Mosport: Notes and facts

Fast Facts for the Victoria Day Trans-Am Series weekend. WHAT: Victoria Day Trans-Am Series Weekend. WHERE: Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, May 17-19. TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH...

Fast Facts for the Victoria Day Trans-Am Series weekend.

WHAT: Victoria Day Trans-Am Series Weekend.

WHERE: Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, May 17-19.

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All Times EDT):

FRIDAY, MAY 17
Trans-Am practice, 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Trans-Am practice, 3:30-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
Trans-Am Fast Five qualifying, 11:15 a.m. -- noon
Trans-Am practice, 4:05-4:35 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 --
Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race, 1 p.m.

BROADCAST: SPEED Channel, Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m ET (live).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Gentilozzi.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Paul Gentilozzi.

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.459-mile permanent road course.
RACE DISTANCE: 41 laps (100.819 miles).

TRACK RECORDS:
Qualifying (one lap):
1995, Ron Fellows, 113.184 miles per hour (1 minute, 18.212 seconds).

Race:
1988, Darrin Brassfield, 104.570 mph.

Race Lap:
2001, Tommy Archer, 110.291 mph (1 minute, 20.264 seconds) .

RACE NUMBER: 2 of 12 in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.

NEXT EVENT: Friday-Monday, May 24-27, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn.

NOTEWORTHY

* Dr. Donald E. Panoz, chairman of the Trans-Am Series, will address the prestigious Empire Club of Canada on Thursday, May 16, at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. The program, which will be telecast live, begins at noon. In his address, Dr. Panoz will discuss his incentive in joining the motorsports industry after a career of entrepreneurial success in a number of unrelated fields, and will share his vision for the future of the fastest-growing sport in North America. The Empire Club is Canada's most significant speakers' forum of record. Its membership is comprised of some of Canada's most influential leaders from the worlds of business, labor, the arts, science and technology and government. Over its 100-year history, The Empire Club has been addressed by more than 2,500 prominent Canadian and international leaders. Dr. Panoz will join a list that includes Winston Churchill, Indira Ghandi, Dag Hammerskjold, Rose Kennedy, Golda Meir, Bernard Montgomery, Margaret Thatcher, The Dalai Lama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Gates, among many others. For further information on Dr. Panoz' appearance at The Empire Club of Canada, call (416) 364-2878.

* While Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/Matrix One/Futaba Jaguar XKR) is the only driver on this weekend's entry list with a previous victory at Mosport International Raceway, a number of other drivers have recorded wins at Mosport in other forms of racing. They are led by Stu Hayner (#02 Revolution Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette), who owns five victories at the venue (1988 Corvette Challenge, 1989 and '90 USEC/World Challenge 24 Hours, 1997 Showroom Stock GS and 1999 Motorola Cup). Lou Gigliotti (#28 LG Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette), Butch Leitzinger (#88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette) and Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) have each recorded two wins at Mosport. Gigliotti's came in Class B at the 1991 World Challenge 24 Hours and in T1 at the 1995 World Challenge. Leitzinger won IMSA World Sports Car events in 1996 and '98, while Said won IMSA GT and IMSA SSEC GS events in 1996. Jerry Simmons (#76 Westward Tools Ford Mustang), who launches his 18th consecutive season of Trans-Am competition this weekend, rounds out the list of former Mosport winners, having claimed a 1999 victory in the Canadian GT Championship Series.

* Trans-Am Series driver Gary Longo continues to make a miraculous recovery from serious injuries sustained in an accident during the 2001 Trans-Am Series 125 at Mosport International Raceway. Longo sustained a broken neck in the accident, which took the life of driver Michael Gagliardo. He has undergone multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation since, and has overcome staggeringly long odds to walk and drive again, although he still has trouble speaking above a whisper, due to paralysis of his vocal cords, or eating solid food. Longo is expected to make a full recovery, although that process is anticipated to take two to three years. "Gary becomes more independent every day," says his wife, Molly, who quit her teaching job to devote herself full-time to Gary's recovery, "but there are still a number of things he needs help with, and all of our attention right now must be focused on getting him better. You don't really realize what is important in life until you are confronted with a situation like this." Gary says Molly's support has been the single biggest factor to date in his successful recovery. "My wife is the one who keeps me going," he says. "She has stood by my side through this entire thing, through thick and thin. The love and support of my family and friends, and the support of the fans and the entire racing community through e-mails, letters and visits to the hospital has just been overwhelming."

Gary is currently rehabilitating as an outpatient, attending physical therapy sessions three times weekly and occupational therapy twice weekly. He is planning to attend this weekend's Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport International Raceway. A relief fund has been established to help defray the costs of Gary's hospitalization and rehabilitation. Contributions, payable to the Gary Longo Relief Fund, should be sent to:

Gary Longo Relief Fund
c/o National City Bank
9168 Otis Avenue
Indianapolis, Ind. 46216
Attention: Steve Silas, Office Manager

For further information on the Gary Longo Relief Fund, contact Gwen Chamberlain (gwen@kmpracing.com) or Keith Kelly (keith@kmpracing.com), at (607) 243-7224 or (817) 295-5565.

* Paul Gentilozzi's victory in the season-opening Johnson Controls 100 at Long Beach gave him race victories in eight consecutive seasons, tying him with Peter Gregg for most seasons with a Trans-Am triumph. It marked the fifth consecutive season in which Gentilozzi has posted a win, tying the series record shared by Darin Brassfield, Mark Donohue and Ron Fellows. Gentilozzi's victory at Long Beach made him only the third driver in Trans-Am history to win four races at a single venue. The others were Mark Donohue, at St. Jovite (Mont Tremblant, Canada) and Darrin Brassfield at Sears Point (Calif.) Gentilozzi's previous Long Beach triumphs came in 1988, '98 and '99.

* Johnny Miller's (#64 Automation Direct/Eaton/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR) third-place finish at Long Beach was his 13th consecutive top-10 finish, dating to a victory in the 2000 season finale at San Diego. The streak is the longest current run of top-10 finishes in the Trans-Am Series.

* The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport International Raceway road course is particularly tough on tires. Teams generally opt for the soft (#200) compound of the BFGoodrich® g-Force T/A® radial at Mosport, although the weather could dictate different strategies. Should ambient and track temperatures be sufficiently high, teams may opt to run the harder (#75) compound on the left side of the car. "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," said Gary Blalock, chief tire engineer for BFGoodrich. "Regardless, a good chassis setup will minimize the abuse on the tires."

* AmeriSuites, Preferred Hotel of the Trans-Am Series, launched its 2002 Trans-Am Racing Team Sweepstakes Monday, highlighted by an advertisement that ran regionally in Monday's issues of USA Today featuring Michael Lewis, who drives the #12 AmeriSuites Jaguar XKR in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. First prize in the AmeriSuites Trans-Am Racing Team Sweepstakes is a two-year lease on a brand-new Jaguar automobile. Hundreds of additional prizes from sweepstakes partners Gatorz Eyewear, Westward Tools, BFGoodrich, American Spirit Racing and the Trans-Am Series will also be awarded. Free scratch-off cards for the AmeriSuites Trans-Am Racing Team Sweepstakes are available at any participating AmeriSuites Hotel. No purchase is necessary. The sweepstakes runs through July 15.

-scca pro racing-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Ron Fellows , Tommy Archer , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Jerry Simmons , Lou Gigliotti , Darin Brassfield , Stu Hayner , Peter Gregg , Mark Donohue
Teams LG Motorsports