Shell Grand Prix of Denver Trans-Am 100. Streets of Denver, Colo. Friday-Sunday, August 30-Sept. 1. TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT): FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 -- Trans-Am Series practice, 9-9:40 a.m.;...
Shell Grand Prix of Denver Trans-Am 100.
Streets of Denver, Colo.
Friday-Sunday, August 30-Sept. 1.
TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT):
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 -- Trans-Am Series practice, 9-9:40 a.m.; Trans-Am Series practice, 4:50-5:20 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 -- Trans-Am Series qualifying, 11:30 a.m.-Noon.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 -- Trans-Am Series practice, 8:15-8:30 a.m.; Grid Trans-Am cars, 3:45 p.m.; Trans-Am 100, 4 p.m.
BROADCAST: SPEED Channel
Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. ET (tape delay).
NEXT EVENT: Sunday, October 6, Grand Prix Americas, Miami, Fla.
* Despite a season-worst 21st-place finish due to mechanical difficulties at Road America, Butch Leitzinger of Tom Gloy Racing has clinched the 2002 AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Award with four of 12 events remaining on the Trans-Am Series schedule. Leitzinger (#88 Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy Chevrolet Corvette) comes to Denver with 189 championship points, 153 ahead of second-place Bobby Sak (#10 Revolution Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette) in the rookie standings. A maximum of 136 points is available in the season's final four events. Leitzinger has earned the rookie title on the strength of three victories (Mid-Ohio, Washington, D.C., Trois-Rivieres), five podium finishes, and a series-high four pole positions (Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Cleveland, Washington, D.C.). His 189 points place him third overall in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.
* Boris Said's (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) victory in Round 8 of the Trans-Am Series championship at Road America reinstalled Panoz at the top of what continues to be a riveting battle for the 2002 Manufacturers' Championship. Through eight of 12 rounds, Panoz has 98 points, just two ahead of both Chevrolet and Jaguar, which are tied for second with 96 points apiece. Largely due to Said's series-high totals of four victories and seven podium finishes, Panoz has held the Manufacturers' Championship lead following six of the past seven rounds, since Said's victory in Round 2 at Mosport in mid-May. Manufacturers' Championship points are awarded only to a manufacturer's highest-finishing automobile, regardless of model, on a 15-13-11-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
* The Denver event will be the fifth to be held on a temporary street circuit during the 2002 Trans-Am Series season. Butch Leitzinger has been the series' most successful performer through the first four street events, having scored 113 of his 189 championship points on temporary circuits. Leitzinger has scored at least 30 points in each of his past three street-course starts, with a runner-up performance from the pole at Cleveland, followed by back-to-back victories at Washington, D.C. and Trois-Rivieres. Boris Said has scored 107 points on temporary circuits, while Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/Matrix One/Futaba Jaguar XKR) has scored 106. Both Said and Gentilozzi own victories on street courses this season, Said at Cleveland and Gentilozzi at Long Beach.
* With a third of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup season remaining, competition for the season-ending Jaguar Pole Award is beginning to intensify. The Pole Award is a key given to the fastest qualifier at each of the 12 events in the 2002 Trans-Am Series. At the end of the season, one key will start the engine of a Jaguar XKR sports coupe, and the driver who holds it will drive away with a two-year lease. Through eight events, Butch Leitzinger of Tom Gloy Racing has earned a series-high four keys, while Paul Gentilozzi, Stu Hayner (#02 Trenton Forging Chevrolet Corvette), Boris Said and Kenny Wilden have earned one each.
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