Futrelle Conquers Highway Atlanta For First TA2 Victory | SPEED SPORT


Franklin Futrelle (58) leads the Trans-Am Collection TA2 discipline Sunday at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta.

BRASELTON, Ga. – Franklin Futrelle fought again in an exhilarating late-race battle to attain his first TA2 victory in Sunday’s Trans-Am Collection introduced by Pirelli race within the Atlanta SpeedTour at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta.

Futrelle led the opening 25 circuits within the 40-lap, 100-mile occasion within the No. 58 Ford Mustang earlier than a decided Sam Mayer glided by within the No. 8 M1-SLR/Fields Chevrolet Camaro. Mayer led 4 laps, however a restart with 10 laps remaining allowed Futrelle to pounce.

Buying and selling the benefit whereas racing by turns seven by 10, the native driver from close by Evans, Georgia used his intensive information of the two.54-mile circuit to his benefit and regained the lead. Regardless of a number of challenges by Mayer, Futrelle was capable of draw back to win by 1.875 seconds.

“It’s a dream come true, I’m speechless, I’ve been ready for this second for 15 years,” stated Futrelle. “I’ve acquired my household right here, all my associates, I believe half of my associates are volunteering on the automotive this weekend. I’ve to thank B2 Motorsports, the entire Lagasse household and M1 Race Automobiles. We’re a model new crew and couldn’t do it with out their assist.”

Futrelle made his TA2 debut final November at Highway Atlanta, qualifying a formidable third and occurring to complete fifth within the weekend opener.

Mayer arrived in Atlanta recent from his second-place end and TA2 victory in final weekend’s Trans Am ProAm Problem at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“We had a extremely good battle, however misplaced the lead early on the preliminary begin,” stated Mayer. “We caught with it, and acquired the lead after going inexperienced following the pink flag. I can’t thank Group SLR and M1 Racecars sufficient, they put a terrific piece collectively and I can’t wait to run a pair extra Trans Am races with them.”

Thomas Merrill, winner of the season opener at Sebring, had a ringside seat for the battle for the lead, holding the ultimate podium spot for your entire race within the No. 81 HP Tuners/Mike Cope Racing Automobiles Ford Mustang.

“We come to win, however I’m happy with a great factors day for us,” Merrill stated. “We had the perfect seat in the home. Franklin (Futrelle) and Sam (Mayer) had a terrific race in entrance of us. Huge congratulations to each of them, particularly Franklin, he actually deserved it, and that was simply an incredible drive.”

The deeply proficient discipline noticed a number of up and comers look to make a giant impression in opposition to some established veterans, with Connor Mosack taking a career-best fourth within the No. 28 NicTailor/IFS/M1-SLR/Fields Camaro, adopted by defending TA2 champion Mike Skeen within the No. 1 Liqui-Moly/Flip 14 Distribution Camaro – winner of each Highway Atlanta rounds final season.

“We thought we have been actually shut in occasions in apply and qualifying,” defined Skeen. “We thought we might have a fairly good race automotive, however we form of struggled all weekend. We fell a bit of bit behind the eight ball going into qualifying and have been stunned a bit of bit in regards to the tempo, we simply had false hope going into the race after we received two right here final yr.

“I had some energy steering issues that plagued me the entire race, in order that simply added a complete different factor,” Skeen continued. “It made the automotive inconsistent and troublesome to drive in these circumstances. To come back away with respectable factors, within the high 5 and making up some factors on (Rafa) Matos, all that’s good things, so we are going to simply transfer onto the subsequent one.”

Scott Lagasse Jr. positioned seventh in a brand-new SLR-Fields/M1 Racecars Ford Mustang. It was a stable day for the St. Augustine, Florida-based operation based by his father. Along with fielding the Camaros for Mayer and Mosack, the crew constructed and supplied technical assist for Futrelle’s race-winning Camaro.

Rafa Matos ran a difficult fourth all through the race till contact with a lapped automotive triggered him to sluggish with 10 minutes remaining. That incident introduced out the second warning of the race, resulting in an eighth-place end for Matos within the No. 883-Dimensional Providers Group Ford Mustang.

Futrelle was combating off heavy strain from Mayer on lap 10 when Michael Self impacted the tire barrier in flip one within the No. 7 Sinclair Oil Camaro. That incident led to a brief red-flag interval to restore the injury.

Maurice Hull completed thirteenth within the No. 57 Silver Hare Racing Camaro, incomes the highest Grasp’s end after a battle with Curt Vogt within the No. 23 Cobra Automotive Mustang.



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