LIme Rock: BFGoodrich race report

Goodrich* Tires At A Glance Round 3: Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup Boris Said wins Mohegan Sun Grand Grip at Lime Rock. *Said Takes Two in a Row - Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante took home...

Goodrich* Tires At A Glance Round 3: Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup

Boris Said wins Mohegan Sun Grand Grip at Lime Rock.

*Said Takes Two in a Row - Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante took home his third podium finish in three races, finishing first for the second weekend in a row and extending his lead for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup to 94 points.

Butch Leitzinger in the No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette placed second today, giving him his first podium finish of the season. Tony Ave in the No. 53 Trilithic Engineering Panoz Esperante finished third, giving him his best Trans-Am career finish.

"BFGoodrich® Tires Engineers gave us some great advice on tires," remarked Said. "With our tires late in the race we could have gone faster but I had a mechanical problem and lost power steering for the last 10 laps."

*Drivers Gamble on Tires at Mohegan Sun Casino Grand Prix - At the start of the Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Trans-Am race, only eight out of 18 entries chose to run the BFGoodrich* g-Force T/A* hard compound (#75) on the left side of the car as recommended by BFGoodrich* Tires Engineers. The others gambled that the (#200) medium compound on all four corners would be robust enough to withstand the harsh right hand turn course at Lime Rock.

BFGoodrich® Tires engineers recommended the BFGoodrich® g-Force T/A hard compound after seeing high tire temperatures in the first two practice session last Friday. While there were no problems for those who ran the medium compound all around, at the end of the race Boris Said, Tony Ave and Butch Leitzinger were on the podium, all having elected to run the harder compound on their cars.

*Said Extends Lead for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup by 20 Points - Winning pays off and for Boris Said in the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante, his back-to-back first place finishes has given him a generous 20 point lead toward the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup. Said, with 94 points leads the series, followed by Johnny Miller with (74), Paul Gentilozzi (73), Justin Bell (62) and Randy Ruhlman rounds out the top five with 59 points toward the drivers championship and the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.

*BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award - Paul Gentilozzi in the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR finished fifth today in Lime Rock but took home the BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps - 33 of 66 laps. "We pitted late under the caution and took on two left side tires. We could have gone to the end on the old ones, but it was part of our strategy." For his efforts, Gentilozzi received a free set of BFGoodrich® g-Force T/A radials.

*Hayner takes first Trans-Am Career Pole - Stuart Hayner driving the No. 02 Trenton Forging Chevy Corvette took his first Trans-Am Career pole with a qualifying time of 52,271 (105.374mph) but finished a disappointing 13th after experiencing a mechanical failure with six laps remaining in the race.

Hayner, who started on the pole didn't get to lead the pack after a bad start until late in the race. He stayed in front for 15 laps, hoping to win without a pit stop but the mechanical failure ended the day for him. Michael Lewis also gambled that he could finish the race without a pit stop for fuel and won. Lewis in No. 12 AmeriSuites Jaguar XKR finished in fourth place at the Mohegan Sun Grand Prix at Lime Rock.

*Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Four - The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup continues in five-weeks at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 29-30. The race will be televised on CBS, June 29 at 4 p.m.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Stuart Hayner , Michael Lewis