Mid-Ohio: Pre-race notes

NOTEWORTHY * Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship leader Boris Said ( ...

NOTEWORTHY

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship leader Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) comes to Mid-Ohio looking to extend an impressive run that has seen him finish fifth or better in seven of his last eight Trans-Am Series starts, dating to a third-place performance at Sears Point last year. Said has won the past two Trans-Am Series events, at Mosport and Lime Rock, to take a 94-74 lead over Johnny Miller (#64 Automation Direct/Eaton/Cutler Hammer Jaguar XKR) in the chase for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Said also owns a podium finish of second at Long Beach in this year's season opener, as well as finishes of third at Mid-Ohio and fifth at Portland and Road America last year. Said did not compete in the 2001 season finale at Houston.

* His recent success at the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been a good omen for defending and three-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/MatrixOne/Futaba Jaguar XKR). Gentilozzi has won the past three Trans-Am events contested at Mid-Ohio, in 1998, '99 and last year. All three victories have come from the pole, and in each of his three winning seasons, Gentilozzi has gone on to claim the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, emblematic of the Trans-Am Series championship. No other driver has earned more than two career Trans-Am Series victories at Mid-Ohio. Gentilozzi, who also earned a Trans-Am Series pole at Mid-Ohio in 1991, is attempting to become only the second driver in Trans-Am Series history to earn four season championships, joining Tommy Kendall (1990, '95, '96 and '97). In all, Gentilozzi owns seven podium results in 12 career starts at Mid-Ohio, including a runner-up effort in 1991 and third-place finishes in 1990, '92 and '94.

* Johnny Miller finished sixth in Round 3 of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship at Lime Rock Park, extending his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes to 15, the longest active streak of top-10 results in the Trans-Am Series. The streak dates to Miller's first career victory in the 2000 Trans-Am Series season finale at San Diego.

* Randy Ruhlman (#49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) arrives at Mid-Ohio ranked fifth in the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship standings, with 59 points. He is on pace for the best championship finish of his 12-year Trans-Am Series career, which began in 1990. Ruhlman's best performance in the championship to date came in 1999, when he finished sixth. He has constructed his current fifth-place standing on finishes of sixth at Long Beach, fifth at Mosport and eighth at Lime Rock.

--scca pro racing-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Tommy Kendall