Washington DC: BFGoodrich race notes

Leitzinger wins Capitol Trans-Am 100 Race at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC. * Rookie Claims Second Trans-Am Career Victory-- Butch Leitzinger, in his No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette, started from the pole and held off Paul ...

Leitzinger wins Capitol Trans-Am 100 Race at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC.

* Rookie Claims Second Trans-Am Career Victory-- Butch Leitzinger, in his No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette, started from the pole and held off Paul Gentilozzi and Boris Said to win his second career Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup in only his seventh career start. Leitzinger led all but two laps of the race and made it his fourth consecutive podium finish, finishing first in Mid-Ohio, second in Lime Rock, Conn., and third in Cleveland.

"I always thought this would be a great market for a race," Leitzinger said about the inaugural Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC."It was a great course and a great race." Leitzinger is now third in the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup championship points race with 151 points behind Paul Gentilozzi with 153 points and Boris Said with 178 points.

* Boris Said Continues BFGoodrich Tires Cup Points Led-- Boris Said in the No. 33 ACS Express Panoz Esperante increased his lead in the chase for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, the season-ending award presented to the Trans-Am Series Driver's Champion, after securing his fifth podium finish of the year. Said leads the BFGoodrich Tires Cup point standings with 178 points. Paul Gentilozzi is in second place with 153 points and Butch Leitzinger is closing in with 151 points. Rounding out the top five are Johnny Miller with 137 points, Tony Ave with 114 points and Stu Hayner with 113 points toward the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup.

* BFGoodrich Tires"Take Control" Award-- In addition to winning the race, Butch Leitzinger in his No. 88 Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette won the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps in today's race, he led all but two of the 61 race laps and for his efforts received a free set of BFGoodrichâ g-ForceTM T/Aâ radials.

* SAVE those used BFGoodrich Tires!!!-- Paul Gentilozzi, defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup champion knows the value and life of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials used in the Trans-Am series. During today's race, Gentilozzi in No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR finished second in the Capitol Trans-Am 100 but turned in the fastest lap of the weekend on lap 46 of 61 laps with a 1:11:070. But don't expect Gentilozzi to discard those tires yet.

"We had tires right to the end," said Gentilozzi,"We could have raced another 20-30 miles on the BFGoodrich Tires." Which is what Paul did during the second practice of the weekend, when he used the same tires he qualified and raced on last weekend in Cleveland. Gentilozzi's practice tires had approximately 72 miles on them when he went out and put a 1:11:641 on the clock, the third fastest time of the weekend.

"There's a lot of life and a lot of grip in these tires," Gentilozzi said."It's a testament of the thought, research and development that BFGoodrich Tires puts into giving us the best tires possible for race day... and an additional practice session."

* Fuel Pit Stops Only-- In today's Trans-Am Series race, every driver made a pit stop for fuel but did not change any tires. Even with ambient temperatures in the low 90's and track temperatures soaring above 120, Trans-Am teams decided to run the complete race on one set of BFGoodrich g-Force T/A radials.

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, Round Seven-- The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will take a weekend off before heading north of the border to Quebec, Canada and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières August 2-4, 2002. It will be the fourth consecutive race of the season where the ALMS series and Trans-Am series team up for a weekend of racing. The Trans-Am race will be televised live on the Speed Channel at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 4.

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