Charlotte tamed by BFGoodrich Tires

CHARLOTTE, NC - Brian Simo made it two in a row today on the high-banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of round two of the 2000 BFGoodrich* Tires Trans-Am Series. Finishing second in today's race was reigning Trans-Am champion Paul...

CHARLOTTE, NC - Brian Simo made it two in a row today on the high-banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of round two of the 2000 BFGoodrich* Tires Trans-Am Series. Finishing second in today's race was reigning Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi while 1999 Spec Racer Ford Champion and Trans-Am rookie Jack Willes finished third.

* BFGoodrich* g-Force* T/A* Radials Fast At the End. Charlotte Motor Speedway is inherently tough on tires because of the significant banking of the NASCAR oval and today was no exception. BFGoodrich Tires engineers prepared teams by utilizing the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radial hard compound and recommending special tire pressures. At the end of the 44-lap race, five drivers had posted their quickest lap times of the day within the final five laps. This includes race winner Brian Simo, who set his fastest lap on lap 43.

"Typically, race tires are quick at the start and taper off in terms of performance," said winner Simo. "That just hasn't been the case with our g-Force T/A radials. They consistently perform just as well at the end of the race as at the beginning. Today, that was a good thing because I had Paul (Gentilozzi) all over me. I was holding my breath until the last two corners."

* Rookie Jack Willes Continues Winning BFGoodrich Tradition. Charlotte-based Jack Willes surprised everyone on the Trans-Am circuit by finishing third today, in front of accomplished competition. But Willes, a rookie on the Trans-Am circuit, is no stranger to racing. He won the 1999 Spec Racer Ford Championship, a series which is supplied by BFGoodrich Tires.

"I've been around racing for as long as I can remember," said Willes. "And I come from a series that rewards drivers for being smooth and maintaining momentum through corners. I'm also familiar with the performance of BFGoodrich racing tires. We didn't expect to be so fast so soon, but we're not totally surprised."

* BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Two. After two races Brian Simo continues to lead the BFGoodrich Tires Cup points standings. The BFGoodrich Tires Cup is the season-ending award presented to the Trans-Am series champion. A race win on the Trans-Am circuit is worth 30 points while second place is worth 27 points and third is worth 25 points. Bonus points are awarded to drivers qualifying in the top five and leading laps. The provisional BFGoodrich Tires Cup top five following Charlotte are:

<pre> 1. Brian Simo Qvale Mangusta 64 points 2. Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR 52 points 3. Chris Neville Ford Mustang 50 points 4. Willy T. Ribbs Chevrolet Camaro 41 points 5. Bob Ruman Chevrolet Corvette 36 points

</pre> * BFGoodrich Tires* "Take Control" Award. Leighton Reese was the winner of the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award for his performance in today's race. For his efforts, he will receive a free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A racing radials. The award is newly developed and is designed to recognize outstanding performance for those drivers outside of the top three finishing order, as chosen by the press room media. Reese was racing in the top three for most of the event before losing a tire to debris on the race course. He ended the race in ninth position.

"There were pieces of debris all over the race track," said Reese. "My crew had told me that the tire looked low the lap before, but I was trying to make it last as long as I could. Getting a new set of tires from the situation makes it a little easier to handle."

* BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, Round Three. The Trans-Am series takes a two-week break before racing on the west coast at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 14-16. A support race for the CART Fed Ex Championship, the Trans-Am series will be the final race Sunday afternoon. Paul Gentilozzi is reigning champion of the Long Beach event.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Bob Ruman , Willy T. Ribbs , Jack Willes