Mosport: BFGoodrich preview

Paul Gentilozzi in Defense of his BFGoodrich Tires Cup. The defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup Champion, Paul Gentilozzi, is once again poised for a run at the Trans-Am Championship. With a thrilling, last-lap victory at the season-opening Long Beach...

Paul Gentilozzi in Defense of his BFGoodrich Tires Cup. The defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup Champion, Paul Gentilozzi, is once again poised for a run at the Trans-Am Championship. With a thrilling, last-lap victory at the season-opening Long Beach Grand Prix, Gentilozzi holds a small lead as the series heads to Canada for the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at the Mosport International Raceway.

Gentilozzi currently leads the BFGoodrich Tires Cup standings with 34 points. Boris Said is in second with 29 points and Gentilozzi's teammate Johnny Miller resides in third with 25 points. Rounding out the top five are Bob Ruman with 23 points and Randy Ruhlman with 21 points.

The BFGoodrich Tires Cup is a specially built award to recognize the Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion. Inaugurated in 1999, the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup was developed by graphic-design and trophy artist Stephen France. The BFGoodrich Tires Cup measures nearly two-feet high and weighs 50 pounds. In addition to designing the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, France created the Indianapolis 500 PPG Pole Award and the Brickyard 400 Trophy for the Indianapolis Winston Cup race.

Speed Freaks! Mosport no joy ride ... With cornering speeds up to 140 mph and straightaway speeds more than 180mph, Mosport International Raceway is not for the faint of heart. "This is one of the fastest, scariest circuits for Trans-Am drivers in North America," said Gary Blalock, chief tire engineer for BFGoodrich Tires. Blalock added that the track is very fast, real drivers love it and it 's a great show for the fans. However, the track at Mosport poses its own set of challenges and opportunities for drivers ... and tires.

While tires are abused in any racing event, Mosport is very tough on tires. The high speeds and eight right turns abuse the outside tires (left side). Teams have typically opted for the soft compound (#200) of the BFGoodrich® g-Force T/A® radial at Mosport but the weather could dictate different tire strategies. We will work with all teams during the test and practice sessions preceding the event to help optimize their setups. Should ambient and track temperatures be sufficiently high, teams may chose to run the harder 75 compound on the left side. "If anyone opts to put on fresh tires during the race we'll most likely see them take on two left tires to enhance grip later in the race," Blalock said "Regardless, a good chassis setup will minimize the abuse on the tires.

BFGoodrich Tires Contingency Award. BFGoodrich Tires has established a contingency award for the top 10 finishers in each race this season. The top five finishers will receive two tires and the finishers from sixth through tenth will receive one tire.

BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award. BFGoodrich Tires will sponsor the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award, an award that will be given to the driver who leads the most laps in each Trans-Am race. In the event of a tie, the driver with the highest finishing position will receive the award. For their efforts, the driver will receive a free set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Bob Ruman