* Brian Simo Leads Flag-to-Flag - Starting from the pole and leading every lap in a Qvale Mangusta, Brian Simo scored the victory at today's Wine Country 100 at the Grand Prix of Sonoma. The win marked his 12th career Trans-Am victory. ...
* Brian Simo Leads Flag-to-Flag - Starting from the pole and leading every lap in a Qvale Mangusta, Brian Simo scored the victory at today's Wine Country 100 at the Grand Prix of Sonoma. The win marked his 12th career Trans-Am victory. Paul Gentilozzi and Boris Said battled nose-to-tail throughout the race for the second position...they finished nearly side-by-side, but Gentilozzi beat Said to the finish line by .123 seconds.
Both Simo and Said competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Sears Point earlier this summer.
* Qvale Mangusta Wins First Race this Season - The Trans-Am Series has been a hotbed of competition among car manufactures. With Simo's win today, Qvale becomes the fourth different car manufacturer to win a race in the 2001 Trans-Am Series. Ford Mustang (Boris Said), Chevrolet Corvette (Lou Gigliotti) and Jaguar XKR (Paul Gentilozzi) have also won races this season.
In addition, the top five finishers today represent five different manufacturers, Simo (Qvale Mangusta), Gentilozzi (Jaguar XKR), Said (Panoz Esperante), Anthony Lazarro (Dodge Viper) and Justin Bell (Chevy Corvette).
* BFGoodrich* Tires Durability - The BFGoodrich* g-ForceTM T/A* radial tires that are used in Trans-Am have proven to be durable the entire season. Trans-Am drivers are constantly amazed by their performance at each venue regardless of the track conditions. "We were trying to punish the BFGoodrich tires the entire race, but they held up and gave us a chance to chase Gentilozzi for second all the way till the end," said Boris Said. Race winner Simo echoed Said's comments about the tires. "People don't realize how great these tires perform. They allow us to race hard throughout the entire race."
* Gentilozzi Holds Lead 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 162 points. Brian Simo's victory today placed him a close second with 148 points. Johnny Miller fell to third place with 147 points. Rounding out the top five are Lou Gigliotti with 115 points and Michael Lewis with 107 points.
* BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award - In addition to winning the race, Brian Simo won the BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award for leading all 40 laps in today's race. For his efforts, he received a free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials.
* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Seven - The Trans-Am Series stays on the west coast to compete at Portland International Raceway on August 4. A support race for the American Le Mans Series, Portland will be the second mandatory pit stop race of the 2001 Trans-Am Series schedule.