* Trans-Am Returns to Portland - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup will make its first appearance since 1995 at the Portland International Raceway, August 4, as the featured support race for the American Le Mans Series. *...
* Trans-Am Returns to Portland - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup will make its first appearance since 1995 at the Portland International Raceway, August 4, as the featured support race for the American Le Mans Series.
* Tommy Bahama 125 Will Be Season's Second Pit-Stop Race - Unlike the traditional Trans-Am 100-mile race, the Portland contest will be the second race of the season to cover 125 miles and require a pit stop for fuel. However, it will provide teams with their first opportunity to accurately asses tire, brake and gearbox wear for the longer distance as the first 125 miler, at Mosport, was not run continuously due to a red flag stoppage making evaluations inconclusive.
* Tire Selection - Choosing the right tire compound will be especially challenging at Portland. The track is new for the BFGoodrich tires-equipped Trans-Am cars, plus teams will have to factor in the additional 25 miles in making their selections. And, the Portland track adds its own complexities. At 1.95 miles with nine turns, the right set up has to achieve a balance for speed and handling. Added to the mix is Portland's track surface, which for unknown reasons tends to retain higher temperatures than other tracks. For example, while the typical differential between surface and ambient temperatures is about 20 degrees at other venues, at Portland it is as much as 30 to 40 degrees.
Some teams may decide to use the harder #75 compound of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radial to allow for the extra 25 miles and unusually high track temperatures, while others may choose the softer #200 compound that provides slightly more grip. Either way, compound choice will be a very important aspect of team strategy.
* Battle for BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Enters Home Stretch - With five races remaining in the season, Paul Gentilozzi currently leads the standings for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup with 162 points. Significant challengers include Brian Simo (148 points), Johnny Miller (147 points), Lou Gigliotti (115 points) and Michael Lewis (107 points).
* Four Marques Produce Victories - With Brian Simo's victory in his Qvale Mangusta at Sears Point, July 21, four marques have won races this season. (The other winners include: Boris Said - Ford Mustang; Lou Gigliotti - Chevrolet Corvette; Paul Gentilozzi - Jaguar XKR.) The record of five winning marques in a season, which was tied last year, could be in jeopardy with Boris Said now competing in his brand new Panoz Esperante and Tommy Archer consistently finishing in the top five in his Dodge Viper.
* Trans-Am Series on Speedvision - The Trans-Am Series race from Portland will be aired live at 4:00 p.m. EDT, August 4, on the Speedvision Network.