Polewinner Connor Zilisch Leads Every Lap En Route to Fourth Win of 2023


Date: Sept. 23, 2023

Event: SpeedTour Grand Prix Festival (Round 11 of 13)

Series: Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli

Division: Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers TA2 Series

Location: World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis

Layout: 1.6-mile, eight-turn road course

Format: 63 laps or 75 minutes

Weather: Sunny, mid-80s

Winner: Connor Zilisch of Silver Hare Racing

Silver Hare Racing:

  • Connor Zilisch – Started 1st, Finished 1st (Running, completed 61/63 laps)


  • Zilisch started on the pole for the third time this season today and for the second race in a row. He led all 61 TA2-class laps of the race, which included a separate competition for the larger TA-class competitors in the combined event. It was his fourth win of the season and fourth of his TA2 career. Zilisch’s previous wins came March 26 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, June 4 on the downtown streets of Detroit, and Aug. 5 in downtown Nashville.
  • Zilisch’s lap of 1 minute, .595 of a second earned the 17-year-old the Omalagato Fastest Lap of the Race Award.

Connor Zilisch, Driver, No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro:

“This feels really good, it feels awesome. These guys have worked really hard. They’ve never given up on me. We’ve been through a lot this year, but the bottom line is we’ve always had fast racecars, and Silver Hare Racing has always brought me a fast Chevrolet Camaro. Just thankful to drive these cars week in and week out, and just compete for wins every time I show up to the track to run in the TA2 series. Thank you to all these guys. I had an interim crew chief here, Jeff Cessna, helping me out. It takes a whole army to get me here and get me racing and it means a lot to win for the fourth time this season. Maurice and Laura Hull have given me this opportunity to race in this series this year, so to come out here and to be able to make the most of it is special to me. We dominated the race, led every lap. When I was up front there in the early stages, I was just begging to hear over the radio what the gap was every lap. Looking forward to the last two races of the year and keeping up this momentum.”

Maurice Hull, Co-Owner, Silver Hare Racing:

“This is super sweet. We started on the pole, laid down the fast lap, led all the laps and won the race. Connor is phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. We’re so proud of the crew for all of the hard work they’ve done to overcome the adversities we’ve faced and there’s a lot of confidence and momentum moving forward. They’re building good racecars, working very, very hard and getting some good luck. Kudos to the series for coming to a new track that turned out to be better than everybody expected. Now we’re on our way to VIR, which is our home track and one I think is the best track in the United States. It’s certainly one of the most difficult, and it’s proven to have some wonderful racing, so we can’t wait to get there.”

Next Up

High Point, North Carolina-based Silver Hare Racing heads to its home track for the penultimate round of the 2023 Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers TA2 Series calendar, Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Oct. 6-8, for the VIR Gold Cup SpeedTour. The weekend kicks off with a pair of 25-minute TA2 test sessions at noon and 3:25 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 6. Official TA2 practice is set for 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, followed by qualifying at 5:20 p.m. The 30-lap, 75-minute TA2 race begins at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, with live television coverage provided by MAVTV, augmented by live-streaming video coverage by the Trans Am Series and SpeedTourTV channels on YouTube.