2018 and 2021 champion Rafa Matos ran a dominant race at Sebring International Raceway, leading 25 of 27 laps in the opening event of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s 2022 TA2 race season. Matos faced a late-race challenge from teammate and 2020 champion Mike Skeen, but regained the lead in the closing laps to earn the race victory.
Skeen, who started ninth due to a slipping clutch in qualifying, quickly wove his No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group machine through the front of the pack, taking over the third spot by lap five, and moving into second on lap 14. Having worked hard to get to the front and used up valuable tire life, he was happy to lead briefly, but didn’t have the tires left to hold onto the win.
“I’m really happy to get up on the podium after yesterday’s qualifying, where we experienced a slipping clutch,” said Skeen following the race. “It was kind of a bummer to be starting towards the back of the top 10, but I made it up to the front relatively easily. After the red flag, I had a really good restart and went for the lead. It wasn’t quite enough, but it was a good day for the 3Dimensional Services Group team.”
Today’s event will air on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with a replay at 1:00 a.m. ET. Yesterday’s TA event will be broadcast on the network on Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by an 11:30 p.m. replay.
TA2 returns to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL on March 17-20.
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