BFGoodrich Road America preview

<pre> BFGoodrich* Tires At A Glance - Trans-Am Series August 18, Johnson Controls 100 Motorola 220 Weekend, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. </pre> * Trans-Am Series at Road America for 33rd Straight Year - The world-class super...

<pre> BFGoodrich* Tires At A Glance - Trans-Am Series August 18, Johnson Controls 100 Motorola 220 Weekend, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. </pre> * Trans-Am Series at Road America for 33rd Straight Year - The world-class super cars of Trans-Am, which include a Jaguar XKR, Qvale Mangusta, Dodge Viper, Panoz Esperante, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet's Corvette and Camaro, will compete as part of the Motorola 220 CART weekend. It marks the 33rd consecutive year that the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup will run at Elkhart Lake's legendary and blazingly fast 4.048-mile Road America circuit.

* Speeds, Car Weight Dictate Tire Compound Choice - According to BFGoodrich Tires' lead engineer Gary Blalock, all teams will run the BFGoodrich* g-ForceTM T/A* in the harder of the two compounds available to Trans-Am competitors. The choice is based on the combination of car weight (2,800 pounds) and the sustained 180-plus mph speed the Trans-Am cars reach at Road America. (In comparison, the CART Champ cars, which exceed 200 miles per hour, weigh only 1,550 pounds.)

"The length of time at high speed on these heavy cars takes a toll on tires," Blalock said. "We have taken a conservative approach and used the hard compound tires for the past couple years at Road America, and they've worked very well. Our # 75 compound tires will allow drivers to race hard for the entire 100-mile event and provide some exciting racing action."

* Keys To Success at Road America - Maximizing top speed on the long straights and maintaining momentum through 14 turns are the keys to winning at Road America. The near even split between right and left handers means that teams have to set up a 'neutral' race car.

* Tires Make the Difference - Since becoming the tire of choice for the Trans-Am Series in 1998, the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A has been credited with dramatically changing the complexion of the series. Trans-Am races at Road America were characterized by a sprint for position at the beginning, and then a parade in the middle so drivers could save their tires for the final dash to the finish. Now drivers can go flat-out from flag to flag, which has produced exciting races over the past three years at Road America.

* Battle for BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Heats Up - Paul Gentilozzi, Johnny Miller and Brian Simo head to Road America in a three-way dog fight for the Trans-Am Championship and the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup. Gentilozzi currently leads the standings for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup with 191 points followed by Miller (171 points) and Simo (169 points). Other challengers include Tommy Archer (140 points) and Lou Gigliotti (130 points).

* Last Year at Road America - Paul Gentilozzi won last year's race after a spirited battle with the pole sitter, Johnny Miller. Miller eventually succumbed to mechanical problems and Gentilozzi cruised to his second consecutive victory at Road America and his third straight of the season.

* Trans-Am Series on Speedvision - The Trans-Am Series Road America race will be broadcast tape-delayed on August 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on the Speedvision Network.

-BFG

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Lou Gigliotti