Road Atlanta: BFGoodrich race summary

Boris Said wins Trans-Am Series 100 at Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA. Boris Said Clinches Trans-Am Series Championship and BFGoodrich* Tires Cup * Boris Said Claims Seventh Victory of the Year at Road Atlanta - Boris Said, in his...

Boris Said wins Trans-Am Series 100 at Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.

Boris Said Clinches Trans-Am Series Championship and BFGoodrich* Tires Cup

* Boris Said Claims Seventh Victory of the Year at Road Atlanta - Boris Said, in his Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante, won today's Trans-Am Series 100 at Road Atlanta, the eleventh race of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup. It was a duel from the beginning with the pole-sitter, Butch Leitzinger and Said battling it out over the 40 laps at Road Atlanta. Leitzinger lead the first seven laps until he pitted for fuel relinquishing the lead to Said. Said led the next few laps until he made his fuel stop placing Tony Ave in the lead. Ave lead for the next 11 laps until Leitzinger reclaimed the lead. Leitzinger was able to hold off a hard charging Said for almost 10 laps until Said made his move and passed Leitzinger for good. Leitzinger had nothing left for Said and finished second. Rounding out the top five were Stuart Hayner in third, Paul Gentilozzi in fourth and Johnny Miller in fifth.

* Boris Said Wins BFGoodrich* Tires Cup - With Boris Said's victory today, he mathematically clinched the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, the season-ending award presented to the Trans-Am Series Driver's Champion. Said won his first career major motorsports championship in racing after a storied career in all forms of motorsports including American Le Mans Series, NASCAR, World Challenge and Trans-Am. Said has dominated this season winning seven races and finishing on the podium 10 out of 11 races.

The BFGoodrich* Tires Cup current top five standings heading for the eason finale at the Virginia International Raceway include: Boris Said (327 points), Butch Leitzinger (263 points), Paul Gentilozzi (261 points), Johnny Miller (237 points) and Stu Hayner (231 points).

* Former BFGoodrich* Tires Team T/A Member Crowned Champion - When Boris Said was crowned as the Trans-Am Series Champion today at Road Atlanta, he became the first former BFGoodrich* Tires Team T/A member to win a major motorsports championship in a road racing series that BFGoodrich* Tires participates. Said's first career race was in 1987 where he showed up ready to race his streetcar. At that race he was introduced to BFGoodrich* Tires and their Team T/A grassroots motorsports program. With the support of BFGoodrich* Tires, Said was able to win the run-offs three years in a row (1989, 1990, 1991).

* BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award - Butch Leitzinger won the BFGoodrich* Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps in today's race...Leitzinger led 17 of the 40 laps. For his efforts, he received a free set of BFGoodrich* g-ForceTM T/A* radials.

* Fast Qualifying - During Thursday's qualifying session for the Trans-Am Series 100 at Road Atlanta, pole-sitter Butch Leitzinger led a group of five Trans-Am drivers who qualified faster than the track record that was set in 1999. Leitzinger's time of 1:22.398 (110.974 mph) was over eight-tenths of a second faster than Brian Simo's 1999 pole time of 1:23.266 (108.087 mph).

* Trans-Am Televised - Speed Channel will televise the Trans-Am Series 100 from Road Atlanta on a tape-delayed broadcast on Friday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup, Round Twelve - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich* Tires Cup takes a one-week break before finishing the season at the Virginia International Raceway. The Trans-Am Series, North America's premier road racing series, will complete its' 37th year of competition on Sunday afternoon, October 27.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tony Ave , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Stuart Hayner , Stu Hayner