When the Trans Am Presented by Pirelli series kicks off its 2019 season on the 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway road course, 61 drivers will compete in four divisions and two races including four Wisconsin racers.
All four will be in the Trans Am/Super GT/GT race with last season’s TA runner up Lawr-
ence Loshak of Grafton back to challenge the defending champion, Ernie Francis Jr.
Also, in the TA Division will be Natalie Decker from Eagle River looking to complete the second half of an awesome weekend doubleheader while Tim Kezman of Franksville takes part in the Super GT and Jeff Courtney is entered in the GT event.
Loshak captured three poles last season and converted two of them into race wins. He competed in all 11 events and finished in the top five a half dozen times, wrapping up with 252 series points, 27 behind Francis Jr.
Loshak will be looking to get the new season off to a quick start with his #3 Pennzoil/GoShare Che
vrolet Camaro on the flat, tricky road course.
Natalie Decker began her weekend in Las Vegas where she is scheduled to qualify this afternoon (Friday, March 1, 2019) and race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race tonight.
Her race will not end at the checkers tonight as she dashes to the airport to make it to Sebring (three time zones away) in time for a 9:15 a.m. drivers meeting. She will of course miss today’s two test sessions, but will take part in a 20-minute session on Saturday morning before heading out to qualify in a 15-minute session for TA Class only at 5:20 p.m.
Decker appeared at three events last season with Ave Motorsports (run by Tony Ave of Hurley, WI) at Road American, Virginia and the finale on the Daytona road course. Her finishes were better each time out, culminating with an eighth-place showing at Daytona which helped her wrap up a solid 19th place finish in the division with 44 series points.
Decker will once again be driving the #04 N29 Technologies / Cybersight Chevrolet Corvette and this will be her first time on the Sebring course.
In the Super GT class, Kezman appeared in just four events last season including the Sebring race where he qualified on pole and ended up finishing third.
He added another third place finish at Road Atlanta before taking race wins at both Indianapolis and Daytona to rack up 119 series points and finish eighth in division standings despite missing more races than he made.
He will be back with his Lemons of Love Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Car and based on his previous results, he should be runner at or near the front of the Super GT class.
Courtney is a GT racing vet who last season finished as a part of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS-A Sprint Championship team. He will bring his act to the Trans Am series racing his Matrix/RecStuff.com/Kenda Maserati GT4 Cup machine.
First test for TA/SGT/GT is scheduled for 10:55 a.m. (CST) this morning and there will be a second test at 4:15 p.m. to wrap up the day.
Following a morning drivers meeting Saturday, there will be another test at 10:25 a.m. with Trans Am qualifying starting at 4:20 and GT/SGT on the track at 4:40.
The race is scheduled to go green at 2:25 on Sunday and it will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.