<pre> GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE PETIT LE MANS ROAD ATLANTA â€” 2.56-MILE ROAD COURSE BRASELTON, GA., SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2000 DESCRIPTION: GOODYEAR EAGLE SPORTS CAR SPECIAL NUMBER OF TIRES SUPPLIED: 800 RECOMMENDED COLD...
<pre> GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE PETIT LE MANS ROAD ATLANTA — 2.56-MILE ROAD COURSE BRASELTON, GA., SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2000
DESCRIPTION: GOODYEAR EAGLE SPORTS CAR SPECIAL
NUMBER OF TIRES SUPPLIED: 800
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE: LM Prototypes 18 psi Corvettes GTS 22 psi
ESTIMATED PIT STOPS: Approximately every 50-55 minutes/39 laps of green-flag racing, depending on class and fuel capacity. Race length is 10 hours or 1,000 miles/391 laps of 2.56-mile road course.
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* In just two years, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta has quickly become a worldwide racing classic, attracting the top teams from around the world. Four cars will compete on Goodyear tires in the third running of the Petit Le Mans. The Le Mans Prototype class, home of the factory Audi, BMW, Panoz and Cadillac cars, will also have two entries on Goodyears, a Lola-Ford from Phil Creighton Motorsports (Scott Schubot/TBA) and a Lola-Ford from the Konrad team (Franz Konrad/Charlie Slater). The Konrad Lola's first race on Goodyear Eagles was the Sept. 16 Sports Racing World Cup event at Germany's Nürbürgring circuit, where the team finished third overall.
* A pair of Chevrolet Corvette C5R -- one for Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel and Justin Bell, the second for Andy Pilgrim, Franck Freon and Kelly Collins -- will challenge the Dodge Vipers and Porsche GTS in the Grand Touring Sports (GTS) class.
* The Corvettes are coming off their first American Le Mans Series win at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 2. The winning car was shared by Fellows and Pilgrim and led every lap of the race. In August, Fellows and Pilgrim were just three-tenths of a second away from the win at Mosport.
"The Corvette program is very important for Goodyear because we learn so many things from each test that apply to many aspects of the tire building business," said Goodyear road racing engineer Chris Johenning. "We are just coming off a series of four major tests to help introduce new tires to the new wide car. We have tested at Gingerman, Watkins Glen, Mosport and Atlanta in preparation for this event and have new tires planned for this event based on this testing. And we're already gathering ideas for the program in 2001.
"The increased testing has already proven successful," Johenning adds. "The front tires codes have already won at Texas and the new rear codes will provide improved durability and forward traction. The new R575 compound is aimed at long-run consistency. "
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