Skeen leads Peterson Racing 1-2 at Laguna Seca TA2
After leading practice and winning his first Motul Award pole in 2022, Mike Skeen had the car to beat in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s TA2 showdown at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. His race was not without its challenges, as the last 15 laps were a back and forth battle with teammate Rafa Matos, but Skeen was ultimately victorious, taking his second victory in a row.
As the green flag dropped, Skeen’s 3Dimensional Services Group No. 89 Ford Mustang engaged in a side-by-side battle with runner-up Connor Mosack in High Point University’s No. 28 Camaro, but after a few turns, Skeen secured the point position and started his dominant run. Mosack then battled Matos’ 3Dimensional Services Group No. 88 machine, but after 10 laps Matos prevailed and raced second behind his teammate until a lap 26 warning set the field up for a restart.
When the green flag race resumed, Matos passed Skeen on the restart to lead the field for the next 11 laps, but a tough race between the teammates resulted in a drag race, with Skeen regaining his lead on lap 40. Once Skeen’s Mustang took the lead, he held the lead until the checkered flag, with Matos crossing the finish line just behind him in second. Brett Crews, who started the race fifth in his #70 Nitro Motorsports Mustang, fought his way into third to lead Young Guns Mosack and Connor Zilisch in the #57 Silver Hare Racing Camaro to the checkered flag, completing the top five.
“A big ‘thank you’ to Peterson Racing,” Skeen said as he got out of his car. “All these guys on my team gave me an awesome car; it was the one to beat all weekend. I’m very lucky to be driving this 3Dimensional Services Group car for a few races this year. beat hard, I fought Rafa [Matos] a little harder than he probably intended, but I’m glad to be back in front.
In the Western Championship, the race was a close battle until the last lap. Poleman Jeff Holden, driver of the No. 11 Mid Valley Transmission/Joe’s Racing Products Camaro, led the Western competitors throughout the event on the way to victory, but the Cascade Sotheby’s/Wyatt Fire Ken Sutherland’s Camaro protection was never far behind. Third place was decided on the final corner of the final lap, with three competitors dueling. Nick Rosseno finally took the final podium spot in his #33 Burrtec Waste Industries/AMSOIL Camaro.
“I want to thank my all-volunteer team,” Holden said. “We are a small team, we are self-funded and we are looking for wins so that everyone is happy on the car. I just want to thank Dakota Lithium, Motul and Joe’s Racing Products who have been helping us for a few years. Mid Valley Transmissions been helping with the transmissions for some time, and they obviously work great.
After the event, Crews received the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race, and Mosack received the Omologato custom-branded Trans Am Watch, winning the Young Gun Fast Lap Award for being the Young Gun with the fastest lap of the race (1:30.318). Doug Peterson in the #87 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang won the TA2 Masters award.
Today’s race broadcast, presented by Big Machine SPIKED Vodka Coolers, will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation that evening at 10 p.m. ET.
TA2 returns to the track next weekend at Sonoma Raceway.