Denver: BFGoodrich race summary

Said wins Grand Prix of Denver after strong showing all weekend. Boris Said Does it Again and Again-- The same way he's dominated the series this year, Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Microsystems Panoz Esperante won his...

Said wins Grand Prix of Denver after strong showing all weekend.

Boris Said Does it Again and Again-- The same way he's dominated the series this year, Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Microsystems Panoz Esperante won his fifth race of the season, extending his points lead toward the BFGoodrich Tires Cup by 40 points over Paul Gentilozzi. Said, now with 264 points toward the BFGoodrich Tires Cup started on the poll after Stu Hayner, who turned in the fastest qualifying time was penalized one second for a Trans-Am Series rule infraction. It made it the first ACS Express Racing Team front row this year, with teammate and rookie Paul Menard on the outside of Said in the No. 99 Menards/Conseco/Pittsburgh Mustang for the start of the race. Menard finished tenth.

Butch Leitzinger in the No. 88 Tommy Bahama Corvette finished second, making it his sixth podium finish. Stu Hayner who was fast all weekend came charged through the pack to finish third after he passed Paul Gentilozzi in the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR on the second to last lap.

BFGoodrich Tires Fast Late in the Race-- Stu Hayner in the No. 2 Trenton Forging Chevrolet Corvette turned the fastest lap of the race today in Denver with a 1:12:261 on lap 51 of 61 laps. Several other drivers turned in fast laps during the second half of the race including Paul Gentilozzi in the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR with the second fastest lap of 1:12:441 on lap 33 and a 1:12:465 on lap 47. Boris Said and Butch Leitzinger both were running 1 minute and 12 second laps into the last 10 laps of the race.

"The BFGoodrich Tires are amazing," said Hayner who finished third today in Denver."It used to be the quickest laps would be early in the race, but these tires don't give up. My hat is off to the BFGoodrich Tires engineers."

Boris Said added,"The track was in great shape and I was able to run the BFGoodrich Tires right up to the end of the race."

Said extends points lead for BFGoodrich® Tires Cup-- With only four races left this year, every point counts, especially with Boris Said extending his lead toward the championship and BFGoodrich Tires Cup. The race still remains close with Boris Said at 264 points, two-time BFGoodrich Tires Champion and three-time Trans-Am Champion Paul Gentilozzi remains in second place with 224 points. With his second place podium finish today, Butch Leitzinger, who has clinched the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2002 season, shaved Gentilozzi's second place points lead to seven points. Rounding out the top five are Johnny Miller with 197 Points and Stu Hayner with 181 points, who moved into fifth place today after his third place podium finish in Denver.

Round 10: Grand Prix of the Americas-- The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup takes a month off before heading to the streets of Miami, Fla., October 5., for the series third of four races on new courses this year. Besides Miami, the BFGoodrich Tires engineers and teams have had to learn about new tracks and surfaces at the Inaugural Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC., the Shell Grand Prix of Denver and the upcoming final race of the season at Virginia International Raceway.

BFGoodrich Tires"Take Control" Award-- In addition to winning the race, Boris Said who lead the most laps in today's race wins the BFGoodrich Tires"Take Control" Award for the fourth time this season, thus adding another free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials for his efforts.

Speed Channel to Televise Trans-Am-- The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race from Denver will be broadcast tape-delayed on September 8, 2002 at 2 p.m. ET, on Speed Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Paul Menard , Stu Hayner