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1996 Mustang Roush Cobra Trans-Am
Trans-Am racing in the 1990s was reminiscent of the early days of the series (1967-1970) with factory support underpinning both the Ford and Chevrolet efforts. The last year that the two brands went head-to-head was 1996. Leading the Ford program at that time was the formidable team of Jack Roush, who was an ex-Ford engineer who worked for the company in the 1960s, crew chief Dan Binks and veteran Trans-Am driver Tommy Kendall. Together they won the Trans-Am Championship three years in a row, in 1995, 1996 and 1997. The significance of the 1996 win was that it was the last year GM provided any factory support to the Chevrolet effort, so it represented the end of an era. Winning the Championship in 1997 was the icing on the cake, but the Roush/Binks/Kendall juggernaut had already made their point, and that’s what the record books will show. It is worth noting that in the 1997 season, Tommy Kendall won 11 of 13 races.