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Tommy Archer Secures Thrilling Victory at Portland - Tommy Archer in his Dodge Viper won today's Tommy Bahama 125 at the Portland International Raceway, the seventh race of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup. Archer started...

Tommy Archer Secures Thrilling Victory at Portland - Tommy Archer in his Dodge Viper won today's Tommy Bahama 125 at the Portland International Raceway, the seventh race of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup. Archer started from the pole but during the first lap made contact with another car and was forced to pit. He proceeded to drive through the entire field to secure his third career Trans-Am victory but first since 1993. The win also marks the first career victory for a Dodge Viper. Paul Gentilozzi finished second and rookie Justin Bell followed in third, his first career podium finish. Rounding out the top five were Johnny Miller and Boris Said.

Gentilozzi Still Leads in Battle for BFGoodrich* Tires Cup - With his second place finish today, Paul Gentilozzi continues to lead 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 191 points. Johnny Miller currently stands in second with 171 points and Brian Simo is in third with 169 points. Other challengers include Tommy Archer with 140 points and Lou Gigliotti with 130 points.

BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award - In addition to winning the race, Tommy Archer won the BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps in today's race...Archer led 37 of the 65 laps. For his efforts, he received a free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials.

Pit Stop No Problem for Tires - For the second time this season, the additional 25 miles added to the normal 100-mile Trans-Am race had no effect on the performance of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials. In fact, not a single Trans-Am team changed tires during their mandatory fuel pit stop.

"Thank god we have BFGoodrich Tires' under our car," said Tommy Archer. "We put those tires through a tough test over 125 miles and they were great. I had the same car at the beginning of the race as I did at the end."

Winston Cup Calls Again For Road Racers - Brian Simo and Boris Said will again drive in a NASCAR Winston Cup road course race at Watkins Glen International on August 12. In June, Simo and Said competed in NASCAR's Sears Point race. Simo, #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford, qualified 15th but had early mechanical problems and finished 42nd. Said, #77 Jasper Motorsports Ford, qualified 42nd and drove through the field and finished just out of the top ten in 11th place.

Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Eight - The Trans-Am Series takes a one-week break before heading to the mid-west to compete at legendary Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. on August 18. A support race for the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Trans-Am Series will compete with CART for the fourth time this season.

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Justin Bell , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Lou Gigliotti