1970 Trans-American Sedan Championship

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1970 Trans-Am Series
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The 1970 Trans-American Championship was a motor racing series organised by the Sports Car Club of America for SCCA Sedans. It was the fifth Trans-Am Championship. Ford (Thanks to Parnelli Jones) and still potent Alfa Romeo won the Over 2 Litre and Under 2 Litre titles respectively.

With Porsche's 911 moving to a 2.2L engine, the year marked the resurgence of Alfa Romeo as dominant in the Under 2 Liter class. The year also marked the first win for American Motors, with Mark Donohue driving a Penske Racing-prepared AMC Javelin, winning three races. Also winning for the first time was BMW, in the Under 2 Liter races at Bryar and Bridgehampton.

Schedule[edit]

The championship was contested over eleven rounds with separate races at each round for Under 2 Liter and Over 2 Liter cars.

Ford won the 1970 Trans-American Championship Over 2 Liter division with the Mustang
Rnd Date Circuit Distance Over 2.0 Winning Car Under 2.0 Winning Car
Over 2.0 Winning Driver(s) Under 2.0 Winning Driver(s)
1 April 18
April 19
Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California 85.5 mi (137.6 km) (U2L)
171 mi (275 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Parnelli Jones United States Lee Midgley
2 May 9 Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut 1 Hour / 84.15 mi (135.43 km) (U2L)
2 Hours, 30 Minutes / 223.38 mi (359.50 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Parnelli Jones Switzerland Gaston Andrey
3 May 31 Bryar Motorsports Park, Loudon, New Hampshire 1 Hour / 72 mi (116 km) (U2L)
2 Hours, 30 Minutes / 223.38 mi (359.50 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang BMW 2002
United States George Follmer United States Peter Schuster
4 June 7 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio 72 mi (116 km) (U2L)
180 mi (290 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Parnelli Jones United States Bert Everett
5 June 20
June 21
Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Sag Harbor, New York 99.25 mi (159.73 km) (U2L)
199.5 mi (321.1 km) (O2L)
AMC Javelin BMW 2002
United States Mark Donohue United States Hans Ziereis
6 July 5 Donnybrooke International Speedway, Brainerd, Minnesota 99 mi (159 km) (U2L)
210 mi (340 km) (O2L)
Chevrolet Camaro Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Milt Minter Australia Horst Kwech
7 July 19 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 100 mi (160 km) (U2L)
200 mi (320 km) (O2L)
AMC Javelin Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Mark Donohue Australia Horst Kwech
8 August 2 Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Saint-Jovite, Quebec 79.5 mi (127.9 km) (U2L)
185.5 mi (298.5 km) (O2L)
AMC Javelin Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Mark Donohue United States Lee Midgley
9 August 16 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York 96.6 mi (155.5 km) (U2L)
209.3 mi (336.8 km) (O2L)
Chevrolet Camaro Alfa Romeo GTA
United Kingdom Vic Elford Australia Horst Kwech
10 September 20 Seattle International Raceway, Kent, Washington 90 mi (140 km) (U2L)
202.5 mi (325.9 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Parnelli Jones United States Bert Everett
11 October 4 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California 89.25 mi (143.63 km) (U2L)
201.45 mi (324.20 km) (O2L)
Ford Mustang Alfa Romeo GTA
United States Parnelli Jones United States Bert Everett
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Championships[edit]

Points were awarded according to finishing position. Only the highest-placed car scored points for the manufacturer. Only the best 9 finishes counted towards the championship. Drivers' championships were not awarded in Trans-Am until 1972.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
9 6 4 3 2 1

Over 2.0L manufacturers[edit]

Pos Manufacturer LAG LRP BRY MDO BRI DON ELK MTB WGL SEA RIV Pts
1 Ford 1 1 1 1 2 2 5 2 3 1 1 72 (78)
2 American Motors 2 13 2 3 1 19 1 1 2 2 3 59
3 Chevrolet 5 2 4 4 4 1 4 6 1 5 6 40 (42)
4 Dodge 6 3 23 5 20 20 3 4 29 3 24 18
5 Plymouth 4 10 14 21 21 5 2 28 6 18 4 15
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Under 2.0L manufacturers[edit]

Pos Manufacturer LAG LRP BRY MDO BRI DON ELK MTB WGL SEA RIV Pts
1 Alfa Romeo 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 81 (93)
2 BMW 2 3 1 6 1 3 2 4 3 2 3 52 (56)
3= Fiat Abarth 6 8 5 14 3
3= British Leyland 5 8 9 6 7 9 14 11 3
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1970 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). Sports Car Club of America. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2011.