Petty to function grand marshal for Trans Am’s Sebring season-opener
Richard Petty will function grand marshal for the Trans Am Collection’ season-opening Huge Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers TA2 race at Sebring Worldwide Raceway on February 25. Petty’s grandson, Thad Moffitt, can be making his first-career Trans Am begin in that occasion.
Petty has expertise racing in Trans Am, competing within the collection’ inaugural season. The winningest driver in NASCAR drove Workforce Starfish’s Plymouth Barracuda within the fourth-ever Trans Am race in historical past at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway in July of 1966, beginning fourth and ending eighth within the Over 2.0 Liter class. Petty, who had one title below his belt on the time, went on to grow to be a seven-time champion within the NASCAR Cup Collection, amassing 200 race wins, together with seven victories within the Daytona 500. Petty, who has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Corridor of Fame in 2010.
“We’re very excited to have Richard Petty as grand marshal for our opening weekend at Sebring Worldwide Raceway,” stated John Clagett, president of Trans Am. “Richard is part of this collection’ very beginnings, and we’re thrilled to make him a race dignitary. We’re additionally actually trying ahead to having one other member of the Petty household driving in Trans Am. Thad has lots of promise, and younger, gifted drivers like him are a key a part of the Huge Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers TA2 class’s explosive progress in recent times.”
“It will likely be an honor to function the grand marshal for the Trans Am Collection at Sebring, particularly being part of Thad’s first begin within the collection,” stated Petty. “It will likely be particular for our household to see the No. 43 on the monitor in such a aggressive street racing collection.”
Moffitt joins the collection after six seasons within the ARCA Menards Collection, incomes 10 prime fives and 29 top-10 finishes in 49 begins between the Nationwide, East and West collection. In 2022 he competed part-time effort within the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Collection, and can also be the 2016 Southeast Restricted Late Mannequin champion. This season, Moffitt can be behind the wheel of the No. 43 Security-Kleen Chevrolet Camaro, driving full time within the TA2 class for TeamSLR.
To arrange for his collection debut, Moffitt will take part within the pre-season check at Sebring January 25-26.