BFGoodrich Cleveland preview

* Trans-Am Heads To Cleveland - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup makes its 11th appearance as the Saturday afternoon feature race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. For the third time this season, Trans-Am will...

* Trans-Am Heads To Cleveland - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup makes its 11th appearance as the Saturday afternoon feature race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. For the third time this season, Trans-Am will compete along with the CART FedEx Championship Series.

* Tires Pressures Critical for Race - Tire pressures are always important but they are especially critical at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport street course. The deeply grooved runways (designed to keep air planes from hydroplaning) tend to grind away the tread of a hot, super-sticky racing tire. Too much tire pressure provides a smaller contact patch and will cause the tires to have a reduction in grip. Too little tire pressure allows for a larger contact patch but can cause the car to be less responsive. Therefore, it will be important for teams to get the car balanced and to have their tire pressures spot on. BFGoodrich Tires engineers will recommend hot operating pressures of 26 psi on all four positions.

* Cleveland Course is One-of-a-Kind - While the Trans-Am Series competes on a variety of road and street courses, none compares to Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. At 2.106 miles, with 10-turns, the totally flat circuit is made up of runways and taxiways used by small passenger planes. The airport features a challenging hairpin corner (turn one) that always makes for an exciting start. The airport is active throughout the year and is closed only during the Grand Prix. Since there is no similar track available anywhere for test purposes, it is difficult to simulate for set up purposes.

* Network Television for Trans-Am - CBS Sports will televise the Trans-Am 100 from Cleveland on a tape-delayed broadcast on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

* Contingency Bonus Awarded After Cleveland - The Trans-Am driver who has accumulated the most BFGoodrich Tires Cup Driver's Championship points at the conclusion of the Cleveland race will receive a cash bonus of $10,000 from High Tech Performance Trailers. High Tech is the Official Trailer of the 2001 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.

Currently, Johnny Miller leads the standings with 103 points with Paul Gentilozzi a close second with 101 points. Challengers include Lou Gigliotti (94 points), Brian Simo (91 points) and Tommy Archer (82 points).

* Trans-Am Goes Global - The first four races of the Trans-Am Series have been a hotbed of competition among various car makes. At the first two races this season, Sebring and Long Beach, there were four different manufacturers represented in the top five. Detroit offered similar results as 6 different body styles finished in the top twelve: Jaguar XKR, Qvale Mangusta, Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, Ford Mustang and Panoz Esperante.

-BGF

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller