Mosport: BFGoodrich race report

BFGoodrich* Tires - Round 2: Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup Boris Said wins the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport * Said Pulls Away for Mosport Victory - In a chilly, but caution-free race at Mosport, Boris Said in the...

BFGoodrich* Tires - Round 2: Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup

Boris Said wins the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport

* Said Pulls Away for Mosport Victory - In a chilly, but caution-free race at Mosport, Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante improved upon his second place finish in Long Beach with a first place Podium spot today, marking Said's fourth Trans-Am victory and now placing him in the points lead for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup. Said who lead the last 15 laps of the race also brought home the first Trans-Am Victory for a Panoz Esperante.

Johnny Miller in the No. 64 Automation Direct/Eaton/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR finished second in Mosport, an improvement over his third place finish last month in Long Beach. Justin Bell in the No. 40 XtremeLense Chevrolet Corvette rounded out the podium with a third place finish.

"Our team worked really hard; we made a lot of changes after Long Beach," remarked Said. "Other than not getting the pole, this weekend went as planned." Butch Leitzinger, the pole sitter in No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette finished 18th after spinning out early in the race at turn 2, damaging his front-end.

* Said Leads in Quest for BFGoodrich* Tires Cup - After Round Two of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup, Boris Said, with 62 points, now leads in the battle for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup, followed by Johnny Miller with 54 points and Paul Gentilozzi with 50 points. Gentilozzi was displaced as the points leader after a tenth place finish today at Mosport after running the entire race on seven cylinders due to a broken spark plug. Rounding out the top five are Justin Bell (45 pts) and tied for fifth are Randy Ruhlman and Lou Gigliotti, both with 42 pts.

* BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award - Boris Said wins the BFGoodrich® Tires Take Control Award. Said and Miller both lead15 laps during the race and in the event of a tie, such as today, the driver with the higher finishing position wins the award. My tires were perfect from the first lap to the last lap, remarked Said. "It took a couple extra laps to get them warmed up, but we never had to race hard on them like we anticipated."

* New Track Record - Pole-sitter Butch Leitzinger driving the No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette established a new one-lap track record for the Trans-Am Series at Mosport International Speedway during qualifying yesterday, before putting his car into the wall, shortening the qualification time for all teams. His speed of 113.866 miles per hour (1:17:744) broke the mark set back in May 1995 by Ron Fellows who turned in a record setting qualification lap of 1:18:212 (113:185 mph) in a Chevrolet Camaro. Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Solutions Panoz Esperante also broke Fellow's record with a qualifying lap time of 1:18:070 (113.391 mph).

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Three - The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup heads to Lime Rock Park next weekend for the Mohegan Sun Casino Lime Rock Park Grand Prix on Memorial Day. The Trans-Am cars will be the featured race on Monday, May 27 at 3 p.m. # # #

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Ron Fellows , Justin Bell , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Lou Gigliotti