Young guns to be rewarded in Trans Am

The National Trans Am Series will look at recognising its growing list of future stars in 2024, with the introduction of a new Hoosier Young Gun Award.

Designed to reward drivers under the age of 25, the Hoosier Young Gun of the Round will be awarded to best performing youngster at each one of the series’ seven rounds this year.

Already, young drivers have established themselves as a major part of the growing series, with the likes of two-time champion Nathan Herne, Lochie Dalton and Tom Hayman among those to have impressed on the national stage.

With Trans Am boasting a large variety of drivers from all ages, the battles between youth and experience will undoubtedly continue in 2024, with the young drivers.

Category Manager Graham Sattler was pleased to have youngsters of the competition rewarded each round.

“We are passionate about fostering new talent in the National Trans Am Series,” Sattler said.

“Introducing the Young Gun Award further rewards the young drivers coming through, providing them with even more incentive. We have a fantastic crop of returning young drivers and also look to have a fantastic crop of new young rookie drivers joining us ready to show what they can do.

“The future is bright in Trans Am.”

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Hayman lauded the category for implementing the new incentive aimed at his generation.

“Trans Am is a great category for young drivers to come in alongside all the big names as well,” Hayman added.

“The cars are great for learning your race craft, they move around a lot and have the big V8 motor in them which makes it a big step up from some of the other feeder categories.

“The results so far have really shown how the cars are equal and that there is an opportunity for anyone to prove themselves. The new award for young drivers is a great step in promoting the series and introducing more young drivers moving forward.

“It’s a good incentive to know that there’s that opportunity to be rewarded and show themselves against the more experienced drivers on the big stage.”

The series will form part of a highly anticipated Race Sandown, which serves as the opening round of the Shannons SpeedSeries’ campaign.

Tickets for the three-day season opener can be purchased via motorsporttickets.com.au.

Those unable to make it to Race Sandown will be able to watch Saturday and Sunday’s action unfold live and free via 7plus and 7mate.

The National Trans Series begins its 2024 season during Race Sandown at Sandown International Raceway on 9-11 February.