Series conducts wind tunnel testing

LANSING, Mich. - Three teams competing in the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup took part in recent wind tunnel testing at the Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan. A Mustang from the ACS Express Racing stable located...

LANSING, Mich. - Three teams competing in the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup took part in recent wind tunnel testing at the Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan. A Mustang from the ACS Express Racing stable located in Huntington Beach, CA participated in the testing as did a Corvette from the Derhaag Racing camp out of Chaska, Minnesota. Lansing-based Rocketsports Racing sent a Jaguar XKR to the tunnel as well.

Kevin Bayless, an independent aerodynamicist consultant and former technical director with the Trans-Am Series, oversaw the test parameter design and implementation.

"Our job is to provide the competitors with a safe racing environment and create parity among the marques," said Gentilozzi, who has acquired the promotional rights to the Series. "While wind tunnel testing is expensive, it was absolutely imperative if we hope to achieve that competitive balance between the brands. The test was open to the team representatives; there were no agendas or secrets and all the numbers were exposed. I thank the teams who took time out of the pre-season work and testing schedules to participate in this program."

David King, Technical Director for the Series, further elaborated. "To truly bring parity to the brands, we needed to evaluate all three marques at the same time and under the same testing conditions," King explained. "We needed to have the same atmospheric conditions and temperatures to ensure that the data obtained is valid and can be equitably compared between the brands.

"We scanned the frontal areas and that data will become part of the formula used to determine the drag and lift coefficients," said King. "Other test objectives included minimizing the impact to competitors and bodywork suppliers by limiting the scope of potential changes to existing bodywork tooling. We also want to maintain the maximum styling cues between the Trans-Am bodywork and the production car counterpart by eliminating aero devices such as hood louvers and winglets.

"Lastly, we're looking to standardize as many vehicle dimensions as possible to ease the technical inspection procedures," concluded King.

The Trans-Am Series season will kick-off during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend on February 21-23. The Series last raced in St. Petersburg in 1997.

-scca pro racing/trans-am

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