TRANS AM: Loshak and Gregg Grab Mid-Ohio Glory
Simon Gregg and Lawrence Loshak emerged victorious from their respective 100-mile Trans Am races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the First Energy Trans Am 100 and the Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions, with both races constituting Round 6 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship. The two were joined in celebrations by Randy Mueller, in TA3, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in TA4, both in the multi-class First Energy Trans Am 100.
While second through sixth position in the 25-car TA2 field seemed in a state of constant flux, Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum/ ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, seemed in a class of his own. Loshak, who dominated the contest, started the race on pole, led every lap, fended off two restarts and set a new track record 1.26.889 lap on his way to capture his first career Trans Am victory in his 19th career start.
“I can’t praise the whole Mike Cope Racing team enough,” said Loshak. “Jason, the head tech for my car, everyone on the crew, Pennzoil. The car was just fantastic. I didn’t have to slide around at all—the car was a spaceship this weekend. All weekend we’ve been fast, but we still had to drive the perfect race. It may have looked easy, but it wasn’t. I wanted to make my team proud and I wanted to make my sponsors proud—Pennzoil and ETE Reman who’s been behind me since day one. I’m just lost for words and so relieved because this first win has been tough in Trans Am. So finally we have that W and head home to Road America. Hopefully, we can repeat there and really climb up into the hunt for the championship.”
Loshak, a five-time SCCA National Champion and Mark Donohue winner, is no stranger to victory elsewhere, but his win at Mid-Ohio represents something special for the Wisconsin native.
“It (winning) never gets old; they’re all sweet,” said Loshak. “This has got to be up there. There are so many friends in here and the field is just so deep with names that I grew up idolizing, guys like Tommy Archer. Then there’s Gar Robinson, a defending champ, Shane Lewis. I never would have met Adam or Shane or Gar if it wasn’t for the Trans Am Series. I have to thank Trans Am, too—the whole owners’ group and the addition of Tony Parella. The future looks really bright in this series.”
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