PORTLAND, Ore. (August 4, 2001) -- The 2001 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued today, in the seventh of eleven races, at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Seattle-based Tommy Bahama, purveyor of island lifestyles, sponsored the Northwest ...
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 4, 2001) -- The 2001 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued today, in the seventh of eleven races, at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Seattle-based Tommy Bahama, purveyor of island lifestyles, sponsored the Northwest event. Tom Gloy Racing entered Brian Simo, the 2000 BF Goodrich Tires Cup Trans-Am driver who finished 6th in the Tommy Bahama 125.
The 2001 Tommy Bahama 125 marked the grand return of the Trans-Am Series to PIR in Portland, Ore; which last raced here in 1995. PIR is a permanent road course, 1.969 miles in length. Simo, driving the Tommy Bahama #88 Qvale Mangusta, started fourth and ran as high as second for the 65 lap race for 125 miles. This was Simo's 57th Fast-Five appearance in the Trans-Am Series. This is one of only three races this season with mandatory pit stops.
Simo was running third and stopped for fuel and the crew and driver made a flawless stop; he returned to second place again by lap 30. The Tommy Bahama driver had moved up and was positioned to finish in the top three until a tire blistered on lap 31, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. The Tom Gloy Racing team quickly changed the right front tire and Simo returned to racing action in 12th place. For the remainder of the race he was approximately two seconds faster than the rest of the field, but race traffic did not allow him to move back to the front. A late race yellow packed the field up. On the last lap, while running fourth, Simo was hit from behind causing him to slid off the track. The Tommy Bahama entry went on to finish sixth.
"It was like a freight train at the end," said Simo. " In the back someone checked up (braked) and hit me and then I spun off after hitting the car in front of me. I'm disappointed for all of the Tommy Bahama employees that were here today from Seattle and we wanted to bring the car to victory circle."
The next race for Tom Gloy Racing will be at Road America on August 18, 2001. Round Eight of the 2001 Trans-Am Series/ BFGoodrich Tires Cup will be on the Elkhart Lake, Wis. permanent and challenging road course of 4.048 miles in length. The race will air at 2:00 p.m. EST on August 25, 2001 on the Speedvision Television Network. Simo likes Road America, on the 14-turn track; he was awarded top rookie honors in 1994 and has led the race on three different occasions. In a crash marred-race in 2000 he set the fastest race lap. Over the years, one of Gloy's other drivers, Dorsey Schroeder, has also done well on the permanent Wisconsin track, winning the race in 1994 and the pole in 1997. For more information or updates on the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series go to: http://www.trans-amseries.com/index.html
Tommy Bahama is the primary sponsor for the Simo entry, with associate sponsorship from Valvoline. Tommy Bahama is the purveyor of the island lifestyle and has been celebrating island living since 1992. Tommy Bahama is a flourishing men's and women's upscale casual sportswear wholesaler and also has successful restaurant and retail operations. The Tommy Bahama Tropical Caf0x00e9 and Emporium serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun. It has become the ultimate lifestyle brand.