It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Trans Am racing. After the No. 40 Prefix/Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) Dodge Challenger TA2 team took home the TA2 Championship in 2019, the team closed the Challenger in 2020 as a full-time race car. in 2021 for one driver and serving as a part-time substitute for a few others.
That one full-time driver (Rhett Barkau) eventually won the Trans Am 2021 Rookie of the Year title. In a pre-race interview for the Charlotte race, the 20-year-old explained a few reasons why he runs the Challenger in TA2 competition. He explained that his family is a bunch of Dodge fans and that the family business that sponsors the car (BarkauCars.com) also consists of two Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram dealerships in Illinois.
SMR announced in February that they were building a new Dodge Challenger TA2 race car with long-time partner Berryman Products, as the title sponsor for the 2022 season. The car bears the company’s mascot, the “Green Monster,” aka Known as the “Chemtooler”, it features new Fivestar Racing body panels. the no. 01 BarkauCars.com / NAPA MPEC / Berryman Products Dodge Challenger, will be driven again by Barkau for the 2022 season.
Berryman Products Marketing Manager, Beau Blankenship, stated this after his comment for another year in addition to SMR. “Berryman is delighted to continue our partnership with the SMR team. Over the years, this partnership has become one of the most important in our company. The professionalism, attention to detail and will to win make it so easy for Berryman to return to SMR. We are so proud of everything the team has achieved and we can’t wait to see the new livery on a brand new Dodge Challenger with our Chemtooler on track in 2022.”
|2022 Barkaucars.com / NAPA MPEC / Berryman Products Dodge Challenger Team Results|
|Road Atlanta-Rd. 3||20||6||20||8th|
Presented by Pirelli National Schedule, the Trans Am Series 2022 consists of 12 events and has already completed 3 events on that schedule. This means that the series will move to the West Coast for the next two races. The next stop is at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (Trans Am Speed Fest), which takes place April 22-24.
Currently 8th in the TA2 points standings, there is still plenty of time for Barkau and his No. 01, the BarkauCars.com / NAPA MPEC / Berryman Products Dodge Challenger team to work their way up the standings.
If you have a chance to attend the Trans Am event, we highly recommend it. We are enjoying our time in 2019, with the SMR team at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The racing is very competitive and the TA2 division has had about 43 cars at its events this year. With the only Dodge in TA2 being the SMR entry.
It hasn’t been long since Dodge committed its full factory support to the SMR TA2 program.
|2022 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli National Schedule|
|April 22-24||Weathertech Laguna Seca (with SpeedTour)|
|April 30 – May 1||Sonoma Raceway (with SpeedTour)|
|May 27-30||Lime Rock Park (with SpeedTour)|
|June 23-26||Mid Ohio Sportscar Course (with SpeedTour)|
|July 1-3||Road America (with NASCAR)|
|August 6-7||Big Machine Music City Grand Prix (TA2 only with IndyCar)|
|September 9-11||Watkins Glen International (with SpeedTour)|
|Oct 6-9||Virginia International Raceway (with SpeedTour)|
|Nov 4-6||Circuit of the Americas COTA (with SpeedTour)|
Be sure to follow the SMR team on Instagram and Facebook, as well as driver Rhett Barkau on his dedicated fan website, to get the inside scoop on Challenger TA2 news throughout the 2022 Trans Am season.