JAMES Moffat and Garry Rogers Motorsport will make their National Trans Am Series debuts with a retro-liveried entry at Morgan Park.
Moffat will campaign a Ford Mustang painted in the same livery as his Allan Moffat’s iconic Coca-Cola Trans-Am Mustang from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s, complete with his father’s signature #9.
He tested the brand-new car at Winton on Wednesday, and will join fellow next-generation racers Aaron Seton, Ben Grice and Nash Morris in competing in the category.
The drive means Moffat will also be pulling double duty for GRM at the Morgan Park meeting, adding the Trans Am program to his Renault TCR commitments.
“I’m super excited to go to Morgan Park at the end of June and not only compete in TCR Australia, but make my debut in the National Trans Am Series in this brand-new Mustang,” Moffat said.
“It’s exciting to take on the new challenge, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“For me growing up as a kid, the most famous car that dad raced was his Trans-Am Coca Cola Mustang.
“It will be fantastic to hit the track in a red #9 Mustang, with thanks to LMCT+, and it will be spectacular to get to Morgan Park in those colours. Hopefully I can do it justice.”
So far the deal is for just the Morgan Park Raceway event, however both Moffat and the team are keen on extending to the final round at Sandown Raceway in September, and the major end-of-season event at the Bathurst International, November 26-28.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve invested in TCR and S5000, but it was about four years ago that Garry (Rogers) was at Sydney Motorsport Park and he saw these Trans Am cars and he hasn’t stopped talking about them ever since,” Barry Rogers said.
“Given that the Trans Ams are now under the Australian Racing Group banner, it was pretty important for use to invest in this series.
“Owen Kelly and Aaron Tebb race cars that we own, but we haven’t run a car ourselves. Garry was very keen to get Moff in a car, and having Moffat in a Mustang is pretty important to us.
“My dad raced against Allan in the 1970s, so we’re looking forward to getting the band back together so to speak and seeing those famous colours back out on track.”