BFGoodrich Mid-Ohio preview

* Trans-Am Returns to Mid-Ohio - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup makes its 22nd appearance this weekend, August 25, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, its first visit since 1999. The Trans-Am Series will be the featured ...

* Trans-Am Returns to Mid-Ohio - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup makes its 22nd appearance this weekend, August 25, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, its first visit since 1999. The Trans-Am Series will be the featured support race for the American Le Mans Series.

* Mid-Ohio is a Driver's Track - Measuring 2.25 miles with 13-turns, Mid-Ohio is considered one of the most physically demanding and challenging tracks on the Trans-Am circuit. Consisting of fast and slow turns and elevation changes combined with the hot humid August weather make Mid-Ohio a tough test for every driver.

"Mid-Ohio is a real driver's track and I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy racing there," said BFGoodrich Tires lead engineer Gary Blalock. "But it is also very challenging and usually at the end of the race the driver is completely drained. The Trans-Am driver who is both physically and mentally prepared for the race will have the best advantage."

* Battle for BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Enters Final Stages - With only three races remaining, Paul Gentilozzi, the 1999 BFGoodrich* Tires Cup champion, currently leads this year's standings with 218 points. His teammate, Johnny Miller, trails by only 19 points. Other challengers include Brian Simo (185 points), Tommy Archer (157 points) and Michael Lewis (147 points).

* Milestone for Trans-Am - North America's premier road racing series will compete for the 400th time in the series' 36-year history. The race also marks the 47th occasion that the BFGoodrich brand has been the sole tire outfitter to the series.

* Last Time at Mid-Ohio - In 1999, Paul Gentilozzi started on the pole and led every lap to take his second consecutive victory at Mid-Ohio. In fact, Gentilozzi dominated the 1998 and 1999 events leading a total of 84 of the 90 laps. Current Trans-Am drivers Brian Simo, Michael Lewis, Leighton Reese, Bob Ruman and Steve Pelke finished in the top 10 at Mid-Ohio in 1999.

* Local Drivers in Mid-Ohio Field - Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls; Dan Furey, Columbus; Tom Sloe, Russel; and Tim Cowen, Ashland.

* Five Victorious Marques - The Trans-Am Series record of five winning marques in a season was tied this year with Tommy Archer's victory at Portland in his Dodge Viper. The other victorious marques include: Boris Said - Ford Mustang, Lou Gigliotti - Chevrolet Corvette, Paul Gentilozzi - Jaguar XKR and Brian Simo - Qvale Mangusta. With three races remaining in the season, the record could fall as veteran road racer Boris Said continues to dial-in his new Panoz Esperante.

* Trans-Am Series on Speedvision - The Trans-Am Series Mid-Ohio race will be broadcast tape-delayed on September 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the Speedvision Network.

-BFG

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Steve Pelke , Lou Gigliotti , Bob Ruman , Michael Lewis , Tim Cowen , Tom Sloe