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1968-1972 Trans-Am Racing
AMC Javelin in Trans-Am Racing
Special thanks to Ted Roberts, AMC Independent Trans-Am Driver of Javelin #55 in 1969, 1970, 1971, for his help in obtaining information for this website.
The 1968 Trans-Am season saw a new competitor in sedan road racing, one that in its rookie year displayed its muscle with amazing speed and stamina.
As a result, the first official American Motors racing team has proved that its specially prepared Javelin can compete with the best in the fast Trans-Am racing circuit. AMC is posing a serious challenge to car makes that have been dominating the circuit for years. Go >
In 1969 American Motors would finish fourth in the Trans-Am Series. Here you'll find a race by race review of the 1969 season. Go >
1970 brought many changes to American Motors. A new team owner, Roger Penske, with drivers Mark Donohue and Peter Revson would breathe new life into the quest to bring the Trans-Am Championship to American Motors. Parnelli Jones and George Follmer would head the Ford Team in the Mustangs. Jim Hall, Vic Elford and Milt Minter would drive the Chevrolet Camaros. Swede Savage would pilot a new-for-70 Plymouth Barracuda, with Sam Posey behind the wheel in the all new Dodge Challenger. Go >
Mark Donohue won seven out of nine races in the 1971 Trans-Am Series, including six straight. Donohue easily won the Driver's Championship, and American Motors was the winner among manufacturers. Go >
In 1972 Roy Woods and ARA would campaign the AMC Javelins backed by AMC dealers. George Follmer would drive the red-white and blue Javelins to give AMC its second Trans-Am Championship in a row. George Follmer, in his AMC Javelin, would take the Driver's Championship as well. Go >
In 55 Trans-Am races Mark Donohue had 29 wins with 43 top-three finishes. He finished on top of the drivers' point standings three times, with two runner-up positions. Go >
The 1970 Mark Donohue Signature Edition Javelin was created out of a need to homologate the Javelin to compete in Trans-Am events for the 1970 season. The SCCA required that 2500 street cars would have to be sold for homologation purposes. Go >
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