Virginia (VIR): Noteworthy

VIR SpeedFest Presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience. Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT): THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 -- Trans-Am Series testing, 8:30-9 a.m.;...

VIR SpeedFest Presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience.
Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT): THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 -- Trans-Am Series testing, 8:30-9 a.m.; Trans-Am Series testing, 10:15-10:45 a.m.; Trans-Am Series testing, 1:05-1:30 p.m. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25  -- Trans-Am Series practice, 10:45-11:15 a.m.; Trans-Am Series practice, 2:55-3:25 p.m.  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 -- Trans-Am Series qualifying, 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m.; Trans-Am Series practice, 3:55-4:25 p.m. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 -- Grid Trans-Am Series cars, 12:50 p.m.; Trans-Am race, 1:15 p.m.

BROADCAST: SPEED Channel, Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. ET (live).

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP POINTS LEADERS: Boris Said, 327; Butch Leitzinger, 263; Paul Gentilozzi, 261; Johnny Miller, 237; Stuart Hayner, 231; Randy Ruhlman, 206; Tony Ave, 200; Tomy Drissi, 183; Michael Lewis, 174; Simon Gregg, 156.

NOTEWORTHY

*         This weekend's Trans-Am Series season finale at Virginia International Raceway will see the presentation of the 2002 Jaguar Pole Award to one lucky Trans-Am Series driver. All drivers who earned a 2002 pole position, as well as all Jaguar drivers who made two or more starts in the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, are eligible for the award. Each pole position earned during the season was worth a key; additionally, one key will be given to each driver who started two or more races behind the wheel of a Jaguar during the 2002 campaign. On Sunday morning at Virginia International Raceway, the driver whose car unlocks the door of a Jaguar XKR sports coupe will win a two-year lease on the vehicle. The odds favor 2002 AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Butch Leitzinger (#88 Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy Chevrolet Corvette) of Tom Gloy Racing, who comes to Virginia International Raceway with a series-high five pole positions. Other drivers eligible for the Jaguar Pole Award are Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/Matrix One/Futaba Jaguar XKR), Stuart Hayner (#02 Trenton Forging Chevrolet Corvette), Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante), Kenny Wilden (#40 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette), Johnny Miller (#64 Automation Direct/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR), Tomy Drissi (#5 Daredevil/Pyro Jaguar XKR), Michael Lewis (#12 AmeriSuites Jaguar XKR), Paul Fix (#77 Competition Life Insurance/Royal Purple Synthetic Oil Jaguar XKR), John Baucom (#86 Bully Dog Technologies Jaguar XKR), and Jorge Diaz Jr. (#91 Havoline Jaguar XKR).

*         Trans-Am Series champion Boris Said will be seeking his eighth victory of the 2002 season when the green flag falls at Virginia International Raceway Sunday afternoon. Only two drivers in Trans-Am Series history have won as many as eight races in a season, Tom Kendall (11 in 1997) and the late Mark Donohue (10 in 1968). Both Kendall and Donohue reached their milestones during 13-race seasons. Said currently shares the Trans-Am Series record for victories in a 12-race season with Scott Pruett, who won seven events en route to the 1987 championship. Said, whose victories have come at Mosport, Lime Rock, Cleveland, Road America, Denver, Miami and Road Atlanta, will also be seeking his series-high 11th podium finish of the 2002 season Sunday afternoon.

*         When Boris Said began amateur racing in 1987, he received support from Herb Johnson and BFGoodrich Tires through the Team T/A program. The Team T/A program, launched in the early 1980s, continued through the '90s and provided amateur race car drivers, who affiliated with BFGoodrich Tires as their brand of choice, discounts on a variety of racing tires to meet their on and off-track needs. "Boris has been extremely strong this year," said Herb Johnson, Director of Motorsports for BFGoodrich Tires. "He's worked hard for many years, and I'm glad that BFGoodrich Tires helped Boris get his start in racing, and that he won his first major championship racing on BFGoodrich Tires Slicks."

*         Stuart Hayner's third-place finish at Road Atlanta extended an impressive run of consistency that has seen him post seven top-five results in his past eight Trans-Am Series starts. The run began with a fifth-place finish at Mid-Ohio and includes podium performances of third at Cleveland and Denver, as well as fourths at Washington, D.C., Road America and Miami.

*         Johnny Miller has finished among the top 10 drivers in 22 of his past 23 Trans-Am Series starts, dating to his victory in the 2000 season finale at San Diego. Miller comes to Virginia International Raceway with top-10 performances in 10 of 11 2002 events, including podium performances of third at Long Beach, second at Mosport and third at Road America. He has finished sixth or better in nine of 11 starts this season.

*         After each Trans-Am Series race, BFGoodrich Tires presents the driver who led the most laps during the race with the "Take Control" award; the prize is a set of BFGoodrich  g-Force T/A radials. Thus far this season, four drivers have taken tires home. Boris Said has won the "Take Control" Award five times, Butch Leitzinger has won four times, while Paul Gentilozzi and Tony Ave (#53 Trilithic Panoz Esperante) have won once each.

-scca pro racing/imsa-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Scott Pruett , Paul Fix , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Stuart Hayner , Tom Kendall , Michael Lewis , Simon Gregg , Jorge Diaz Jr. , Tom Gloy , Mark Donohue