Show & Go gets double dose of Trans Am Series

The 30th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go, July 1-3, just got even bigger and better.

The event finale was scheduled to be the Trans Am Series’ Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic, a 40-lap, 100-mile race on Brainerd International Raceway’s (BIR) 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Sunday afternoon. But the series added a second race for the TA2 class two hours earlier. Same format – 40 laps, 100 miles. Both races will be televised in late July on CBS Sports Network.

The Trans Am Series has a colorful past at BIR that dates back to the 1970s and ’80s, when thousands of fans would camp along BIR’s road course to watch some of the household names in motorsports compete. Now, three decades later, it’s still attracting familiar names, like Andretti and Archer, for example. Adam Andretti is Mario Andretti’s nephew and is one of the top drivers in the TA2 Class. Tommy Archer is from the famed Archer Brothers Racing team in Duluth. The Archers have raced – and won – in nearly every circuit and all have impressive resumes. Tommy Archer is 58 and had a bout with cancer but is scheduled to race again this year. He finished second last year in a three-car dogfight at the end of the race.

The Trans Am Series will be the featured race, but there will be plenty of other intense racing action throughout the three-day event, starting with the Muscle Car Series on the drag strip. Friday and Saturday are time trials and qualifying, followed by elimination rounds on Sunday.

BIRSCSD16-0242The Muscle Car Series is a chance for fans to see some huge horsepower and speeds over 220 mph by the fastest classes. The seven heads-up classes provide the most entertainment, as cars start at the same time. The Pro Outlaw and Outlaw classes are fan favorites because of the high speeds and times that are 6-7 seconds.

The Show & Go is the second leg of the three-race Muscle Car Series. The first race was the Street Car Showdown on Memorial Day Weekend. Ray Fuchs knocked off Rick Schmidt, the two-time series champ in Pro Outlaw by qualifying No. 1 with a speed of 218.48 mph and a time of 6.488 seconds. Meanwhile, Warren Peterson won the Outlaw Class Memorial Day weekend after taking the series title last year. He’ll be gunning for his second straight win and a possible repeat title.

The action on the road course also includes the National Auto Sport Association, which will be providing the action Saturday and Sunday.

“The Trans Am part of Show & Go just keeps growing and getting better,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “The racing is amazing and the car counts keep growing, which is a great sign for the series. Fans are in for a real treat this year with the two 100-mile races, plus drag racing, live music, fireworks and everything else we have going on. It’s a great place to be for the Fourth of July weekend.”

Off the track, fans have plenty to do and see as well. On Saturday, a classic car show will be on the infield behind the grandstand. A fireworks display on Saturday night will be followed by live music by Junk FM.

Daily admission is $25, and kids 12 and under are free. One ticket gets you in BIR to see all the races. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket, and parking is free as well.

The televised schedule for the Trans Am Series’ TA race is 11 a.m. July 23. The TA2 race will be televised starting at noon July 31.

 Trans Am photo courtesy of Rick Corwine