keith, in the No. 25 Offsite Management Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang, captured his first ever TA2 class victory and the first TA2 victory for Ford. The race finished with the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro all on the podium, the first time ever in TA2, courtesy of a second place finish by Tommy Kendall, in the No. 11 Miller Racing Dodge Challenger SRT, and a third place by Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro.
“It’s a good win for Ford,” said Keith. “At the beginning of the year I wanted to be different, and Mike Cope and I went ahead and decided to build a Ford Mustang. It was a great choice—the body is beautiful and the Phil Harper motor has been outstanding. At the same time, the car is only as good as the team and Mike Cope Racing and the Offsite Image Management team did a great job this weekend, like they always do.”
In TA3, Jerry Greene, in the No. 93 Ever Greene Jewelry Porsche GT3 Cup, emerged victorious in the International Group while Todd Naiperalski, behind the wheel of the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, took home a victory in the American Muscle Group.