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Paul Gentilozzi was able to defend his Cleveland title en route to his third consecutive victory of the season. Before the race began, a thunderstorm rolled through Burke Lakefront Airport covering the track with water. Trans-Am...

Paul Gentilozzi was able to defend his Cleveland title en route to his third consecutive victory of the season. Before the race began, a thunderstorm rolled through Burke Lakefront Airport covering the track with water. Trans-Am drivers switched to rain tires and proceeded to file onto the grid. But before the race began, Gentilozzi ducked into the pits to change back to slicks, gambling that the track would dry out. This gamble paid out as the track dried up and he was able to work his way through the field to take his 22nd career Trans-Am victory. Stu Hayner finished second followed by Johnny Miller in third.

BFGoodrich* Tires engineers designed a new rain tire in the off-season and finally were able to witness their outstanding performance in today's race. Until this weekend, the new BFGoodrich* g-ForceTM T/A* radial rain tire had only been tested under controlled wet conditions. "This was the first time we have raced the new BFGoodrich rain tire and they held up under extreme punishment," said defending BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Champion Brian Simo.

With his victory today, Paul Gentilozzi took the lead in the chase for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, the season-ending award presented to the Trans-Am Series Driver's Champion. Gentilozzi leads the BFGoodrich Tires Cup point standings with 134 points. Johnny Miller's fourth consecutive top three finish has him currently trailing Gentilozzi by five points (129 points). Rounding out the top five are Lou Gigliotti with 115 points, Brian Simo with 114 points and Tommy Archer with 106 points.

By leading the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Driver's Championship point standings after today's race, Paul Gentilozzi won a $10,000 bonus from High Tech Performance Trailers.

Brian Simo won the BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps in today's race...Simo led 31 of the 47 laps. For his efforts, he received a free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials.

CBS Sports will televise the Trans-Am 100 from Cleveland on a tape-delayed broadcast on Sunday, July 1 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Six - The Trans-Am Series takes a two-week break before competing at Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. on July 21. The Trans-Am cars will be the featured support event of the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma. Saturday's Trans-Am race will be televised live by CBS Sports, the first live network appearance for the Trans-Am Series in its 36-year history.

-BFG

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Lou Gigliotti , Stu Hayner