17 June 2021 | General

Why Dream Racing Australia goes Trans Am racing

Dream Racing Australia is recognised as one of the more professional teams in the National Trans Am Series pit lane, but team owner and driver Craig Scutella holds further plans to grow the team into the future.

It’s main goal however, is to get young gun Nathan Herne his first national title aboard the Valvoline Dodge Challenger as he lies just four-points behind rival Aaron Seton leading into Round 5 at Morgan Park on August 13-15.

Herne has been associated with Dream Racing Australia since late-2019, but this was only after Scutella began his own motorsport journey two years earlier.

After sampling racing during an American trip, Scutella decided to jump in a Fastrack V8 where he travelled to a variety of Australian circuits, which culminated in George Elliott suggesting he go circuit racing.

“I was guided by George,” said Scutella on his choice of category.

“He had obviously read a bit on TA2s by that stage, which was late-2018. He’d read about it and said ‘Craig, I think this is going to be the category that is going to boom in this country’ and he predicted it right.

“It was only because of George I was able to make that move.”

As a result, Scutella and Elliott formed Dream Racing Australia to back the duo’s two-car campaign on the series. Added along the way were experienced Kim Jane as team manager and meticulous crew chief Cameron Fisher to form an enviable crew.

“It’s made my job as team owner easier to make sure this business runs smoothly as it has,” said Scutella.

“We’re going to be doing a whole lot more work with our partners in 2022 with not only our Trans Am cars, but Fastrack as well. We have one car in DRA colours and another to come, so we’ll have corporate days for all our partners, both current and future.”

Growth in the series continues, with Chris Formosa joining Dream Racing Australia at Sydney Motorsport Park and James Moffat racing a Garry Rogers Motorsport Ford Mustang at Morgan Park.

It’s a challenge Scutella is excited by.

“I love it,” Scutella said of the extra competition.

“Certainly, as a competitor it spurs you on to go better. I work out every day for an hour or hour and a half every day, so I can be as good as I can be in the car mentally and physically!”

With a close margin between Herne and Seton in the title race, Scutella is determined to get his young charger to the title.

“We’re close at the moment, we haven’t got the cigars, but we’re close and the whole team is supporting him,” said Scutella.

“We’re trying to get him over the line, but it’s close competition between Nathan and Aaron (Seton), and they’re both stars in their own right.

“Our sole focus at Dream Racing Australia is to get Nathan to the series win this year.”

The next round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at Morgan Park Raceway on August 15-17. CLICK HERE for tickets.