THE BFGOODRICH TIRES TRANS-AM SERIES HEADS NORTH TO MOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FOR ROUND TWO
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Can.--Mosport International Raceway's the place for Round Two of the 1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, the series' 20th race at this historic Canadian circuit, dating to 1976.
North America's longest-running road racing series will take the green flag here on Sunday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), featuring live television coverage on The Speedvision Network.
After last month's season-opener at Long Beach, the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport International Raceway circuit offers new challenges to the Trans-Am competitors, and begins the first of a three-race back-to-back-to-back natural-terrain road course stretch that continues May 31 at Lime Rock Park and concludes June 6 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"On a street circuit, especially one like Long Beach, you've essentially got an autocross with walls instead of cones," said Lou Gigliotti, driver of the No. 28 LG Motorsports/G2 Performance parts Chevrolet Corvette. "Here at Mosport you've got all high-speed corners -- you've got to carry speed, usually in excess of 110 mph, through many of the turns, and you go downhill, off-camber, through several blind corners. This place takes courage and car control -- courage to go into the corners deep, and car control to keep you out of trouble."
Competing in the World Challenge, Gigliotti won here in 1991 and '95, but this year's contest will be his first Mosport Trans-Am start.
"Competing in the World Challenge car and racing the Trans-Am car here should be pretty close, but certainly not exactly alike," added Gigliotti. The Trans-Am car is a lot faster down the straight-away, and it also has better brakes, but the braking points are relatively close. We've made some front-end suspension changes that will help us go through the corners faster, so I think we've now got a top-five car and I'm looking forward to getting on the track."