The No. 40 Prefix/Stevens-Miller Racing Dodge Challenger TA2 team, has had one focus this year and that is taking home the TA2 powered by AEM championship. With only needing to start the at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) on Sunday, driver Marc Miller seemed to be more focused on winning the race than taking home the championship.
All weekend long, the team lead testing, practice, qualifying, and then ultimately the 100-mile race on Sunday. The team seemed to be flawless, but it wasn’t easy. Scott Lagasse Jr. and his No. 92 SLR/Fields Racing/M1Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro, was hot on the heels of the No. 40 Dodge Challenger for most of the race, even taking the lead at one point during the race. Miller didn’t let up though and ended up passing Lagasse for his fourth win of the season and the championship.
Lagasse Jr. finished a close second, with Edward Sevadjian claiming his first podium of the year in third-place.
“I loved that race,” said Miller. “Scott (Lagasse Jr) and I raced each other clean, but hard. It was so fun. I wasn’t even thinking about the championship until right now and it feels great. To not only win it for our team but to win for Prefix on their 40th anniversary, how amazing is that?! The day would be perfect if my family were here to celebrate.”
Lagasse Jr.’s Camaro had a huge run at the start of the race going from fourth-place to second before the first turn. Miller managed to put his Challenger out to a six-second lead by Lap 6, however, that quickly changed with an extended caution eliminated his advantage over Lagasse Jr.
Quick on the restarts, Lagasse Jr. drove his Camaro to the inside of Miller and quickly took the leading going into the first turn. Lagasse Jr. was quick on the gas and held the lead for three laps before Miller put his Challenger right on the back bumper of the Camaro. The roles reversed once Miller passed Lagasse Jr. as he was glued to the No. 40 Prefix/Stevens-Miller Racing Dodge Challenger for the rest of the race.
“Marc (Miller) needed to make some mistakes so I could win,” Lagasse Jr. laughed. “SLR/Fields Racing guys really put in the time to get the new car put together for the race. We had terrible luck here last year, not even starting the race, so to go out there and have great battles with Marc (Miller) was the comeback we needed.”
TA2 Rookie, Lawless Alan placed just outside the podium with his No. 52 AutoParkIT Ford Mustang in fourth. But the biggest mover of the race was Keith Prociuk in his No. 9 HP Tuners Ford Mustang, who started in the last place in the 32nd spot and managed to charge through the field to finish fifth. This earned him the Cool Shirt “Cool Move of the Race” Award.
“I chose to start from the back today because I wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t know if I could make it through the whole race,” said Prociuk. “Then adrenalin kicked in, and I felt energized. With how the day started, we couldn’t be happier with the sixth-place finish.”
The Trans Am teams will be heading to Daytona International Speedway on November 14th to the 16th, for the final race of the season.
But the MoparInsiders.com staff would like to congratulate Marc Miller, the Stevens-Miller Racing team, and our friends at Prefix Companies for their 2019 TA2 powered by AEM championship and letting us be part of it.