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Gar Robinson Wins at NOLA Motorsports Park, Shane Lewis Scores First Pole Position and Finishes Second

Gar Robinson Wins the Trans Am Series’ Debut Race at NOLA Motorsports Park

Shane Lewis Scores First Pole Position and Finishes Second

Robinson Racing dominates Round 10 of the Trans Am Series at NOLA Motorsports Park, scoring a one-two finish, the pole position, the fastest lap of the race, and the CoolShirt Systems Cool Move of the Race.

In the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort, Gar Robinson earned his second TA2 class win of the 2015 season at the Avondale, Louisiana track and was awarded the Cool Move of the Race, rebounding nicely after finishing 13th in the rain-soaked race at Virginia International Raceway last month. Robinson’s teammate Shane Lewis, at the helm of the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort, started the race from the pole, turned the fastest lap in the TA2 Class, and finished in second place.

Last weekend marked the first appearance of the Trans Am Series at NOLA Motorsports Park, a 1,700-acre facility located just 20 minutes from downtown New Orleans. Encouraged by the perfectly dry weather forecast and warm temperatures, the teams loaded in on Wednesday, in time for Thursday’s four testing sessions on the 16-turn, 2.75-mile road course.

Fueled by delectable beignets from New Orleans’ famous Cafe du Monde, Robinson led the field in Friday’s morning practice session with Lewis in second. Friday afternoon’s qualifying run saw the twin Camaros take the top two positions: Lewis scored the first pole of his rookie Trans Am season with Robinson close behind in second.

Since Saturday had only a 40-minute practice in the morning, many of the top TA2 drivers, including Robinson and Lewis, tried out an F-TYPE on the Jaguar autocross and then enjoyed the karting track, releasing their competitive energy. Although Lewis scored second on the Jaguar autocross leaderboard, he led the TA2 class in Saturday’s Trans Am practice.

After a quick 15-minute warm-up session and a drivers meeting on Sunday, October 11, 2015, the teams prepared for the 37-lap, 101.75-mile race. The green flag for Round 10 of the Series dropped promptly at 12:45 pm CT, with 40 racers across the TA, TA2 and TA3 classes.

Unscathed by a full-course caution, Lewis held the lead for most of the race, with Robinson a few car lengths behind him but advancing with each lap. Passing Lewis for the lead in lap 20, Robinson earned the Cool Move of the Race award presented by CoolShirt Systems.

“The race went amazingly well; we showed the ability to be very dominant in the races to come,” noted Gar Robinson. “We have now won two dry races in a row. I think if we keep the momentum up, we’ll have ourselves a championship.”

Lewis held onto second place and turned the fastest lap of the race for the TA2 class, a 1:43.842. “We worked so hard as a team throughout the weekend, and it really showed,” noted Lewis. “All our efforts, both as drivers and crew, are coming together just the way we wanted.”

After 10 rounds of the 2015 Chase for the Trigon Trophy, presented by 3-Dimensional Services Group, Gar Robinson remains in second with 239 points, 20 points behind the leader and 11 points ahead of third. Shane Lewis is in fourth with 208 points, 20 points behind third. In the 2015 TA2 Rookie of the Year standings, presented by Wilwood Disc Brakes, Robinson maintains the lead, while Lewis is in second, 16 points ahead of third. Robinson has seven podium finishes in 2015, two of which were wins at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and NOLA Motorsports Park.

“It is incredible to sweep the top two steps on the podium again! We have an awesome team, and we have worked extremely hard to achieve these results,” said George Robinson, team owner and former Trans Am racer. “I naturally couldn’t be more proud of my son Gar Robinson and Shane Lewis. Wherever we finish this year in the Championship race will show well for Robinson Racing.”

In Round 11 of the Trans Am Series, 56 racers have registered to compete at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world and the state capitol. The race will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm CT. Home to the only Formula 1 race in America, COTA features a formidable 3.41-mile, 20-turn course, commencing with an intimidating 133-foot climb into a blind left turn.

“I’m very excited to be racing next month in my home state,” said Gar Robinson. “Austin is one of my favorite cities, and Texas pride will play a large part in that race.”

“We really turned some heads with our dominating one-two finish at NOLA,” said Lewis. “I can guarantee our competition will see that same commitment from us in our home race at COTA!”

For more information, visit www.GoTransAm.com and www.RobinsonRacingTeam.com.


 

About Robinson Racing
Robinson Racing is a motorsports organization based in Milford, Michigan, with two vehicles competing in the 2015 Trans Am Series and two drivers competing in the Mint 400 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the TA2 Class of the Trans Am Series, Robinson Racing runs the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro, sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort and driven by Gar Robinson. The team also runs the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro, sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort and driven by renowned endurance champion Shane Lewis. The Team Owner and Gar Robinson’s father, George Robinson is a former Trans Am driver, running in 46 races from 1988 to 1994 with one victory, eight top-five appearances and 24 top-ten showings. In addition to the Trans Am Series, George Robinson raced in IMSA, Grand Am, and ALMS, with 3 class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring plus a Championship in the Ferrari Challenge. For more information, visit www.RobinsonRacingTeam.com.


 

Upcoming Trans Am Races

Round 11 – November 7 – Circuit of The Americas, TX
Round 12 – November 14 – Daytona International Speedway, FL

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