Adam Andretti claims a Detroit Trans Am victory

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit - Detroit has always been a special town for the Andretti racing family.

Adam Andretti added another milestone Sunday for the legendary family.

Andretti – nephew of Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti – won the Belle Isle Motor City 100 TA2 class in the Trans Am race, edging past defending series champion Gar Robinson of Milford.

“Gar Robinson is an amazing competitor,” said Andretti, who won in his ECC / Anchor Bolt & Screw / Dodge Challenger. “We have a wonderful rivalry going on. We’re the best of friends off the track and we spend a lot of time off the track.

“The battles with Gar, they’re just always outstanding. You know he is going to race you clean but you know it’s going to be tight. We touched a little bit because I smelled rubber and fiberglass together.”

John Baucom won the TA class for his first career victory, while Ernie Francis Jr. won the TA4 class.

Baucom, in his / Baucom Motorsports / Ford Mustang, stayed incident free in a rainy, tight race.

“We knew it would be a challenge,” Baucom said. “In these dual events, a big thing is to stay off the walls and be there at the end.”

Francis Jr., in his BetaTools / Liquid Performance / Chevrolet Camaro, earned his 18th career victory but occurring on a road course in Detroit made it special.

“This has to be right up there with the first,” said Francis Jr., of where this victory ranked. “I’ve grown up watching race cars on the street courses and this was one to check off my bucket list, for sure.

“We didn’t know if we were going to come to this event until the week before (because of car issues). We just came out, in a backup car, and did a great job.”