Long Beach: BFGoodrich tires celebrates 50th rac

BFGoodrich tires celebrates 50th race as Spec Tire of Trans-Am Series. 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup marks the start of competition for $100,000 in prize money. LONG BEACH, Calif., April 11 -- BFGoodrich(R) Tires...

BFGoodrich tires celebrates 50th race as Spec Tire of Trans-Am Series.
2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup marks the start of competition for $100,000 in prize money.

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 11 -- BFGoodrich(R) Tires celebrates its 50th race as the Official Spec Tire of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup this weekend at the season-opening Johnson Controls 100 at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix. BFGoodrich(R) Tires is in its fifth year as the spec tire to the series and has proved a valuable partner to the series.

Marking the fourth year as the end of the season award, the 2002 BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup is worth $100,000 to the driver who accumulates the most championship points during the season. Paul Gentilozzi of Team HomeLink Racing and owner of Rocketsports Racing took home the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup for the second time last year (1999, 2001). Brian Simo won the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup driving the Tommy Bahama-Qvale Mangusta in 2000.

The 2002 season will mark the second year of BFGoodrich(R) Tires' sponsorship of the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Take Control Award which will recognize the driver who leads the most laps in each race. The winner will receive a set of BFGoodrich(R) g-Force T/A(R) race tires. In the event of a tie, the driver with the highest finishing position will receive the award.

In addition, BFGoodrich(R) Tires will post a tire contingency bonus for the top-10 finishers. The top-5 finishers will win two tires each, and racers placing sixth through tenth will each win one tire. The value per weekend is nearly $4,000, with a total posting for the season of $36,000.

John Clagget, executive director of the Trans-Am Series said, "BFGoodrich(R) Tires has been an integral part of the Trans-Am Series since 1998, from providing technically advanced performance tires for competition to boosting the prominence of the series with the introduction of the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup in 1999."

In 1998, BFGoodrich(R) Tires introduced the g-Force(TM) T/A(R) radial race tire as the first member of the g-Force T/A family of ultra-high-performance tires. The introduction of the g-Force T/A to the Trans-Am Series improved racing excitement by providing competitors with better acceleration, braking, straightline traction and more consistent performance when compared with the bias-ply tires used previously.

"The BFGoodrich(R) g-Force T/A(R) has changed Trans-Am racing, allowing drivers to race hard the entire race. In stark contrast to the bias-ply tires Trans-Am used prior to 1998, we now see teams turning out their fastest laps in the last third of the race," said Gary Blalock, race tire development engineer for BFGoodrich(R) Tires.

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, three time Trans-Am Champion and two time winner of the BFGoodrich(R) Tires Cup said, "The performance characteristics of the g-Force radials have been outstanding. We never run out of tire; this is a testament to BFG's engineering capabilities."

"Trans-Am racing is different from the many other racing series," said Herb Johnson, director of motorsports for BFGoodrich(R) Tires. "It's a fan- friendly racing series for the most part, with fans being able to get up-close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams. That's why it's important to us at BFGoodrich(R) Tires to support this series, the teams and our fans, because ultimately, they are the enthusiasts who look to us for performance tires."

Johnson added that BFGoodrich(R) Tires' heritage in racing dates back more than 30 years when the BFGoodrich Radial T/A(R) became the first street tire certified for racing, competed in Trans-Am and was the first tire brand to win against purpose-built racing tires.

BFGoodrich(R) tires, made for people looking to take control of the driving experience, combine technological expertise with the experience gained in motorsports to offer a traction advantage for almost every type of vehicle and driving preference.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi