1980 Trans-Am Series

The 1980 Trans-Am Series was the fifteenth running of the Sports Car Club of America's premier series. After several years of recovery from the decline of demand for muscle cars in the early seventies and the 1973 Oil Crisis, Trans Am evolved into a support series for the IMSA GT Championship, using vehicles that were also used in IMSA GT races. This would set the standard for the series thereafter, and this standard would be applied to the SCCA's World Challenge series many years later. Almost all of the races ran for approximately one hundred miles. Besides Watkins Glen, the only exception was Trois-Rivieres (~75 miles).[1]

ScheduleEdit

Rd Date Circuit Distance Info
1 June 1   Hallett Motor Racing Circuit 100 miles (55 laps)
2 June 15   Portland International Raceway 100 miles (50 laps)
3 July 5   Watkins Glen International 6 hours (139 laps) Also a round of the 1980 World Championship for Makes.
4 July 19   Road America 100 miles (25 laps)
5 August 10   Brainerd International Raceway 100 miles (33 laps)
6 August 23   Circuit Trois-Rivieres 75 miles (35 laps)
7 September 7   Westwood Motorsport Park 100 miles (56 laps)
8 October 19   Laguna Seca Raceway 100 miles (52 laps)
9 October 25   Riverside International Raceway 100 miles (40 laps)

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ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Winning driver Winning vehicle
1   Hallett   John Bauer Porsche 911
2   Portland   Mark Pielsticker Chevrolet Monza
3   Watkins Glen   John Bauer
  Larry Green
Porsche 911
4   Road America   Monte Sheldon Porsche 911
5   Brainerd   John Bauer Porsche 911
6   Trois-Rivieres   Roy Woods Chevrolet Camaro
7   Westwood   John Bauer Porsche 911
8   Laguna Seca   Greg Pickett Chevrolet Corvette
9   Riverside   Greg Pickett Chevrolet Corvette

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ChampionshipEdit

DriversEdit

  1. John Bauer – 127 points
  2. Greg Pickett – 76 points
  3. Monte Sheldon – 72.5 points
  4. Roy Woods – 71 points
  5. Mark Pielsticker – 62 points

ReferencesEdit