Quick Facts Johnson Controls 100 presented by Simple Green Round Two, Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup First Trans-Am Race, Winner: 1987, Scott Pruett, 69.497 mph Last Trans-Am Race, Winner: 2000, Tomy Drissi, 67.167 mph Number of...
Johnson Controls 100 presented by Simple Green
Round Two, Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup
First Trans-Am Race, Winner: 1987, Scott Pruett, 69.497 mph
Last Trans-Am Race, Winner: 2000, Tomy Drissi, 67.167 mph
Number of Appearances by Series at Long Beach: Nine (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Narrowest Margin of Victory: 2.707 seconds, Paul Gentilozzi over Johnny
Widest Margin of Victory: 3.115 seconds, Tomy Drissi over Willy T. Ribbs, 2000
Fastest Qualifier: Chris Neville, 1999, 1:14.392 (88.267 mph)
Fastest Race Lap: Paul Gentilozzi, 1999, 1:15.352 (87.143 mph)
Fastest Racewinner's Speed: 67.167 mph, Tomy Drissi, 2000
Note: All records are with the present track configuration that debuted in 1999.
What: The Johnson Controls 100 presented by Simple Green, Round Two of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. This weekend's race will be the 393rd in Trans-Am Series history.
Television: Sunday's race will be carried by Speedvision on a taped-delay basis on Sunday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Race Length: 54 laps of the 1.85-mile circuit for 99.9 miles
Weekend Story Leads
Said Has Won Two of Three: Boris Said won round one, the Trans-Am Series 100, on March 16 at Sebring International Raceway. Said has now won two of the past three races, dating back to last fall (Las Vegas). Said picked up his first Trans-Am Series win in 1995 at Road America.
Mustang Picks Up 99th Win: With the victory by Boris Said at Sebring, Ford Mustang picked up its 99th victory. Ford Mustang is the All-Time leader in Trans-Am Series wins with Chevrolet Camaro second at 89.
Gentilozzi Reaches Milestones: Paul Gentilozzi' s runnerup finish in the Trans-Am Series 100 at Sebring was the 48th podium finish of his Trans-Am career, breaking a tie for All-Time runnerup honors with Greg Pickett at 47.
The top-10 finish by Gentilozzi was the 106th in his illustrious Trans-Am Series career and leaves him just one short of the All-Time leader, Pickett, at 107.
Parody In Trans: The last six races have produced five different winners (Leighton Reese, Texas; Chris Neville, Houston; Kenny Wilden, Laguna Seca; Boris Said, Las Vegas & Sebring; Johnny Miller, San Diego) and no Trans-Am Series victories by either 2000 Drivers' Champion Brian Simo or 2000 runnerup Paul Gentilozzi. Simo last won on May 21, at Mosport and Gentilozzi last won on August 19, at Road America.
This six-race streak without a win by either Gentilozzi or Simo is the longest such streak since 1997, when neither driver scored a Trans-Am Series victory.
From the 1998 Trans-Am season-opener at Long Beach through the Road America round last summer, a period encompassing 33 races, the Simo/Gentilozzi duo won 27 races (81.82 percent). Gentilozzi won seven of the thirteen races in the Series in 1998, while Simo won a pair. During the 1999 13-race season, both Simo and Gentilozzi won six races. Last season, in the first seven races of the season, both Simo and Gentilozzi won three races each.
A win by Tomy Drissi would make him only the second driver to win multiple Long Beach Trans-Ams (joining three-time winner Gentilozzi).
A win by Drissi would give him consecutive Long Beach Trans-Am victories, achieved previously only by Gentilozzi (1998-1999).
Poles by Gentilozzi or Brian Simo would make either the second two-time Long Beach Trans-Am Fast Qualifier, joining Scott Pruett (1987-1988).
A pole by Simo would make him the second driver to achieve consecutive Long Beach Trans-Am poles, joining Scott Pruett (1987-1988).
A Fast Lap by Gentilozzi would make him the first driver to achieve three Long Beach Trans-Am Fast Laps.
A Fast Lap by Brian Simo would make him the second driver to achieve two Long Beach Trans-Am Fast Laps, joining Paul Gentilozzi (1998-1999).
A win by the Dodge, Jaguar, Panoz, or Qvale marques would be the marque's first victory in a Long Beach Trans-Am.
Notes of Interest
Prize Money: With potentially more than $2.0 million in total season-long payout, the 2001 season will be the richest in the series illustrious 36-year history. This weekend's race is the second round in the run for the prestigious BFGoodrich Tires Cup, given annually to the winner of the Drivers' Championship. Beginning this season, the winner of the Drivers' Championship will pocket $100,000 with a total year-end points fund payout of $300,000.
New Marques To Make Debut: The 2001 season will see the debut of the new Panoz Esperante and Dodge Viper as well as newly-styled Chevrolet Corvettes and Ford Mustangs. Last year's championship winning car, the Qvale Mangusta, returns along with Jaguars, Corvettes, Camaros and Mustags (existing Trans-Am Series bodywork is allowed until 2003).
Television: The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will makes its first live major network television appearance on July 21 from Sears Point on CBS Sports. The races at both Detroit and Cleveland will also be broadcast by CBS on a one-day taped delay basis. The other seven races on the series' schedule will be broadcast by longtime media partner Speedvision.
Wilden Replaces Reese In #66: Kenny Wilden, winner of the Trans-Am Series race last fall at Laguna Seca, will replace Leighton Reese in the #66 Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. Reese, who led the season-opener last season at Sebring and later picked up his first career win at Texas, was injured in a recent skiing accident in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Wilden was the first winner of the Simple Green Clean Sweep Award when he won the race at Laguna Seca after starting from the pole, setting the fastest race lap and leading the most laps. He picked up the largest payday in Trans-Am Series history with the victory.
Four Former Champions In Trans-Am Series: This season there will be four former champions involved in the chase for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Brian Simo (#88 Tommy Bahama Qvale Mangusta) returns to defend the Drivers' Championship that he won in 2000. Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls HomeLink Jaguar XKR) was the series champion following the 1998 and 1999 season. Greg Pickett was the series champion in 1978 and will run a limited schedule this season. Tom Gloy, the series champion in 1984, is the owner of the #69 Tom Gloy Racing Qvale Mangusta driven by Jim Matthews and the #88 car driven by Simo.
Welcome Back: Returning to the Trans-Am Series this season is a pair of former Rookies-of-the-Year and one of the series' all-time greats. Tommy Archer (#36 Motor City True Performance Dodge Viper) was the Trans-Am Series Rookie-of-the-Year winner in 1992. He holds a pair of Trans-Am victories, at Detroit in 1992 and at Lime Rock Park in 1993. Steve Petty (Greg Pickett Racing Ford Mustang Cobra) picked up rookie honors at the conclusion of the 1991 season. Greg Pickett, Last competed in the series in 1997. He is at nor near the top in almost every driver performance category. Second in career starts with 153; first in top-10 finishes with 107; second in top-five finishes, 74; tied for second with Paul Gentilozzi for podium finishes, 47.
Pit Stop Races: Also new this season will be three mandatory pit stop races. The firs mandatory pit stop race of the season will be on May 20 at Mosport Park. Additional pit stop races will be at Portland and Laguna Seca. All of the pitstop races will be 125 miles in length.