Miami: BFGoodrich race summary

Said one step closer to BFGoodrich Tires Cup after victory in Miami. MIAMI'S HOT FOR BORIS SAID-- Boris Said persevered Miami's 91 degree temperature, the triple digit race track temperatures and the 150 degrees inside the No. 33 Applied ...

Said one step closer to BFGoodrich Tires Cup after victory in Miami.

MIAMI'S HOT FOR BORIS SAID-- Boris Said persevered Miami's 91 degree temperature, the triple digit race track temperatures and the 150 degrees inside the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Microsystems Panoz Esperante for more than one and a half hours of racing through the streets of downtown Miami's to win the Round 11 of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup.

Said pronounced after qualifying was washed out due to rain, that it would be a race of attrition. His pronouncement was accurate, as only half of the cars that started finished the race along the tight, slippery, winding streets of Downtown Miami, finished the race.

Several crashes and caution flags brought about lead changes that saw Boris Said start out on the pole, fall as far back as 12th and finish first. Said finished first after Stu Hayner in the No. 2 Trenton Forging Chevrolet Corvette broke a front steering linkage going into the last lap. Hayner, fastest during the race, lead the pack for 11 of the last 12 laps of the 73-lap race before the destruction of his front steering linkage. Hayner's misfortune was opportunity for second place finisher Justin Bell in the No. 40 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette and for Randy Ruhlman who finished third in the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette.

Said's win in Miami was his sixth this season and puts him up 58 points over defending BFGoodrichâ Tires Champion Paul Gentilozzi who finished 12th after tangling with Michael Lewis who was twisted around by Gentilozzi's teammate Johnny Miller. The Rocketsports team spent the last third of the race getting the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaquar XKR back onto the track for one lap to finish ahead of Lewis, attempting to keep Gentilozzi in the running for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup.

With only two races left and 68 points remaining this year, it is Boris Said's championship to lose."I'd of been an idiot to throw it away today," remarked Said."Our team is looking toward the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup and the championship. Today, I got lucky, we raced hard and kept things together. I can't wait to do it again in another few days."

THE BEST SHOW ON EARTH-- One local reporter remarked at the post-race press conference of the Trans-Am race today in Miami, that"It was by far the best race of the weekend." That's nothing new to true fans of the longest running road racing series in North America.

Boris Said who won the Trans-Am race in Miami, moving him one race closer to the BFGoodrich Tires Cup remarked,"Those CART Drivers, it's nothing but whine, whine, whine, what a bunch of chicks. They treat us like yard dogs, but we're happy to be here. I respect what the CART guys do, but they shouldn't complain. The City of Miami put on a great race, they worked hard on the track all weekend long, the police were great and the fans were the best. How could you complain? Besides, Trans-Am battled through the streets and gave the fans a great race, that's what it's about. I don't know how they can complain when they have traction control, don't have to fight the heat like we do and get paid millions of dollars."

Said added that he likes the CART guys and what they do, but that the fans who were willing to stick around for the Trans-Am race, saw the best show of the weekend.

Said Close to Clinching Champions and first BFGoodrich® Tires Cup-- Boris Said is now 58 points ahead of defending BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup Champion Paul Gentilozzi. With only two races left and 68 points on the table, Said is very close to his first Trans-Am Championship and BFGoodrich Tiresâ Cup. Said leads the points championship with 296 points. Paul Gentilozzi remains in second place with 238 points. Butch Leitzinger, 2002 Trans-Am Rookie of the year is in third place with 232 points. Rounding out the top five are Johnny Miller with 216 Points and Stu Hayner with 204 points.

Round 11: Road Atlanta-- The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup takes only a couple of days off before the second to last race of the season takes place at Road Atlanta, part of the racing action of the Audi Presents the Petit LeMans weekend. The Trans-Am cars will battle for the BFGoodrich Tires cup on Friday, October 11. Fans can watch the race on the Speed Channel on October 18, 2002 at 8 p.m. ET.

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


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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Justin Bell , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Michael Lewis , Stu Hayner