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Lawrence wins Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge

by Bill Cawthon on

Cameron Lawrence, at the wheel of the No. 1 MOPAR Dodge Challenger, took the checkered flag this afternoon, winning the inaugural Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.


The Trans Am Muscle Car Challenge was run separately from the the main race, Round Two of the 2015 Trans Am season. In winning Lawrence beat a field containing 16 Camaros, 11 Mustangs and one other Challenger, the No. 11 Mopar Dodge driven by Joe Stevens. Stevens finished 20th.

“Having our own race gives this class a chance to show what it’s all about,” said Lawrence. “The performance, the affordability and the quality of the racing. This class keeps on drawing everyone’s attention and hopefully we can keep these separate races going and shine the light on this class, and every class in Trans Am. I actually wasn’t too worried about running out front this weekend. I kinda knew tires would be an issue, I would have been alright hanging back a little, but there was early pressure and I probably ended up using the tires a little more than I would have liked. But we had the time and space at the end to bring it home without any issues.”

With two races completed in the 2015 Trans Am TA2 season, Lawrence, the defending TA2 champion, has won both poles and both races building a solid lead in the point standings. He has now moved up to seventh among the all-time Trans Am race winners.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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