NASCAR drivers to run Trans Am race at Road America

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Seven drivers competing in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at Road America will also run the Trans Am Series’ TA-2 support race on the Wisconsin road course.

The group includes Cup Series regulars Christopher Bell, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon; Xfinity Series regulars Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst; and Xfinity part-timers Sam Mayer and Ty Gibbs.

The TA-2 class includes Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs and Dodge Challengers with engines restricted to just under 500 horsepower.

Another Cup regular, Cody Ware, was confirmed Friday to run a Chevrolet Corvette in the TA class. That class will compete in a separate race Sunday morning with three additional classes – Xtreme GT (former GT3-spec cars), Super GT, and GT.

ENTRY LIST: Trans Am at Road America

Newman, who will be teammates with Gibbs in the TA-2 race, is looking forward to getting more track time to help him prep for Sunday’s Cup race (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

“Road America is going to be all new to me – been there once as a fan but never competed there,” Newman said in a Roush Fenway Racing release this week. “I’ve spent some time on the simulator and talked to the guys about what to expect, and probably watch a few clips what to do, what not to do and where the passing zones are.

“The TransAm race will be a good opportunity to get some experience so that we’re ready for the weekend in our Kohler Generators Ford.”

TA-2 class action at Road America begins Thursday with testing (9-10:30 a.m. ET) and two official practice sessions (12:30-1 p.m. ET, 2:30-3 p.m. ET).

Qualifying will be held Friday at 2 p.m. ET. The race, which will run for either 25 laps or 75 minutes, will begin Saturday at 5:45 p.m. ET.

The TA/XGT/SGT/GT race – again, 25 laps or 75 minutes – will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.