Cleveland: Pre-race notes

NOTEWORTHY * Winning the pole position for a Trans-Am event at Burke Lakefront Airport has traditionally translated to success on race day as well. In eight of 11 previous Trans-Am events on Burke's spacious runways, the pole winner has...

NOTEWORTHY

* Winning the pole position for a Trans-Am event at Burke Lakefront Airport has traditionally translated to success on race day as well. In eight of 11 previous Trans-Am events on Burke's spacious runways, the pole winner has gone on to win the race. Irv Hoerr began the run in 1989 and was followed by Tom Kendall (1990), Darin Brassfield (1991), Scott Pruett (1994), Ron Fellows (1995) and Kendall, again (1996), before three-time and defending Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi claimed back-to-back victories from the pole in 2000 and 2001.

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship leader Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) has recorded four podium finishes to start the season, marking the first time any driver has accomplished that feat since Tom Kendall set a Trans-Am series record by winning the first 11 events of 1997. Said finished second at the Trans-Am Series season opener in Long Beach in April, then recorded back-to-back victories at Mosport and Lime Rock in May, before claiming a third place at Mid-Ohio last month. Said, who is pursuing his first BFGoodrich Tires Cup, holds a 120-101 championship points lead over defending and three-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/MatrixOne/Futaba Jaguar XKR) heading into this weekend's Trans-Am on the Tarmac Presented by Microchip.

* Johnny Miller (#64 Automation Direct/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR) has finished among the top 10 drivers in each of his past 16 Trans-Am Series starts, the longest active streak of top-10 finishes in the series. The streak dates to Miller's first career Trans-Am Series victory in the 2000 season finale at San Diego and includes finishes this season of third at Long Beach, second at Mosport, sixth at Lime Rock and fourth at Mid-Ohio. Miller stands third in the race for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, with 97 points.

* Thanks to podium finishes in each of his past two starts, Butch Leitzinger (#88 Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy Chevrolet Corvette) has taken firm control of the race for the 2002 AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Award. Leitzinger, who captured his first Trans-Am Series victory in only his fifth career start two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, holds a 62-point lead (87-25) over Joey Scarallo, his closest pursuer, in the rookie race. In addition to his win at Mid-Ohio, Leitzinger also owns a podium finish of third at Lime Rock and has recorded two pole positions, at Mosport and Mid-Ohio. His 87 points place him fourth overall in the Trans-Am Series championship.

* Butch Leitzinger's victory at Mid-Ohio tightened the 2002 Trans-Am Series Manufacturers' Championship race to the point where the top three manufacturers are separated by only 10 points. On the strength of Boris Said's wins at Mosport and Lime Rock, Panoz continues to lead the Manufacturers' standings with 54 points. Jaguar stands second with 50 points, while Leitzinger's win drew Chevrolet closer to the frontrunners with 44 points. Manufacturer's Championship points are awarded to a manufacturer's highest-finishing automobile, regardless of model, on a 15-13-11-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

-scca pro racing-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Tom Kendall , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy