Following TA2 presented by AEM Round 3 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on May 5, Trans Am Series officials promoted Marc Miller in the No. 40 Prefix Steven-Miller Dodge Challenger to first place.
Trans Am Chief Steward Dorsey Schroeder, the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Classic, investigated the overtaking move of the No. 81 Ford Mustang of Thomas Merrill on the No. 92 of Scott Lagasse Jr. in turn two on lap two. Typically, the passing driver that failed to complete a safe pass would be required to give back the position, but Lagasse veered off course, hitting the Turn 3 curb, breaking his right front suspension on his own and did not continue. Merrill was served with a post-race 40-second penalty, which was equivalent to an in-race drive through. The penalty bumped his total race time to finish third, however, a disqualification of Dillon Machavern’s No. 77 Ford Mustang, moved Merrill up to second.
Machavern’s car failed post-race tech (wing setback) which resulted in a disqualification.
“Any time you can finish on the podium is a pretty good day,” said Miller. “We led from pole and controlled the race early. While we did end up third on track, sometimes things happen in scrutineering or when the series reviews on track action that changes the order. I have been on the receiving end of a tough call keeping me out of a solid result. So, it is hard for me to accept this as a win, but I will certainly take the points. Our eyes are set on a championship and making no mistakes this season. We will keep this same approach heading into the tough Lime Rock and Detroit GP schedule ahead.”
Ethan Wilson was promoted to third-place. Miller now leads the season-long championship with 90 points followed by Wilson in second, heading into Round 4 at Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic May 24-27.