Like supercars that NASCAR-Style Series includes the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as the Dodge Challenger.
It will mark the first time Slade has competed in the series, which raised eyebrows in 2022 when the brakes were applied Shane van Gisbergen tries to contest the category.
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Brodie Kostecki remains the only active Supercars driver to have successfully made a Trans Am start.
Slade will join Trans Am’s newest team, The Racing Academy, in a one-off appearance at the season opener at Symmons Plains February 24-26.
The two-time Supercars winner will fill in for West Australian Elliott Cleary, who is just under the legal age at 16.
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The team will also field 23-year-old up-and-coming Cody Gillis in the team’s second car.
After the season opener, Slade will mentor the team to guide his youngsters.
Slade’s cameo comes courtesy of team owner and renowned karting coach Tom Williamson and business partner Doug Westwood.
“Having been through the ups and downs of climbing the ranks of motorsport myself, it can be difficult to make the right decisions straight out of karts, especially when you don’t have a lot of money,” said Slade.
“It’s cool what Tom, Doug and their team have put together. It’s great that Tom has the ability to nurture the talent in karts and keep it in his system for the next steps beyond karting and potentially all the way to supercars and beyond.
“I’ve never really driven a Trans Am, but I’ve always been a big fan of this class. It seems to be the best value for money category in the country.
“The cars look good, sound good, the racing always seems fun and outside of a supercar it’s possibly the closest thing you can get.”
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Slade said the opportunity to race in the National Trans Am Series is a valuable opportunity given how tight the Supercars calendar is.
“For me, I want to put in as many miles as possible now that we only have 12 race events and a few days of testing,” he said.
“So extra miles is my goal and something I will be doing for the rest of the year. It’s perfect to do at the beginning of the year when you’ve had three months off.”
The National Trans Am Series supports the TCR Australia Series at Race Tasmania on February 24-26.
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