RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: Goodyear - Jaime Bach feature

Goodyear tires play key role as driver looks Bach to the future. LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2002)-- The old saying that youth will be served is wasted on sports car driver Jaime Bach. Bach, a 19-year old freshman at the University...

Goodyear tires play key role as driver looks Bach to the future.

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2002)-- The old saying that youth will be served is wasted on sports car driver Jaime Bach. Bach, a 19-year old freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will serve himself.

Bach is the two-time Central Division champion in the Sports Car Club of America's Formula Mazda Series. He is at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week, trying to win his first SCCA national championship in the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs.

"I think we have a real good team," Bach said."I think if everything goes well, we can put it together."

One of the keys to Bach's chances will be his Goodyear tires.

"I think their performance is pretty good," Bach said."Not only at the beginning. Their life lasts at least two or three sessions, driving them fairly hard. We can turn some fairly decent lap times in the third session...I feel they last pretty long. They're pretty consistent throughout the life of the tires."

Bach has been pretty consistent as well. Since he started racing in karts at age seven, he has won championships at every level. He has eight Formula Mazda wins in national events this season after winning seven times in 2001.

Qualifying for the 24 national title races continues through Thursday. The championship races will be held Friday through Sunday.

Jaime Bach recalls that when his father, Robert Bach, offered a chance to drive a kart,"I thought it was a great idea." Father and son have worked closely together in the 12 years since.

The Bachs live in Saukville, Wisc. Jaime is enrolled the Wisc. -Milwaukee College of Engineering at Applied Sciences, the same school and major that the late Alan Kulwicki matriculated through before winning the NASCAR Winston Cup championship. Unlike Kulwicki, Bach sees open-wheeled cars in his future.

Bach's team, BK Motorsports, plans to compete for the Star Mazda professional championship in 2003 and eventually move toward racing in the American Le Mans Series LMP 675 class. His career goal is to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

But before making any of those career advancements, Bach must first compete here in the 2002 Runoffs. And he'll need his competitive, dependable Goodyear tires to do it.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Alan Kulwicki