|ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (April 22, 2021) – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is set for back-to-back race weekends in California, and the young men of TeamSLR have gone west in their pursuit of manifold destiny.
Drivers Connor Mosack and Sam Mayer will compete in the non-points ProAm Challenge race April 25 at Sonoma Raceway before heading 150 miles south on U.S. Route 101 for the series’ regular, points-paying TA2 race May 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mosack will drive the No. 28 Chevrolet Camaro and Mayer will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro.
The 22-year-old Mosack and 17-year-old Mayer seek career expansion by competing in Trans Am. Both drivers have oval-track backgrounds – Mosack in Late Models and Mayer in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Each views Trans Am as the ideal platform to burnish their road-racing skills, especially as road-course racing becomes more and more prominent across NASCAR’s top-three national touring series – Cup, Xfinity and Truck.
In Trans Am’s first ProAm race of the season March 21 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval, Mayer won in the TA2 class and Mosack joined him on the podium with a third-place drive. The duo maintained their front-running ways the very next weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, with Mayer finishing second and Mosack fourth in the series’ second points-paying race of the season.
TeamSLR seeks another strong run at Sonoma, a venue that Mosack and Mayer will both see for the first time when practice begins Friday at the 12-turn, 2.52-mile circuit. It will be a similar situation the following weekend at Laguna Seca, as neither has raced at the iconic 2.238-mile layout, with the Corkscrew the most famous of its 11 turns.
In fact, Sonoma will be just Mosack’s eighth career Trans Am start and Mayer’s sixth. Yet even with each being relatively new to Trans Am, they’ve taken to “America’s Road-Racing Series” quickly, a fact punctuated by their recent runs at Charlotte and Road Atlanta.
While Mosack and Mayer are still relatively new to Trans Am, the series is not new to either Sonoma or Laguna Seca. Trans Am’s national series has competed at Sonoma 24 times between 1969 and 2004, and the series’ West Coast Championship has visited Sonoma five times in the last three years, including three races over the course of two weekends in 2020. Trans Am’s national series has raced at Laguna Seca 11 times, with the first event taking place in 1969.
Those respective track histories will now meet the histories that Mosack and Mayer have just begun to write. The rolling hills of California’s wine country are where these next-generation talents are rolling for the next two weeks. Charlotte-native Mosack and Franklin, Wisconsin-native Mayer are a long ways from their original homes, but behind the wheel of their M1 Racecars from TeamSLR, they feel right at home.
|Connor Mosack, driver No. 28 Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear/Interstate Foam & Supply Chevrolet Camaro:|
|Sam Mayer, driver No. 8 M1 Racecars/Fields Racing Chevrolet Camaro:|
|Scott Lagasse, Jr., owner of TeamSLR and driver coach:|
TeamSLR competes fulltime in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli in a multifaceted effort that includes dedicated entries in the TA2 division, customer programs, driver coaching and car construction. Its history dates back to 1985 and covers a wide spectrum of motorsports, including NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, ARCA and ASA. TeamSLR is a family-owned organization run by Scott Lagasse Sr., and Scott Lagasse Jr., The father-and-son duo have combined to win more than 100 races and seven championships across a variety of series and styles of racecars, from paved ovals to road courses to dirt tracks. For more information, please visit us online at http://www.TeamSLR.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram and on LinkedIn.