Dream Racing Australia locks in strong four car entry for Symmons Plains
Leading Trans Am Series team Dream Racing Australia have confirmed a strong four-car line-up for the opening round of the national title at Symmons Plains Raceway in two weeks time.
Owned by Craig Scutella and run by Kim Jane and Cameron Fisher based at Calder Park Raceway, Dream Racing Australia will field Tyler Everingham, Adam Garwood, Josh Webster and Scutella himself for Round 1 in Tasmania.
Everingham, Webster and Scutella are locked in for the full season, while Garwood will make decisions post Symmons Plains.
The quartet will test at Winton next week in their mix of Chevrolet Camaro’s and Dodge Challenger in the build up to the opening round of the series at Symmons Plains.
It will mark Everingham’s debut in the National Trans Am Series who is regarded as one of the rising stars of Australian motorsport.
Everingham has plenty of runs on the board in V8-powered race cars, having won the 2019 V8 Touring Car Series. He is also a four-time round winner in Super2 with Matthew White Motorsport, in addition to his two Bathurst 1000 starts.
Experienced Tasmanian Garwood will also make his National Trans Am Series debut on home turf, and he also has an eclectic mix of high-horsepower race car experience.
In recent times, Garwood has contested Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters, S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and even Sprintcars during the summer months.
In a one-off event at AWC Race Tasmania at this stage, Garwood is excited to join a stacked field at Symmons Plains.
Fellow Tasmanian Webster was confirmed as Dream Racing Australia’s first driver late last year. A solid testing program over the break should put the rookie in good shape as he looks to take on his experienced rivals on home soil.
For team owner Scutella, he will contest the Masters Cup for drivers over 45 years of age. While he enjoys his racing, he is excited about assembling a fast, young array of team-mates, aiming to challenge the front running drivers and teams in the 2023 National Trans Am Series.
The opening round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries on February 24-26.
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Stan Sport will provide live, uninterrupted and on-demand coverage of all Shannons SpeedSeries rounds. AWC Race Tasmania will also feature free-to-air broadcasting on the Nine Network’s digital channels on Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm (February 25).
Driver, Dream Racing Australia, Chevrolet Camaro
“I haven’t driven a Trans Am yet, so I’m looking forward to my first laps,” said Everingham.
“I have a test day coming next week at Winton, which will be good preparation for the first round.
“Trans Am is a class I’ve been interested in for a while. It’s a good pathway, so I wanted to make the jump across to a class where you can get lots of race laps in.
“My drive is still to make it to Supercars, and with Gen3 coming on, I thought it was important to get a feel for a different car so I can be ready for Supercars.
“It should be a very competitive Trans Am field. I’m looking forward to racing some of the experienced guys and the new guys.”
Driver, Dream Racing Australia, Dodge Challenger
“I’ve always been keen to get into Trans Am,” said Garwood.
“If we go alright at Symmons Plains, we’ll look at doing a couple more, but it’s only the one-off for Symmons.
“I’ve driven a fair bit of TCM, – lots of power and little tyre grip. I really like cars that move around on the tyre, and that’s exactly what these cars do.
“The competition in Trans Am is great. It looks like good, hard racing. I’m looking forward to it.
“Of course, it would be good to be towards the pointy end, but there are lots of guys who have been doing it for a few years. My initial aim is to be inside the top 10.”
Driver, Dream Racing Australia, Chevrolet Camaro
“Trans Am is pretty competitive and we’re going to have to put our best foot forward that’s for sure and bring our A game,” said Webster.
“I think the category has made some big steps forward in the past few seasons, so to be joining the series on the mainland will be a step up that’s for sure.
“We’ve linked up with Dream Racing Australia for this season and I’m sure the car will be a rocketship that’s for sure. That all came about when the team invited us up in July for a test day up at Queensland Raceway and basically it all stemmed from that.”
Owner and driver, Dream Racing Australia, Chevrolet Camaro
“Dream Racing Australia is excited to welcome Tyler, Adam and Josh to the team,” said Scutella.
“Tyler is a multiple race winner in Super2, and we really feel that Tyler will light up Trans Am. With some luck and continued full focus, we are confident that he will be fighting for wins all season.
“Adam is very excited to run Symmons Plains. He is a great talent, and he nearly joined our team two years ago to race Trans Am, but we didn’t get that deal done.
“If all goes well in Symmons Plains and chooses to continue in Trans Am – DRA will work fanatically to continue his success story.
“Josh is a great young talent. He has enjoyed a lot of success in other Tasmanian race categories, so it’s the perfect time for him to step up to a national level and we have no doubt that he will surprise many.”