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Robinson scores first TA win at COTA

Gar Robinson dominated in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli race at Circuit of The Americas. The two-time Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers TA2 Series champion led nearly the entire race in his first TA class event, extending his family’s winning legacy in a new Riley Motorsports chassis. While he was briefly challenged by Boris Said, Robinson had a nearly perfect day that ended with standing on the top step of the podium at his home track.

Robinson led the field to green in his No. 74 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, followed by TA champions Boris Said (No. 79 ECC/Anchor Bolt & Screw Dodge Challenger), Chris Dyson (No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang), Tomy Drissi (No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang) and Wally Dallenbach (No. 4 Ultimate Headers/Weaver Racing Dodge Challenger). It was smooth sailing for Robinson, who held the point position through the first full-course yellow on lap eight. Restarting on lap 11, Said was tight on Robinson’s tail, taking over the point position by the following lap. On lap 12, Dyson’s Ford Mustang spun, but the 2023 champion was able to keep moving, while Robinson and Said battled side by side, with Robinson reclaiming the lead on lap 13.

Robinson and Said were in a class of their own in the front of the pack, while Dallenbach overcame issues in practice and qualifying, driving from the back of the field up to third place, passing a fast Drissi on lap 21. When the checkered flag waved, it was Robinson, Said and Dallenbach who took the podium spots, followed by Dyson and Drissi.

“That was probably my favorite start ever in all my all my starts in motorsports,” said Robinson. “These are the most fun cars to drive. Being able to drive against all the guys that my dad used to drive against, all the legends, and to be a part of it and to share it with all my friends and family is amazing. Extending the relationship between my family and Riley Motorsports and being back here in Trans Am has made this the best day ever.”

This was Robinson’s first TA class race and first Trans Am event since 2021...


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