BFGoodrich Tires Laguna Seca preview

BFGoodrich* Tires At A Glance - Trans-Am Series September 8, Trans-Am Series 125 Monterey Sports Car Championships, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. * Trans-Am to Monterey - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup...

BFGoodrich* Tires At A Glance - Trans-Am Series
September 8, Trans-Am Series 125
Monterey Sports Car Championships, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.

* Trans-Am to Monterey - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup heads back to the West Coast for the Monterey Sports Car Championships at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, September 7-8, as the featured support race for the American Le Mans Series.

* Final Pit-Stop Race - For the third time this season, Trans-Am cars will run 125 miles, which includes a mandatory fuel pit stop. Pit stop races in Trans-Am were initiated this season and ran earlier at Mosport International Raceway and Portland International Raceway.

* BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Could be Decided at Laguna Seca - With two races remaining in the season, Paul Gentilozzi (252 points) currently holds a 33-point lead over Johnny Miller (219 points) for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup. If Gentilozzi leaves Laguna Seca with a 34-point advantage over Miller he would mathematically clinch the championship. Defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup Champion Brian Simo is in third with 199 points.

* Tire Choice Important - When the Trans-Am Series visited Laguna Seca last year, competitors elected to run the softer #200 compound on all positions. Tire wear and performance was excellent in last year's 100-mile distance. This year, since the race is longer and is being held earlier in the season (plus both qualifying and the extended distance race will he held in the heat of the day), teams may elect to run a #75 hard compound g-ForceTM T/A* radial on one or both rears. Ambient conditions will help influence the tire choice on this relatively low grip circuit.

* Trans-Am Series Awards - With Paul Gentilozzi's win at Mid-Ohio, Jaguar clinched the Trans-Am Series Manufacturers' Championship, its first championship since 1978. The Manufacturers' Championship for Jaguar was aided by Gentilozzi's four wins, Michael Lewis' victory at Road America and Johnny Miller's numerous podium finishes.

In addition, Justin Bell has clinched the 2001 AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Award.

* Last Year at Laguna Seca - Kenny Wilden, in only his fifth career start, won his first career Trans-Am victory last year at Laguna Seca. Wilden battled Boris Said and Paul Gentilozzi throughout until finally taking the lead late in the race.

* California Drivers Prominent in Laguna Seca Field - California drivers in the Trans-Am field include defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup Champion Brian Simo and veteran road racer Boris Said, both from Carlsbad. Other California-based drivers include: Tomy Drissi, Hollywood; Mike Davis, Huntington Beach; Michael Lewis, Escondido; Scott Pruett, Auburn; Steve Petty, Alamo; and Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda.

* Trans-Am Series on Speedvision - The Trans-Am Series race from Laguna Seca will be aired live at 5:00 p.m. EDT, September 8, on the Speedvision Network.

-BFG-

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Scott Pruett , Brian Simo , Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Michael Lewis , Stu Hayner , Mike Davis